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by in News, June 1st, 2011

watermelon agua fresca
• We love everything about watermelons, except maybe chopping them. Until now! Enter the watermelon knife –- who knew sharp bladed things could be so adorable? [nytimes.com]

• This Thursday, the USDA will reveal its new food icon, replacing the age-old pyramid for a plate. “We presume that it will be divided into sections that will show you how much of different types of foods you should be eating,” Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent for CNN.com, predicts.  [eatocracy.com]

• 2011 is the year of beer (gardens, that is). According to the New York Times, there are over 50 German-themed drinking halls in the five boroughs with new ones cropping up and iPhone apps to tell you where to find them. [nytimes.com]

• With global warming, the temperature isn’t the only thing that’ll rise –- so will food prices over the next 20 years. [fastcompany.com]

• Students at Bath Spa University have created five dresses made entirely of cheese (and they used one ton of it to do so). Because, you know, who doesn’t love a good fromage frock? [dailymail.co.uk via grubstreet.com]

Here’s our round-up of food news, trends and happenings across the web. Check back for more, and tell us what else you’re loving in the comments.

Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in News, May 26th, 2011

guy fieri
Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy appeared on Conan, where she revealed that, despite being unable to wear glasses on the back of her head, her character in the movie was inspired by Guy Fieri. [eater.com]

• The good folks at New York Magazine have found 51 restaurants coast-to-coast worth visiting. Your summer road trip just got more delicious. [newyork.grubstreet.com] [FN Local]

• Speaking of trips, interested in having or attending a destination wedding abroad? Here are some culinary customs for the big day that justify a plane ride. [epicurious.com]

• The New York Times takes a look at how organic farming, both in Europe and stateside, has boomed despite economic hardships and inflation issues. “Many farmers and analysts expect the sector to remain strong in coming years, helped by increased public awareness of environmental and potential health benefits [and] better organization and production techniques.” [nytimes.com]

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Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in News, May 18th, 2011

potatoes
• The latest product at the chopping block of school cafeteria foods is the potato. The USDA is seeking to ban spuds entirely from federally-subsidized school breakfasts and limit them–and all starchy veggies–to one cup per week at lunch. [wsj.com]

• Intrigued by foods promising to lower cholesterol, curb digestive issues or perform other miracles? These “functional foods,” or edibles marketed as health and wellness promoters, might be a tad misleading to consumers. [nytimes.com]

• Wisconsin-based McDonald’s enthusiast Don Gorske has eaten his 25,000th Big Mac. “You don’t dream of living so long as to reach a milestone like that,” he told the BBC, though we don’t think he was referring to health concerns surrounding the double-decker burger. [bbc.co.uk]

• If you experience anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist, head to the Texas office of Dr. Clint Herzog, who offers pre-cleaning beer and wine to patients. Good thing that glass of red comes with a free whitening. [41nbc.com via grubstreet.com]

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by in News, May 11th, 2011

Bobby Barbecues

• Psychology today reports: “Barbeques, it turns out, are good for your mental health — particularly when they take place in green spaces.” Here we thought our backyard bashes were so great because of the euphoric potato salad. [psychologytoday.com via eatocracy.cnn.com]

• In the latest cafeteria lunch news, public schools in Los Angeles are considering banning chocolate milk due to its high sugar content. [washingtonpost.com] [On Food Network: Better School Lunches]

• Meanwhile, there’s a movement in universities coast to coast (Berkeley to Penn) to cater to gourmet-minded students. A program at Wesleyan University, for instance, allows students to use their meal cards for local, organic cheese. [washingtonpost.com via grubstreet.com]

• Meet William Leigh, the new taste tester for the British chocolate company Green & Black. We’re pretty sure he has the best job ever –- all the fun of Willy Wonka’s factory without the responsibility of maintaining the chocolate extraction pipe system for the chocolate river. [bbc.co.uk]

