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Sampler Platter: Eau de meat, beer in Sudan, molecular gastronomy & more

December 16, 2008 |  6:00 am

Ferranadria

Random weird bites mixed with actual (gasp!) news ...

  • Thug Passion explained. In no less a publication than the Atlantic.
  • Two medieval knights fight in London's Baker Street to decide the best cheese. The London Paper
  • Burger King to start selling vegan repellent, a.k.a. meat-scented body spray. Fast Food Maven
  • Beer returns to Sudan. Legally. Too bad it's brewed by SABMiller. Hopefully it will be more Blue Moon Belgian White and less MGD Light. Times Online
  • Ferran Adria, chef of El Bulli, the Spanish restaurant that each year fields 2 million reservation requests for 8,000 spots, draws rock-concert-like crowds for his Harvard lecture about molecular gastronomy. Time
  • California Dried Plum Digestive Health Month returns, with unsurprising regularity. California Dried Plums
  • China bans lye and boric acid as tasty food additives. Associated Press
  • Egyptian court convicts 22 for deadly food riots in April. International Herald Tribune
  • Coke to make three stevia-sweetened juice drinks as part of its Odwalla line. Wall Street Journal
  • Urban chicken ranchers are the newest locavores. WBBM
  • Nanotechnology will save our food: Scientists develop a biological sensor to detect salmonella. Meridian Institute
  • Early exposure to bacteria may prevent food allergies. U.S. News & World Report

— Elina Shatkin

Photo: Chef Ferran Adria examines ingredients in his kitchen in Barcelona, Spain. Credit: Bernat Armangue/Associated Press

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