Sophie Gilbert, assistant editor and Sophie at the Stove blogger:
• Mmmm. Now you can not only drink the Kool-Aid but have it deep-fried. How appropriate: Deep Fried Kool-Aid Balls: The Newest in Fair Fare.
• Will and Kate (who by some miracle have managed to escape the Brangelina-esque name-combination trend) are coming to America! And one lucky celebrity chef will get to cook for them, kind of: Celeb Chef Giada 'Overwhelmed' to Cook for Royal Couple.
• The nonprofit Oxfam did a poll of the whole world (well, not quite, but it did cover 17 countries) and discovered that internationally, our favorite food is . . . pasta. Which is coincidentally my favorite food, and also the downfall of 90 percent of low-carb diets: What's Your Favourite Food?
• The outstanding Jonathan Gold reviews two of the world's best restaurants—Alinea in Chicago and Noma in Copenhagen—in this weekend's Wall Street Journal magazine. HuffPost has a preview: Jonathan Gold Pits World's Best Restaurants Alinea and Noma Head-to-Head for WSJ Magazine.
Todd Kliman, food and wine editor:
• According to a new study from researchers at the University of California San Diego, a blood alcohol level of .01—which is what, a sip of wine? a sniff?—is enough to impair driving: Drunk Driving: Even a Trace of Alcohol Is Dangerous on the Road, Says Study.
• Restaurant chains with more than 20 satellites are revamping their menus in the wake of new calorie-tallying guidelines from the FDA—IHOP, for instance, just shaved 800 calories (!) from its standard bacon-and-egg meal. I'm waiting for the report of the right-wing condemnation of Obamerica and its war on the honest-to-God, old-fashioned, hyper-caloric American breakfast: Restaurants Revamping Menus in Response to Calorie Count Rules.
• The companionable wine site Snooth offers up, without snark, a guide to pairing wines with Chipotle! Chipotle Wine Pairings.
Rina Rapuano, assistant food and wine editor:
• In researching a story for Museum magazine, I came across this canning manual (and some interesting observations on women's history): Hull-House Kitchen.
• Wow. Trying to eat healthy and responsibly just gets more and more confusing: Organic Pesticides: Not an Oxymoron.
Kate Nerenberg, associate food and wine editor:
• Bloomberg food critic Ryan Sutton lays out a "real-cost dining index," also known as the price you'll pay for dinner after tax, gratuity, and wine. In other words, prix-fixe menu prices are just the tip of the iceberg: Del Posto’s $1,269 Meal Tops NYC’s Priciest List. In a follow-up, he gives restaurants ten ideas for not fooling their diners: Ten Rules for Better Pricing.
• "A reservation is like a wedding vow, except more binding." and other tips from food writer Josh Ozersky on how to survive the world of the modern restaurant: Is it O.K. to Eat While Texting?