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Sampler Platter: swine, staph, Girl Scout cookies, Southwest Airlines

March 12, 2009 |  5:14 pm


Thursday food news from around the globe...

  • Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck re-opens after a mysterious wave of food poisoning -- and it's fully booked. Times Online
  • Food Network's "Unwrapped" series is producing a show on the many uses of bacon. Albany Democrat Herald
  • Can pigs infect people with antibiotic-resistant staph? New York Times writer Nicholas D. Kristof is worried.
  • As if they weren't addictive enough, Girl Scout cookies are being turned into gourmet desserts. (Chef Chris Johnson of the Beverly Hills Grill turned Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip cookies into crumbs for the crust of a reduced-sugar cheesecake.) Detroit Free Press
  • Southwest Airlines may charge for in-flight food. Bloomberg
  • Rockland, Maine, will host a parade and festival to celebrate -- what else? -- chocolate! WCSH6

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: LEFT: Pig races at the Orange County Fair (Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times). RIGHT: Pastry chef Ernie Rich applies the finishing touches to the largest chocolate and vanilla Girl Scout cookie ever made, which was created to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first commercial Girl Scout cookie sale in Philadelphia in 1934. (Tim Shaffer / AP/Girl Scouts)