Zagat Says Python-Topped Pizza in Ft. Myers Best Represents Florida

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Zagat has declared the "Everglades Pizza" at Evan's Neighborhood Pizza in Ft. Myers as the pizza that best represents the state of Florida.

The pie contains somewhat, er, original toppings, such as python, whole frog legs, and alligator sausage. It also costs $45 for a 14-inch pie.

You may remember a while back when Zagat, in another one of its "50 States" articles, suggested that the Cuban sandwich contains salami -- the way it's made in Tampa.

Does it seem to anyone else like Zagat intentionally snubs Miami?

See also: Cuban Sandwich Contains Salami? Miami Doesn't Think So, Zagat

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"Chinese Food" Viral YouTube Video Offends Asian-Americans but Should Frighten Parents

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It's hard to be mad at a panda, but the past few days, people have been expressing outrage at the music video for Ark Music Factory's song "Chinese Food." The video, which features the song created by Ark's cofounder Patrice Wilson, portrays 11-year-old singer Alison Gold frolicking with Wilson in a panda suit and has garnered almost 8 million hits on YouTube in a matter of days.

According to ABC News, chef, restaurateur, and author of the best-selling memoir Fresh Off the Boat, Eddie Huang, is one of many who took issue with the music video, tweeting, "For real, s-- is mega offensive" and "ARE U IDIOTS AT BILLBOARD SUPPORTING THIS RACIST S--?"

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McDonald's Accused of Cheating Worker By Paying With ATM Card

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Over the past several years, frightening statistics have been released revealing that minimum wage earners working 40 hours per week cannot afford to live above poverty level -- meaning they cannot afford rent on their own, their food budget is negligible, and of course, cable and WiFi are out of the question.

So how do highly successful conglomerates help struggling employees whose hard work made it possible for the income of CEOs to increase 725 percent over the past 30 years?

Well, McDonald's has a better idea. Instead of helping those who need it most, why not lend an unnecessary hand to another huge multinational? Like JPMorgan Chase.

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Chris P. Bacon: PETA Requests Name Change For Florida Pig

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Dear PETA,

I'm writing on behalf of everyone in the world who is fortunate enough to have a sense of humor. Last night I came across your letter to Dr. Len Lucero of Clermont, Florida -- an angel of a man -- one who took in a disabled pig and gave him a chance at a better life.

Of course, the fact that Dr. Lucero has provided a happy home for Chris P. Bacon isn't enough for your organization -- God forbid that someone other than a member of PETA get any credit for animal activism.

Your request that Dr. Lucero change the name of his pet pig to "Piggy" is as sad as your propaganda videos for unsuspecting and impressionable children.

See also:
- The Internet's Favorite Pig On Wheels
- Handicapped Pig Pens Book Deal

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Taco Fusion in Tampa: Still Serving Lion Meat Despite Denials

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People became angry in Tampa recently when it was announced that the city's Taco Fusion was serving lion meat. They also serve gazelle, kangaroo, ostrich, beaver, otter, and other animals, but it was the king of the jungle that awakened the public's ire.

In the face of much criticism, the following message was posted recently online by Taco Fusion, according to Time magazine: "Thank you all for the feedback regarding the lion meat promotion at Taco Fusion. Some of you were supportive, some of you were angry. We listened to everyone and decided to no longer carry lion. The lion meat is sold out and we do not plan to carry it again. Thank you all for your feedback."

But that is not what I was told when I called the restaurant.

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Coca-Cola to Face Criticism for Food Stamp Lobbying

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Ready for a shocker?

American taxpayers subsidize the purchase of approximately $4 billion worth of soda products annually through SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps.

Federal, state, and local governments have all tried to prohibit the purchase of sodas and other "junk food" items with food stamps, but they have met resistance -- strong resistance -- directly from the true king of pop: the Coca-Cola Company.

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Unhappy Meal: 91 Percent of Kids' Plates Unhealthy

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The nutritional content of children's food at restaurants should be government-regulated. As I've said before, I believe there's no need to give in to "your whiny brat's tirade." The National Restaurant Association's Kids LiveWell menu standards, a voluntary initiative, recommends meals for children have 600 calories or fewer, get 35 percent or less of their calories from fat and sugar, and have no more than 770 mg of sodium, while emphasizing lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.

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Obama's Wrong: Eliminate Food Aid Til the Economy's Back On Track

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As distressed as our economy is, the United States continues to spend about $1.4 billion per year on sending food aid to other countries.

President Obama is proposing a major change to the foreign food aid program that could greatly impact Florida, which ranks seventh in the nation in food exports.

As of now, food is purchased from American farms and then shipped to the recipients of our aid. Shipping costs take up a large portion of the money designated for the program. The international food aid program feeds approximately 17 million people a year worldwide. I'm not debating whether it's good to help people in need, but this should not mean less food at home. Obama's proposal suggests the $1.4 billion should be used to buy food in the countries we are shipping to instead of the current policy of buying food from American farmers. This would decrease shipping costs, but the U.S. economy is still in a funk.

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Food Stamp Debacle: Meet the One Governor Who Botched Public Aid Worse Than Rick Scott

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Ah, government. It protects and serves. Floridians spent last year lamenting Gov. Rick Scott's bright idea for welfare recipients: a ludicrous plan to drug-test every single person on state aid. (The courts later threw that idea out the window.)

Believe it or not, there's now a governor whose food stamp plans backfired even worse. Meet Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett, whose Department of Public Welfare disabled food stamp cards from 11 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday last month while switching vendors. The reason: to save cash. But when the clock struck noon Sunday, no one had access to food funds. This came on a day when most people grocery-shop. In fact, it was Palm Sunday, when many families shop for Easter. One grocery store employee told the Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice that the supermarket was "chaos."

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Packaged Food Kills: Too Much Sodium From Infancy to Adulthood

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At a meeting of the American Heart Association yesterday, data was presented that indicates there are high levels of sodium in packaged food made for toddlers.

I've gotten flack about this column for my stance that food should bear clear and obvious labels that show nutritional and artificial-sweetener data. The most common argument put forth by critics is that it shouldn't be the companies' responsibility to come up with such labels, but rather consumers should research the products they consume and inform themselves about what they are putting into their bodies. It's just not that black-and-white.

The fact remains that not everyone in this country is equal. Some people do not have Internet access. Some people cannot read. Yes, as much as we are conditioned to think we are all the same, we simply are not. Some of us have easier access to information and no trouble comprehending that information. That is not true of everyone.

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