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Eatable News: The food stories we’re devouring this week

At SheKnows Food, we spend a lot of time reading about — you guessed it — food (and drinks too!). And we’ve come across some stories that are too good to not share. Here are the food items from the week that you don’t want to miss.

1. The people aren’t lovin’ it

The days of McDonald’s being everyone’s go-to place to grab a burger are gone. A recent customer satisfaction survey of fast-food restaurants puts Micky D’s dead last, with trendier joints like Chipotle and Panera, who have recently made big strides in improving food quality, near the top of the list. But apparently it’s the chicken that can’t be beat — the people have spoken, and Chick-fil-A is No. 1. — Yahoo

More: Chipotle goes GMO free and gives us one more reason to love them

2. Give white zin a chance

Everyone loves to hate white zin. It’s the pink wine often likened to Kool-Aid and other cloyingly sweet drinks. But what if we’ve all been wrong all along? What if it’s just a matter of finding the right white zin? Sommelier Jayme Henderson makes a pretty good case for the pink stuff, and now we’re curious… This calls for an extensive taste test. — the kitchn

3. An interesting visit to Monsanto

If people love to hate white zin, people really love to hate Monsanto (the agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation and a big player in the GMO game). As the GMO food debate continues to be a hot topic, it seems somewhat surprising that Monsanto would open its doors to a group of journalists. But it did, and the results might surprise you. — Eater

More: House passes bill to ban GMO labeling on food products

4. If you live in New York City, you’re in luck

You also probably like sushi. Eater New York found the 12 best sushi spots in the city so you don’t have to do the legwork. Not that testing lots of sushi is so awful, but eating bad sushi sure is. These restaurants have all opened in the last three years and range in price. What are you waiting for? — Eater New York

5. Coffee — it’s good for more than waking you up

If a regular person spilled coffee on a painting they’d been working on, it would probably lead to crying. But for artist Maria Aristidou, it led to the whole new world of coffee art. She now paints entire pieces with coffee rather than with watercolors to create some incredible pop culture art you’ve got to see to believe. — NPR The Salt

More: 17 Celeb latte art portraits that are too cool to drink

6. Because it’s almost the weekend

You’ve almost made it. Just a couple more hours. And then… OK, probably happy hour. But after that, ice cream. Why not? Summer + the weekend = ice cream. We’re drooling over these super-easy ice cream cupcakes that require no baking, only assembly, and then, of course, indulging. Warning: The hour-and-a-half wait time in the freezer will be hard. — PureWow

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