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The Michael Phelps Diet

Posted by thelanetrain on August 14, 2008

Are you tired of being a fat-assed slob and wish that you could have the dream body like world’s greatest swimmer and multi-Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps?  Then boy, do we have the diet plan for you.

If you think Michael Phelps got this physique by watching his weight and eating proper, you are horribly wrong.  According to The Wall Street Journal, Phelps eats roughly 12,000 calories a day.  To put that into perspective, that’s about six times what a normal person should eat.  Do you think you could stomach the Phelps diet for one day?

After The Jump: A typical menu for Michael Phelps (excerpted from The Wall Street Journal)

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Starbucks Saved?

Posted by thelanetrain on August 13, 2008

I’ve been following Starbucks’ tumultuous summer through store closings and crazy new drinks, but now the Seattle-based megachain has been trying an idea that many consider novel for the company long associated with fancy drinks and insultingly high prices: offering discounts.  With high profit items like iced lattes, macchiatos, and frappucinos being sold for only $2 plus tax, who wouldn’t want to take advantage of these steal prices for yummy drinks?

After The Jump: The “Treat Receipt”, how it works, and what it means for Starbucks

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Bizarre: The Fast Food/Lip Balm Tie-In

Posted by thelanetrain on July 22, 2008

This is not a joke and I’m damned sure no additional photoshop was done here.  I was on my way out of the drug store when I saw this hanging on the shelf.  Apparently, people with chapped lips can now have their mouth tasting like a Dairy Queen sundae all the time.  How outrageous is that?  The DQ website had no information about the availability or existence of said lip balm, but a BNet article from four years ago explains the product’s preponderance.  Apparently, Lotta Luv, a novelty lip gloss/balm manufacturer, made exclusive licensing deals with a bunch of major confectioners and beverage producers years ago (like Hershey’s, Snapple, and A&W to name a few), and now has a huge line of novelty flavored lip balms that taste just like your favorite candies and snacks.   So thanks to them, your lips can smell and taste like a hot fuge sundae, a Tootsie Roll, or even Cinnabon.

Hmmm, sounds shady.  Well, I guess if it’s not in one’s best interest to eat these foods anymore, the least you can do is overcharge people to enjoy the fleeting flavor.  Now if they could only make lip balm that tasted like this

(Image via Flickr)

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Vivanno Economics

Posted by thelanetrain on July 21, 2008

Last week, I blogged about the Vivanno (above) and got a whole slew of responses from the readers.  More or less, many consumers like that Starbucks is trying to reach new markets, but would they really respond to another overpriced drink?  In Manhattan, a Vivanno runs for just under $4, and you get fruit, milk, juice, and protein.  While cheaper than the many different (i.e. more than 2) smoothies you can get at now-officially-a-competitor Jamba Juice, the question still remains: Is the new product worth it’s store value?  The Lane Train will attempt to break down the ingredient costs and determine whether or not it is worth it to buy a Vivanno or make your own at home.

After The Jump: Let the games begin (and bring your brains)!

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WTF #13: Burger King

Posted by thelanetrain on July 20, 2008

Normally, I love Burger King.  I find their burgers to be vastly superior to McDonald’s, although they still fall behind Wendy’s (and all three are powerless to the supreme diety of the fast food burger).  However, Burger King has committed a string of offenses recently that has made me shake my head in doubt and question the chain’s prowess.  More specifically, these things called “Apple Fries“, and their version of the chicken biscuit.  Oh, and that commercial too.

After The Jump:  More details on the offensive offenses

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BREAKING NEWS: Starbucks Names Doomed Stores

Posted by thelanetrain on July 19, 2008

Starbucks has released a full list of the 600 stores it plans to close later this year.  A quick glance of the list shows that it is going to really suck for Starbucks Aficionados in San Diego, Baton Rouge, Dallas, and Las Vegas.  Thankfully (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), they’re only closing five stores in Manhattan, including the one on the 5th floor of Macy’s.  Also, there appears to be a difference between “North Las Vegas” and “N Las Vegas”, but what do I know.

