Happy Tuesday, because hey at least Monday's over. Speaking of Mondays, Starbucks is apparently trying to make up for its rewards program debacle by offering members discounts every Monday this month. Meanwhile, Whole Foods' produce department is about to get a little less attractive; a new study suggest maybe you should take it easy on the salt when cooking; and is everything you know about bay leaves a lie? Let's get to it:
— Spendy grocer Whole Foods is listening to the zeitgeist and plans to start selling "ugly" fruits and vegetables, or produce that often gets rejected for being visually imperfect. This is a great step forward for the country's terrible track record on food waste, but let your mind rest upon the consumer cost here for a moment. What was once actually thrown into the garbage is now going to cost (part of) your whole paycheck. If that whole mark-up went to the farmer or went to feeding those less fortunate, this would be a whole lot less uncomfortable.
— In an attempt to take some of the pain away from Starbucks customers who are still pissed about the chain's updated rewards program, America's biggest coffee chain has released a series of deals called "Happy Mondays." Every Monday this month patrons (who use their Starbucks rewards card or app) can get a discount on drinks or food, or earn bonus points. The worst part is that Mondays are generally not happy for anyone, whether you get half off your Frappuccino or not.
— While New York state debates sodium labels on menus, a new study suggests people eat more when their food is more heavily salted. According to the study published in the Journal of Nutrition, "salt made people eat 11 percent more food and calories, regardless of how much fat was in the meal."
— Wait. Are bay leaves bullshit? Anthony Bourdain says they're important — "especially for cream sauces" — but certain other people seem to think that the dried leaves are a sham.
— Shake Shack released its annual earnings yesterday, and though it was mostly good news SHAK stock fell on the announcement and many investors fear the stock may be overvalued. Still, the impact of Chick'n Shack remains to be seen. SHAK is trading up this morning after falling over 3 percent in after hours trading last night.
— Finally, how famed sushi master Jiro's apprentice is making his mark: