Susur Lee for $385, popcorn as Viagra, prison food gripes

Susur Lee for $385, popcorn as Viagra, prison food gripes

Slaw slinger: Susur Lee gives Torontonians a taste of his new menus 

• For $385, fans of Susur Lee can experience the All Things Susur Lee package at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel. Included is an overnight stay at the hotel and a five-course tasting meal with selections from Lee’s restaurants in Toronto, New York, Washington and his not-yet-open RUYI, which will be located in Singapore. [National Post]

• 36-year-old journalist Leanne Davis tries a mid-career transformation into a pastry chef with help from Splendido’s Michael Angeloni and Victor Barry. Turns out pastry making is a more exacting—and back-breaking—discipline than she ever imagined. [Toronto Star]

• Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols is aggrieved by the shockingly bad meals served at Colorado Supermax prison, where he’s incarcerated. He claims the processed edibles are a violation of his constitutional rights and cause him to “sin against God” by violating his “holy temple.” To bolster his case, he’s enlisted an abortion clinic bomber who takes an equally dim view of the food. [Examiner]

• Lay off the jujubes and load up on popcorn. Men’s Health magazine claims that the cinema nibbles improve blood flow and sperm count thanks to a nutrient called arginine, making popcorn a sort of snack food Viagra. [Guardian]

• The Indian military is developing a hand grenade that will contain chili powder from one of the hottest peppers on Earth, the bhut jolokia, which measures over one million on the Scoville “hotness” scale. For comparison, a jalapeño ranks at 3,000 and a habanero tops out at 350,000. [Reuters]