Food

The etiquette and rules of taking free samples (Poll)

Just how many free samples is too many? Dan Pashman of The Sporkful podcast and blog joins the show with some tips.

Taco Bell 'Doritos Locos Tacos': Invented in Irvine or by federal prison inmate Gary Cole?

Claiming Taco Bell stole his idea, a federal inmate wrote the FBI, the IRS, requested documents via the Freedom of Information Act and then sued, filing a 35-page handwritten complaint this week.

Teen cooking show teaches culture, cameras and chopping skills

Crawford High School in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood is one of the most diverse schools in the nation. Now one local university professor dreamed up a way to share some of that culinary richness, while capitalizing on America's obsession with cooking shows.

Employee burns to death inside industrial pressure cooker; Bumble Bee tuna processing plant cited and fined

The body of a 62-year-old worker was found last October inside an industrial oven at the company's tuna processing plant in Santa Fe Springs, California.

Nestle Crunch 'Girl Scout Candy Bars': The presale begins

Nestle Crunch's limited-edition Girl Scout Candy Bars are returning for a second year, and will be available through a special online presale beginning Thursday afternoon.

Homebrewing: Soon to be legal in all 50 states

The Alabama legislature has approved a bill making it legal to brew beer at home. If Gov. Robert Bentley signs the bill, homebrewing will be legal in all 50 states.

Navigating Mexico's booming beer industry

The street food scene in LA is a vibrant and varied world, but if you need some guidance navigating it, there's no one better to turn to than Bill Esparza.

Highland Park cafe owners discuss gentrification, revitalization

Anya Schodorf owns Café de Leche with her husband, Matt. Accused of helping to gentrify the neighborhood, the Latina cafe owner says, "I don't understand why Latinos can't be successful and creative and have something nice."

The Lollipop War: Candy makers v sugar farmers

Candy makers and sugar farmers have been fighting for years in Congress. The sugar farmers are winning.

Why caffeine in coffee is a miracle drug for the tired

Scientific research shows that at low doses, caffeine improves performance on mental tasks, especially in people who are already tired.

Masterpiece in a mug: Japanese latte art will perk you up

A culture that values the beauty of the ephemeral has brought us a new level of art in foam. Think clovers and hearts are impressive? Wait till you see these Japanese latte drawings.

Newspaper takes the pulse of San Diego coffee culture

"The Espresso," a newspaper for "cafe society," captures the local coffee shop scene with juicy vignettes in a gossip column. The publisher says he was inspired by European periodicals written for the cafe intelligentsia.

How coffee brings the world together

Coffee is social stimulant, solitary pleasure and intellectual catalyst. It also connects us to far corners of the globe. From small specialty farms in Guatemala to industrial operations in Brazil, the morning cup of Joe makes quite a journey.

Arsenic in beer may come from widely used filtering process

A new study says filtering beer with diatomaceous earth could boost levels of arsenic. But it's not clear whether this poses a health risk.

Doheny Glatt Kosher market gets new owner, 2nd lawsuit

A second lawsuit has been filed against Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market and its owner Michael Engelman, alleging battery, fraud and emotional distress.

Bay Area anti-foodie experiments with solely liquid diet

Believe it or not, there's a veritable subculture of otherwise healthy people who simply don't like eating real food. But liquid meal replacements may not be their best bet if they want an alternative.