Satirical American Menus: McDonald’s France Parodies American Meals in its Latest Menu

mcdonalds-franceMcDonald’s France’s latest menu attempts to popularize American food culture with an exclusively American-themed spread of fast food choices. The menu, titled ‘American Summer,’ satirically plays off of cultural stereotypes and staple food items that are exclusive to the USA.

The McDonald’s France menu features items such as the ‘California and Chicken’ sandwich filled with bacon and avocado sauce, the ‘Florida and Beef’ sandwich and the ‘Classic Chewy Chips’ side. Some of the items may seem like a bizarre food pairing to north Americans. For example, the ‘Classic Chewy Chips’ are meant to be a cross between a potato chip and a fry.

The goal of the menu is to offer French citizens a chance to experience staple American food items without having to leave the country.

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PGR Helps Slow Avocado Ripening, Lengthening Marketability

Avocados growing on a tree.  Avocado fruit.  UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.A commercially available plant growth regulator can keep a Florida avocado hybrid fresh longer, a finding that could expand the variety’s marketability. Marcio Eduardo Canto Periera, a former University of Florida doctoral student, looked at ethylene as well as liquid and gaseous forms of 1-methylcycloprene on Booth 7 avocados. Booth 7 is a hybrid of West Indian and Guatemalan avocado varieties.

Known also as 1-MCP, the chemical is marketed by AgroFresh under the brand SmartFresh Quality System. In the study, ethylene did not speed fruit ripening, but the gaseous 1-MCP kept the fruit fresh. Ethylene is a natural plant hormone used to speed ripening, such as in bananas, pears, tomatoes and avocados..

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Avocados, Eggs, Watermelon, Oysters: Top 10 Libido-Boosting Foods

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Want to improve your performance in the bedroom? Eat your way to a better sex life with these passion-inducing foods.There are a number of reasons why your sex life may have lost it’s sizzle but you can help put the va-va-voom back into the bedroom with these lust-inducing foods.

Leading company We-Vibe reveals what you should be munching down at dinner to put that spark back into your libido.

AVOCADOS
The name for this South American fruit derives from the Aztec language Nahuatl, in which it meant “testicle” – a name chosen for the fruit’s unusual shape.

It may seem like a bit of a stretch to us, but avocadoes do have some sexy benefits. They are rich in unsaturated fats, making them very heart-healthy.

And a healthy heart keeps the blood flowing to all the right places. Men with underlying heart disease are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, so feel free to add some extra avocado slices to your salads.

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These healthy nuts are said to act as a sexual stimulant and a fertility aid, so if you’re trying for a baby, start snacking.

They are rich in nutrients and in several minerals that are important for sexual health and reproduction, including zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. Zinc can also help enhance sexual desire…

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Avocados Stimulate Appetite for Learning

CC-waihi-beach-school-June-2014-04Pupils in Room One at Waihi Beach Primary School are drinking in their learning by the cupful.

Smoothies made with avocado and milk, plus a few other fruits, have become a hit with the 30 nine-10 year olds since teacher Lizette Turnbull showed how to make them as part of a health project.

“I was discussing my plans to teach the children about how to be healthy with my father-in-law Sid, who suggested focusing on the benefits of avocados, and promised to deliver them by the boxful to the school,” says Lizette.

Since making the promise, avocado orchardist Sid Turnbull has kept Room One supplied with avocados on a regular basis…

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Avocado Seed May Help In Diabetics Treatment

woman-eating-avocado-410x290Avocado is a very common fruit in Nigeria sold in fruit shops and can be eaten alone or added to salads, sandwiches, bread as well as rice. Usually, just the pulp is used in food preparation, but the seed or pit of avocado is much richer in nutrition and it has a long history in traditional medicine. In this report, VICTOR OKEKE writes on the benefits of the avocado seed.

