Food & Food Culture

2:27pm

Tue April 23, 2013
The Salt

When Cheeseburger = Walking, Will We Eat Less?

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 2:32 pm

Would you like that burger with a side of exercise?
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Nutrition labeling has been required on packaged food since 1990, and the new federal food safety law will require calorie counts to be posted for restaurant food — all in an effort to get the American public to eat healthier.

But most studies on calorie count labels show they don't do much to nudge people toward better food choices. If I want that oh-so-delicious Chunky Monkey ice cream, knowing that a half-cup serving delivers 300 calories and 18 grams of fat isn't going to stop me.

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12:27pm

Tue April 23, 2013
The Salt

Want To Forage In Your City? There's A Map For That

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 9:25 am

Falling Fruit tells you where you can pick peaches and other foods free for the taking around the world.
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If you really love your peaches and want to shake a tree, there's a map to help you find one. That goes for veggies, nuts, berries and hundreds of other edible plant species, too.

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11:34am

Tue April 23, 2013
Planet Money

Has The Cupcake Bubble Finally Popped?

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 2:26 pm

Back in 2010, our own Jacob Goldstein called the cupcake craze a "bubble of historic proportions." He called it too early.

The following year, Crumbs Bake Shop went public, and Jacob began to doubt himself.

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6:22am

Tue April 23, 2013
Around the Nation

Whimsical Idea Expands To Chinese Food Mission

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 1:05 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

It was just a whimsical idea back in the '70s. David Chan and his co-workers decided to try every Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood. Now, the 64-year-old Los Angeles attorney has visited more than 6,000 Chinese eateries around the world. The L.A. Times says he once hit 300 restaurants in a single year. You'll find Chan using a fork. He's not a chopsticks guy.

He often gives advice to restaurant critics. Chan says he's always just been a collector - stamps, records - now dumplings.

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1:47am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Salt

Newspaper Takes The Pulse Of San Diego Coffee Culture

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 1:51 pm

John Rippo in July 2012 in a coffeehouse called Espresso Mio, in San Diego's Mission Hills neighborhood.
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Portland and Seattle may take coffee very seriously, but San Diego can boast a newspaper devoted entirely to coffee shops and all the news that's fit to print about them. John Rippo is the publisher of The Espresso, and he's convinced that coffee shops are the places to catch juicy moments of the human experience as they happen.

Inspired by European periodicals written for the cafe intelligentsia, Rippo curates local news in his monthly paper to inspire his fellow San Diego residents to social or political action.

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