Food stories plucked from the ether:

Bar? What Bar? by William Grimes (NY Times): Arright, all you speakeasy wannabes -- and Grimes is talking about

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The Real Speakeasy, the Real-Food Starbucks, and other Food News

Food stories plucked from the ether:

Bar? What Bar? by William Grimes (NY Times): Arright, all you speakeasy wannabes -- and Grimes is talking about you, Tavern Law -- do you really want to mimic Prohibition-era bars? Kill off your patrons with rotgut and bribe your local police force.

Korean Tacos Come in Off the Street by Matthew Amster-Burton (Gourmet.com): Local couple Kye Soon Hong and Eric Vigesaa can't get to Kogi when they travel to LA, so they make their own Korean tacos. All they need to do is tweet Seattle when the next batch is ready.

How Straus Family Creamery Is Weathering the Organic Dairy Storm by Bonnie P. (Ethicurean): The sustainability folks have been in an uproar over a NY Times article last week proclaiming the organic dairy industry in peril, despite the premium on organic milk. Is the article true? Is it overblown? Bonnie P. checks in with California's first organic-milk producer to see.

Homemade Ricotta Is as Simple to Make as It Is Versatile by Melissa Kronenthal (Seattle Times): It's not cheap, necessarily, but it is easy. Yet another experiment I've bookmarked in my browser to try at home. With organic dairy, I suppose.

Wishlist for the New FDA Boss by Foodeducate.com (thanks to LA Times for the link): The blog at this nutrition analysis site issues a wishlist for incoming FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg: more ability to enforce laws, fewer loopholes, stricter controls on marketing. Not surprisingly, they all make sense.

Starbucks Revamps Bakery Food Ingredients (Reuters): No preservatives or dyes, no HFCS, more salads. Now, will you please stop calling us the McDonald's of coffee?

A New Massive Recall for Ground Beef, and No One's in Charge at the USDA by Eddie Gehman Kohan (Obama Foodorama): Please do not read this summary of the state of the USDA's food-safety czar search if the sun has drugged you into a profound state of joie de vivre.

If you ignored the warning and now want to stop thinking about irradiation, read this.

 
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