Happy July 5. Need a hangover cure? Here are seven.
— Just in time for summer, the U.S. Postal Service has released a book of new stamps celebrating some of America's favorite soda fountain ice cream treats, including root beer floats, milkshakes, and the banana split.
— World demand for coffee is at an all-time high, Bloomberg reports. Global coffee consumption is set to hit 9,048,000,000 kilos by this fall. That's a lot of coffee, and maybe a reason why Starbucks is raising its prices.
"Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" is the opposite of destination dining. It's a travel show about going nowhere. It is the precise opposite of fomo: I never feel like I'm missing out on anything. I'll never go to Bakersfield to eat "outrageous" Basque food, or seek out Asian Experience, an "outstanding" Thai (and pizza) joint thirty miles farther south, in Taft. But the show is a pleasing reminder of all the unassuming treasures just around the corner, all the entrepreneurs pursuing a modest, neighborhood version of the American Dream, the way landlocked immigrants often juggle their own aspirations with the expectations of whoever's picking up the check.
In 1930 Jimmy Dewar, the manager of Continental Baking Co. in Chicago, was looking for something to take the place of the firm's cream-filled strawberry shortcake when the fruit was out of season. "We needed a good two-pack nickel number," he recalled. Dewar filled some oblong shortcake molds with sponge cake, injected banana filling and dubbed them Twinkies after a nearby billboard for Twinkle Toe Shoes. When bananas became unavailable during World War II, the firm switched to vanilla crème.
— Finally, pop tarts made by hand: