Morning Grind

Morning Grind: January 8, 2014

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

 As Satchmo said, “No need to make folks think I like fancy foods like quail on toast, chicken and hot biscuits, or steak smothered in mushrooms. Of course they taste good and I can eat them, but have you ever tried ham hocks and red beans?” Exactly right. And here’s the recipe the way he liked it:

Louis Armstrong’s recipe for red beans and ham hocks. I’ll be making this soon.


When hunter-gatherers started adding grains and starches to their diet, it brought about the “age of cavities.” At least that’s what a lot of people thought. But it turns out that even before agriculture, what hunter-gatherers ate could rot their teeth.

The evidence comes from a cave in Morocco — the Cave of the Pigeons, it’s called — where ancient people lived and died between 12,000 and 15,000 years ago. These were hunters and gatherers; they didn’t grow stuff. And what was astonishing to scientists who’ve studied the cave people was the condition of their teeth.

Agriculture didn’t coincide with the appearance of tooth decay, after all.


Though it was once believed to be lost to history, the remnants of The Bull’s Head Tavern (not to be confused with another, newer Bull’s Head Tavern in Gramercy Park) were discovered in a dank Bowery basement by a preservationist earlier this year. But despite a public and long-standing battle with the plot’s owner, the bar will not be preserved, nor will it be turned into a place where you can get sloshed with the mighty spirit of George Washington.

Sorry guys, you can no longer try to get drunk in the basement of the bar where George Washington once got drunk.


An Iowa science teacher lost 37 pounds over the course of 90 days by eating nothing but McDonald’s. Kind of the opposite of what happened in Morgan Spurlock’s 2004 documentary Super Size Me. (Although Spurlock only ate McDonald’s for a month, maybe he didn’t stick it out long enough?)

He also stuck to a 2,000 calorie daily limit and started walking 45 minutes every day, two factors that probably had more to do with his weight loss than where he ate.




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