All We Can Eat: Lunch Room Chatter


Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 09/23/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Food prices on the rise

The USDA expects the cost of food to continue going up in 2012.

By Becky Krystal  |  11:59 AM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 09/22/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: No love for D.C. from OpenTable users

OpenTable’s Most Fit for Foodies list didn’t contain a single Washington area restaurant.

By Becky Krystal  |  12:05 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 09/21/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: More worries about BPA

Even cans of food marketed to kids aren’t free of the controversial chemical.

By Becky Krystal  |  11:57 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Have food media been overindulging?

Consumers are eating up food-related content at an impressive rate.

By Becky Krystal  |  12:37 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 09/19/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: A ketchup innovation

Heinz has reinvented its to-go packets.

By Becky Krystal  |  12:18 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Why’s your kid a picky eater?

Meshelle Armstrong says parents are to blame for children’s dining habits.

By Becky Krystal  |  12:19 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: A ketchup innovation

Heinz has reinvented its to-go packets.

By Becky Krystal  |  12:19 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/15/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Cutting calories at Olive Garden

More chains support Michelle Obama’s plan to reduce the fat and salt in restaurant food.

By Tim Carman and Becky Krystal  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Got oxidized milk solids?

The process of reintroducing fats to milk may not be so good for human health.

By Tim Carman and Becky Krystal  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 09/13/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Bloated on corn syrup

Americans eat 42 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup annually — or the size of six newborns.

By Tim Carman and Becky Krystal  |  11:45 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 09/08/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Google sees red

The search-engine behemoth acquires Zagat and its little red dining guide.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:10 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 09/02/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Germany’s fugitive cow

Yvonne, on the run for three months, is finally captured — but not without a fight.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:30 PM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 09/01/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Lawsuits and salmonella

Could a lawyer’s sword of Damocles work to prevent salmonella?

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:15 PM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 08/31/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Baking against the grain

A gluten-free bakery is scheduled to open in Del Ray.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  02:15 PM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 08/30/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: A love/hate affair with Irene

NYC restaurants and markets loved the extra business — until it was gone over the weekend.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:30 PM ET, 08/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 08/29/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Goodbye, Shaw Tavern

Without a liquor license, how could a tavern survive? It couldn’t.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:05 PM ET, 08/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 08/26/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Ordering McDonald’s from a tank

A young man stocks up on fries before suppressing a watermelon insurgency.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:45 AM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 08/24/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Philly’s Joey Vento dies

Controversial owner Joey Vento died Tuesday of a heart attack.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  02:00 PM ET, 08/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 08/23/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Squeezing S. Africa’s wine workers

How apartheid practices keep many oppressed in the vineyards.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:10 PM ET, 08/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 08/22/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The pursuit of frozen perfection

Robb Duncan will serve no gelato before its time — or season.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:10 PM ET, 08/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 08/19/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Bourdain vs. Deen

The “No Reservations” host talks smack about the Food Network star — and vice versa.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:30 PM ET, 08/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 08/18/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Chipotle’s bacon bombshell

Burrito chain to note that its pinto beans include bacon following a one-man Twitter campaign.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:45 AM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 08/17/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: D.C.’s Hemingway Bar

Order a Hemingway daiquiri at the joint sponsored by Cuba’s non-embassy.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:30 AM ET, 08/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 08/16/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Food’s fountain of youth

Could a new preservative mean the end of the sell-by date?

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:25 PM ET, 08/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 08/15/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The upside of canned salmon

Canned salmon is better for the environment and your health than canned tuna.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:25 PM ET, 08/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 08/12/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The lobster edition

Red Lobster expands to Mexico and other news on the crustacean front.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:40 PM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 08/11/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Smoking hot in McLean

Restaurant grows the six hottest chili peppers in the world.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:00 PM ET, 08/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 08/10/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: USDA’s salmonella mistake

The federal agency knew about the Cargill salmonella last year.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:00 PM ET, 08/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 08/09/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: You can’t avoid the Noid

Domino’s annoying Noid is back to bug you about pizza.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:30 PM ET, 08/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 08/08/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: France’s weight problem

