This actually originated in Boston. Image via Starbucks.

New York Times: For some us the "generational food gap" examined here is all-too-familiar territory. Author Amy Chozick asks what it is about eating with our parents that can cause so much friction, and what the food on our table says about our cultural differences. The robust comment feed is worth a read, too. —Christopher Werner

Slate: At last, the scientific explanation why everything from your nail polish to your dog shampoo smells edible (orange cloves, eggnog, hot chocolate) this holiday season. (If all this olfactory joy is starting to gag you, take heart: The world is ending tomorrow.) —Kathryn Robinson

New York Times: Beer geeks and geeks in general, unite. New York’s Brewery Ommegang is brewing a series of beers based on Game of Thrones. —Allecia Vermillion

Boston magazine: In 1992, George Howell, then owner of Boston’s Coffee Connection, invented the Frappuccino, only to have his burgeoning regional chain bought out by Howard Shultz and Starbucks in 1994. Reporter Janelle Nanostells tells the story of Howell’s early pre-Starbucks rise, his initial losing fight with Schultz, and sketches the 68-year-old’s latest plans to outmaneuver the Topless Mermaid (and a number of new industry stars like Stumptown) for a global, high-end coffee comeback. —James Ross Gardner 

Caskstrength: Andrew Bohrer doesn’t bother breaking the news gently: You’re probably not going to find any bottles of Pappy Van Winkle to buy. He likens our infatuation to a 10-year-old boy ogling a bikini babe on a Ferrari and suggests some more realistic, less status-oriented whiskey pursuits. —Allecia Vermillion