Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New York City's Illicit Grilled Cheese Black Market Exposed

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Underground dining takes a bike turn towards ridiculousness with New York City's grilled cheese black market. The New York Post visits with "Ronnie", who sells his grilled cheese sandwiches via text messages, delivered on his bike. "'This is my lunch break. I couldn't finish my day without one of these sandwiches,' said Lia Strassler, 26, who ordered one on wheat bread with American cheese, tomato and ground pepper."

Which leads one to wonder, why are Americans so hooked on food fads? Salon's Riddhi Shah explores the psychology of the American obsession with cupcakes one year, macaroons the next, and how it might all be linked to consumerism, innovation and insane abundance.

With one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country, Cleveland has found itself with a lot of vacant lots. Utne Reader reports on Cleveland's move to use urban spaces for community gardening and urban farming.

A twit's Tweets hurt his business. Tulsa, Oklahoma's Fox23 News reports on a local coffee house owner who tweeted that breastfeeding wasn't allowed in his coffee house, and felt the fallout immediately. People worldwide angered. Social media professors involved.

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