So we already know about the beers flavored with chiles, such as the one served at a Denver bar with a serrano pepper in every bottle. Now we are obliged to learn that in Germany, some people add horseradish to beer. (More often to brandy, though.)
Fleur de Mango, le Parfum Dangereux
Cashews and mangos are related to poison oak and poison ivy and can cause exactly the same kind of rash. Cashew nuts are poisonous until they're toasted (causing no end of trouble for professional cashew handlers), and every last part of the mango plant is poisonous . . . except the flesh of the mango fruit. Really; it's possible to get a rash from the mango's skin, and for sensitive people, even the aroma of a mango blossom is poisonous.
A McDonald's in San Diego boasts a 30-foot-long statue of a pink and green dinosaur--scientifically pretty accurate, apart from the running shoes, Hawaiian shirt and dark glasses--posed as a waiter.
Where's the Grease?
Not long ago the editor of Render, the trade journal of the fat-rendering industry, was complaining to the Wall Street Journal that recycled grease from restaurants and meat handlers is fetching such a low price that renderers often don't pay for it--they charge to haul it away. Now comes an Associated Press story about grease rustlers in Houston, who vacuum hamburger grease out of recycling bins and sell it to "grease fences." One company claims it's losing $30,000 worth of grease a month from its bins. Somebody may be pulling a slippery one on us.