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Sampler Platter: pelted by sandwiches, blue food dye & Iron Man's donuts

Howard Jones (left) was once pelted with sammies but not the innocent pan bagnat at right. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times.If a British synth-pop band attacks another British synth pop musician and doesn't say anything about it for 20 years, did it really happen? Apparently it did.

  • We know this much is true: 20 years after terrorizing 80s pop star Howard Jones by pelting him with sandwiches while backstage at a Belgian awards show, the members of Spandau Ballet have apologized. The Press Association
  • Can blue food dye protect your spine? Possibly, if you're a rat. U.S. News & World Report
  • Sunnin, a much-loved Lebanese hole-in-the-wall in Westwood, will re-open on Aug. 1 in greatly expanded digs right across the street. Eater LA
  • Reports from Comic-Con say that "Iron Man 2" opens with Robert Downey Jr.'s character eating donuts while perched in the middle of Randy's donut hole. TMZ
  • The nation's obesity-related health costs could be as high as $147 billion. NPR
  • Little Next Door gets a bar. Blackburn + Sweetzer
  • Nanotechnology is the new genetic modification in the food science world. Boston.com
  • Top TV & movie chefs. Chicago Tribune

--Elina Shatkin

Photo: Howard Jones (left) was once pelted with sammies but not the innocent pan bagnat at right. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times.

Celebrating 75 years at the Original Farmers Market


Farmers-market From its beginnings with some farmers selling their wares from the back of their trucks, the Original Farmers Market at Fairfax Avenue and 3rd Street has been a popular L.A.institution. This week it celebrates its 75th birthday. Read more.

-- Mary MacVean

Photo credit: Allen J. Schaben /Los Angeles Times

Doughnuts in L.A.: Where to celebrate National Doughnut Day

Turkish doughnuts with rosehip syrup at Susan Fenniger's Street. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.

What's the one holiday that can bridge all divides, bring together all Americans regardless of race, color, gender, age or favorite college football team? National Doughnut Day. Celebrated the first Friday of June -- that's TOMORROW -- it's a great excuse to treat friends, co-workers and most importantly yourself to a few dozen doughnuts. (Heck, who's counting?)

The perfect marriage of starch, sugar and fat, the doughnut is the quintessential working man's snack. Perhaps that's why nearly every doughnut shop in the city -- Magee's, Spudnuts, Winchell's, Krispy Kreme, Yum Yum or any of the thousands of strip mall vendors -- offers a passable version. As long as they're not horribly stale, I'm happy to eat these miraculous deep-fried concoctions anytime, anywhere. But as a self-proclaimed doughnut aficionado I do have a few favorites. While I still weep for the demise of Frittelli's, here are 9 Los Angeles doughnut shops worth the drive. (And if you buy from Randy's Donuts, you'll be helping the Salvation Army. BakeMark will make a donation to the Salvation Army for each doughnut sold on June 5, 2009 at participating shops.)

[Got a favorite doughnut shop? Let us know in the comments.]

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Turkish doughnuts with rosehip syrup at Susan Feniger's Street. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.

Grace extends National Doughnut Day tasting menu through the weekend [Updated]

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When Grace announced that pastry chef Mariah Swan had created a special tasting menu to celebrate National Doughnut Day, which is Friday, the promo proved so popular that the restaurant had to extend the offer through the weekend. From Friday through Sunday, Grace will offer an $18 sampler platter of three raised doughnuts ($15 extra for wine pairing):

  • A plain doughnut glazed with fleur-de-lys salted caramel and served with Bourbon pecan ice cream
  • A doughnut filled with pistachio cream and served with chocolate sorbet swirled with buttermilk ice cream
  • A chocolate doughnut glazed with buttermilk and served with a mug of warm, spiced, rum-spiked milk to dip it into.

"I enjoy doughnuts," Swan says, "but I see National Doughnut Day as more of a challenge. I've been doing doughnuts here for almost two years, so I'm always trying to figure out something new I can do with it."

If you don't make it in this weekend, the pistachio-filled doughnut is among the rotating selection of eight that Grace serves every Wednesday, its regular doughnut night.

[Corrected at 1:04 p.m. June 8: An earlier version of this post misspelled Mariah Swan's last name as Swain.]

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Doughnuts filled with strawberry-rhubarb jam at Grace. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times.

Small Bites: Test Kitchen Tuesdays at Corkbar and National Doughnut Day

A Krispy Kreme store in Tokyo, the chain's







first in Japan. Credit: Vincent Thian / AP.$2 Tuesdays: Ricotta and Parmesan-Asiago butter "raviolo" with sautéed broccoli rabe and brown butter. That's the dish du jour as Corkbar today kicks off Test Kitchen Tuesdays, in which chef Albert Aviles tests an appetizer-sized portion of a new, market-driven dish not available on the regular menu, for only $2. (Available as long as ingredients last.) Corkbar: 403 W. 12th St., L.A. (213) 746-0050, www.corkbar.com.

Free Doughnuts: In honor of National Doughnut Day on Friday, Krispy Kreme stores in the greater L.A. area will give every customer one free doughnut. Check the website for the location closest to you. www.krispykreme.com.

