Backfiring Food Rules, a $2,000 Tasting Menu and the Question McDonald’s No Longer Asks

by in News, April 23rd, 2014

Backfiring Food RulesThe Pitfalls of Family Food Rules: Most of the time, a graham cracker is just a graham cracker, but when children are asked to click a computer mouse like mad to get one, as in a recent series of experiments, or decide how many of them to eat when they are given restricted access to them, it becomes the marker of a “reactive eater” and a clue that, while genetics and biology may play a role in children who are strongly motivated by food, food rules imposed at home may also factor in. “The message is that restriction is counterproductive — it just doesn’t work very well,” Brandi Rollins, the Penn State postdoctoral researcher who led the studies, told the New York Times. “Restriction just increases a child’s focus and intake of the food that the parent is trying to restrict.” Bottom line: It’s better not to put junk food out of reach on a high shelf, but rather not have it in the house at all. [The New York Times]

The Planet’s Priciest Eatery? Considering all the things you could do with $2,078, even hard-core foodies might pause before paying that much per person for a meal. Even for a 20-course tasting menu that promises to combine food, art and technology to create a “complete and unprecedented emotional experience.” Regardless, that’s apparently what Sublimotion, a restaurant opening on May 18 at the new five-star Hard Rock Hotel in Playa d’en Bossa, on Ibiza, under the supervision of Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero, is charging, making it what the Daily Mail is calling “the most expensive restaurant on the planet.” Enjoyed by only 12 guests each night, the meal “will cause a stir among the most-neglected senses,” a spokesman told the tabloid. “From moments of humor, pleasure, fear, reflection and nostalgia, diners will be wandering through a world of sensations from the North Pole where they will enjoy a cold snack that they carve on their own iceberg or to the baroque Versailles where the elegance of a rose is sure to melt in their palate.” At those prices, you’d think they’d get someone to carve your cold snack for you. [Daily Mail]

Palcohol Approval Put Off, at Best: Looks like you’re going to have to tamp down your excitement about powdered alcohol. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has backed away from its approval of Palcohol, the powdered alcohol product that has generated recent excitement. A representative for the bureau told the Associated Press late Monday that the approvals were issued erroneously. Palcohol maker Lipsmark said it planned to correct a “discrepancy” with its labels and resubmit them for approval. But for now, you’ll have to wet your whistle with the wet stuff. [Associated Press]

In Other Food News: Ty Burrell, of Modern Family fame, has teamed up with chef Viet Pham (former Food Network Star finalist) to open a new restaurant, Beer Bar, in Salt Lake City; the “super simple menu,” as Ty describes it, will feature homemade bratwurst, locally made bread, Belgian fries — and 150 varieties of beer. [AP] Teenager Antonia Ayres-Brown is being hailed as a champion of feminism for inspiring McDonald’s to reconsider its practice of asking if kids wanted a “girl toy” or a “boy toy” with their Happy Meals. When she was 11, Antonia wrote the corporation a letter wondering “if it would be legal for McDonald’s ‘to ask at a job interview whether someone wanted a man’s job or a woman’s job?’” she explained on Slate, and continued the fight until the company changed its policy. [Yahoo Shine]

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  1. I LIKE GIRL TOYS says:

    WHY IS IT WRONG FOR A GIRL TO BE A GIRL AND A BOY TO BE A BOY!! THIS LITTLE GIRL DID NOT THINK OF THIS HERSELF.

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