I'm feeling a little bittersweet this morning, in our ten-steps-forward - two-steps-back country, or perhaps it's just what happens when you combine a sinus infection

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Old Tom, Gelatin, and other Food News

I'm feeling a little bittersweet this morning, in our ten-steps-forward-two-steps-back country, or perhaps it's just what happens when you combine a sinus infection with cheap sparkling wine (the Capitol Hill Safeway was almost sold out of the good stuff). So this week's food news roundup is brief:

In the Times, Nancy Leson gets the story on the new ART Restaurant and Lounge in the Four Seasons, which opened two days ago, as well as the Spanish restaurant chain that's taking over ART chef Kerry Sear's old Cascadia space.

Original Gin: Older Styles Find Their Way Into Cocktails (SF Gate): Now that the martini era has segued into the age of brown-liquor cocktails, three almost-forgotten types of gin -- old Tom, genever, and aged gin -- are being resuscitated.

I Eat Your Face! by Miriam Wolf (Chow Grinder): I had no idea you could custom print M&Ms.

Terra Madre Conference Reveals Slow Food at Crossroads by Ann Le (LA Times): At this year's gathering of farmers and artisanal producers from around the world, the limits of Alice Waters' "beautiful revolution" in the face of economic crises and global food shortages are becoming evident.

Table Talk with Sam Bompas and Harry Parr (UK Guardian): The most surreal chef interview I've ever read. I have no idea who these dudes are, but their website is JellyMongers.co.uk and they're apparently masters of the gelatin sculpture.

Speaking of architectural gelatin:

 
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