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Food FYI: Actors reading Yelp reviews

YELP, DRAMATIZED

A video series of professional actors reading Yelp reviews. It's moving. (Gawker)

WHITE RUSKIES

Momofuku's cereal milk meets White Russian: the recipe.  (Leite’s Culinaria)

MEATLESS MONDAY FLAP

The beef industry isn't pleased when a USDA staffer suggests "Meatless Mondays" in the cafeteria. (Los Angeles Times)

JAMIE OLIVER VS. DAVID BECKHAM

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver criticizes athletes such as soccer star David Beckham who promote junk food for endorsement deals. (Daily News)

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Food FYI: Rat for dinner

-- Betty Hallock

Video: Real actors read yelp reviews video from Youtube.

Food FYI: On the menu -- rat meat

RatFIVE COURSES OF RAT

An artist serves rat for dinner, including goat cheese and rat crostini, rat and pork terrine, Rat Two Ways (braised rat and a roasted half rat), and French toast with rat jerky and crispy rat head -- "a post-apocalyptic hunter-gatherer feast." [New York Observer]

IN CHICK-FIL-A'S DEFENSE

Blocking construction of Chick-fil-A restaurants over its president's anti-gay views is a violation of First Amendment rights. [Mother Jones] 

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT CHICKEN

A meat eater, who says he's tried every fake meat there is, waxes gourmand about Beyond Meat's faux chicken. [Slate]

GLOBAL NUTRITION

Are nutrition programs maintaining momentum as a way to help improve global development issues? [The Economist]

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-- Betty Hallock

Food FYI: More than half of U.S. adults drink soda every day

Soda

SODA GUZZLERS

According to a new Gallup poll, 48% of adults in America say they drink at least one glass of soda a day. And among those who drink soda, the average amount consumed is 2.6 glasses a day. [Fox News]

24 HOURS IN TOKYO

Chef David Myers divulges some of his favorite spots in Tokyo, including Higashiya for tea, Honmura An for soba and Toritama for grilled premature chicken egg that's still connected with ovaries. [Epicurious]

TALES OF THE COCKTAIL

The word at cocktail confab Tales of the Cocktail: A few new spirits are heading to the U.S. market including the Italian amaro Zucca, a gin made from damson plums, a new spiced rum and an 18th-century Pennsylvanian 80-proof root tea. [Washington Post]

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-- Betty Hallock

Photo credit: David McNew/Getty Images

Food FYI: Islamic butcher shop embraced by East L.A.

Islamic butcherCOMO CHICKEN

When the owners of Al Salam Polleria (al salaam is Arabic for peace, polleria is Spanish for poultry shop) opened in East L.A., they expected to serve fellow Muslims, but it's the neighborhood's Latino customers who line up for fresh chickens. [Los Angeles Times] 

ONLINE ORDERS

A study shows that people ordering online tack on the calories: For example, people quadrupled their bacon toppings when ordering online. [NPR]

RAMEN MAP

A guide to L.A.'s burgeoning ramen restaurants. [Eater LA]

CHINA DAIRY RECALL

Hunan Ava Dairy Industry Co. recalls some of its infant formula after aflatoxin is detected by a watchdog group, the latest blow to China's scandal-ridden dairy industry. [Morning Whistle]

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-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Al Salam Polleria. Credit: Christina House/For The Times.

Bar Stella opens at Sunset Junction in Silver Lake

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Bar Stella, the bar attached to Silver Lake's Cafe Stella at Sunset Junction, has opened. Cafe Stella owner Gareth Kantner has created a Moroccan-inspired boite that channels "Casablanca," a respite from the bustle of Sunset Boulevard. A marble-topped bar is manned by white-jacketed bartenders, and the space is decorated with Moroccan poufs, brass lamps, African statuary, tall vases filled with hydrangeas and camellias, and a transporting painting of tropical birds. A small patio beyond the brass-framed windows is lined with a checkered floor and pillow-topped benches. 

As for the drinks: The $15 cocktail has arrived in Silver Lake. No cans of PBR here; the beers on tap include Stella Artois, Chimay Triple, Three Philosophers Quadrupel and Hitachino White Nest Ale ($8 to $14). An extensive collection of spirits   The cocktail menu lists the classic martini, Manhattan and old-fashioned as well as a mojito, Moscow Mule and a cocktail called Le Perou (Encanto single-vineyard pisco with fresh pineapple and lime (for $14 to $16).

It's pretty swank and is open on the weekend throughout the day, a swell Eastside spot for a few Sunday-afternoon expertly made margaritas. Especially if somebody else is buying. 

3932 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 666-0265. 

