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McDonald’s ending longtime Olympic partnership

McDonald’s will no longer be a “Proud Sponsor of the Olympic Games.” In a surprise move, after 41 years of partnership, the world’s largest fast-food chain is ending it’s sponsorship of the world’s largest athletic competition — three years earlier than originally planned. McDonald’s Corp. was set to sponsor the Olympics through the 2020 Games, but according to a joint press release from the International Olympic Committee and the fast-food chain, McDonald’s executives have decided to take their business in a different direction. “As part of our global growth plan, we are reconsidering all aspects of our business and have made this decision in cooperation with the IOC to focus on different priorities,” McDonald’s global chief marketing officer Silvia Lagnado said. The financial details weren’t released, but the contract extension that McDonald’s signed in 2012 was worth about $200 million, ABC News reported. “We have mutually agreed with McDonald’s to part ways.…

The fate of your confiscated airport food

A bustling travel season is in full swing, and while we’re all familiar with the airport security screening process, it can still be easy to make a mistake when an open water bottle or piece of fruit gets forgotten in your backpack. But what happens to these food items after they’re confiscated? These airport checkpoints don’t exist simply to inconvenience you, but rather to protect our American agriculture from threat. In a video by Great Big Story, U.S. customs supervisor Ellie Scaffa tells the story of what happens to these illegal imports down the line — and no, the TSA staff doesn’t get to sit around feasting each evening. “I’ve been threatened with my life,” she says about her efforts at New York’s JFK Airport where she personally sorts through up to 600 pounds of illegal produce per day. All confiscated goods, whether it be Chinese beef candy or Jamaican mangoes,…

Illustrator creates high-fashion images out of food

Armenian fashion illustrator Edgar Artis creates beautiful dresses using unusual objects. His creative fashion sketches include everyday items such as rose petals, plants, knick-knacks like matches or forks, and lots and lots of food. His creations have more than 64,000 followers on Facebook. Check out some of his images below and dream of Artis’ awesome world where we can wear pizza and french fries! https://youtu.be/HJP2CYDm2fQ?t=1m2s https://www.instagram.com/p/BJ5NHL6ApcW/?taken-by=edgar_artis https://www.instagram.com/p/BOHlQ0FgvZU/?taken-by=edgar_artis https://www.instagram.com/p/BL3X7EAAxOo/?taken-by=edgar_artis https://www.instagram.com/p/BVM5pSYhRxv/?taken-by=edgar_artis https://www.instagram.com/p/BU9cuObFUbu/?taken-by=edgar_artis https://www.instagram.com/p/BURrcz4F40d/?taken-by=edgar_artis https://www.instagram.com/p/BTgsuYoFB2J/?taken-by=edgar_artis https://www.instagram.com/p/BSyYmrfghpr/?taken-by=edgar_artis https://www.instagram.com/p/BSLtawcA5_F/?taken-by=edgar_artis https://www.instagram.com/p/BRx98VUAD4s/?taken-by=edgar_artis https://www.instagram.com/p/BRauy4kAoM0/?taken-by=edgar_artis

You’re cleaning your cutting board wrong and it could make you ill

Raw meat, juicy fruits and vegetables, herbs, fish — your cutting board has been underneath it all. Cutting boards are an integral part of any kitchen, but with all of this chopping action, isn’t there a hygiene concern? Most of us wash our cutting boards with warm, soapy water, thinking we’ve taken care of the task and happily move on to something else. But cutting boards have been reported to harbor 200 percent more fecal bacteria than your everyday toilet seat. It’s time to switch up our cleaning routine. Washing with soapy liquid is effective at killing harmful bacteria present on other kitchen items — plates, cutlery, utensils, counters — it just can’t compete with the cold, hard surface of a cutting board, meaning bacteria can linger and make you ill. Sarah from Expert Home Tips told The Mirror that bleach is the answer. “Soaking chopping boards in bleach after every use…

