weekly round-up of our favorite finds from the front lines of food
- Spirits from Asia, absinthe, cocktails on tap (right) and other bar trends.
- In Maryland, dairy farms have turned to the value-added winner ice cream, and organized to create an ice cream trail.
- With food prices, drought affects farmers more than consumers. "The impact is really going to be on the farmers," he said. "Corn and soybean producers will have nothing to sell, and livestock producers will have very expensive inputs. Consumers can adjust because they eat a variety of foods. Cows don't."
- Catch numbers at near record highs and low lobster prices continue to cause concern in New England. Lobster researchers and lobstermen discuss on WNYC's Leonard Lopate show (audio).
- There's not much consumers can do about low prices, but you can buy the fishermen a drink. A new campaign kicks off from Open Ocean Trading. Like them on Facebook and they will Give a Fisherman a Beer.
- Fast food chain Wendy's debuts lobster and caviar burgers in Japan.
- Cooking with minimal effort — the other fast food. In Berlin, Kochhause grocery store is trying to get people cooking more at home with step-by-step visuals on how to prepare a dish and prepped and portioned ingredient.
- If you're looking for new summer cooking inspiration, how about watermelon seared on the grill, no kidding.
- The age-old problem of how to carry your food and drink at a party and shake hands has now been solved by the GoPlate.