Even the French are adopting the West’s poor eating habits.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  02:45 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 08/04/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Starbucks battles squatters

By blocking outlets, the chain hopes to stop folks from turning the coffee shop into their private office.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:45 PM ET, 08/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 08/03/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The robotic tongue

The new gadget could supplant sommeliers.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:10 PM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 08/02/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Five Guys fever

The local burger-meister is the fastest-growing restaurant chain in America.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:10 PM ET, 08/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 08/01/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The French Laundry, Part Deux

Thomas Keller will open a pop-up at London’s Harrods this fall.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:40 PM ET, 08/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 07/29/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: McDonald’s baguette gambit

Will fresh-baked baguettes attract the French to McCafes?

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:40 PM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 07/28/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Hold the Spam burger

Logan Circle will just have to wait for its Ted’s Bulletin.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:45 PM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 07/27/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Waffles without the syrup

Wicked Waffle near Farragut Square does offer strawberries and whipped cream.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  03:00 PM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 07/26/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: McDonald’s menu change

Apples will be included in every Happy Meal.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:00 PM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 07/25/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Drink up D.C. You’re in third.

Washington is the third booziest “state” in America, behind North and South Dakota.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:15 PM ET, 07/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 07/20/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Michelle Obama’s desert storm

Major grocery chains plan to bring water (and produce) to America’s food deserts.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:45 AM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 07/19/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The Condiment Caper

How one group of Austrians satisfied their condiment jones.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:00 PM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 07/18/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: ‘I’ll have the whole animal’

Could whole animal feasting be the next big thing?

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:15 PM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 07/15/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Bow to the Spaghetti Monster!

Austrian motor vehicle authorities sort of recognize Pastafarianism.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:30 PM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 07/14/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Harry Potter edition

Get to know your Potter cuisine as the final chapter of the cinematic series opens tomorrow.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:30 PM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 07/13/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Ben’s big idea

The iconic diner considers expanding beyond its U Street hub.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:15 PM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The chef in the trash can

A New York chef spills the beans on her boss.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:30 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 07/11/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: No food for these tots

A Pennsylvania restaurant bans noisy, wailing, slobbering children under 6.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:15 PM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 07/08/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Mislabeled salmon, endangered tuna

Pacific Northwest diners aren’t getting what they paid for. Meanwhile, more bad news for tuna.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:30 AM ET, 07/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Sliced bread turns 83

At 83, sliced bread gets the cake.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:30 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Return of the soda fountain

Soda fountains with properly clad jerks are making a return.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  02:30 PM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 07/05/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Edible homework

Your kids don’t like math? Here’s one way to get them interested: Bake their homework.

By Tim Carman  |  12:50 PM ET, 07/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 07/01/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Chef-driven picnic food

It’s 4th of July weekend, and several chefs want to help you put together an All-American feast.

By Tim Carman  |  12:30 PM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 06/30/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Manure is your friend

The EPA has discovered that potentially dangerous manure from dairy farms can be beneficial for soil.

By Tim Carman  |  01:45 PM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/29/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: How to stop a dog-meat festival

Protests put a dent in Korea’s consumption of canines.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 06/28/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Mushrooms grown in diapers

Mushrooms help decompose disposable diapers, but would you eat such fungi?

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:00 PM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 06/27/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: 2,500 miles for Primanti Bros.

A Boeing crew takes a direct flight to Pittsburgh for a taste of the city’s iconic sandwich.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:00 PM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The jailed blogger

A Taiwanese blogger visits a beef noodle house, calls its food salty, finds herself in jail.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:45 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/23/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Chef surrenders Michelin star

A French chef says it was getting too expensive to hold onto that star.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The man who ate a baby rat

A man ate a rodent, and Utah ain’t happy about it

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Summer starts, school lunches end

No school lunches mean many students go hungry over the summer.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Were ancient Romans vegetarian?

Fossilized remains found in a first century sewer provide clues to the Roman diet.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 06/17/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Rush’s tea party

Limbaugh wants to dump hippie teas overboard with his own brand, Two If By Tea.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  03:00 PM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/16/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Those dirty fruits and veggies

You like apples? They’re pretty downright dirty.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/15/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The 22-pound lobster

Happy National Lobster Day. Now, you might want to keep your babies away from this massive beast.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/14/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The demon butcher of Jinzhou

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 06/13/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Exploding bananas foster

Which is worse? Exploding desserts or food served in toilets?

