People No Longer Grossed Out by British Food; McDonald's to Pay Out $17,500 to Fattened Employee

Peter Meehan on why he's really into Chinatown these days: Sichuan hot pot in a bag, tofu, and barbecued parts. [T Magazine]

Royal Caribbean cruise line's newest ship, the 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas, will house the first Starbucks outlet at sea. [USA Today]

A recent survey reveals that the reputation of British food among foreigners is improving, nearly everywhere except in France. [AFP]

A rash of cases involving kids being hospitalized after drinking beverages that combine alcohol and caffeine has highlighted the dangers of such drinks. [NY Times]

Carol Smith has stepped down as the publishing director of Condé Nast's food group. Paul Jowdy has returned as publisher of Bon Appétit and the Gourmet brand. [Mediabistro]

McDonald's will pay $17,500 to an ex-employee who gained 65 pounds while working at the restaurant chain for 12 years. [NY Daily News]

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