Lunchtime poll – family dinnertime
June 21st, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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Box lunch
June 21st, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Tony the Tiger might be onto something. Newly released research shows kids think food tastes better when there is cartoon character marketing involved. - Health.com


  • In the mood to rub elbows with some of America's favorite television chefs over Columbus Day weekend? Tickets go on sale today for the third annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival. - Official Site


  • The era of the pop-up restaurant is upon us. San Francisco food vendors explore how to cook the kinds of foods they love without the financial heartbreak. - The Atlantic


  • A growing number of health departments across the United States want health inspection grades to be posted in plain sight at restaurants. - USA Today
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Waiters even the score
June 21st, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Last week, Eatocracy shared a compilation of restaurant pet peeves from friends and colleagues. In turn, we asked “What should we add to the menu of complaints?”

Over 1,500 responses later, and there are clearly two sides to every story. For every customer complaint, there wasn’t a waitstaff counterpoint far behind.

So, we decided to turn the tables: diners, you’re about to get served. Turns out industry folks have just as many grievances as customers do.

And in this corner, the waiters:

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Culinary Curiosities: That plastic leaf in sushi
June 21st, 2010
10:30 AM ET
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Steven Stern, a former fact checker and a full time food fiend, is here to complicate things help.

Q: What's up with that green plastic leaf thing that comes with my sushi? Am I supposed to do something with it?

A: You mean you don't eat yours?

Just kidding. Those leaves are definitely not edible. They're called baran (sometimes spelled haran), and they're mostly used for decoration. Presentation is really important in Japanese food, even when you're dealing with cheap supermarket sushi. The plastic leaves also serve as dividers in a bento box (a single-portion lunch combo container), keeping your eel nigiri away from your tuna rolls.

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June 21st, 2010
10:30 AM ET
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