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.

Decanter is reporting that some days are better than others when it comes to opening a bottle of wine, according to a new biodynamic tasting calendar. Depending on the day, wines can taste fine on one day and “duller” on the next.

Anyone saving those extra-special bottles for Christmas and the New Year might want to consult a new biodynamic tasting calendar – and hold off on the corkscrew.

According to a new book, When Wine Tastes Best, by biodynamic gurus Maria and Matthias Thun, optimum times for enjoying wines over the festive season are after 27 December, either before 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve, or after midnight.
Click here for the full story. (Note: I don't care what day it is, I’m still totally opening up my bottle of Friday night pizza wine in a few hours.)


New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg (who, by the way, was at the same U2 concert that I was at last night) has plans to thin the Big Apple according to The Atlantic. How? He wants to give poorer neighborhoods access to better food.

In light of the current health care debate in Congress, many food activists and nutrition specialists are drawing attention to the fact that medical costs are soaring due to obesity-related diseases. Why are Americans getting fatter? Two reasons are (1) unhealthy food is cheap and getting cheaper, and (2) healthy food is hard to find, especially in poorer neighborhoods.
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Earlier in the week I told you about PeTA’s McCruelty campaign that aims to get McDonald's to be less barbaric in their slaughtering methods. We also brought you another story here on MNN about potato farmers trying to get the fast-food giant to look at other varieties of potatoes.

From the fields of Idaho to tasting rooms in suburban Chicago, potato farmers, researchers and industry representatives are in the midst of an elusive hunt: finding a new spud for McDonald's french fries.

A decade has passed since the fast-food giant last added a new U.S. potato variety to three others approved for its golden fries, something that both irks and motivates potato researchers who hope their progeny will be next.

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And speaking of good ol’ Micky D’s as my mom likes to call it, Twilight Earth brings us a map that shows the distance between McDonald's restaurants throughout the country. It’s a little scary, especially if you live in the Northeast where it looks like there must be one on every street corner.

Enjoy your weekend!

Photo: Matt Callow 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.