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-- Betty Hallock

Photo credit: Betty Hallock

Food FYI: Caffeine levels rise in Pacific Ocean, scientists say

SEA LIFE, CAFFEINATEDCaffeine

Scientists say they have detected elevated levels of caffeine at several sites in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Oregon. [Daily Mail]

CORN TALK

An interview with a western corn rootworm beetle. [The Atlantic]

CHICK-FIL-A FALLOUT

Boston's mayor vows to block Chick-fil-A from opening in the city after the company's president spoke out publicly against gay marriage. [Associated Press]

MEET MASSIMO BOTTURA

Italian avant garde chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, is currently experimenting with Parmigiano 'cloud' or cheese-scented steam. [The Age]

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-- Betty Hallock

Photo credit: Betty Hallock

5 Questions for Sonny Sweetman

Sonny sweetmanSonny Sweetman is executive chef of Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. Sweetman started his culinary career with an after-school job in his hometown of Reisterstown, Md., then worked with certified master chefs in the U.S. and Austria before joining Wolfgang Puck Catering. Now he's overseeing Puck's latest, focusing on modern California cuisine with European and Mediterranean influences, such as osetra caviar with corn puree and crispy beef tendon, or lamb saddle with persillade and smoked eggplant.

What’s coming up next on your menu? Heirloom tomatoes, squash blossoms, sweet summer corn and Copper River salmon.... These items are all summer ingredients that are available at our local farmers market.  

Latest ingredient obsession? Kalamansi –- it’s a citrus fruit that I use in just about everything. It is versatile, fragrant and has great flavor!

The one piece of kitchen equipment you can’t live without, other than your knives? I cannot live without a spoon! There is a lady in San Francisco who I order a variety of unique antique spoons from. These are my favorite spoons, and I use them for everything.... The most important part of cooking is tasting.

Favorite kitchen soundtrack? One of my favorites is Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. 

What chef has most influenced you? Chef Matt Bencivenga and chef Lee Hefter. I have known chef Bencivenga since college, he is not only a mentor in the kitchen but a mentor in my life. Bencivenga has beaten every odd in life and is a remarkable figure. He is a hard worker, very driven, but most importantly, the kindest person I know. Hefter is also an extremely hard-working, talented and driven human being. He is an incredible technician with food and has taught me a lot in the kitchen and I would not be where I am at today without his guidance.

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Road, Bel Air, (310) 472-1211, www.hotelbelair.com/wolfgang-puck-bel-air. 

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-- Betty Hallock

Downtown's Starry Kitchen to close this month

Starry Kitchen at California Plaza in downtown L.A. is closing at the end of July
Starry Kitchen, the downtown cafe owned by wife and husband Thi and Nguyen Tran (she’s the chef, and he’s the mouthpiece), is closing this month. Nguyen Tran emailed an announcement, sprinkled with his usual expletives, Friday afternoon: “We are shutting down the current SK location on or around July 31."

The announcement alludes to financial difficulties but also says that the couple is negotiating another restaurant location in the same building at California Plaza on Grand Street.

In the meantime, Nguyen says, “we just happen to be launching an Asian family-style joint-venture Din-Dins (don't call it a pop-up, 'cause we want this to be permanent) between Team SK and Fred Eric at the Tiara Cafe that's going to have the possibly ‘confusing’ for some (but hopefully straightforward for others) name of Starry (Kitchen) Nights @ Tiara Cafeprolly around Aug. 9.

"In the end, life is about learning (and hopefully avoiding creditors as much as possible … that's always nice too ;D).”

For Starry Kitchen catering, contact [email protected] or call (213) 814-1123.

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-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Thi and Nguyen Tran at Starry Kitchen. Credit: Krista Simmons / For The Times

Food FYI: U.S. drought to push food prices higher

DroughtFOOD PRICE SPIKE

The worst drought in the U.S. in half a century is driving up grain prices, which are expected to pave the way for higher food prices. Ouch. [Globe and Mail]

GORDON RAM$AY

Gordon Ramsay tops Forbes' list of top chef earners -- at $38 million. [Forbes]

BLOOMBERG'S BODEGAS

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg expands his anti-obesity campaign by asking bodegas in the Bronx to give healthful food prime space on store shelves instead of junk food. [Daily News]

SYLVIA WOODS R.I.P.

Sylvia Woods, founder of the famed Harlem soul food restaurant Sylvia's, died at age 86 at her home in Mount Vernon, N.Y. [Associated Press]

DINNERTIME

The Rich Kids of Instagram eat with lots of steak sauce (and Frank's RedHot sauce too), Hennessy and Dom. [Rich Kids of Instagram]

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-- Betty Hallock

Food FYI: Think harder, burn more calories?

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SUGARS = BRAIN POWER?

The "gluco-regulation" jury's still out on whether eating foods rich in sugars should improve some brain performance. [Scientific American]

PARODY PEACH MEME

In response to McSweeney's parody of BuzzFeed's listicles, 10 Peaches That Resemble Pat Sajak becomes a reality. [BuzzFeed]

OH, CHICK-FIL-A ... 

Chick-fil-A stirs more controversy with its pro-biblical (read: anti-gay marriage) stance. [Los Angeles Times]

TENACIOUS TERIYAKI

Guy Kawasaki's "famous teriyaki sauce" still makes the Internet rounds. [Start Cooking]

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-- Betty Hallock

Photo credit: Handout/stock medical photo

 

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