Morning Grind

Morning Grind: July 4, 2013

By on July 4, 2013 8:00am EST

Our daily morning roundup of food-related fare from around the web.

Seafood is generally considered a more healthful choice when dining out — but not if you’re battering and deep-frying it and serving it up with hush puppies and onion rings.

And that is precisely why the folks at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nutrition and health policy watchdog group, have named Long John Silver’s new “Big Catch” meal the worst restaurant meal in America.

Having your meal called “the Mount Everest of trans fat” has to be a bummer.

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Behold Yelp’s latest marginally useful widget: a “word map” that tracks reviews that mention specific terms by location, then denotes them with giant red blobs. Theoretically, this would be great for finding an area with lots of date-night pasta joints or a place to bring your vegan friend with minimal do-you-serve-kale? fiascos, but Yelp also included “ambience”-related terms like “frat” and “yuppie,” ensuring that the word map’s most talked-about feature is readers’ newfound ability to track stereotypes by metropolitan area.

I think the real keyword people will be using this to avoid is “tourist.” 

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The concept was conjured up by Snow Violent, the prototype was developed by DR.HC. Supposedly, the meaning behind the sweet bone heads is to remind people not to eat too much sugar. Really? Remind people not to eat too much sugar, huh?

Except they’re awesome and I’m going to put five in my coffee and pretend it’s a zombie Civil War.

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Amanda Nelson

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