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: A Krispy Kreme store in Tokyo, the chain's first in Japan. Credit: Vincent Thian / Associated Press.

Sampler Platter: Best beers map, squirrel pie & defeating terrorism one cookie at a time

Being fattened for the kill? This comely squirrel could land on your dinner plate if Americans fall for squirrel pie the way the Brits have. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times.

Your next meal could be walking around your garden gathering nuts as you read this — at least if you're British.

  • Map of the best beers in America. (California wins with 474!) Strange Maps
  • "The most successful interrogation of an Al Qaeda operative by U.S. officials required no sleep deprivation, no slapping or "walling" and no waterboarding. All it took to soften up Abu Jandal, who had been closer to Osama bin Laden than any other terrorist ever captured, was a handful of sugar-free cookies." Time
  • Just in time for National Doughnut Day (June 5), the 99 Cent Chef takes you from Krispy Kreme to his kitchen for a step-by-step glazed doughnut recipe.
  • Frank Bruni decries the "predictability" of the Obamas' date night restaurant of choice: Blue Hill. Diner's Journal
  • Hot new British food trend: squirrel pie. BBC
  • From the Department of Mixed Messages: After her big People cover story about losing 42 pounds, Melissa Joan Hart opens Sweetharts, a candy store in Sherman Oaks. (Who says our culture has schizophrenic expectations about food, dieting and women's bodies? Hush, hush.) LAist


— Elina Shatkin

Photo: Being fattened for the kill? This comely squirrel could land on your dinner plate if Americans fall for squirrel pie the way the Brits have. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times.

Sampler Platter: Donuts, spaghetti & heart-shaped watermelon

Spaghetti and meatballs at Little Dom's. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times.

Mobile cheesecakes, the cutest fruit in the world and one man's love affair with noodles in today's roundup of food news.

  • Heart-shaped watermelons from (where else?) Japan. Japan Probe via Boing Boing
  • Finalists for "Create Dunkin's Next Donut" contest include Grandma's Blueberry Maple Donut (blueberry cake donut with maple icing and graham cracker crunch) and the King (a Bananas Foster-filled donut with peanut butter icing and chopped peanuts). Boston Globe
  • People who had been avoiding donuts because of carbs are flocking to them as a comfort food during the recession, which has been a huge boon to Dunkin' Donuts. Ad Age
  • From mobile cheesecake in Manhattan to frogs legs on the go from the upcoming Chez Spencer truck in San Francisco, CNET catches wind of the Twitter/food truck trend.
  • An ode to the fresh O.J. cart on Bonnie Brae in Echo Park. Reservation for Three
  • From bohemian fad to staple restaurant dish: spaghetti from the 1890s to the 1930s. Restaurant-ing through History
  • Rameniac reviews Andy Raskin's "The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life," a memoir about love, sex and one man's relationship to noodles.
  • Can one family survive the 99 Cent Only Store? One mom attempts to feed her family with healthy groceries from it for one week. Momlogic


-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Spaghetti and meatballs at Little Dom's. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times.

Sampler Platter: Whoopie pies, fried chicken and food contests

Left: Musician Kid Rock eats fried chicken on his float before the Krewe of Endymion parade in New Orleans on Feb. 21, 2009. Credit: Alex Brandon, AP. Right: The airy golden brown crust of this fried chicken was made with buttermilk. Credit: Robert Lachman, Los Angeles Times Contests, competitions and reality shows...

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Left: Musician Kid Rock eats fried chicken on his float before the Krewe of Endymion parade in New Orleans on Feb. 21. (Credit: Alex Brandon / Associated Press) Right: The airy golden brown crust of this fried chicken was made with buttermilk. (Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times)

This week's L.A. Times recipes

All recipes that appear in the L.A. Times' weekly Food section are tested and perfected in our test kitchen before they're deemed fit to print. (That means you don't have to worry about a trial run before serving one of our recipes to company. Rest assured, it should work the first time out of the gate.)

Here's a look at this week's recipes:

BLD's hot fudge brownie sundae

Kushary (rice, lentils and pasta with tomatoes)

Turkish doughnuts with rose hip syrup (Check out the video above)

Nancy's chopped salad

Herbed pork chops with tomatoes, potatoes and spinach

Canton ginger kick

-- Rene Lynch

Ha ha haters -- Rachael Ray is laughing all the way to the bank

RayRachael Ray knows there are haters out there. And she couldn't care less. (Would you, if you were making an estimated $18 million a year?) As she says in her "ABC Nightline" interview:

"If you spend so much time thinking about the people who dislike what it is you're doing, you're doing a disservice to the people that employ you," she says. "I'm not employed by those people. I work for the people that want the type of food I write [about], the type of food we share with people."

Ray also says anyone could have done what she's done.

"I absolutely 100 percent believe that," she says. "I'm a waitress from upstate New York. Anyone that likes chatting, that likes to cook, certainly. Could have happened to anybody."

Read the rest of the article about the interview here. And find out what Ray's mom had to say when her daughter stripped down for an FHM photo shoot.

Where do you come down on this Food Network star? Are all the haters out there just jealous of her success? Or is the criticism deserved?

-- Rene Lynch

Photo: Jack Plunkett / Associated Press

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