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Lunch Room Chatter: Buses carry that weight

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

* Higher fuel prices have driven people to metro buses, which are straining, literally, under the weight of the new riders. (USA Today)

* Our portions are getting bigger, but our napkins smaller. (WSJ)

* Question No. 1: Would you eat Japanese sushi or Kobe beef if authorities said the products were not contaminated? (NY Times)

* You’ve heard about breakfast in bed. How about breakfast in class? (LA Times)

* The NFL lockout could crush the chicken wing industry. (Gothamist)

* “I bet there’s rich folks eating in a fancy dining car. They’re probably drinking coffee and smoking big cigars.” (Rosanne Cash’s Twitter)

* Question No. 2: Would you pay more than $5,000 (U.S. currency) for a six-course dinner prepared by Thomas Keller and Heston Blumenthal? (Eater)

* “Commercial oral hygiene aside, though, the new app, coming hot on the heals of the company’s controversial Super Bowl ads, only reinforces my suspicion that Groupon has a low opinion of the American people.” (GOOD)

* Japanese seafood vendors put on a happy face for the cameras. (CNN)

* Question No. 3: Did this waitress really accidentally dump food on Joe Pantoliano or was it staged? (Eater)

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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