Morning Reading -- wine smuggling, Nutella and Let's Move
From the Washington Post, via Baltimore Crime, a story on how Maryland's current wine-shipment laws have created smuggling routes through D.C. and Virginia. Maryland wine-lovers who work in the district are having wine shipped to -- their offices -- and then driving the wine across the state/district border!
Nutella has been messing with its basic formula, at least in the U.S. The classic recipe used an oil that fell into the partially hydrogenated category. I remember Whole Foods didn't sell Nutella (it may now?) because of this, or maybe because of the artificial vanilla. Anyway, Whole Foods Market used to promote this other kind of chocolate hazelnut spread that was a much better-made product -- not hydrogenated oils, nothing artificial. And it was completely without appeal.
Nutella is so good because it's bad.
The old U.S. formula, which I think was much closer to the European formula, was also good/bad. The European original is good/bad, too, although it's easy to find comments on blogs about how the U.S. version is artificial and synthetic while the European version was authentic and artisinal.
And Obama Foodorama talks about the impact of Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign on the occasion of it first anniversary. The post talks about the criticism of the campaign, too, as well as the public-awareness campaigns of former wives of presidents and manages to omit Nancy Reagan, which is just tacky.