Doughnut Doppelgangers, a Pricier Morning Joe and “Billie Jean” on Beer Bottles

by in News, June 6th, 2014

A Pricier Morning Cup of JoeIf You Were a Doughnut: Run, doughnut walk, to check out these photos of people who look like doughnuts. St. Louis photographer Brandon Voges teamed up with ad agency The Marlin Network and local doughnut shop Strange Donuts to produce a series of images and a video, for the National Restaurant Association’s annual food show, in which people appear alongside their morning-pastry doppelgangers. There’s a freckle-faced woman who resembles a white-frosted pastry with red sprinkles on top, a hip lady whose spiky white Mohawk look has a lot in common with a cruller, and craggy-faced smoker “Debbie Diner,” whose pastry double looks like it’s lived nearly as tough a life as she. Be warned, though: After looking at this series, you many never again look at strawberry filling the same. [Behance]

A Jolt in the Java Aisle: Your morning caffeine habit is getting pricier. J.M. Smucker Co., the company behind a host of coffee brands, including Folgers, Dunkin’ Donuts and Café Bustelo, said Tuesday it would hoist the cost of its coffees for consumers by 9 percent, on average, in response to a drought that has affected the supply of Brazil’s Arabica coffee beans. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company is the first major coffee maker to boost prices in about three years, and it’s not yet clear whether other java roasters, like Starbucks and Maxwell House-maker Kraft, will follow suit. Brazilian coffee crops have recovered to a large degree, but that good news probably won’t be reflected on your supermarket receipts for at least a few months. [Wall Street Journal]

If I Could Save Tunes in a Bottle: We hope you haven’t taken the recycling out yet. You may find yourself inspired to pick out a few discarded beverage bottles and play a pop tune. That’s what a group of guys from Copenhagen — the Bottle Boys — do in this remarkable video, tackling the Michael Jackson classic “Billie Jean” with instruments made from empty beer bottles and a water jug. ‘Billie Jean’ is a really great song and it is perfect for trying out our new technique: double bottle playing,” they explain, adding that the technique is surely not dentist-recommended. The group has tackled a lot of other pop songs as well — like LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” [Bottle Boys/YouTube via Los Angeles Times]

In Other Food News: Panera has announced plans to clear its menu items of artificial additives — all artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives — by the end of 2016. The fast-casual chain is also working to remove high-fructose corn syrup from the beverages it sells. Panera CEO Ron Shaich told USA Today he wants his company “to serve food that I want to eat.” [USA Today] New York City officials have asked the state’s Board of Appeals to reinstate the city’s 2012 ban on the sale of sodas larger than 16 ounces, saying that it’s a health issue and thus legal for the Board of Health to restrict. That sound you hear is soda guzzlers taking one last big gulp. [Associated Press]

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