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:30 PM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The boozing food truck

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:30 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 06/09/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The 1.3 million-calorie burger

Californians might get to try a VW Beetle-sized burger. Gulp.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:30 AM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 06/08/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: McDonald’s goes green

You can suddenly feel good about that Filet-O-Fish sandwich. Or sort of good.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:50 PM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Chef snorts, then tries to toe the line

A Chicago chef attempts to repair the damage that his drug abuse created. Plus: Shrek is dead!

By Tim Carman  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 06/06/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Jack can’t lie

Jack Daniel’s revamps its label to better reflect history and its hometown population.

By Tim Carman  |  12:45 PM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 06/03/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The MyPlate revolt

Less than a day after MyPlate was revealed, the haters are hating.

By Tim Carman  |  01:50 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 06/02/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Tearing down the pyramid

The government unveils a new food “icon” today — and it’ll have nothing in common with Giza.

By Tim Carman  |  10:30 AM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Gluten free = tasty

Thanks to dedicated bakers and chefs, “gluten-free” no longer means “flavor-free.”

By Tim Carman  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Wasabi cheese and hot-dog water

Get to know your exotic and forgotten cheeses. Plus: The many uses of hot-dog water.

By Tim Carman  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 05/27/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Liberals love beer

Liberals love suds, and conservatives love soda. A look at food preferences from both sides of the aisle.

By Tim Carman  |  02:00 PM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/26/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Telling Wal-Mart where to go

D.C. Mayor Gray plays hardball with Wal-Mart on where to place stores. Plus: Jewish delis ponder their future.

By Tim Carman  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: ‘Old’ news

Companies have discovered the benefits of nostalgia packaging. Plus: Tamales take the rap!

By Tim Carman  |  11:50 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/20/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Your last meal

The world apparently ends on Saturday. Do you have your doomsday bunker stocked?

By Tim Carman  |  11:00 AM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 05/19/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Stimulating news

Coffee used to be a vice. Now it’s a drink to your health.

By Tim Carman  |  12:30 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/18/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The Gilt-ed Age begins

Former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl’s new online magazine wants to sell you stuff.

By Tim Carman  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 05/17/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Elaine’s to close

The era of the celebrity chef contributes to the demise of New York’s once-iconic eatery, Elaine’s.

By Tim Carman  |  01:00 PM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The Big Easy’s revenge

Nearly five years after his post-Katrina New Orleans pan, GQ’s Alan Richman gamely takes it on the chin.

By Tim Carman  |  11:40 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 05/13/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Bovine barbecue

Want to take on a real grilling challenge this summer? Try barbecuing a whole cow.

By Tim Carman  |  01:00 PM ET, 05/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 05/12/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Glue that finger wound!

More evidence the restaurant industry needs health insurance: Self-cauterization of finger cuts on the line.

By Tim Carman  |  12:15 PM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/11/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Cooking shows make you fat?

Stop watching those Food Network shows and go cook something yourself. Your body will thank you.

By Tim Carman  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/10/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: James Beard edition

Jose Andres won the Outstanding Chef medal last night at the James Beard Awards. It was a victory for D.C., not Spain.

By Tim Carman  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/06/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Pinkberry! Pinkberry! Pinkberry!

Washingtonians are really excited about more imported froyo. Plus: The food movement goes mainstream.

By Tim Carman  |  11:00 AM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The motorcade ecologist

Prince Charles talks sustainability at the Future of Food conference, then leaves in his seven-car motorcade.

By Tim Carman  |  11:15 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 05/03/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Webby winners and Costco wraps

The Webby Awards were announced today. Did your favorite food site win one? Plus: Is D.C. turning into Little Italy?

By Tim Carman  |  12:15 PM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 05/02/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: One for the home team

It was a good weekend for the president, who attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and served up food to the fishes.

By Tim Carman  |  11:15 AM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: 6 volumes, 350 corrections

Does someone need a good copy editor? The first edition of “Modernist Cuisine” had hundreds of errors.

