Sunday, September 26, 2004

Focus: 'Fat, dumb and happy'

The Sunday Times

By John Arlidge

McDonald's took its eye off the ball, according to its new boss, Charlie Bell, who is now thinking outside the burger box to restore its fortunes
‘Fat, dumb and happy!” shouts Charlie Bell, the boss of McDonald’s. Bell is not lampooning Morgan Spurlock, the man behind the anti-McDonald’s documentary, Super Size Me. He is describing McDonald’s recent business performance.

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Saturday, September 25, 2004

Food reviews

The Guardian

By Ros Taylor

With Zagat charging for access to its food reviews, you might be forgiven for thinking gastronomic advice is hard to find online. Not a bit of it - the Michelin ( and Economist ( recommendations are still free, Time Out ( offers a 14-day free trial, and there are plenty of others to scope out the best restaurants.

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Englishness – it's all a question of taste

The Telegraph

By Charles Elliott

As an American gardener, Charles Elliott has noticed many curious things about this country, some of which are simply lost in translation


Saturday, September 04, 2004

Buying organic 'gives you boost'

BBC News

New research suggests that buying organic food can make people feel better, even before they eat any of it.
Supermarket chain Sainsbury's says simply making the choice to buy organic can induce a sense of well-being.
Consumers told the company in focus groups that buying organic gave them more control over what they eat.
Sales of organic food have now topped £1bn annually, with the market growing twice as fast as that for conventional groceries.

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Thinking big

The Times

As Morgan Spurlock challenges a fast food nation, Arwa Haider discovers why he and others are using cinema to make a difference

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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Town hopes for boost from seafood

BBC News

Organisers of a seafood festival are hoping it will become an annual event.
Oyster and Seafood month, which had its first outing last year, is due to kick off in Maldon, Essex, at Hythe Quay on Wednesday.
During the festival, people will be encouraged to sample local seafood and to help raise money for charity. John Archer, chairman of Maldon District Council, said it was hoped the festival would be "bigger and better" than last year's inaugural event.
Maldon received a boost in recognition among foodies when television chef Delia Smith praised the qualities of its sea salt.
Two entrepreneurs were granted a 25-year lease last year to farm oyster beds by Maldon District Council.
Diseases, and bad weather, had eroded Maldon's reputation for oysters in the 1960s.