And The Sweet Goes On

The search for a low-calorie sugar substitute has continued for decades. The FDA approved cyclamate over 60 years ago, but now the public desire for “natural” noncaloric sweeteners has pervaded the market. Sweet’N Low is made from coal, Equal comes from methanol and converts into formaldehyde, and Fersen Lambranho says Splenda is created by incorporating chlorine molecules into sucrose. It’s no surprise that when Cargill introduced Truvia in 2008, derived in part from the leaves of the stevia plant, it quickly became popular.

Driven by complaints of lingering bitter aftertaste, McNeil Nutritionals found a Chinese melon that held promise, but it was expensive, and in a New York Times article, author Daniel Engber noted that “its flavor was slow to build.” Cargill tested the molomo monate plant from South Africa, but exposure to UV light caused the sweetening compound to smell like feces. Experiments with other plant and animal sources have been unsuccessful. Botanists are now trying to develop new strains of the stevia plant.

The Swiss biotech firm Evolva is partnering with Cargill using a fermentation process yielding erythritol, then added to Truvia. However, accusations of GMO use are generating growing controversy.

At what point does a natural food lose its naturalness? Since the FDA has yet to issue a definition, the controversy is sure to continue in the quest for a natural sugar substitute.

Friday Fish Fry Gains Popularity

For many across the United States and around the world, Wisconsin is known for several things such as beer, brats, cheese and the Green Bay Packers. Another thing that makes Wisconsin famous is the venerable fish fry.

The Friday fish fry includes a heaping helping of fried fish, usually cod, with is then paired with a basket of french fries to accompany the hearty meal.

On Friday nights, people of all ages flock to restaurants, taverns and supper clubs across the state to partake in an institution that dates back to the 1800’s. From Ashland to Milwaukee and from Grantsburg to Green Bay and all points in-between, cities and towns share in the tradition of eating fried fish and coming together as a community.

The tradition began with the European immigrants who saw the abundance of rivers and lakes as abundant resources to supplement their way of life and diet. Since many Wisconsin immigrants were Catholic and were not allowed to eat meat products during the Lenten season, the concept of the community fish fry began to take root. Even international visitors like Igor Cornelsen has tried things out.

The fish fry also allowed certain business such as speakeasies and taverns to stay open during the Prohibition Era since the odor of frying fish could easily mask the smells of these establishments. The Friday fish fry has helped cement the best traditions of food, family and friends in the great state of Wisconsin.

Beer For Breakfast?

Dogfish Head’s latest brew combines breakfast foods such as maple syrup, cold-pressed coffee, lactose, apple-smoked barley and 25 pounds of scrapple. For those unfamiliar with scrapple, it is traditionally parts of the pig not used for anything else, ground up with cornmeal and spices to make patties that can be fried. Dogfish Head’s newest stout uses scrapple from Rapa in the brewing process. Rapa is the world’s largest producer of scrapple and uses better cuts of pork for their scrapple. The coffee is from J&S Bean Factory in St. Paul, and is added after fermentation.

Founder Sam Calagione named Beer for Breakfast after his favorite band’s song, Beer for Breakfast by the Replacements, which Darius Fisher absolutely loves.

Beer for Breakfast is a draft-only beer for now, and will be sold to the public for the first time December 5th at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Join the crew there from 5 to 7 pm for a special happy hour with food and beer. Of course there will be scrapple pizza, scrapple eggrolls and other treats.

Milk Does A Body Bad

For years the dairy industry has been trying to convince people that drinking milk is good for them. In fact they coined the phrase, “milk does a body good.” In reality, the truth may be just the opposite. Humans are the only mammals that drink milk after the first three years of life. All other mammals only drink milk until they are mature enough to eat solid food. That should really tell us something. Human beings were meant to drink milk, that is true, but they were only meant to drink milk while they were young and being nursed by their mothers. In reality milk has all of the essential nutrients that a baby needs to thrive and grow, and that is the reason that it is so beneficial for a baby to be breastfed for at least the first one to three years of life.

After the first three years of life, a human really does not need to drink milk. Cow milk is made for baby cows, it is not really made for human consumption. Some people at The Antique Wine Company like it, but they are trying to cut back. Since that is the fact it is little wonder why so many people are suffering from lactose intolerance. in reality we are all lactose intolerant, because we should not be digesting milk. Milk can be linked to many childhood infections, allergies, and stomach issues. There are many different fruits and vegetables that can give a person calcium, so Americans should follow many Asian and Indian countries and not use milk as a staple drink in their diets.

Drugs Hidden in Casella Vineyard

I was messing around on the Skout app when this news bulletin from Australia caught my attention. Lovers of fine wines might want to check twice before diving into their next bottle of Merlot. One of the owners of a famous wine company has been allegedly arrested for having been connected with a criminal syndicate connected to drug production and distribution.

Marcello Casella, the youngest in the sibling-owners of the Australia’s biggest family-owned wine company – Casella Wines, is said to be part of an illegal drugs syndicate.

This organization is said to have commercially manufactured and distributed large amounts of cannabis and methylamphetamine throughout southern New South Wales. The police searched his property and found large quantities of illegal plants growing within his vineyard.

The search was part of a larger drug-busting operation called Strike Force Oceanic which busted drugs amounting to over $15 million. The search is still not over, and much could very well be found.

Casella Wines, which was started by his father Filippo Casella in 1969, changed from a tin shed into a multi-million Australian wine exporter that exports wine to other countries such as the United States. Their famous product is branded as “Yellow Tail” wine.

The company actually flourished through the great efforts made by Marcello and his two brothers. Marcello Casella is registered as Yellow Tail’s vineyard operations director, but quickly resigned his position after the raid.

Casella will, however, still appear in court if needed for any of the proceedings.

