It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

It’s Vegan Month of Food according to the Los Angeles Times. “Vegan-minded bloggers are being asked to toil around the clock (only a slight exaggeration) to celebrate a month dedication to vegan fare.”

My vegan friend Becky has a recipe for vegan brown sugar cookies up on her Glue and Glitter blog today. I thought I’d send you there in honor of Vegan Food Month, or as it’s being called on twitter, #veganmofo.

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Apparently, drinking straight from a peeled coconut is all the rage in New York City right now. The New York Times reports street vendors are selling them to the hip for $2-$4 a pop.

THE odd whitish spheres resting in a tray of ice outside a bodega on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn were strange enough to make passers-by do a double take.
Strolling down the Williamsburg street, Martin Mancusi, 30, a tourist from Barcelona, Spain, and his friend Alejandro Kaed, 33, stopped to examine the items: young peeled coconuts, waiting to be pierced by a straw and sipped tiki-style by someone young and fashionable, as they have been all summer.
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Starbucks in unveiling a line of instant coffee. Yes, you read that right – instant coffee. My first thought when I saw the headline on The Wall Street Journal site was that Starbucks stores must be installing stations where you could pour your own coffee quickly instead of waiting in line. But no, they are making an instant coffee product to sell in stores.
 
This week Starbucks gave the full nationwide rollout to its new line of instant coffee.
What can we make of this remarkable development? Maybe it is just a sign of what counts as a luxury good in straitened times. It's worth noting that the last time instant coffee made any sort of splash was when Nescafé came to market in 1938—as though we really needed yet another indication that the economy is languishing in dreary pseudo-depression.
 
 
 
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Finally, we’ve got a guide to picking apples here on MNN. Everything you want to know about picking fall’s favorite fruit. And once you’ve picked them, use them in a warm apple crisp on one of these chilly fall nights.

Enjoy your weekend!

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