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brioche french toast

Brioche French Toast with Bananas, Crème Patissiere and Salted Caramel

News from the world of food and wine that you might have missed this week.

Here is a great photo essay chronicling the path of a cheese from a small farm in Spain to a shop in New York.

This is rich. A Scottish bar wants protected status for their deep-fried Mars bars. Mars Inc. objects because it would make their candy unhealthy. Apparently, in the “reality” of Mars’ corporate culture, sugar is a health food.

Ahh, the wonders of science. Evidence that the shape of a beer glass influences how fast the beer is drunk. Flutes go down the hatch more quickly than straight sides, probably because its harder to monitor volume in a flute.

Some people have no principles. McDonalds goes vegetarian in India.

A new study questions the claim that organic food is more nutritious than conventionally-produced food. As usual, the conclusion is oversold and not warranted by the data. Here are some reasons to be skeptical. I would have thought that reducing pesticide levels is part of good nutrition. Silly me.

Surströmming is a foul smelling product made of fermented fish. It is also a Swedish culinary classic that the EU has tried to ban and some Swedes want to elevate to protected status. Really? It needs protection?Is someone outside Sweden threatening to sell this as their own?

Knowing whether a wine is ageworthy or not is difficult. Here is some excellent advice on how to tell if a wine will improve in the bottle.

Champagne sales are declining because of competition from other regions that make quality, but less expensive, sparkling wine. Here is some free advice to Champagne houses. Lower your damn prices.