Avocados are also called alligator pears because of their shape and wrinkly green skin. These names are sometimes melded into ‘avocado pear.’ The avocado has long been used as a preventative remedy for high cholesterol and heart disease. It is also popular for lowering blood pressure because of its high levels of potassium and foliate, which help to regulate blood pressure and protect the body against heart diseases.

The avocado fruit also provide a number of practical and medicinal uses in addition to being highly nutritious component of a healthy diet. Avocado skins offer antibiotic and anti-parasitic benefits, and the leaves can be made into a poultice to speed wound healing or prepared as tea to treat sore throat and diarrhea. However, avocado seeds offer a wide range of benefits too…

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The New Rules Of Healthy Cooking

slide_350680_3769613_freeWhy you should cook with some packaged foods—and how a once maligned fat is staging a comeback. Lynn Andriani

Old rule: Butter is evil.

New rule: Butter belongs in your kitchen. “Butter is back,” declared food writer Mark Bittman in The New York Times earlier this year, citing new research showing there’s no evidence to support the idea that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease. Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz devotes an entire book to the subject in her just-released The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. And Mitzi Dulan, RD, team nutritionist for the Kansas City Royals baseball team, says she uses butter at home for certain dishes—a grilled cheese sandwich is one—since studies show that saturated fat isn’t as bad as we once thought. As we all know, moderation is key, but we no longer need to “demonize” the ingredient that has long been a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike.

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Bribing a Baby with Food

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Today, we’re sharing an adorable video of a baby girl taking her first steps. Guess what her motivation is… an avocado of course. Sometimes it’s necessary to bribe your kids and using the tastiest fruit in the world can apparently do the trick. Enjoy!

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McDonald’s Tests Guacamole Burger, Side

2014-05-15-McD_GuacamoleBurger1-thumbMcDonald’s is borrowing an item from Chipotle Mexican Grill’s pantry and is testing guacamole not only as a burger topping but as a separate side dish as well.

In Denver, McDonald’s is offering a Guacamole Burger topped with a Hass avocado guacamole, pico de gallo, lettuce and white cheddar, served on the glossy artisan bun the chain introduced with its Bacon Clubhouse burger. Crispy or grilled chicken versions of the sandwich, with the same toppings, also are available.

The new burger is a high-end item, priced at $4.79, according to the chain.

The interesting wrinkle is that for 89¢ McDonald’s will put guacamole on any other sandwich, including breakfast sandwiches. For the same price consumers can get a separate serving of guacamole to use as a dip for fries (just as Chipotle and other Mexican-menu restaurants offer tortilla chips with guacamole)…

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Expect to Pay More for Some Groceries Due to Calif. Drought

droughtTEMPE, Ariz. — With California experiencing one of its worst droughts on record, grocery shoppers across the country can expect to see a short supply of certain fruits and vegetables in stores and to pay higher prices for those items. Professor Timothy Richards of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University recently completed some research on which crops will likely be most affected and what the price boosts might be.

“You’re probably going to see the biggest produce price increases on avocados, berries, broccoli, grapes, lettuce, melons, peppers, tomatoes and packaged salads,” says Richards, the Morrison Chair at the Morrison School of Agribusiness within the W. P. Carey School of Business. “We can expect to see the biggest percentage jumps in prices for avocados and lettuce – 28 percent and 34 percent, respectively. People are the least price-sensitive when it comes to those items, and they’re more willing to pay what it takes to get them.”…

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2014′s “Dirty Dozen,” How Safe Are Our Fruits and Vegetables?

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Before you learn which ones are considered to be in the “Dirty Dozen, ” please know that the Environmental Working Group  determined Avocados to be the CLEANEST fruit or veggie, with only 1% of all tested having a pesticide presence detected :) On with it…

(ENVIRONMENT/GREEN) The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released their 2014 list of fruits and vegetables with the most and least pesticide residue. Apple lovers may not be too happy about their findings, but guacamole fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

For more than a decade, the Washington watchdog group has published an annual guide to help consumers make more informed choices in the produce section of their grocery store. Read the rest of the article HERE