Feds Say Hams Were for Homeless; New York Fast Food Fries Lower in Fat

A Drudge Report story about the government spending millions of stimulus dollars on pork products has earned itself an angry rebuttal from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who said that some 760,000 pounds of ham were for soup kitchens and homeless shelters. [NY Daily News]

French fries at New York McDonald's, Wendy's, and White Castle restaurants have 98 percent less trans fat and 10 percent less saturated fat since the trans fat ban. Switching to trans fat-free oils reportedly didn't increase costs, nor did it cause supply problems or have any other negative economic consequences. [Bloomberg]

The virtual restaurant Air Yakiniku is now the 29th most searched site on Yahoo. The virtual Korean barbecue gets you to print out an apron, then asks you to choose from slices of pork, chicken, or beef to cook on a sizzling BBQ spit. You're even encouraged to have real bowls of rice and miso soup on hand to eat with your meat. [NY Times]

During the Cold War, the Russians conducted comprehensive satellite surveys of Uruguay and discovered that it was the best place on the planet to raise sturgeon for roe. Now, the world's only Southern Hemisphere sturgeon farm provides caviar for restaurants like Ford's Filling Station in Culver City, California. [Wall Street Journal]

A Long Island man who quit his Wall Street job to devote his time to discovering the exact 11 herbs and spices in KFC fried chicken will publish his findings in a book. His quest for the recipe took years and led him to once try to bribe a cook at the chain. [NY Post]


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