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Female Coffee Drinkers Less Depressed; Fast-Casual Thrives While Fast Food Falters

• Yes! We knew coffee was awesome: Research shows the more of it women drink, the less depressed they are. [CNN]

• Pets are the latest victims of the down economy, with pet-food pantries (yes, evidently there is such a thing) struggling to meet all those mewling demands. [Your Life/USAT]

• The Kosher-sandwich market has not worked out as well as Subway thought it would five years ago. [WSJ]

• Raise a glass to Josh Beckerman, a.k.a. the Foodie Magician, who can divine your favorite restaurant with a series of questions (we've seen it done). [NYT]

• At Spot Dessert Bar, Pichet Ong is out as pastry chef and Ian Charlemkittichai of the Ember Room is in. [Zagat Buzz]

• As consumers crave new tastes, fast-casual restaurants are thriving, while traditional fast-food struggles; to compensate, big fast-food chains are offering aggressive daily deals. [ABC News, USAT]

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