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  • As tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists “The 1%er” made with lobster meat. The logo is a pink skull…

  • Charlottesville restaurateurs oppose tax increase

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Some Charlottesville restaurant owners are opposing a proposed 25 percent increase in the city’s meals tax. The Daily Progress reports (http://bit.ly/185w65j ) that a half-dozen restaurateurs attended a meeting organized by…

  • Garden Plot: Easy-to-grow fruit and veggies

    Meet Mike in Chantilly next weekend! Mike will appear at the Capital Remodel & Garden Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly Friday, Feb. 27, through Sunday, March 2. Special deal: Enter promo code…

  • Medical pot proposal passes first test in conservative Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A panel of Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical…

  • First lady: US experiencing food ‘culture change’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a “culture change” in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. But as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts,…

  • Online auction offers Rhino Bar goods for sale

    WASHINGTON — A local bar that’s been filling pints since 1998 is about to close its doors for good, and everything inside is being sold to the highest bidder in an online auction. Rhino Bar…

  • Fruits and vegetables get a star-studded marketing push

    NEW YORK (AP) — What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A campaign being launched Thursday plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting…

  • Psychology on order: How restaurants get you to spend more

    NEW YORK (AP) — You may think you’re immune to transparent sales pitches like “Do you want fries with that?” But the tactics restaurants use to nudge you into spending a little extra may be…

  • Ag secretary: Smartphones could tell buyers what’s in food

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone. Vilsack told members of Congress on Wednesday that consumers could just use…

  • Perfect timing: Baked & Wired sister store gets go ahead for buildout

    A short permit rundown on this snowy Thursday. Let’s get to it. 440 K St. NW: How about this for timing, on this first day of legal pot in the District. Interior construction of a…

  • A craft beer guide for non-craft beer drinkers

    In a world where small-batch brands are on the rise, it’s smart to have a plan in place for the next time you’re out with your craft-beer loving friends in a bar that bans your beloved Bud Light.

  • Nicklaus to have his own ice cream

    NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jack Nicklaus is now devoting time to the one glaring weakness in his incomparable career — ice cream. The Schwan Food Company in Minnesota is teaming up with the…

  • Foam in liquids could be a safety measure

    WASHINGTON — Foamy beer and creamy lattes are less likely to spill than less bubbly versions of the beverages, and new research is showing there could be safety benefits that can be applied outside bars…

  • Eat before you shop — and not just for groceries

    WASHINGTON — Everybody knows you shouldn’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry: You end up buying a lot more food than you really need. But a new study suggests that the same is true for other…

  • Bakers: Same-sex wedding cake dispute is about religious freedom

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Oregon bakers who may have to pay $150,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for refusing to bake them a wedding cake say they’re taking a stand for religious liberty.…