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Lollapalooza and Taste of Chicago offer a tasty teaser of their menus
They are arguably the two most popular summertime festivals in Chicago and are the reasons millions flock into the city during the summer. Earlier this week Chicagoans got a preview of what to expect to nosh on at these great summer fests. The Taste of Chicago will feature establishments such as Taco Joint Urban Taqueria, pulled-pork sandwiches for The Smoke Daddy, meatball sliders from Pazzo Cucina Italina located in the loop as well as Taste long timers, Connie’s Pizza and Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs. There will also be 14 Food Trucks park alongside the taste for those looking to grab something on the go.
If you’re attending Lollapalooza, you can fuel up for Mumford & Sons, The Killers and Phoenix at the Chow Town – two strips of food booths within Lollapalooza. There will be a total of 34 restaurants including Evanston’s own Edzo’s Burger Shop and sushi (that’s right sushi at Lolla) from Kamehachi.
Visit tasteofchicago.us or lollapalooza.com for the list of all the restaurants participating to ensure you do not rock out on an empty stomach.
Sponge Bob XXXL Pants?
The children’s cable network, Nickelodeon has dug themselves in and is not backing down to critics who say the network should not be airing commercials for unhealthy products such as Trix or Cocoa Puffs. Just last week four United States Senators wrote Nickelodeon pleading with them to adopt a stricter nutritional policy for their advertisements. In a statement, Nickelodeon said, “As an entertainment company, Nickelodeon’s primary mission is to make the highest quality entertainment content in the world for kids,” “That is our expertise. We believe strongly that we must leave the science of nutrition to the experts.”
But before we start hating on Nickelodeon, they networks has made efforts and continues to health and wellness a priority. They have dedicated 10% of their promotional airtime to health and wellness campaigns as well as put a license on their shows saying certain characters are not allowed to be shown eating certain junk foods.
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Starbucks adding nutritional information to their menu
When you get your morning coffee, do you really care how many calories are in that cup? Well, whether you answered yes or no starting June 25th you won’t have a choice. Starbucks will begin using calorie counts on the menu boards in more than 11,000 locations across the country. They will also have tags for all the pastries and baked goods. Mary Wagner, the Senior VP of Global Research says, “Menu labeling is yet another step to extend our commitment to wellness, ensuring our customers and partners (employees) have the information they need to make informed decisions and understand all the ways that they can customize their Starbucks beverages to be within their desired calorie range.”
Will people be less like to consumer a Venti Macchiato knowing how many calories are in it? Two public health experts from Johns Hopkins University don’t believe so, “If customers don’t understand what 250 calories means or how those calories fit into their overall daily dietary requirements, posting that information on a menu may not be very useful.”
Some believe the solution to this thought is to not post how many calories there are in a drink, but to list how much physical activity it would take a person to work off that Cappuccino or Latte that they are about to consume. The jury is still out on the effectiveness of this approach, but either way, it looks like we will have an answer sooner than later.
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