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  • 2014: A year of battle lines drawn over dinner

    Have you picked a side yet? If not, you’d better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table. For if there was any theme to the food world in 2014, it was the prevalence of polarizing issues. Whether we were tussling over genetically modified organisms, or…

  • Jose Andres to open restaurant in DC Trump hotel

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Acclaimed Spanish chef Jose Andres will open a new signature restaurant in a hotel being opened by Donald Trump in a historic downtown Washington building. The Trump Organization and Andres’ company announced Wednesday that the restaurant will open along with the new Trump International Hotel in the Old Post Office Building in…

  • 5 things to know: Alcohol calorie labels on menus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Want to know how many calories are in that alcoholic drink you’re about to order? You might be able to find out just by reading the menu. Five things to know about the Food and Drug Administration’s new menu labeling rules, which will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to…

  • Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar. New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic…

  • McDonald’s in Japan limits orders of fries

    TOKYO (AP) — Only small fries with that? McDonald’s in Japan is limiting the serving size of fries as stocks run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast. McDonald’s began rationing its fries Wednesday morning. It said prolonged labor negotiations with port workers on the West Coast have made it difficult to…

  • Oregon certifies recount results: GMO labels lost

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results showing the defeat of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods, officially making Oregon the fourth state in the West to reject the idea. Brown certified the final numbers Monday showing Measure 92 was defeated by 837 votes out…

  • Restaurateur who moved Mexican food to masses dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry J. Cano once said it was not his love of food so much as it was the way he was treated in a Mexican restaurant during a visit to his father’s homeland that led him to help popularize Mexican food in the United States. Cano, who been a fighter pilot…

  • ‘Nut rage’ gives Hawaii macadamia nuts a boost

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Korean Air Lines executive’s tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii’s $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost. Cho Hyun-ah, an airline vice president of cabin service and daughter of the company’s chairman, ordered a flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight from…

  • Go For the Food: Coney Island hot dogs in Detroit

    DETROIT (AP) — To New Yorkers like me, going to Coney means hopping on a Coney Island-bound subway train to an amusement park at the beach. But on a trip to Detroit, I learned that “coney” means something entirely different. In Michigan and a few other places, coney is a generic term for hot dogs…

  • Confusion on the menu for European allergen rule

    PARIS (AP) — A European rule requiring restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets — or anyone mass-producing meals — to list any of 14 allergens that might appear on their menus is being met with confusion. Italy and France, with their strong restaurant and cafe culture, had yet to outline how the rule approved three years ago…

  • Fish farming finds its way to land-locked Midwest

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52-year-old Scott Garwood, isn’t growing corn or cattle — it’s fish. Specifically, thousands of an Australian freshwater species called barramundi — often dubbed Asian sea bass because of its similar sweet, white flaky flesh — in large…

  • The must-see and taste vineyards of Sonoma Valley

    Scott Greenberg, syndicated wine columnist

  • Passport to wine country: Sonoma Valley, part one

    Sonoma is about 75 percent larger by land mass than Napa Valley and includes several specifically distinctive appellations, including a dry inland region and a coastal region.

  • Beer of the Week: Allagash Nancy

    Pucker up!

  • Brr-fresco: Maine city OKs winter outdoor dining

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Fork? Check. Spoon? Yep. Parka? Good call. The city of Bangor, the gateway to northern Maine and one of the coldest cities on the East Coast, has approved year-round outdoor dining. “I’ve certainly enjoyed a hot cup of coffee outside, when it’s sunny, it’s winter and there’s snow everywhere,” said Caitlin…