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Combo Plate: Jamie Oliver delivers, sea salt myths and more

April 27, 2011 |  1:24 pm


Jamie Oliver scores: TV chef Jamie Oliver joined L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy as he announced that, starting next fall, LAUSD will no longer offer chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk. Deasy made the proposal during an appearance Tuesday night with Oliver on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (Flavored milk has more sugar than soda? I had no idea!)

Farmers market fixes?: On our L.A. Now blog, Kate Linthicum reports that a couple of solutions have been proposed in the months-long stalemate between the Hollywood Sunday farmers market and the Los Angeles Film School. The school, which says it needs space for parking now given to the market, suggests that the city close down part of Hollywood Boulevard to accomodate the displaced market stalls. Another proposal would move part of the market to Vine Street.

Blame the media: This is what happens when you have a mind-numbing barrage of often contradictory or misleading health reports, studies and stories. Sea salt is not a low-sodium version of table salt, but 61% of Americans mistakenly believe it is. And most Americans believe that drinking wine is good for the heart -- but have no idea what the recommended limits are. Our Health section has more.  

Not a contradition: Healthful Mexican food? Really? Here's a rundown of Mexican dishes in and around L.A. that meet the high standards of vegan and vegetarians, courtesy of L.A.'s leading vegan blogger, quarrygirl.

What a tough job: The L.A. Times Magazine taste-tested 30 pinot noirs just for you. And they found plenty of sexy stand-outs. (We can safely assume that they have no idea what the recommended wine limits are. And for that, we salute them.) If you need additional wine recommendations, here are more than 100 picks from Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila.

-- Rene Lynch

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