Food in the News: Footlong Cheeseburger, Lunch for One and the Greek Taverna Comeback

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Chicagoland Farmers Markets – Looking to find the nearest Chicagoland farmers market? The Chicago Tribune has created a massive listing of all the neighborhood farmers markets in the area. This is also the 31st anniversary of the Chicago Farmers Markets. If you live in Illinois or plan to visit at all this summer or fall, glance at this list from the coolest markets of the year!

Watch Out for Guac and Salsa – Here are Chew on That, we’re crazy about guacamole, but not when it can give you food poisoning! According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that was reported in the Wall Street Journal, salsa and guacamole have been responsible for one in 25 identified outbreaks of food poisoning in restaurants between 1998 and 2008.

The Greek Taverna – Diane Kochilas discusses Greek taverna (bar) food. Food quality has continued to improve over the years despite the severe economic downturn recently. Now there are many tavern dishes that can be modified for the everyday cook. One of Kochilas favorite tavernas is Kuzina on Adrianou Street in Athens.

The “Footlong Cheeseburger” – Carl’s Jr. is fighting to compete with KFC in the sandwich industry with their new “Footlong Cheeseburger,” which is being tested in some California location. Not only is this thing massive, but it’s only being sold for $4, at least for the plain cheeseburger.  The combo meals are $6.50 for the cheeseburger version and $7.00 for the deluxe footlong.

Cooking Lunch for Yourself – Joe Yonan of the Washington Post writes about why he cooks lunch for himself on work days. He doesn’t mean a gourmet meal. It’s more about taking time for yourself during those busy days at the office, and getting yourself away from the desk. It’s a good read for anyone who works at an office.

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