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Foodie Round-Up: Los Angeles Still Looking For its Third Star

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  • The Los Angeles Michelin ratings are out! No three-star restaurants for LA, and many Angeleno foodies are already complaining about the non-starred status of places like Lucques, Grace, and JAR.
  • They couldn't get Ackroyd? Meryl Streep will be playing Julia Child in the upcoming movie adaptation of the book "Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen." The sequel will be based on Carol Cooks Keller, hopefully.
  • The kids over at Potatomato are taking a leisurely vacay in Paris, where they've been regularly posting gorgeous, mouth-watering restaurant food porn.
  • Jonathan Gold on Ludobites at Breadbar: "Imagine an unsweetened bowl of oatmeal, tinted leprechaun green with puréed parsley, flavored with garlic, swimming with the black, elongated, frankly unattractive bodies of fried escargot. The slippery texture of the oatmeal mimics what we imagine exudes from the snails: the earthy taste of the snails rhymes with what has been tamed out of the cereal and subsumed by a strong, bitter lashing of licorice, perhaps from a few drops of the liquor pastis. Or picture a supple, pale cylinder tiny as a child’s thumb, herbed raw beef hand-chopped with bits of water chestnut and folded into a slip of moistened rice paper, like a reinterpreted Vietnamese summer roll." Oh, THAT'S why he won the Pulitzer.
  • You can meet J. Gold in person tomorrow night at the Society of Professional Journalists mixer at the Redwood Bar and Grill downtown.
  • If eating falafel = terrorism, well, call me the Unibomber and pass the hummus: the FBI collected data on Middle Eastern food sales in San Francisco last year, hoping to find a correlation between pita bread and, uh, terror.
  • One chef, one recipe, and ten questions: JustOnePlate is a wonderfully stylish new site featuring the chefs of such Los Angeles restaurants as Fraiche, Sona, and La Cachette.
  • Remember when Guinness used to advertise to pregnant women, claiming that the dark stuff was an important source of calcium and iron? Ahhh, weren't those the days! Anyway, now they have to rely on clever art direction. Check it out!
  • Freerice.com is both addictive, educational, and charitable: work on your vocab skills while you donate rice to needy people round the world.

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