By Tim Carman  |  12:04 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/28/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Roundup gives plants AIDS?

One critic charges that Roundup herbicide gives plants AIDS. Another critic thinks competitive eaters are just selfish.

By Tim Carman  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Your chemical cocktail diet

Think you eat healthy? Think again. Chemicals, additives and genetically modified foods are everywhere.

By Tim Carman  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Watch the Food Summit live

Hear the latest thinking on sustainable ag and food safety while watching the Atlantic Food Summit live on your computer.

By Tim Carman  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Ovie likes cupcakes

Alex Ovechkin loves Georgetown Cupcake. One writer fears cooking for Jose Andres.

By Tim Carman  |  11:15 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Moms make you fat

Feeling fat? Blame your mom and her pregnancy diet. Plus: Restaurant composting is cool!

By Tim Carman  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Eminently quotable

Sexism in a Gordon Ramsay kitchen. New food rules. These and other quotable news in today’s Lunch Room Chatter.

By Tim Carman  |  12:15 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Those depraved cupcakes!

The thick, sugary layer of frosting on America’s cupcakes is surely a sign of our pending fall. Plus: Drunk doctors!

By Tim Carman  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Real men eat tofu

Myth No. 1: Giving up meat will emasculate you. Myth No. 2: International treaties are saving fish in the Mediterranean.

By Tim Carman  |  12:15 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Pizza man gets sliced

A famous piemaker gets stabbed, then charged for attempted murder. Plus: Olive Garden’s bogus cooking school.

By Tim Carman  |  12:50 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Tomato bandits!

It’s come to this, America: Bandits are stealing our tomatoes. Plus: Brazil peddles a different kind of flesh now.

By Tim Carman  |  01:00 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Obesity is child’s play

Pig Goes Pop shows kids the fun side of obesity. Plus: Is sugar the new cigarettes?

By Tim Carman  |  11:37 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The Peeps have spoken!

The Post announces the best marshmallow dioramas of the year. Plus: Cows, milk and the classical music that moooo-ves them.

By Tim Carman  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Office candy is the enemy

Office candy can sabotage your diet. Plus: Francis Ford Coppola makes a Bordeaux winemaker an offer he can’t refuse.

By Tim Carman  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Smoke Signals: D.C. is Avenue ‘Cue

You’d think Hill Country, Standard and the relocated Chuck’s Wagon would be enough barbecue for us. You’d think wrong.

By Jim Shahin  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: L.A. loves Five Guys

Five Guys’s rampant expansionism in Southern California has some rethinking their love for In-N-Out burgers.

By Tim Carman  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Kluge gets Trumped

Trump has himself a winery, but will America’s poor go hungry if the government shuts down?

By Tim Carman  |  11:20 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Why D.C. became a beer town

Washington is the wild west when it comes to alcohol. Beer drinkers should be thankful.

By Tim Carman  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Trendsetting in D.C.

Washington is home to one of America’s trendsetting restaurants. Washington still needs to work on food safety.

By Tim Carman  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Uncle Mickey will save us

McDonald’s has a plan to help revive the economy. Plus: Japanese seafood industry’s worst enemy? Fear.

By Tim Carman  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The hungry ghosts of Singapore

The angry apparitions require feeding. Plus: The mysterious Mediterranean diet that doesn’t actually exist.

By Tim Carman  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Fools rush in

The bacon app for iPhone! ‘Gators in the streets! Wives trash-talking their cheffy husbands!

By Tim Carman  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 03/31/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: prophylactic lawsuits

A group of organic farmers are suing Monsanto to prevent Monsanto from suing organic farmers.

By Tim Carman  |  12:15 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Veganism won’t kill you

Anthony Bourdain doesn’t think much of food writers, and one food writer doesn’t think much of Denny’s Baconalia.

By Tim Carman  |  01:45 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Diet Coke’s designer dress

Karl Lagerfeld gives the soda a fashion makeover. No Child Left Behind gives your kid empty calories.

By Tim Carman  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/28/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: St. Joseph’s Day Massacre

The religious holiday turned nauseous after some ate tainted pastries. This and other stomach-churning news in Lunch Room Chatter.

