Starbucks to Food Babe: No Plans to Put Real Pumpkin in Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Only in America can a drink achieve pop-culture star status. And yes, of all the drinks in the world, the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte has gone there and owned it. With its own hip moniker (AKA the PSL), a Tumblr page all its own, and a Twitter account with close to 84,000 followers, it's basically become the Britney Spears of the beverage world: simultaneously loved, hated, and gossiped about.

And -- like anything extremely popular, delicious, and all-American -- the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte has also become the target of yet another Food Babe investigation by sensationalist food blogger Vani Hari.

See Also: Starbucks Releases the Pumpkin Spice Latte Early, If You Have Passcode

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South Florida Breast Milk Selling for $1 an Ounce on Craigslist

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Mhmmmm, liquid gold.
Don't have a cow, Broward. Seriously. There's no need, because there's a reservoir of fresh milk for sale right in your backyard.

Just search "breast milk" on Craigslist and pages of lactation pumping devices pop up. But discretely woven between these listings is actual human breast milk for sale by local new moms with lactation to spare.

And in case you were wondering, the going rate for an ounce of this human milk in South Florida is $1 to $2. That might not seem like a lot, but that's actually $128 to $254 a gallon. While the going rate for a gallon of plain Jane regular ol' cow milk is about $4, it doesn't get any more local than this. And it'll make new moms think twice before they dump their leftover fluids; it's liquid gold.

See also: U.K. Ice Cream Store "Busted" Over Breast Milk Ice Cream

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Kapow! Noodle Bar Introduces Ramen Burger

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This year has been a big one for food combinations. First, it was the cronut, invented by pastry chef Dominique Ansel at his New York bakery.

The croissant/donut hybrid made its way down to South Florida in the form of Master Cake Bakery's "dossants" -- the term cronut has been trademarked.

Now comes the ramen burger. As the title implies, it consists of a burger sandwiched between two ramen noodle buns -- essentially, it's your entire college diet in convenient easy-to-hold package.

The new combo dish is now available at Kapow! Noodle Bar in Boca Raton.

See Also: Kronuts in Pembroke Pines at Kosher Master Cake Bakery

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Quiche Branding Gone Wrong: Petite Bites Means "Little Dicks" in French

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Oh mon dieu. Petite bites means "little dicks."

Leave it to a set of skilled brand developers to screw up and make all of our neighbors across the pond in France laugh hysterically at us.

Those stupid Americans... they probably thought.

Yep. Right they are. Because much to your likely surprise, this ad is for little quiches sold in the frozen food aisle at local grocery stores. It is not for a French penis enlargement drug and not for a new "small is in" campaign in France.

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Wynkoop to Release Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout Made With Bull Testicles

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There are some things that cannot be unseen.
It's times like these -- when one needs a really good joke about tea-bagging -- that one wishes Clean Plate Charlie had Daniel Tosh on the payroll. Wynkoop Brewing Company out of Colorado announced this week that it will begin nationwide distribution of its infamous Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout. "Rocky mountain oyster," by the way, is a euphemism for deep-fried bull testicles and the beer is brewed with 25 pounds of the local delicacy. Thirsty yet?

Fox News -- who already used all of the good quips about balls -- reports that the brewery will begin nationwide distribution of the beer later this month. It will be sold in cans, but only in two-packs, because Wynkoop is really seeing this joke all the way through.

See also:
- Stout Day is Thursday: South Florida Beer Experts Recommend Some of the Best Stouts
- Try Hemp Ale Tonight at Riverside Market (No: It Won't Get You High)
- Westvleteren XII: On Sale Today for $85 a Six-Pack

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Kellogg's Mini-Wheats Recall: Watch Magnet Pick Up Metal Fragments Found in Cereal (Video)

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Mom -- is that you?
Kellogg's has issued a massive recall of multiple lots of their popular Mini-Wheats cereals due to the possibility of metal shards in the product due to a malfunctioning machine at the plant.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the cereal giant issued the following statement:

 "According to Dr. David Acheson, an internal medicine physician and former Chief Medical Officer at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) with whom we consulted, the likelihood of these fragments making their way into the food is low; furthermore, the chances that any affected food will cause injury is low."

The WSJ also found a pretty amusing YouTube video, in which Midland13 picks up some Mini-Wheats with a rare earth magnet. Guess it's all that nutritious iron under the frosting:

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Gluten Intolerant? Master Baker Tries Hookworm Cure

A couple of years ago, Mark Bittman wrote about a recipe for no-knead bread from maverick baker Jim Leahy of Sullivan Street Bakery. Suddenly everyone from Martha Stewart to the Amateur Gourmet were making it, and home bakers from Oregon to South Florida were following along. Because of this incredibly easy recipe, it's now no longer hit or miss for an amateur baker to make a beautiful loaf.