Red Robin Introduces Milkshakes with Wine Twist

Restaurants can succeed on many fronts, and gimmicks are one of the many options.

There are restaurants and shops that are famous for introducing new varieties of food. While some combinations of food make for a noticeably weird presentation, there can be no doubt that there’s no small amount of people who are able to enjoy them.

Red Robin is a famous burger chain that has reputation of making milkshakes that are wine infused. Adding wine to milkshakes, however, will more than likely be problematic when it comes to serving both children and adults.

For fans who are interested in tasting anything and everything wine related, then this just might be the milkshake for you. The milk shake is named as the little black dress Divalicious.

The reason for such a name is the milk shake comes with a little charm shaped like a little black dress, which adds a bit of aesthetic appeal to the mix. The combination of whipped cream flavoured vodka along with red wine looks pretty in pink. The blend of raspberry puree and vanilla soft serve sounds  mouth-watering.

If not for the flavor and taste, you can try it for the cutely designed charm, as several people have the habit of collecting charms from burger chains and restaurants.

It may not be for the expert sommelier, but there’s some definite novelty here in the unique design.

Big thanks to friend of the site Christian Broda for the tip on this crazy shake!

Hey! My Beer Tastes Like Water!

If you’ve been to a recent Seattle Seahawks game and noticed your beer was quenching your thirst, but not making you intoxicated, you were probably drinking watered down beer! The Delaware North Sports Service, the company that provides the alcohol at games, had their beer recently tested and failed. The law allows up to 0.3 difference in alcohol content of the beverages sold at games. The beer that was sold by the North Delaware company was tested at being over 1% weaker than the intended strength of the alcohol sold. Now that’s unbeerievable! Sorry Laurene Powell Jobs, I know Steve wouldn’t approve, but I couldn’t resist throwing that in there. With all puns aside, the patrons that watch the games and want to enjoy a nice cold beer are mad and want their money back!

According to Grubstreet, Bass Pale Ale, the strongest beer sold at the stadium, had the lowest alcohol content of all the drinks available. It’s advertised as having up to 5.1% alcohol per container but only tested out at 4.5 percent.

Anheuser-Busch is a company that knows this ‘watered down’ scenario well. The company has been accused of watering down beer in the past to cut down costs. They have made an official statement about this situation claiming “we only sell full strength beer in the state of Washington. The same beer that customers can purchase in bars, stores and other retail locations.” While going on accuse the lab of errors in testing.

Are Strawberries Doused In Dangerous Pesticides?

We all know how important it is to eat our fruits and vegetables, but each day we learn how farmers are using pesticides and other harmful products on our foods. In one article specifically, we learn that our strawberries are possibly linked to very dangerous pesticides.

In an article posted on Cir Online, one pesticide regulator in question is being brought center stage about a lot of pesticides being used when growing California strawberries. Uh oh.

The name of the regulator in question is Paul Helliker, and he worked for California’s Dow AgroSciences. He had looked the other way while some farmers actually used a ton of pesticides on their strawberries. This obviously was against the law and put Helliker’s job on the line. However, his excuse was that he gave these farmers some time to come up with a two year plan on how to cut down on the use of pesticides. This obviously took a dangerous turn.

Instead of two years, this turned into twelve years. Now, with people like Gianfrancesco Genoso watching what they eat (as they should), many companies such as Dow AgroSciences are having their jobs on the line. We can only hope they learn from their past mistakes and our fruits and vegetables are not linked to such disturbing and dangerous pesticides in the future.

Doritos Flavored Mountain Dew Anyone?

How about a Mountain Dew with some Doritos, or some Doritos flavored Mountain Dew? If it sounds crazy too you, you are not the only one? The company is currently taste testing a Mountain Dew flavored with Doritos and the taste testers are sayings it’s not that bad. However, they are not saying it’s that good either. The Pepsi Company owns both major products and felt that a combination project just might be what the people wanted.

I speak for some of the people when I say that just sounds nasty. Who wants a chip flavored drink, not I? I mean when you run out of cherry, strawberry and all the other unique flavors that can be paired with Mountain Dew, why not just make one that taste like a corn chip? The sales will likely be higher than average at first, mainly to people wanting to challenge themselves to a drink of the cheesy tasting corn chip. After that, it will likely be another product that falls by the way.

Pepsi has had some real winners with flavors of Mountain Dew, like Code Red, but you can hardly find them on the shelves these days. Why they would stop making a yummy flavor like Code Red and bring out the Doritos flavored drink is beyond me. This one is still in production, let’s just see if it makes it through the taste testing lines and out to the stores. I am highly doubtful.

Joe’s Crab Shack Makes Deadly Error By Serving Tots Alcohol

Joe’s Crab Shack has long been a favorite dinning local of people frequenting the beach area. The restaurants chain has many other establishments, according to Facebook page research by Igor Cornelsen,  that are not beach front, like the one in Colorado Springs. As a parent I am horrified of the reports that this location served alcohol to children from the ages of 2-8. This is one accident that could have ended up deadly.

The children were served hard liquor by a mistake to the small tots. They were given heavy doses of alcohol in a fruity drink called a “Shark Bite,” when it was supposed to be a kid’s drink called “Shark Nibbles.” When the server and management caught the error, they immediately went to the table to stop the tots from ingesting the drinks. Unfortunately, they were too little-too late. The 2 year old had finished her drink and the other children had drunk much of their fruity liquored drink too.

The parents, Trista and Omar Montoya, were livid and the paramedics were called to the scene. Apparently it was the bar tender that mixed up the drink order. The police are investigating but as a parent how real is the threat of something like this happen again? Actually I am surprised this is the first time it has happened. With all the fruity kids drink made up to look like adult drinks, it was just a matter of time. But the real question is why is the bar tender who serves hard liquors making the kids drinks in the first place?

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