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  • California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought

    SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world’s driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record. Australia, the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed “a sunburnt country,” suffered a torturous…

  • California looks Down Under for drought advice

    SYDNEY (AP) — California’s longest and sharpest drought on record has its increasingly desperate water stewards looking for solutions in Australia, the world’s driest inhabited continent. The struggle to survive with little water is a…

  • Latest in food-track tech: Swipe a code, meet your fisherman

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — After eyeing a piece of haddock on the supermarket counter, a customer scans a code and finds out the fish was caught in the waters of Georges Bank and learns the…

  • Artsy coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long queues in Tokyo

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan, famous for green tea, is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup. The company, which began in…

  • The best summer cookout, drink recipes

    Are you hungry for summer? We’ve got a round-up of some of the best recipes to keep you full and festive throughout the season.

  • Hawaii groups plant coconut trees, protest against Monsanto

    HONOLULU (AP) — Demonstrators planted coconut trees and waved signs in rallies across the Hawaiian Islands as part of an international day of protests against agriculture business Monsanto. The protesters on Saturday complained about the…

  • Community college offering certificates to brewing students

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Piedmont Virginia Community College has started offering students the opportunity to earn a certificate in the growing industry of craft brewing. The Daily Progress reports (http://bit.ly/1cUN3C6 ) the Charlottesville school has…

  • Hawaii groups plant coconut trees, protest against Monsanto

    HONOLULU (AP) — Demonstrators planted coconut trees and waved signs in rallies across the Hawaiian Islands as part of an international day of protests against agriculture business Monsanto. The protesters on Saturday complained about the…

  • Super Fancy Waffle House in the Works in New Orleans

    (NEW ORLEANS) — When you need it, the always-open Waffle House is there. And now, the 24-hour chain is coming to New Orleans in a seriously upgraded way. Waffle House is adding a feature to…

  • Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer wine season

    If you’re firing up the grill and looking for some fun white wines to share with family, friends and neighbors this weekend, here are a couple of really delicious and affordable versions to consider.

  • Wal-Mart’s push on animal welfare hailed as game changer

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though…

  • What’s the best diet to prevent heart disease?

    As an interventional cardiologist who specializes in prevention, patients, friends and family ask me all the time which diet will best prevent heart disease. There’s been much hype and fanfare surrounding various diets, but the…

  • Food labels might read ‘natural,’ but that doesn’t mean much

    WASHINGTON — If you’re carefully selecting food for your Memorial Day cookout, don’t be misled by labels touting “natural” ingredients. You could be getting more than you bargained for. The shredded cheddar cheese you might sprinkle…

  • Prosecco lovers, expect a shortage

    WASHINGTON — Expect prosecco prices to go up because of a shortage. Robert Cremonese, export manager of Italian prosecco producer Bisol, told the The Drinks Business, a trade publication, the harvest was down by 50 percent…

  • Beer of the Week: Avery Insula Multos Collibus

    WASHINGTON — Don’t try to say it. Just pour it. WTOP’s Brennan Haselton is joined by Neighborhood Restaurant Group Beer Director and Food and Wine Sommelier of the Year Greg Engert to talk about Avery…