Boston Mayor Makes Good on Super Bowl Bet; Diet Sodas Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

Remember that little food bet Hizzoner made with Boston’s mayor over who’d win the Super Bowl? Well, pay-up time has come, and our northern neighbors will be donating 100 cups of New England clam chowder, 42 lbs. of coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts, twelve dozen Boston cream pies and twelve dozen Parker house rolls, 100 Old Tyme hot dogs and 100 Al Fresco chicken sausages, twenty pizzas, five cases of Brigham’s Boston You’re My Home ice cream, five cases of Cherry on the Top frozen-yogurt bars from Elan, and 100 servings of Stonyfield Farm Organic Yogurt to City Harvest. Happily, no one has to eat it. [Zagat Buzz]

Drop that Diet Coke! Researchers have found a correlation between the consumption of diet soda and incidences of metabolic syndrome, a series of unhealthful factors that can lead to diabetes and heart disease. [NYT]

More bad news for fish: The FDA confirmed that several outbreaks of ciguatera fish poisoning have taken place across the country due to consumption of fish harvested in the northern Gulf of Mexico. [AP]

Apparently Rachael Ray is a big indie-rock fan. And she’s invited Canadian band Holy Fuck to play her party at the South by Southwest festival. Huh? [Pitchfork via The Grinder/Chow]

The California beef plant where workers were caught on video abusing cows has been shut down. [LAT]

A Voce pastry chef Josh Gripper likes making Italian desserts because, as he puts it, “What’s left to do with French desserts that hasn’t been done already?” [Restaurant Girl]
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