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NIBBLES: Boy food, girl food? Banana ice cream with bacon peanut brittle; Kombucha fallout

Reported by Riddhi Shah at www.salon.com:
So what is it with certain foods (and drinks) getting the boys vs. girls treatment? There may be a few male stars — like Joaquin Phoenix and Tobey Maguire — who are vegetarians, and women may be joining the ranks of bloody-aproned butchers, but in the American consciousness, real men still don’t eat quiche and women stick with chocolate, tofu and yogurt. This could easily be the handiwork of the evil geniuses on Madison Avenue, but might these clichés also arise from some long-buried grain of truth? Are genetic differences responsible for our gendered eating? How many of our eating patterns come from gender socialization, and how many are hereditary? And why is it that food rarely seems to be categorized this way outside the U.S.?

Reported by www.bevnet.com:
Recent developments in the kombucha category provided a hot topic for discussion at the Fancy Foods Show. Aside from countless theories on what will happen to the category and brands in it (they range from the category being over to the category bouncing back to twice its size), several brands mentioned that they’ve received “upgraded shelf space” as a result of GTs and other kombucha brands being pulled from the most prominent spots in Whole Foods’ grab-and-go coolers. As for the companies that did exhibit, here are the highlights: Honest Tea – Noticeably absent was their kombucha line, which, like other purveyors of raw kombucha, has been removed from the shelves. Seth Goldman anticipates the product returning to the market in July, but did not get more specific. Also, the company launched a new 0 calorie Passion Fruit Green Tea with Maqui Berry that is sweetened with stevia.

(For more on the U.S. kombucha market: The Kombucha Report: http://www.teareport.com/

Reported by www.nydailynews.com:
The pitchman for the “pizza diet” ended his 1,300-mile bike trip in Times Square fueling his cheesy ride with mozzarella, tomato sauce and crust. Florida pizzeria owner Matt McClellan made the month-long trek from his home state eating a slice of pizza every three hours. McClellan rode through a giant pizza party hosted by Sbarro and Pizza Packets. McClellan, 34, claims his diet, which consists of just pizza, can help anyone lose weight as long as they pile fruits, vegetables and lean meats on their slices.

Reported by www.nytimes.com:
On the menu at Humphry Slocombe ice cream shop in San Francisco:
Jesus Juice (red wine and Coke) sorbet, Boccalone Prosciutto ice cream, Salted Licorice, Huckleberry Crème Fraîche, Peanut Butter Curry, Coconut Candy Cap Mushroom Caramel sorbet and Elvis (the Fat Years) featuring banana ice cream with bacon peanut brittle.

Reported by ABC NEWS:
According to ice-cream company Carvel, Dina Lohan has been abusing an Ice Cream Black Card that was issued to Lindsay and younger sister Ali. “While the card was issued in Lindsay and Ali’s names only, their extended family has repeatedly used the card without either present,” Ashley Swann, Carvel’s public relations manager, said in a statement posted on the company’s website. “At first, we graciously honored their requests while explaining that the Black Card was not a carte blanche for unlimited Carvel ice cream for the extended Lohan family and friends. We finally had to cut off the card and take it back.”

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