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Got Meat?

Want to know where your steak’s coming from? Buy it at the source, says today’s San Francisco Chronicle in an article about the rising numbers of consumers going straight to the farm to get their meat. READ MORE

America’s Next Top Wino

Striking the gastronomic reality show iron while it’s hot, PBS has gathered 12 purple-lipped contestants who will compete for the opportunity to create and uncork their own wine labels. READ MORE

Brined for a Fight

A funny entry about oversalted potato-chip chicken on the Failed Recipes LiveJournal inspires some lively commentary on people’s tolerance for the mineral. READ MORE

Champa Laos: Winning Thai Fusion in Cherry Hill, NJ

Champa Laos does elegant, nuanced East-West fusion–which it describes as “Thai-Lao-French”–without sacrificing any robust seasoning, according to our first reports. michelle71 characterizes the flavors as delicate yet complex, and not Americanized i READ MORE

The Chinatown Beat: Two Roast Meat Contenders

OK 218 roasts superior chicken and duck, boasting beautiful skin and flavorful meat, reports wleatherette. No reports yet on the noodles, congees, seafood, or casseroles at this Cantonese place. ... READ MORE

Chinatown Diner Is a Real Deal

Zen Mei’s first anniversary deal is so popular, they’ve been offering it for about four years. Order $20 worth of food, and you get a free plate of fried salty shrimp. It’s one of their best dishes, with very large shrimp, crispy and delicious. ... READ MORE

Lots of Love for Fried Rice

Does fried rice have to be nondescript? Are all restaurants’ versions alike? No, yell a chorus of chowhounds. Quite a few are devoted to Din Tai Fung’s fried rice, which rbw describes as wonderfully subtle, “with a bit of scrambled egg, shrimp, and p READ MORE

Extremely Japanese Summer Cold Noodles

Ramen Halu, favorite ramen-ya of Melanie Wong, *wchane, and chowhounds everywhere, is serving an excellent summer cold noodle dish, tsuke-men. The thick, firm, cold noodles are served on the side, with cold spinach, roast pork, black tree ears, and an i READ MORE

Marrow Bones

Bar Tartine has excellent roasted marrow bones, says Malik. They serve two good-sized bones, perfectly cooked, with parsley salt, toasts, and some greens. They’re served beautifully plain, with no distracting sweet sauces to dilute the marrow experience READ MORE

Different Ideas for Bell Peppers

Chowhounds offer up some delicious and different recipes using sweet bell peppers. Here’s a unique roasted red pepper vinaigrette that includes spinach, courtesy of Kitchenaid: ... READ MORE