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Food FYI: 40,000 attend La Tomatino tomato food fight in Spain

August 30, 2012|By Betty Hallock
  • A couple take part in the Tomatina festival tomato fight in Buol, Spain.
A couple take part in the Tomatina festival tomato fight in Buol, Spain. (Manuel Bruque / European…)

TOMATO MANIA

The town of Buñol, Spain, drew about 40,000 people to its annual La Tomatina food fight, a decades-old tradition that's kicked off when somebody climbs a greased pole to reach a hanging ham. And then the tomatoes start flying. The only rules: Smoosh the tomatoes before throwing -- and they must be tomatoes. [Smithsonian]

BLACK HOGG READIES FOR BEER AND WINE

Black Hogg in Silver Lake has closed temporarily to ready for its beer and wine permit. The Silver Lake Neighborhood Planning Commission gave chef Eric Park its support in July, and the permitting process is in its final stages. A reopening date has not been given. [LAist]

SWEET POTATO GREENS -- WHO KNEW?

Sweet potato greens -- they're kind of like spinach, but they don't contain the oxalic acid that gives spinach its sometimes astringent taste. And they're more tender and mild than kale, chard and collards. [Epicurious]

VEGETABLE STORAGE TIPS

How best to store your vegetables and fruit? Did you know that eggplant generally should not be refrigerated because low temperatures can damage its texture and flavor? Do you store carrots in a covered container filled with water? Handy tips. [The Kitchn]

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