Basil Pesto with Almonds Ready in Minutes

When a recipe calls for an ingredient that requires a special trip to the store, I find it rarely gets made. That’s been the situation with me and pesto. Does anyone really have pine nuts handy? This recipe is great because the almonds easily substitute for pine nuts, and most of us have almonds stocked in the pantry. Just about any nuts will add a nice crunch, really. A medley of almonds, pine nuts, and walnuts would add great texture and flavor. Pesto is easy to jar and save all year, but enjoy it fresh, now that basil is growing abundantly in the garden. To make this recipe, simply add all ingredients to a food processor or high power blender, and pulse until ingredients are chopped finely. Pesto works well with chicken, vegetables, pasta, grilled sandwiches, Caprese salads and more. Pesto with Almonds Ingredients 3 cups packed fresh basil (or about 3 ounces)…

Cheap Walmart Wine Ranked One of the World’s Best

When you crave a fine wine, you probably don’t find yourself perusing the shelves at Walmart. But if you love a good deal, that exactly where you should head. Decanter Magazine ranked a $7 bottle of red wine sold at Walmart as one of the best in the world. The award went to La Moneda Reserva’s Malbec, a Chilean wine described as, “deep purple with violet tints, rounded and velvety tannins, complex plum, fig, and strawberry flavors and excellent length.” This isn’t the wine’s first award. At last year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, more than 200 experts participated in a blind taste test of more than 16,000 wine varieties from around the world. The results were tallied, resulting in Moneda Reserva’s Malbec winning title of Platinum Best in Show — validating everyone who swears that the only difference between a cheap and expensive wine is the label. After being sold exclusively sold in the U.K. last…

Meet the world’s first Milk Sommelier

At a time when Millennials are taking food to to ridiculous heights — drinking perfect latte art out of an avocado, anyone? — it’s easy to see how the job of a Milk Sommelier can actually exists. Bas de Groot is the world’s one and only milk sommelier as far as he’s aware. You might mock it, but he does actually has some smart things to say about the world’s favorite white dairy drink. “It’s a liquid of serious complexity akin to a fine wine,” Groot says in a mini-doc by CNN’s Great Big Story. “The main thing I do is tell the story of the rich diversity of milk.” Groot hosts an on-screen tasting at Clover Dairy Farm in California with farmer John Bucher. Just like a wine sommelier’s knowledge of a specific region’s soil, Groot credits the farm’s soil, plants and farmer’s practices with imparting specific flavors to the cow’s milk. “Milk and wine are…

9 Tips for making the perfect fruit salad

Summertime is synonymous with fresh fruit, so it’s no wonder why we consume so much fruit salad during these warm months. It’s sweet, refreshing and so easy to make, but for those in the know, there is actually more to it than just chopping up a bunch of fruit and tossing it in a bowl. Not all fruit salads are created equal. There are a few tricks you can follow to enhance the flavors and make the dish more pleasing to the eye. Here are 9 tricks to help you make your best fruit salads this summer, and all year long. 1. Buy fruit in season Fruit is flown in daily from around the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s fresh. It was likely picked weeks ago — before it was ripe and ready. It was packaged, bruised, stored and shipped before it ever made it to your grocery market. Instead, you…

Disney’s Glowing Lavender Lemonade Looks Sweet for Summer

To commemorate Disney California Adventure’s new Guardians of the Galaxy ride, the park created a special menu for the Summer of Heroes celebration. The large $9 sourdough Baby Groot-shaped bread was the first epic item to take off. The character-inspired bread is baked fresh at Disney California Adventure’s Boudin Bakery, and using black olives for eyes and jalapeño cheddar for hair, looks just like the lovable on-screen character. But it’s the glowing Infinity-Ade drink that is popping up all over Instagram now. At $8, the lavender lemonade comes with a glow cube that you can save all use at home all summer. Reportedly, you can choose your own “stone” color. One fan wrote of the new non-alcoholic drink, “[It] is a lavender lemonade with a sugar/ lavender rim. You can choose your “infinity stone” aka the color setting of the glow cube,” and gave it a high recommendation. Another reviewer…