With pizza such a thing right now, it's not surprising there's been much anticipation for the release of the Jim Leahy cookbook, My Pizza: The Easy, No-Knead Way to Make Spectacular Pizza at Home, based on the beautiful pies he bakes at Co. in Manhattan. Eater posted a stunning photo essay from the book paired with a Josh Ozersky video. Former Village Voice critic Lauren Shockey posted a Q&A with Lahey on making pizza at home.

His talking points with Shockey are quite interesting:
1) The margherita pizza is the most popular pizza in his restaurant and remains the test of what is a good pie.
2) Many of his recipes are inspired by pasta.
3) Chicken breast in any form does not belong on pies.

But the most noteworthy news is that Lahey acknowledged he had a wheat allergy -- awfully inconvenient for a baker. And right now, he's in the final stages of infecting himself with hookworm as a cure for wheat intolerance.

Lahey said the process involves "placing mail-order larvae on his skin under a bandage and waiting for them to burrow into his body and modify his immune system."
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What Happens to Processed Food After You Eat It

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Science: Two test subjects swallow pill-sized cameras -- "M2A capsules," they're called, for "mouth to anus." One subject then eats a meal of "processed" foods, and the other eats a meal of "natural" food. (I put those words in scare quotes because all food is both processed and natural. But you get the gist. One of these meals comprises simple ingredients prepared simply, while the other is full of chemicals with unpronouncable Latinate names.) The cameras, each of which is equipped with a tiny light, record the digestive process. Some months later, the subjects switch -- the one who previously ate the "natural" meal now eats the synth crap, the former synthcrappivore eats the healthy stuff.

The digestive disparities between the vids is dispiriting, especially because the synth crap and the "natural" meals are superficially very similar. Blue Gatorade versus Hibiscus "Gatorade"; Top Ramen chicken noodles versus homemade chicken stock with homemade noodles; Gummi Bears versus pomegranate/cherry juice gummy snacks. See for yourself, after the jump... 

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Eating Whales and Horses In Iceland

Bright green valley.
Two summers ago I accompanied my friend James "The Amazing" Randi on a speaking tour of northern Europe. We visited Scandinavia and the Baltics, and enjoyed a quick southerly jaunt to the Netherlands. Our final engagement was in Reykjavik, Iceland, in the middle of the Atlantic.

Reykjavik is a modest city, a little more populous than Fort Lauderdale. (Iceland is the size of Kentucky with roughly one tenth the population.) Its architecture is lovely but spare -- far sparer than that of any mainland European capitol. Iceland needn't rely on manmade monuments to impress, for the Icelandic landmass itself is more dramatic than anything made by human hands, and it monumentalizes concerns far grander and less temporal than our own. On the drive from the Keflavik airport to Reykjavik, you encounter a shallow but endlessly long ravine which is actually the point of departure for the Mid-Atlantic and Eurasian tectonic plates, which move apart at a rate of about a meter per year, pulling with them the two halves of the ocean as well as the continents of Europe and North America. Nearby, you find vast fields of rough volcanic rock, covered in low sulfuric mists ejected from boiling pools just below (and occasionally atop) the soil. Elsewhere, you drive over a ridge and come face-to-face with a bright green valley that seems all out of proportion to the ordinary rules of human sight-lines. Your eyes follow distant rivers for what seem like ten, twenty miles, until the rivers open up into far-distant marshlands and shallows. Never has your eye captured so much territory at a glance, and the astounding quantity of earth arrayed before you is made harder to contextualize because of the near total absence of trees, which would otherwise be a handy indicator of size. The soil of Iceland is too new to facilitate much vegetation, beyond the occasional shrub and the ubiquitous coating of pillowy moss.

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Hunting for Balut in South Florida

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Balut is the unofficial national dish of the Philippines, and it's disgusting. I know this because I've eaten it. Granted, my balut might have been indifferently cooked -- the Japanese chef who made it remarked that he'd "never eat that thing in a billion years" -- but balut's an easy dish, almost unscrewuppable, and if my own portion wasn't quite representative, it was close.

Here's what it is: a fertilized duck egg cooked in boiling water. Usually it's soft-boiled -- everything inside the egg that isn't a fetal bird ought to be either gooey or liquid. The diner cracks the top of the egg, gulps down the fluids within, and then devours the fetal bird like a shooter. In the Philippines, this ritual is performed daily at the finest fine-dining establishments and at the slummiest hawker stalls. When I first heard about balut, I knew I needed to perform that ritual myself, and as soon as possible.

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