July 16th, 2013
06:00 PM ET
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McDonald's plans to open its first restaurant in Vietnam, the fast food company said Tuesday, making it the latest U.S. brand to move into the communist country that was once at war with the United States.

McDonald's says it has awarded a franchise for a location in Ho Chi Minh City that should open early next year.
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Yes, there exists such a thing as too much wine
July 16th, 2013
11:15 AM ET
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Look out American oenophiles. Roughly one million bottles of wine are about to be poured down the drain.

The Australian winemaker that crafts the popular Penfolds brand is dumping as much as $35 million AUS ($32 million) in wine in the United States.

Treasury Wine Estates says it's working to get rid of "excess, aged and deteriorating inventory" in the U.S. since it was unable to sell the wine as quickly as planned.
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July 16th, 2013
08:00 AM ET
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Details.com editor James Oliver Cury tackles controversial food-and-drink-themed etiquette issues.

I get it. The summer heat is brutal. You want to wear less. Go ahead: Trot out your sandals (or even the mandals). You do realize, though, that showing off your hairy knuckles may cause some folks to run for cover (see this recent Slate article and the nearly annual Details column on the subject). Hey, it’s your body, right?

Not so fast. If you’re a server at a public restaurant, different standards apply. It’s no longer a personal thing; your choices are business decisions. You actually do have to consider what other people will think - especially if you hope to get a decent tip. Your boss may even tell you how to dress. That’s his or her right.

So why then do we continue to see so many egregious examples of unappetizing (and borderline repulsive) fashion when we sit down to eat and drink?

I believe that rules of hygiene and etiquette have not been clearly stated, or even discussed (it was years before someone told me that blowing my nose at the table was rude). So below I’ve rounded up the six style and grooming choices that, right or wrong, are most likely to offend customers. If you’re a waiter or busboy (and I’ve been both), you’d be wise to consider these quasi-taboos.

And if you’re just a fellow diner, you might want to give these a read, too. Dissenters, of course, are free to ignore the suggested don’ts. Just don’t sit near me.
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'A' is for arsenic (and also apple juice)
July 16th, 2013
01:00 AM ET
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Arsenic in apple juice. It's a scary statement - one that's received a lot of attention in recent years, although some say the concern is unwarranted.

After prodding from consumer groups, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has conducted their own investigation and is proposing a maximum limit for arsenic levels in apple juice. The FDA plans to limit the amount of inorganic arsenic to 10 parts per billion - the same amount the Environmental Protection Agency allows in drinking water.
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