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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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Hometown girl makes good! Julia Child week in Pasadena

-- 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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Mac 'n' cheese recipes galore!

-- 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.

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

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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Food FYI: FDA bans BPAs in baby bottles

-- Betty Hallock

Photo credit: Handout/stock medical photo

 

Food FYI: FDA now bans BPAs from baby bottles

BPA BAN

The FDA announced the controversial chemical BPA, or bisphenol-A, can no longer be used in baby bottles or sippy cups. But "the agency continues to support the safety of BPA for use in products that hold food," the FDA said. [CBS News]

KIDDIE CHEFS

A look at very young chefs, including Flynn McGarry, the Valley eighth-grader who runs the supper club Eureka. [The Guardian]

BURGER KING BLOOPER

A Burger King employee posts a picture of himself standing on two bins of lettuce, or rather, in the lettuce. [Cleveland Scene]

UNDERWATER WINE

Frank Labeyrie, of Chateau du Coreau in Côtes de Bordeaux Cadillac, plans to open an under-sea wine cellaring service in the Atlantic Ocean. He says the ocean’s cool temperatures, zero oxygen and zero light will help wines age slowly, keeping fruit intensity longer and deepening flavor. [Decanter]

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-- Betty Hallock

Food FYI: Trans fat ban helped heart health, NY study says

Transfat

FIGHTING FAT

New York's ban on trans fat in restaurant food made a big dent in people's consumption and the bad fat wasn't necessarily replaced by another bad ingredient, according to a study. [Associated Press]

COGNOSCENTI COFFEE

Yeekai Lim, proprietor of Cognoscenti Coffee at Proof Bakery and recently the Normandie Hotel, on coffee and design. [Smithsonian]

ROTTEN BANANAS 

Q&A with Enrique Olvera, chef of Pujol in Mexico City, who discusses regional cuisine, traditions in contemporary cooking, and rotten bananas. [Food Republic]

FOIE YOU

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs seeks a boycott of wines from California after the state banned the sale of foie gras. [The Independent]

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-- Betty Hallock

Photo: The sign in front of a West L.A. Paquito Mas, which voluntarily switched from trans fats to canola oil. Credit: Carlos Chavez/Los Angeles Times

Food FYI: Sweet news about sour cherries

Cherry pie
CHERRY PIE

A slice of cherry pie a day helps keep the doctor away? Or at least the sour cherries in the pie might. Sour cherries contain the same sort of anti-inflammatory compounds as aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. And they contain more of these anti-inflammatory compounds than any other food, a study says. [Los Angeles Times]

SRIRACHA AND ICE CREAM

Go Burger puts sriracha in its milkshakes. Spicy. [Cooking Channel]

THOMAS JEFFERSON'S CHEFS

A look at two enslaved women who helped put French food on Thomas Jefferson's table and insert its prominence in American culinary culture. [Smithsonian]

TROPICAL FRUIT

How to cut a pineapple. [Simply Recipes]

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-- Betty Hallock

Photo credit: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times

Food FYI: Yes, it's National French Fry Day

French fries
FRENCH FRIES (THEY'RE ACTUALLY BELGIAN) 

For those keeping track, it's National French Fry Day. Here's a throwback video from Jon Stewart, on French fries, the Baconator and our "mutating peptide composition." [The Daily Show] (Also, see a French fry photo gallery here.)

LARGE CURDS

A few cheesemakers are creating cottage cheeses by choosing milk from grass-fed cows, stirring and cutting the curds by hand and adding cream. You got it, artisanal cottage cheese. [Washington Post]

CANNED FOOD TRENDING

A budding culinary trend in Japan? Restaurants serving canned food from around the world. Customers pluck cans from shelves and sit down with their plastic forks and paper cups of sake for an apocalyptic-chic take on dinner. [Japan Today]

BEETS GALORE

Why hate on beets? With recipes. [NPR]

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-- Betty Hallock

Photo credit: Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times

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