Food Banks Struggle to Keep Up by Jennifer Langston (P-I): I've seen this story appear more and more frequently over the past three years. What Langston does well is to lay out the numbers. Some 13 to 30 percent of Seattle households visit food banks? Holy crap.
Local restaurant gossip: Both the Times and the P-I visit all the new restaurants at the Southcenter Mall expansion: Racha Thai, Blue C Sushi, Dukes Chowder House, this hot new pizzeria named Sbarro...
Shrink the Bottle, Save the Planet by Beppi Crosariol (Toronto Globe&Mail): Heavy glass bottles are now the Hummers of the wine industry, while polyethylene terephthalate and tetra-paks are the Priuses. Until we are told otherwise, of course.
Blue Ribbon Dynasty by Jennifer Day (Chicago Tribune): Ambitious child chefs enter Illinois State Fair cooking competitions for a taste of reality TV. I know I'm going to make that Hawaiian Spamball recipe at my house tonight.
Going Green While Turning Gray by Karen Coates (Gourmet.com): I thought last week's story about elementary schoolkids growing vegetables for food banks warmed my heart. This story, about a nursing home garden plot, just does me in.
Speaking of blowing up tilapia, here's a recipe for Westside Tricked-Out Tilapia from Coolio -- remember him? -- who's teaching his producer to make the dish for all the right reasons (warning: if you're at work, listen to this with the headphones on):