TED Conference Hosts Best Coffee Pop-Up in the World and More Morning Links


The coffee set-up at this year’s TED conference includes eight roasters and 38 baristas, and the coffee geeks at Sprudge say it might well be “the best multi-roaster pop-up in the world.” The conference kicked off yesterday in Long Beach with a day of presentations from TED fellows (including one by Eddie Huang). [Sprudge]

Admit it, you’re wondering what McDonald’s McFish Bites taste like! General consensus: They’re awful. [NPR]

Remember that Times story about chef Jesse Schenker of New York’s Recette losing 55 pounds? Now the Wall Street Journal reports on Atlanta-based chef and restaurateur Richard Blais, who apparently went from 230 pounds down to 170. It involved “new eating habits, coupled with a love of running and a woman.” [WSJ]

Speaking of weight loss, this giant isopod that lives in Japan’s Toba Aquarium hasn’t eaten anything since 2009. That’s 1,500 sad days since his last mackerel. Takaya Moritaki, whose job it is to feed the aquarium’s crustaceans, says the big scavenger nicknamed No. 1 is only pretending to eat his food. [Japan Times]

As the horse-meat phenomenon continues to unfold in new and surprising ways (we’re looking at you, Ikea and Nestlé) BBC dedicates a whole news page to the scandal. [BBC]

If you missed it this past weekend, Michael Moss’s investigative report on the way processed foods are carefully refined by scientists to addict us to their flavors and textures is a must-read. The essay is adapted from Moss’s new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. [NYTimes]