Lunch Room Chatter: Trendsetting in D.C.

The latest in food news, ideas and philosophy, just in time for your lunch break.

* America still has a long way to go to achieve food safety. (GAO)

* Philly fights for better food in the time of federal belt-tightening. (NY Times)

* Climb aboard one of the most trendsetting restaurants in America, right in Washington. (U.S. Airways magazine)

* “But nutrition is only part of the story. And its time for nutrition advocates to start working more closely together with people who have been working to fix other food problems, such as hunger, wasteful farm subsidies, pollution and animal cruelty related to factory farming, and so on. It turns out that the diet that is prematurely killing so many of us is also hard on taxpayers, the environment, farm animals, and the quality of life in rural America.” (HuffPo Food)

* “Crop insurance” is just another name for a federal subsidy. (La Vida Locavore)

* Spare ribs straight from the smoker oven. (NY Times)

* Yelp’s star ratings mean very little. Sometimes they’re just a reflection of America’s bad taste. (Atlantic Life)

* A meal that will make your head feel as light as air. (Food & Think)

* Pig’s feet are the new horse’s head? (WaPo)

* The first step to starting your own bee colony: realizing you’re going to get stung. (Cooking Up a Story)

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.

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