Small Bites from Around the Country: May 24

By ABC May 24, 2012

Our Coast to Coast Week continues on and today we are in Mario’s hometown of Seattle to taste the best of Northwestern delicacies.

Everyone knows Seattle is the home of Starbucks so it only seems fitting to once again mention that a big new study says coffee is good for you!

In other Seattle news, the city is home to the first “Food Forest” that invites visitors to forage for delicious edibles amongst the foliage. Find out more on here.

Here’s some of the other food and lifestyle news we’re reading here at The Chew today:

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – cooking and eating at home can save your life! Cambridge University reports in a brand new study that people who cook five times a week were 47% more likely to be alive after 10 years than those who didn’t. Time hit up the grocery store, huh? More from the NY Daily News.

The world’s meatiest sandwich – from our dear friends in England - is filled with 41 cuts of meat and reportedly takes 10 hours to eat:

“The massive sandwich stands 15 inches high, 24 inches wide and tips the scales at more than two stones. It contains 1,445 grams of ham, two kilograms of salami, turkey and bacon, one kilogram of sausages and 720 grams of chorizo. A sprinkling of salad, cheese and gherkins complete the sandwich, which took four hours to make.”

More on the sandwich here.

Good news or bad news depending on which way you look at it: your alcohol is getting stronger.

Speaking of alcohol, are $20 cocktails becoming the norm? We sure hope not. But NY Magazine says they are on the way to that threshold. Makes that brewskie look (and taste) all the better.

Submariners’ lunches
found remarkably intact at the bottom of the ocean floor.
“[S]cientists discovered something unexpected: the crew’s lunch—stainless steel Thermoses with imploded plastic tops, meat-flavored bouillon, apples, bologna sandwiches wrapped in wax paper—were exceptionally well-preserved. Except for discoloration of the bologna and the apples’ pickled appearances, the stuff looked almost as fresh as the day the Alvin accidentally went all the way under. (The authors apparently did a taste test; they said the meat broth was ‘perfectly palatable.’)”

Tips for healthier running come courtesy of Fresh Air for all you exercise freaks out there.

Hey Chew fans! Do you like to watch the show from the comfort of your couch? Us, too! So, in a side note, the inventor of the TV remote control died this week. An obituary from the NY Times.

Oklahoma State University claims they have discovered a new steak they’re calling the Vegas Strip Steak. Reports NPR:

The school says it has worked with an outside meat expert to discover a new steak. It's hiding somewhere inside a part of a cow that's now commonly used for hamburger.

The steak has a name — the Vegas Strip Steak (TM) — and a marketing campaign. But, because OSU is still waiting on its patent, they are being cagey about the details.

Can you patent a steak? OSU is trying to do just that. Would you try it?