It's Wednesday, January 20 and on this day in 1911 the National Coffee Association was founded; it remains one of America's oldest trade organizations. In other news, the government in Québec is trying to ban "grilled cheese," a new study finds it's not only fast food meals that are high in calories: mom and pop restaurants are guilty too; In-N-Out popped up in Sydney, Australia this week; one theory suggests Mexican drug lord El Chapo was captured because of a taco run; and Mario Batali is obsessed with Jane Lynch. Read on:
— People around the world call the dish which is composed of cheese sandwiched between two slices of bread and griddled or pan-fried, "grilled cheese," but the language police in Québec aren't crazy about this American/English name. According to a report filed by the Office québécois de la langue française, the government would prefer that restaurants call it "sandwich au fromage fondant." The locals and at least one restaurant owner are rolling their eyes. To be fair, this has been part of the laws in this Francophone Canadian province for some time. Fun fact: Starbucks locations across the globe use simple signage that says "Starbucks" or "Starbucks Coffee," but in Québec Starbucks locations must be emblazoned with signage that says "Café Starbucks Coffee."
— Was Mexican drug lord and Sean Penn BFF caught because he had a craving for tacos? According to a New York Times report from last week, authorities were trailing a van thought to belong to one of El Chapo's associates when it stopped to pick up "a big order of tacos." Right after the pick up, authorities pounced:
In early January, he arrived in the coastal city of Los Mochis, in Sinaloa, at a home where the authorities had trailed one of the chief tunnel diggers from his escape. Construction crews had been hard at work on the house for weeks... The final bit of evidence was a food order, Mexican officials said.
Just two blocks away, a big order of tacos was picked up after midnight on Jan. 8 by a man driving a white van, like the one believed to be driven by Mr. Guzmán's associates, witnesses said.
Hours later, at 4:30 a.m., the marines stormed the compound, meeting a knot of doors and fierce resistance from gunmen. Like many of Mr. Guzmán's homes, this one was equipped with elaborate escape hatches: a decoy beneath the refrigerator, and another behind a closet mirror, which he used to flee as the battle raged.
— A new study suggests that mom and pop restaurants are just as guilty of excessive portion size and calorie counts as fast food and other chain restaurants. According to researchers at Tufts University, a closer look at the menus of 123 small, independent restaurants in Boston, Little Rock, Ark., and San Francisco found that most meals on these menus often weighed in at over 1,200 calories a pop. American, Chinese, and Italian dishes had the highest calorie counts with a mean of 1,495 calories per meal.
— In-N-Out Burger popped up in Sydney, Australia a few hours ago and sold out in just 10 minutes. For some crazy reason, the organizers only prepared 300 burgers. Clearly, Sydney's appetite for In-N-Out is far greater than that.
— Finally, orange Croc enthusiast Mario Batali is obsessed with actress Jane Lynch: