The Drinking Olympics, a Jamie Oliver Movie, Reese’s Goats: Eating & Reading

Every week, we’ll let you know what the “Washingtonian” food staff is reading in the blogosphere and off the bookshelves.

Goats, it is well-known, are loyal members of Team Edward. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

Ann Limpert, food and wine editor

• Bacon-topped Voodoo Doughnuts, In-N-Out burgers, seven meals a day . . . no wonder 20-pound weight gains aren’t uncommon for journalists traveling with the White House press corps. When Filing Political Stories, Traveling Journalists Also Fill Stomachs

• For all you conflicted Chick-fil-A addicts out there, Serious Eats claims to have figured out how to replicate the controversial fast food chain’s much-loved fried-chicken-and-two-pickle sandwich. How to Make a Chick-fil-A Sandwich at Home

Tanya Pai, deputy managing editor

• Quite literally eye candy (plus some other stuff): Buzzfeed rounds up famous works of art rendered in edible things. Who knew Thanksgiving leftovers could be so aesthetically pleasing? 20 Examples of Food Imitating Art

• The main reason I’m rooting for the Nordic countries in the games. 2012 Summer Olympics Drinking Game

Tired of fine art? NPR’s The Salt offers a roundup of weird food
museums around the world. I’m especially interested in Osaka’s Momofuku
Ando Instant Ramen Museum—which is quite a mouthful (see what I did
there?). Seven Strange Food Museums to Spice Up Your Summer Travel Plans

Jessica Voelker, online dining editor

• “Unfried” chicken is the new nugget: Wired prepares us for Lyfe Cuisine. Former McDonald’s Honchos Take On Sustainable Cuisine

• From Frescolita to Zesta—do you know your global drinks? International Beverages Pop Quiz

• Fun fact for today: Reese Witherspoon’s goats are named George and Martha Washington. Robert Pattinson Is Drying His Breakup Tears on Reese Witherspoon’s Goats

Sophie Gilbert, associate arts editor

• Not that Jamie Oliver needs to get richer or more successful, but Ryan Seacrest is apparently now making a movie loosely based on the British celebrity chef’s experiences trying to spread the gospel of home cooking in West Virginia. And both Will Ferrell and Seann William Scott are on the list of actors suggested to play Oliver (I’d pay good money to see both of them attempt the accent). Pukka! Jamie Oliver Movie: Will Ferrell On Shortlist To Star In Film Based On ‘Food Revolution’

• Pancakes and pastries FTW; greasy bacon and overcooked, hours-old eggs, not so much. The Guardian’s Oliver Hurley discusses the dirty little secret of hotel buffets: that people actually love them. The Strange Appeal of the Hotel Buffet

• Also in the Guardian, Natalie Hardwick thinks really, really hard about the legitimacy of beer cocktails. Beer Cocktails: Do Opposites Attract?

• And in today’s depressing news, global marketing is now so effective that McDonald’s is considered healthy in China. McDonald’s Food Has a Healthy Glow, At Least in China

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.