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Mr. Hound’s Wild Ride

No edibility to report, just a manic ride down the Blue Ridge Highway, fueled by extraordinarily sugary coffeecake. Come along for the ride via this video. READ MORE

To Seat, or Not to Seat

Food writer Andrea Strong raises two excellent and underconsidered big-think dining questions in her weekly column, “The Strong Buzz.” READ MORE

Fine Local Bacon

What is the best bacon to be had in the Bay Area? One favorite is the bacon from Fatted Calf. This thick-cut bacon is striated with gorgeous ribbons of fat, glowing with a fresh, pale inner light. It’s a meaty, assertive bacon… READ MORE

Luscious Brunch

Up semi-early on a Sunday? Here are a few brunch dishes to get you motivated. For those into fancy-shmancy, Grand Caf READ MORE

Chocolate Top to Bottom in a Memorable Eclair

Candy maker Jacques Torres bakes a knockout chocolate eclair with an unexpected layer of dark chocolate on the bottom. “It is pure heaven!” swoons brooklynsabra, who declares this one of the best pastries in Brooklyn. ... READ MORE

Seared Fish That Cuts the Mustard

Nice quick takeout bite at gourmet grocer Agata & Valentina on the Upper East Side: head for the sushi case and look for seared tuna or salmon, advises Cheese Boy. They’re encrusted with cracked black peppercorns and lightly toasted fennel seeds. ... READ MORE

Vitamin E (Coli)

Hot on the heels of the E. coli outbreak in spinach comes another food-supply warning, this time targeting raw-milk purveyor Organic Pastures. Four California children have contracted E. coli after drinking their milk. READ MORE

The Best NY Cheesecakes in LA and Beyond?

The Grill on the Alley and Pastina Trattoria might make the best New York-style cheesecakes in Los Angeles, even better than anything in New York itself, russkar raves. ... READ MORE

Super Sunomono and Other Small Plates At K-Zo

While Hounds have already made much ado about the sushi at the elegant new K-Zo, it’s worth checking out the small plate selection, too. ... READ MORE

No-Stir Polenta

The traditional stovetop method for cooking polenta involves constant stirring. Instead, try this method for cooking polenta in the oven, adapted from Paula Wolfert; it takes almost no attention but comes out just as well every time, says *Robert Lauristo READ MORE