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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 

Food Section Wednesdays

Half the fun of reading the papers during the week is their "Food Sections." Most, for some reason, I'm sure it's a good one, appear on Wednesday...many are beginning to show up on Thursdays.

Let's take a peek, shall we?

The San Francisco Chronicle has a very interesting article on The City's numeric "rating" of restaurants by cleanliness...somewhat like Los Angeles' "alphabet rating." (Note - you might not want to eat at a sushi restaurant with a "C" rating!) Fair warning...you might not have an appetitite for awhile after reading this.

Kitchen (not so) Confidential
Two years after San Francisco restaurant inspectors began doling out scores of one to 100 for food safety, and posting them on the Internet, it's hard to judge if the new system is affecting the bottom line anywhere in the city's most precious industry.

What it is doing is improving food safety, at least according to inspectors who get up close and personal with rats and cockroaches, sacrifice their shoes to sewage backups, and sniff out rotting rutabagas in murky refrigerators, all so you don't wake up sweating and heaving, or worse, after dining out. - SFGate

The Chicago Tribune seems to think that Bear's fans will be hanging around in front of the TV's this Sunday, and even thinks that there might be parties for football fans, too. Go figure. Remember, "It's not Cheez Whiz with Hormel chili in the microwave any more."
How to Feed Ravenous Bears (Fans)
Actually, because our favorite team happens to be part of the action this weekend, there's no such thing as too much hype. We have waited 21 years for this and we will soak up all the hype we can get. We also think Super Bowl Sunday menus deserve a bit more attention, and not just because we're foodie football fans. This annual event is purported to be the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving. - Chicago Tribune
The Baltimore Sun is proud of their local baker gone good, "Duff", who has a challenge infront of him.
Before kickoff, a 5-foot-tall cake
Baltimore cake maker and Food Network star Duff Goldman is heading to Miami to build his biggest cake ever: a 5-foot-tall, 300-pound football-field cake topped with benches, players, coaches, reporters and photographers, referees, helmets bearing team logos and a Lombardi Trophy.

The Super Bowl cake will be served to some 4,000 guests at the National Football League's party in Miami the night before the big game. The making of the cake also will be fodder for the final, hour-long episode of the Food Network's hit show Ace of Cakes, which features the local chef and his team at his Remington bakery, Charm City Cakes.- The Baltimore Sun
(Yeah...I'm showing my age. The Colts belong to only one City...sorry Indianapolis, it isn't you.)

The St. Louis Dispatch is celebrating some sort of event happening in Florida this weekend by highlighting some "party" food with a Cuban flavor.
Tackling Miami: Score big with a tropical touch to your Super Bowl party
Miami's cuisine benefits from a fabulous range of tropical influences, and the recipes we've collected are aimed at making it easy for you to re-create a Latin-inspired feast to enjoy as you cheer on your chosen cold-climate team.

The Cuban sandwich is a Miami classic. St. Louis Dispatch

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The Colts belong to only one City

Indeed!

And what's this crap about age? fine wine, fine cheese, fine women...it's all good!

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