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Donald Trump Drinks 12 Cans of Diet Coke Per Day

Plus, Bobby Flay hoards “brunch sweaters,” and more food news

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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.
  • Donald Trump’s well-documented junk food habit includes an alarming amount of Diet Coke — 12 cans per day, according to the New York Times. The authors also reiterate the president’s passion for well-done steaks (with ketchup), “salad slathered with Roquefort dressing and bacon crumbles, tureens of gravy and massive slices of dessert with extra ice cream.”
  • Celebrity chef Bobby Flay apparently hoards what he refers to as “brunch sweaters.” Because of his schedule, “I don’t get many days off, so brunch is a luxury for me,” he tells the New York Times Style section. “For me, it’s a sweater that means ‘not at work.’ They’re a little big and comfortable. I’m not trying to make a fashion statement.”
  • A former state senator in Massachusetts, Brian Joyce, has been charged with the most Massachusetts crime ever: allegedly taking more than $1 million in bribes including a whopping 704 pounds of free Dunkin’ Donuts coffee from a franchise owner, according to Time. According to the indictment, the senator communicated his preference for “no decaf” in an email and added that “we like k cups at my office if possible.”
  • Representatives for prolific Instagram influencer and Kim Kardashian sidekick Jonathan Cheban (aka FoodGod) apparently reached out to several DC area restaurants offering to feature their food on his social media accounts in exchange for a contracted fee. “The package would include 1 still post to his Instagram @foodgod, a meet & greet with the chef or owner, 1 tweet posted to his Twitter account. Generally speaking his rate is around $3,500, but we are open to working with budget parameters,” the publicist stated in emails obtained by the Washington City Paper.
  • The term “za” gets its day in court in last weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live. Does it in fact stand for “pizza” or “lasagna”? James Franco cracks the case.
  • Fans of Dragon Ball Z can now find themselves right at home at a restaurant in Osaka, Japan inspired by the animated series. The Dragon Ball Cafe is located on the fifth floor of the Umeda Hilton Plaza West and features dishes like Oolong’s Barbecue Pork Noodles and King Piccolo’s Bang Bang Chicken Salad, Sora News 24 reports.
  • Hong Kong’s first Cheesecake Factory is wildly popular, but some customers are baffled by the calories and portion sizes and eat their food in intervals, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • Here’s a guide to sussing out whether someone’s really going to attend a holiday party, courtesy of the New Yorker.
  • Luke Skywalker tries and fails to get into the Mos Eisley Cantina in this sketch from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.