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Sampler Platter: placentas, piroshkis and classic cocktails

April 10, 2009 | 12:22 pm

Beef stroganoff, black bread, piroshki, shchi (a soup loaded with cabbage, beef and carrots) and Russian lemonade at Cafe Rus. Credit: Paul Morse / Los Angeles Times

Tons of tasty food news for today...

  • Yelp will finally allow small business owners to respond to negative comments. New York Times
  • Most disgusting food trend ever, placenta cuisine: "It's a good 6 pounds of meat that's just chock full of lingering blood, vitamins and hormones." Momlogic
  • Changes in the kitchen at the French Laundry. SF Gate
  • Canelé is named one of the top 10 brunch spots in the nation by Bon Appetit.
  • The first ever Passover Seder at the White House included traditional matzo ball soup, brisket and kugel. Mrs. O
  • Ritz Bites blogs about the piroshki lady of Plummer Park.
  • 10 classic cocktails that have stood the test of time. Saveur
  • Amelia Saltsman, author of the "Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook," reports on the best finds at Wednesday’s market. Eat LA
  • Kansas legislature approves bill 2295 restricting dairy farmers from labeling their products as free of bovine growth hormones. The Pitch
  • Is "big food" is the new "big tobacco?": "Both industries dismiss legitimate scientific studies as junk science; both put scientists on their payrolls to make it appear that there is a lack of scientific consensus about the bad health effects of their products; both have knowingly marketed unhealthy products to children." The Daily Bread

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Beef stroganoff, black bread, piroshki, shchi (a soup loaded with cabbage, beef and carrots) and Russian lemonade at Cafe Rus. Credit: Paul Morse / Los Angeles Times

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