Maine Has Love Affair With Brandy; Larry the Quaker Oats Man Gets a Makeover

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• The top-selling liquor in Maine? Allen's coffee brandy. Mainers have a "love affair" with the stuff. Who knew? [Globe]

• The smiling dude on the Quaker Oats box has a name, Larry, and he's getting a makeover: The new and improved Larry will be slimmer and younger. And maybe he can get some better clothes? [WSJ]

• Starbucks' strawberry Frappuccinos use ground-up beetles for that pretty pink color, and the vegan community is pissed. Also: that's gross. [USAT]

• The U.S. had planned to send food aid to North Korea, but it has suspended those intentions as Pyongyang refuses to drop plans for launching a long-range missile. [Chicago Tribune]

• Bizarro celebrity diets go all the way back to the forties and a guru of sorts named Gayelord Hauser, writes Simon Doonan. [Slate]

• Marilyn Hagerty and Anthony Bourdain are reportedly in talks to collaborate on a book of some kind. This should be interesting … [Eater NY]