Food & Food Culture


Sat September 22, 2012
The Salt

Red Food, Blue Food: Edible Polls Give Obama The Edge, For Now

Originally published on Sun September 23, 2012 3:51 am

The Donkey cocktail is leading in the polls so far at Lincoln, a restaurant in Washington, D.C.
Courtesy of Lincoln

Wanna cast your vote early? In Washington, D.C., and around the nation, food and drink have become a popular proxy for voter polls. Though they're unlikely to be accurate predictors, the results of a few seem to be drifting in the same direction as the presidential election polls conducted by professional pollsters at the moment.

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Fri September 21, 2012
The Salt

Juice Maker Helps Tight End Block Thieving Teammates

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 2:58 pm

Niles Paul (right) at a Redskins practice with then-teammate Tim Hightower, before the juice-stealing incidents came to light.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Niles Paul had a problem. The second-year tight end for the Washington Redskins couldn't stop his teammates from stealing his Capri Sun. You know, Capri Sun — those sugary-sweet packets of juice that come in triangular foil containers with their own straws attached.

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Fri September 21, 2012
The Salt

Three Burning Questions Answered About Salt

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 10:18 am

The Salt's most colorful salts. From left to right: Cypress black lava, red Hawaiian, and pink Bolivian rose.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Salt — it's the ultimate condiment. It's the only rock we eat, and it makes our food taste better. There are dozens of varieties, from hand-harvested Himalayan pink to plain-old kosher, to various herb-infused blends. But, as we report a lot around here, when we eat too much, it can be bad for our health.

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Fri September 21, 2012
Arts & Culture

Song of Summer Comes to Close

State Library of Victoria Collections Flickr - Creative Commons

The official end of summer is upon us – the Autumnal Equinox is Saturday morning (September 22 8:49 a.m. MDT). The days are growing shorter, and the nights cooler, but in these last hours of summer, here's a look at a summer tradition that is ending.


Thu September 20, 2012
The Salt

Man Wins $7 Million In Suit Claiming Microwave Popcorn Caused Lung Disease

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 6:04 pm

Wayne Watson, who just won a $7 million lawsuit, explains how a bag of popcorn would "whoof" when opened, releasing steam and flavor.
Ed Andrieski AP

A federal court has awarded a Denver man $7.2 million in a lawsuit he filed against a popcorn maker and a grocery store for selling him microwaved popcorn that made him sick.

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