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by in News, May 4th, 2011

vegetable garden
How More Restaurants May Begin to Compost: A small food-hauling industry equipped to deal with restaurants’ compostable fare is cropping up. Cities like San Francisco and Seattle have passed laws that mandate commercial composting and since restaurants don’t often have the space or time to do it onsite, food-waste managers, like Jeremy Brosowksy, are doing it for them. It’s all part of the food-sustainability movement, Brosowsky explains to MSNBC.com. “Farm-to-table is good. Farm to table back to farm is even better.” [today.msnbc.com]

How Does Your Garden Grow? In a Truck! Compass Green, the brainchild of two Brooklyn-based green thumbs, just achieved its Kickstarter funding goal to create “the first-ever mobile greenhouse run completely on renewable energy – waste vegetable oil, solar and wind energy.” Follow the duo as they grow veggies in their greenhouse while driving around to educate both kids and adults on food and transportation sustainability. [gothamist.com]

Dinner Parties Thrown to Recruit New Nudists: The Wall Street Journal reports that nudist camps, to combat flat or declining numbers of participants amongst the 18-34 year-old set, are throwing fun, no-clothes events. In addition to 5K road races, there are naked dinner parties in NYC lofts and a “Naked Booze n Schmooze.” The jokes for punny menu items just write themselves. [wsj.com via refinery29.com]

Royal Wedding Menu Looked Pretty Fancy: In more elegant menu item news, in case you missed it, Eatocracy has what was ingested at the Royal Wedding luncheon. Try saying “Scottish Langoustines with Lemon Mayonnaise Pressed Confit of Pork Belly with Crayfish and Crackling” in a British accent. [eatocracy.com]

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by in News, April 27th, 2011

maple french toast bacon cupcake
Introducing Cupcake Vodka: It’s a thing, and it comes in four flavors: original, chiffon, devil’s food and frosting. But if pie the new cupcake, we’re thinking this liquor may have a short shelf life. [blogs.villagevoice.com]

Food Bloggers Bare All for Japan: If there was ever any doubt that food bloggers are totally cute, check out the Nudie Foodies, who are posing sans clothes (safe for work!) for a good cause. The photos, accompanied by recipes of course, will be compiled into a book, with proceeds from it going to the relief effort in Japan. [gothamist.com]

Pesticide Exposure in Womb Linked to Lower I.Q.s: Three new studies reveal that women who had higher exposures to pesticides while pregnant gave birth to children who went on to have lower I.Q. scores (by about seven points) once they began school. Score one for organic produce. [nytimes.com]

Green Tips for Your Kitchen: Earth Day was just last week, so it’s perfect timing to get a little more eco-friendly. The good folks at Kitchen Daily have a few small tips (like how to keep that sponge out of the landfill a little while longer) that could add up to big results. [kitchendaily.com]

Here’s our round-up of food news, trends and happenings across the web. Check back for more, and tell us what else you’re loving in the comments.

Side Dish: World’s Best Restaurants, 40,000 Pounds of Tomatoes Stolen and More

by in News, April 20th, 2011

gardening tomatoes
Thieves Nab 40,000 Pounds of Tomatoes: The New York Times reports on a group of produce snatchers: “Last month, a gang of thieves stole six tractor-trailer loads of tomatoes and a truck full of cucumbers from Florida growers. They also stole a truckload of frozen meat. The total value of the illegal haul: about $300,000.” And that’s just the beginning of these criminals’ plot. [nytimes.com via gawker.com]

Mobile Produce Stands Hit Road in Urban Areas: Chicago-area organization Food Desert Action has created a solution for getting produce to poor urban areas lacking healthful food options: via a food truck. “Eventually, we want to be just like the ice cream truck,” neighborhood activist Steven Casey told the Chicago Tribune. “Everyone remembers the music, they hear it and they know ice cream is there. When they see our bus, we want them to know fresh fruits and vegetables are here.” [latimes.com]

The World’s Best Restaurants Named: The S. Pellegrino top 50 dining destinations in the world have been announced, with a few heavy hitters from the US making the list. Chicago’s Alinea fared best at number 6, and the other Stateside spots given recognition (Per Se, Daniel, among others) are all based in NYC. [newyork.grubstreet.com]

Gender Cake Parties Are a Thing? The funny folks at The Awl have turned us on to a new phenomenon, the Gender Cake Party, wherein an expecting couple learns their baby’s sex based on the color (pink or blue, obviously) of cake they receive after delivering their obstetrician’s report to a local bakery. Either way, as long as it’s delicious. The cake, not the baby. [theawl.com]

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Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in News, View All Posts, April 13th, 2011
Can you resist? - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Caffeine Addiction Linked to Genetics: Craving coffee? Science says your genes may be to blame, not the two hours of sleep you got last night. [usatoday.com]

Chicago Public School Bans Brown-Bag Lunches: With all the hullabaloo surrounding the poor quality of cafeteria food, it may come as a surprise that one school is actually banning lunches from home, too. What’s a kid to eat? [myfoxchicago.com via newyork.grubstreet.com]

Camera-Powered App Delivers Estimated Calorie Count: Impressive new iPhone app Meal Snap lets you take a picture of your plate then spits out how many calories it thinks you’re about to consume. The accuracy of the nutritional breakdown reportedly has some kinks, but it’s still fun to think of the service as Shazam for food. [reviews.cnet.com] [Food Network Mobile]

Proof That Candy Dishes are Irresistible: Is the office hampering your ability to eat healthfully? You’re not alone. “A four-week study of 40 secretaries found that when candy was visible in a clear, covered dish, participants ate 2.5 pieces of chocolate,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Moving the dish closer, so the subjects could reach the candy while seated at their desks, added another 2.1 candies a day to their intake.” [wsj.com]

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Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, April 5th, 2011
How does your garden grow? (Note: garden pictured is not in New York City)

NYC’s Homesteaders Live Off the Land…The land in their own backyards and on their own rooftops. The Post takes a look at hardcore urban farmers, who raise chickens and bees, butcher their own rabbits and forage for greens in New York City parks. The trend isn’t without its backlash, but these hillbillies have one up on the non-farming population, says Brooklyn’s Brandon Hoy, who co-owns a restaurant that grows its own produce: “We’re set up for the zombie invasion.” [nypost.com]

Study Supports Possibility of Food Addiction: Food-a-holics may rejoice at the findings from a recent Yale study, which suggests that food addiction might be a real-life neural affliction (as opposed to just an excuse to eat a few more cupcakes). “Scientists watched the brain activity of women tantalized, and then rewarded, with a chocolate milkshake. Their neural activity was similar to that of drug addicts.” [latimes.com]

Really Important New Food Gadget Introduced: There are classic food marriages (peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, ham and cheese) and then there are the orange-juice-and-tooth-paste, oranges-and-apples (wow, oranges don’t go with anything) combos that make us go “huh”? Will a kitchen scale with an iPod dock and speaker make it on any of these chefs’ must-own kitchen gadget lists? [wired.com]

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by in View All Posts, March 29th, 2011
And we thought we had weird pancakes

Mac & Cheese Pancakes? The story goes something like this: Famed NYC chef Kenny Shopsin had a patron who only ate either mac and cheese or pancakes. One day, said patron couldn’t choose between the two and asked Shopsin to decide. The result is a serendipitous combination of the disparate dishes, and now Shopsin is showing us how they’re made. [youtube.com/TheNewYorkTimes]

DIY Easter Candy: We’re looking ahead to Easter, and we’ve been busy baking up the most festive desserts yet: springtime cupcakes, a new kind of carrot cake and more. Well here’s another totally adorable idea: a deviled egg-inspired Cadbury Creme. [seriouseats.com]

Cooking Beets and Spinning Beats: The New York Times profiles “Lunch Breaks,” a web video series that combines hip hop and healthy cooking, helmed by famed break dancer Richard Colon. Its verdict? “Think of Wayne’s World meets the Food Network — with a funky beat.” Fun! [nytimes.com]

Kitchen Things You Can’t Live Without: 13 chefs weigh in on their five favorite kitchen tools. They range from the commonly used (pepper grinders) to the totally personal (special spoons). We’re still unclear on what to do with one chef’s tweezers. What can’t you live without? [huffingtonpost.com] [Food Network Store]

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