By Tim Carman  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/25/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Google prefers liars

Why Google’s new recipe search won’t help your cooking and why New York’s supermarkets hate the new green carts.

By Tim Carman  |  12:30 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Farewell to a woman of big appetites

Liz Taylor was a giant film star, but she also had a giant appetite for food and men. This and more in Lunch Room Chatter.

By Tim Carman  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Buses carry that weight

Higher gas prices are forcing metro buses to strain under the weight of their new riders. Literally.

By Tim Carman  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Achatz is a liar!?

Esquire’s John Mariani suggested that chef Grant Achatz is a liar. The cancer survivor indicated he has bigger things to worry about than a whiny writer.

By Tim Carman  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 03/12/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: ‘Modernist’ author strikes back

LRC found Nathan Myhrvold’s review of the New York Times’s review more interesting than the review itself.

By Tim Carman  |  03:33 PM ET, 03/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Michel does Vegas!

Today's Lunch Room Chatter wonders what's the bigger risk: Michel Richard's Vegas outlet or Eater's D.C. expansion?

By Tim Carman  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The reluctantly famous chef

Today's Lunch Room Chatter joins the flock of admirers invading Gabrielle Hamilton's private, savory world.

By Tim Carman  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Just say no to Walmart

Today's Lunch Room Chatter joins the debate on whether Walmart is actually good for Washington.

By Tim Carman  |  11:45 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Oscar-feasting edition

Today's Lunch Room Chatter serves up a buffet table of Oscar telecast criticism.

By Tim Carman  |  01:00 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 02/03/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Subsidize then tax sodas

If they tax our sodas and allow rocket fuel in our tap water, Lunch Room Chatters wonders where he'll turn for a drink.

By Tim Carman  |  11:30 AM ET, 02/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 02/02/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: A pinot for your Lady Bird chili?

The Super Bowl is fast approaching, and today's Lunch Room Chatter has advice on how to spice up your watching parties.

By Tim Carman  |  11:30 AM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 02/01/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The rise of the machines!

Today's edition of Lunch Room Chatter waves a fond farewell to The Minimalist and yawns over the latest PETA Super Bowl ad.

By Tim Carman  |  11:40 AM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/31/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: The organic sell-out

Today's edition of Lunch Room Chatter delves into Whole Foods's surrender to Monsanto.

By Tim Carman  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/28/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Who's hot? And who's not?

Today's edition of Lunch Room Chatter questions SlashFood's picks for the sexiest chefs.

By Tim Carman  |  11:50 AM ET, 01/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 01/26/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Wonk this way

Today's Lunch Room Chatter rounds up some Wednesday morning commentary about the SOTU and other pressing (and semi-pressing) matters.

By Tim Carman  |  11:41 AM ET, 01/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Facts all come with points of view...

Today's Lunch Room Chatter brings you news of yet another food industry plan to ward off unwanted government interference on nutrition facts.

By Tim Carman  |  01:01 PM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Think way outside the bun

Today's edition of Lunch Room Chatter shudders at the thought of what may be hiding in those corn shells at Taco Bell.

By Tim Carman  |  12:04 PM ET, 01/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/21/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: They love Wal-Mart! They hate Wal-Mart!

Today's Lunch Room Chatter gathers commentary about Wall-Mart's plan to provide healthier food to middle America and beyond.

By Tim Carman  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: State dinner edition

Today's Lunch Room Chatter gathers up some photos, video and commentary about last night's state dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao.

By Tim Carman  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Veggies are the new bacon

Lunch Room Chatter looks at trends bubbling up in the food world, including the increasing popularity of vegan cooking and the purchasing power of smart phones.

By Tim Carman  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 01/18/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Starbucks unleashes the Trenta-saur!

Today's edition of Lunch Room Chatter features news about Starbucks new 31-ounce drinks and other health threats to the American public.

By Tim Carman  |  11:45 AM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/14/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Fighting for the right to trash the Chesapeake

Today's edition of Lunch Room Chatter looks at the Farm Bureau's fight to continue trashing the Chesapeake Bay.

By Tim Carman  |  12:15 PM ET, 01/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)