Happy Friday, finally. Tonight kicks off track and field events at the Rio Olympics; meanwhile, the rest of us will be competing to see how many slices of pizza we can polish off during the medal ceremonies. USA! USA!
In today’s food news: brace for a new Girl Scout Cookie flavor; Olympic McFlurries; how not to look stupid at a fancy restaurant; Tim Kaine has good taste in sandwiches; and navigating the olive oil aisle.
— A new Girl Scout Cookie is coming to join the ranks of Tagalongs and Thin Mints: S’mores. Too bad Girl Scout Cookie season is still several months away.
— There’s a McDonald’s inside Rio’s Olympic Park, but spectators can’t get a Big Mac there: It only serves ice cream. And at least one option actually seems kinda healthy: banana-muesli McFlurry, anyone?
— A recent question on Quora (AKA Yahoo Answers for people who actually know what they’re talking about) wondered: What are some rookie mistakes diners make at very high-end restaurants? Answers include failing to ask the price of specials (those $150 truffle add-ons are a real bummer), underdressing, and holding wine glasses improperly (they should be gripped by the stem, not the bowl).
— Olive oil fraud is rampant — so how do you know you’re getting the real thing? Here are a few tips, including looking for a date code and carefully choosing the country of origin (Chile or Australia are good bets).
— Politics aside, Hillary Clinton VP pick Tim Kaine has excellent taste in sandwiches, as he recently demonstrated on a campaign trip to New Orleans: