Moscow Mule: cool drink, bad idea

One of the trendiest drinks of 2017 is the Moscow Mule: a refreshing mix of vodka, ginger beer and lime juice.
Much of the cocktail’s appeal is down to the fact it’s often served in very Instagram-friendly copper-coloured mugs.
But now a US state department has issued a warning that these pretty vessels could give you food poisoning if they have not been specially made for cocktails.
The stark message comes from the state of Iowa’s Alcoholic Beverages Division, which has warned that copper and copper alloys are poisonous if consumed.
When these metals come into contact with food or drink with a pH level lower than 6, copper may leak into the edible substance and can be accidentally consumed.
The warning states: ‘High concentrations of copper are poisonous and have caused foodborne illness.’
The pH level of a Moscow Mule is well below 6, which is why Iowa and several other states have issued the warning as these cocktails are often served in copper mugs.

Symptoms of copper food poisoning can occur immediately which includes nausea, vomiting (green), diarrhea and can leave a metallic taste in the mouth.
Never a good idea to dispense high acid foods with anything copper but that drink sounds good.

No FBI for a nauseous Obama

The name and face of Barack Obama will be written into history books when he is sworn into office today as the first African-American president of the United States.

This fact has enabled Ilham Anas to become the most famous nauseous man in Indonesia.

Anas works as a photographer and has an incredible resemblance to the new president.

Some of Anas colleagues—as a joke after Obama’s election—dressed him a suit and tie and handed him an American flag for a photo shoot.

Soon the pictures were on the internet and television, and in the hands of an advertising agency who offered Anas a job playing Obama in a commercial for Domperidone.

The product is the generic form of Motilium—a drug used to combat nausea and vomiting. It’s rushed to the Obama look-alike when he appears to suddenly fall ill during dinner.

The hostess in the commercial needn’t fire her cook, however. Most microbial foodborne illnesses (FBIs) take hours if not days to make a person ill.

The Secret Service would more likely be after whoever fed him lunch.

May God bless America and the food on all its tables.