List here

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And This Is Why I Don’t Eat Out Anymore

Posted by thelanetrain on July 18, 2008

Yes, it’s Friday!  Time to get off work, head home, and chow down with some buds at a great restaurant.  Well, if you happen to peruse the website CalorieLab before you clock out, you might want to think twice about ordering the Banana Spring Rolls at P.F. Changs.  This website will list nutrition information for virtually every major chain restaurant in the country, as well as info for general foods and dishes.  Example: That Beef and Bean burrito you were dreaming about all day at Don Pablo’s?  A whopping 73 grams of fat, more than your daily recommended value.

You can all hate me come Monday.

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Fun Fact: People In The South are Fat

Posted by thelanetrain on July 18, 2008

This week, the CDC released its annual report of states’ obesity rates, and guess what: Southern people are really really fat.  According to Newsday (one of the many media outlets publishing the reports), 28 U.S. States reported obesity rates between 25-29% in adults ages 18 and older, and three states: Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi, reported rates of over 30%.  In fact, Mississippi is the reigning champ of obesity, being the most obese state for three years running!  In Mississippi, one in every three residents is obese.

The least obese states include Colorado, known for its beautiful mountain climate and many outdoorsy activities and leisure options, and Hawaii, where sun-soaked beaches and tropical weather practically force people to be in beach shape year round.  But a handful of New England states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont, also appear as the nation’s leanest.  I’m not sure why, but those Northeasterners must be doing something right.

The cause of the South’s massive (no pun intended) obseity problem:  Many residents tend to be rural or black female, two groups that typically experience higher rates of obesity.  Also, the lack of phsyical exerisce options and history, poverty that prevents access to better quality medical care and nutrition, and of course, the famed and fiendish Southern diet which deep fries everything with a side of mac and cheese.

Here’s a tip:  A little more walkin’ and a little less snackin’.  This should at least put them lower in the obese range and maybe in the merely overweight range.  Another tip?  Avoid taking any advice from this Southern Belle who has singlehandedly concocted the worst thing you could possibly eat.

(Photograph via Flak Magazine)

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Starbucks Has Me All Confused With Cafe Vivanno

Posted by thelanetrain on July 15, 2008

First, they say they’re closing about 600 stores because they’re not performing well.  Fine, that’s totally understandable.  So why are they now going into the protein shake industry?

Today, Starbucks unveiled its new Cafe Vivanno, which, SURPRISE, contains no actual coffee.  Instead, Cafe Vivanno is a line of two (so really, hardly a line) “nourishing blends” that contain fruit and some sort of other healthyish additives.  I think they might have green tea shots, or protein or both.  They come in Orange Mango Banana or Banana Chocolate.  I got a free sample this morning waiting on line for my iced coffee.  They’re not bad, but probably not worth the four and a half dollars that Starbucks will undoubtedbly be charging for it.

Plus I totally got a sneak behind the counter at how they make one.  The barista told me it comes “pre-mixed and ready to make, except for the bananas which are fresh”.  Nice, but what exactly is the pre-mix?  It’s really this, which I like because Naked is known for making 100% juice (and not sugar water), but a closer look at the base reveals that it contains 27g of sugar in an 8 ounce serving.  Combine that with the banana and the fact that NOBODY goes to Starbucks to get an 8 ounce drink, and you’re serving up a “healthy shake” chock full of over 50g of sugar a glass (about 1/5 of your daily recommended value).

Starbucks, you’re in trouble.  Just stick to what you do best: making strong coffee drinks for the white collar workers and frappucinos for moms and college girls.  Thanks.

UPDATE 7/17: The NYC cost of a Vivanno is $3.95, not the $4.50 I predicted above.  Only comes in one size though, so at least you don’t have to fuss around with tall, grande, and venti.

(Image via Business Week)

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Starbucks Downsizing…Wait, What???

Posted by thelanetrain on July 2, 2008

We know the economy is in a downturn if the largest coffee chain the country, one notorious for swallowing up smaller, independent coffee houses, is announcing that it will close 600 stores across the U.S.  The article from AOL News reports that Starbucks chose to downsize due to the economic strain on its rapid overexpansion and falling share price.  Hmm, apparently that mandatory 3 hour company pow-wow didn’t do anything to help the company.  And while Starbucks isn’t saying which stores it will close, it only announced that the target stores for closure will be spread all across the country.

I guess this means to end to scenes like this, or stories like this.  It’s truly the end of an era, and we’re all going to have to settle for a Starbucks on every other corner.  *Sigh*

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