Happy Wednesday, America. On this day in 1930 Twinkies went on sale for the very first time. The original flavor was not vanilla, but banana creme. Back then, two Twinkies cost just five cents; today they cost 75 cents. What a world.
— The Associated Press recently took a look at coffee culture in North Korea and discovered that though there's no Starbucks in sight, third wave coffee is very much alive in the country's capital, Pyongyang. Hand-drip, cold brew, and a full range of espresso drinks are on offer at many coffee shops around town thanks to a growing middle class that favors little daily luxuries like a fine cup of joe.
— Starbucks is expanding its high-end Roastery concept into Manhattan. The coffee chain has plans to build the world's biggest Starbucks in the Meatpacking District. Over 20,000 square feet of space will be dedicated to what some are calling an Eataly of coffee.
— Brief dispatch from chef Scott Conant of Chopped fame: "I don't eat insects. I know that's a trend a lot of people are talking about, cricket flour and stuff like that as an alternative protein in the future. I have a really hard time. Crickets look too much like cockroaches, and cockroaches freak me out."
— Presented without comment, this terrible tweet:
— Finally, Jimmy Fallon shares the pros and cons of what would happen if Chipotle got into the burger business: