Talk of the Town by Nancy Leson (Seattle Times): Seattle Times gets the full-ish scoop on Jerry Traunfeld's post-Herbfarm restaurant, Poppy. Projected opening date: late summer.
Bill Aims to Put More Farm-Fresh Foods on School Lunch Menus by Jennifer Langston (P-I): A statewide farm-to-school program sounds good, right? Here's the rub: Washington environmental groups proposing the bill will have to override strict anti-favoritism protections. Perhaps they should try an earmarking approach.
Solving a Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside a Fortune Cookie by Jennifer 8. Lee (NY Times): Boy, am I sick of linking to New York Times stories, but wow, wow, wow. A lost piece of culinary history uncovered. Now if J8L could tell me when San Francisco?s Chinese restaurants started using the fortune cookie to demonstrate respect: If you order well (Chinese-style, naturally), you get orange segments with your bill, and if you?re hopelessly gwailo you get fortune cookies.
This Farmer Has a Zest for Experimentation by Russ Parsons (LA Times): Speaking of oranges, here's a profile of Southern California's citrus coolfinder who helped bring you satsumas and blood oranges. Read to the end for some alarming details on California?s water shortage.
Coco Loco by Lucy Atkins (UK Guardian): Speaking of food fads, I bring this overly fair and balanced report on coconut oil, which is currently making its way from celebrity sightings to your kitchen/medicine chest/garage. Don't believe me? Maybe you'll trust this supermodel's testimonial.
Chew Your Way to a New Debilitated You by Nicholas Day (Chow): Almost as disturbing as my friend Christopher's account of what happened to him after he downed two cans of Pringles fried in Olestra, the fat substitute infamous for causing "anal leakage." If you need to read more about the dangers of sugar-free gum, here's a more detailed article.