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  • Restaurant Week starting in Alexandria, Va.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — It’s “Restaurant Week” in Alexandria. Officials say that more than 60 restaurants are participating in the week of meal deals, which began Friday and continues through Sunday. Restaurants are offering three-course…

  • How to tame your sweet tooth in 3 steps

    Ah, sugar. Such a useful ingredient, but so easy to overdo. Sugar, on its own, is not the poison it is made out to be. It can be quite functional in foods — adding sweetness,…

  • Swiss Guard’s cookbook reveals Vatican culinary treats

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — If an army travels on its stomach, what does the world’s smallest army eat? A chef who serves in the Swiss Guards, David Geisser, is shedding light on the culinary tastes…

  • Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The recent plunge in fuel prices has been a welcome relief across the agricultural sector, helping ease the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers.…

  • Thirst for craft beer fuels large crop of hops

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A thirst for craft beer helped hop growers produce their largest crop of hops in five years. A new report from the Hop Growers of America also shows a 10 percent…

  • The “in” wines in 2015 are from Spain and Portugal

    Scott Greenberg, syndicated wine columnist

  • $300,000 in fine wine stolen from famed restaurant recovered

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of the country. But the mystery of…

  • Brewery to rename Gandhi-Bot beer following complaints

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut brewery will no longer use the name and likeness of Mohandas Gandhi on one of its beers following complaints that the marketing was offensive, a state lawmaker said Friday.…

  • Treating animals inhumanely at a U.S. government research center

    WASHINGTON — A New York Times investigative piece recently uncovered the inhuman treatment of animals at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center. Food expert Mary Beth Albright discusses the details of the investigation and its future implications…

  • Beer of the Week: Schlafly Imperial Topaz IPA

    WASHINGTON — Jewels and a birthday. Throw in a tasty craft beer and you’ve got yourself a party! WTOP’s Brennan Haselton is joined by Neighborhood Restaurant Group Beer Director and James Beard Award nominee Greg…

  • Montana city gets OK to drink water after oil spill in river

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Thousands of people in an eastern Montana city were told Thursday they can resume using tap water after tests showed no further signs of contamination from a weekend oil spill into…

  • No-tip restaurant offers food for thought on pay, benefits

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Customers to Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie might be in for a surprise when they read the note attached to their bills: “Tipping is not necessary.” That’s food for thought in an industry…

  • Fruit: Love it or leave it?

    Inevitably at the beginning of each year, I overhear the diet-related resolutions people make. One of the most frustrating resolutions I hear is to avoid fruit. With sugar being considered the devil of food these…

  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here’s your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.…

  • Bacon and kale lose favor with Americans

    (NEW YORK) — Who liked kale in the first place? The leafy vegetable is not so popular anymore with Americans, according to Zagat’s 2015 National Dining Trends Survey of over 10,700 diners across 17 major…