"It's the guy two chairs…

"It's the guy two chairs down who ordered the foie gras appetizer, Dover sole entree, side of truffled mashed potatoes and three martinis made with designer gin" that pisses people off when going out to a birthday dinner and splitting the check amongst a big party. Even if you make modest choices, you end of paying a lot at these gatherings because someone else takes advantage. Early in our relationship, my husband didn't drink. So we'd end up at these dinners where everyone would enjoy several bottles of wine and he'd have a Coke. It stunk when it came time to pay. I like to think the best way to handle this is that each person looks at the bill, calculates his/her share, and puts in. But that never seems to work out right. Are there any other options aside from skipping the group dinner or sucking it up?

Poor farmers who go back…

Poor farmers who go back to traditional agricultural methods would not have to spend money on expensive chemicals and would grow more diverse and sustainable crops if they switched to organic farming. And "if their food is certified as organic, farmers could export any surpluses at premium prices." A new study shows that a switch to organic could help the world's poor, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

Peruvian frog juice is a…

Peruvian frog juice is a starchy, milkshake-like liquid that stings the throat. To make it "Carmen Gonzalez adds three ladles of hot, white bean broth, two generous spoonfuls of honey, raw aloe vera plant and several tablespoons of maca — an Andean root also believed to boost stamina and sex drive — into a household blender. Then she drops the frog in." I may be an adventurous eater, but a steaming beer mug of frog juice just sounds gross to me.

Foie gras may be losing…

Foie gras may be losing popularity in the US, but in Quebec, the delicacy is more popular than ever. "The province is home to an industry that produces about 8,500 duck livers a week, up from a couple of hundred just a decade ago, when only a few traditional French restaurants served the delicacy. Now, foie gras is a standard menu item at upscale restaurants all over the province." [via del.icio.us/ethicurean]