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Sampler Platter: Bakon, breast-feeding, cave man snacks, ramen

March 16, 2009 |  4:49 pm

Tacoschickenroasting Welcome to the week in food news...

  • Microwaveable cave man meat snacks from Japan. Gizmodo
  • Is breast really best? Hanna Rosin's story in the Atlantic questions the conventional wisdom that breast-feeding is better than bottle-feeding and stirs up a hornet's nest of debate in the N.Y. Times.
  • O'Neills Irish Pub in Lexington, Ky., installs tableside beer taps and charges by the ounce. Lexington Herald-Leader
  • Round 1 of Taco Madness 2009 continues at LA Taco, where you can vote for your favorite taqueria.
  • "Share your story of what you are doing to change your position and help others, despite losing your job" and Clive Berkman will be your personal chef for a week.
  • Potatomato hits up Mama Ramen in Lomita with its gourmet ramen options like steak.
  • Say hello to Bakon, premium bacon-flavored vodka. Royal Bacon Society
  • Is avocado oil the new olive oil? It's the vegetable oil with the highest smoke point. Fork in the Road

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Left: A taco from Carnitas Michoac√°n. (George Wilhelm / Los Angeles Times) Right: A pair of roasting chickens. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)