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Starting off this week, a restaurant gossip roundup: Seattle mag's food editor gets the scoop that Monsoon is opening a downtown Bellevue location (don't worry,

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Childhood Obesity, Stinging Nettles, and Other Food News

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Starting off this week, a restaurant gossip roundup: Seattle mag's food editor gets the scoop that Monsoon is opening a downtown Bellevue location (don't worry, Cap Hill, the Banhs are not leaving you). And My Ballard blog reports that Green Lake's Rialto Pasta Bar & Grill has moved to Fremont Ave., taking over the old Fremont Classic Pizzeria.

Young Lives at Risk: Our Overweight Children? (Washington Post): The Washington Post has had a run of fascinating, interactive news packages on food lately -- in fact, I've stopped looking at the paper's food section and simply check the front page of the website. This packages discusses how both poverty-stricken neighborhoods and tony suburbs foster childhood obesity.

Farming Among the Next Crop of Local Startups by Jennifer Langston (Seattle PI): Great article on young farmers who are trying to secure land in King County to start farming. A companion piece:

Where Industry Once Hummed, Urban Garden Finds Success by Jon Hurdle (NY Times): Great article on how farmers in Philadelphia are turning a vacant plot of industrial land into a profitable business.

Nettles: Yes, You Can Eat Those Painful Greens by Jim Dixon (Culinate): You should be seeing bags of nettles appear at the farmers' markets (look for the Foraged & Found stand). This brief article gives a few recipes for nettles, but neglects to show people how not to get stung.

Enter YouTube:

First, raw-food guru David Wolfe, who turns out to be far more fashionable than I ever imagined, " target="_blank">lectures on how to eat nettles with your fingers; he must not have read the Culinate piece, which warns about the side effects of eating nettles that have gone to seed. Now, if you'd prefer to eat your nettles cooked, watch the first minute of this video, in which Lee Gray shows how to blanch the nettles to remove the sting. And I was delighted to discover that there is a genre of Jackass-style encounters with nettles (that second link, by the way, is NSFW).

UPDATE: Turns out last month Jess Thomson had a piece in Leite's Culinaria about nettles. Also turns out that nettle season in Seattle has peaked.

 
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