Food News, Fud Nooz

Let’s start with a no-brainer: who can afford to eat out all the time? Remember what it was like, over a decade ago, when the economy was tanking and businesses were closing right and left? And Thomas Friedman, the smug NYTimes “sage,” wrote, in November of 2008, that people should avoid going to restaurants, should save their pennies, should just stay home? Fortunately, the public ignored Friedman’s advice and the restaurant industry recovered.

Well, there’s now a new head-scratching report from the National Restaurant Association, no less, that asks “Well, who’s eating in all these expensive restaurants?” Well, no duh, the answer is “rich people.”

For the rest of us, who go out when we can (or have to), there’s hope, however. The Bon Appetit list of ten best new American restaurants is a collection of lunch counters, taco stands, and holes-in-the-wall. Only one ambitious, fine-dining spot, Longoven in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo credit: Emma Fishman)

And those cans of wine at the drugstore checkout counter? Cute, huh? Can they be any good? The answer may surprise you.

Which brings us to a problem we’ve all been known to face: overdoing it. But help is on the way in the form of a new product called RePear, a two-stage concoction that promises relief from overindulgence.

According to the news release, you take RePear two hours before and again right after drinking alcoholic beverages in order to supercharge your liver’s ability to produce certain alcohol-metabolizing enzymes.  Before drinking, taking RePear increases your stores of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, folate and other nutrients that are lost when drinking but necessary to protect your body from inflammation and help it metabolize alcohol.  Taking it immediately after drinking helps load the body with even more vitamins and minerals, helping to continue to protect the body and break down alcohol.  "Taking RePear at this point continues to help the liver metabolize alcohol and speed up the detoxification of acetaldehyde from the body to decrease the symptoms of a hangover," the company claims.

I've asked for samples and will let you know.

And finally: Gary Larson’s The Far Side might be coming back. I still remember the dog trying to tempt the cat into washing machine with signs reading CAT FUD. [Pinterest link here.] Oh, please, oh please, says the dog. Oh please, oh please, oh please, yes.