* Why do the words "Rachael Ray" and "dog food" just sound so . . . deliciously matched? Perhaps because so many of the dishes she slaps together on that TV show look thrown together and unappetizing, like the leftovers you scrape into the bowl for your pooch? Whatever the reason, I can't even hate too much on ol' Rach for launching both a pet food line and a pet-related charity, I mean who doesn't love the doggies, after all. Oh wait, yes I can -- the line of premium dog food is called Nutrish. Cue the sound of a million cats horking up a million hairballs.
* It sounds so much more manly when you call it a beer holster. I'm not sure I'd be willing to drop $18 on this beer belt at Urban, though. Seems to me the martini glasses would just jiggle around and slosh my cocktail on my pants. (Geekadelphia via @Alexknowshtml)
* Totally. In. Love. with the Munchlers lunch boxes (only $10!) from BUILTNY, but I can't see Jack wanting to carry one to second grade (we're getting off the school lunch plan and going back to a packed lunch this year), and I tend to eat my lunch standing at the kitchen counter. But the cuteness? Paleeze. While we're talking about it, I'm a big fan of my BUILT laptop sleeve, but the laptop backpack has a bit of a Kevlar vest look to it, no?
* I'm happy to see fast-food kids menus are the latest against the wall for the Center for Science in the Public Interest buzzkill squad, even if they aren't telling parents anything we don't already know, like the fact that a BK Big Kids meal is pretty much a one-way ticket to a dateless prom night and a spot on "The Biggest Loser."
What's bugging me (aside from the shame of thinking about how much we love those Chik Fil-A nuggets, na mean) is that the report doesn't include information on the nutritional evils of kid selections at non-fast food chain restaurants like TGI Friday's, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, etc. -- exactly the kind of mediocre eateries often chosen by parents because they're not Mickey D's (or Friendly's) and are likely to have something on their menus the picky ones will eat.
CSPI only scrutinized the chains that have dedicated children’s menus (19 out of the top 25 chains) and that provide nutrition information on their web sites or elsewhere (13 chains). Applebee’s, T.G.I. Friday’s, Outback Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and IHOP do not disclose nutrition information for most menu items even upon request.
The entire report is available as a PDF here.