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Sampler platter: Sonic boom, Las Vegas restaurants go bust and eating meat to help the environment

July 16, 2009 |  3:38 pm

A fog of liquid nitrogen surrounds Steven Rojas' compressed watermelon dessert at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in Escondido. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles TimesOntario grocers band together to slip out from under the boot heel of corporate tyranny; a small town where Sonic is king; and a German chef has a tragic accident with liquid nitrogen in today's food news roundup.

  • Pity poor Totowa, N.J., so bereft of fast-food options that the opening of a Sonic causes near-chaos. Baristanet
  • German chef blows off his hands cooking with liquid nitrogen. The Local
  • Food She Thought blogs about Friday's East L.A. Meets Napa event.
  • Buy-local push prompts Ontario, Canada, grocers to go independent. CBC
  • Do less attractive people have to eat grosser food in the "lookist" world of food TV? Jezebel
  • After the Las Vegas restaurant boom, the bust. New York Times
  • I only like science that tastes good: eating meat for the environment. Utne


-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: A fog of liquid nitrogen surrounds Steven Rojas' compressed watermelon dessert at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in Escondido. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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