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July 25, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
A poll published Thursday by a consumer advocacy group found that a majority of shoppers want Trader Joe's to stop selling meat and poultry from animals that were fed antibiotics. The Monrovia-based grocery chain has been under pressure by Consumer Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports magazine.  The poll found that 69% of shoppers who have bought meat at Trader Joe's think the company should pull from its shelves meat raised on antibiotics.  The most outrageous fast-food menu items The poll also found that most shoppers, nearly 80%, were unaware that some meat sold at the chain had been raised on the drugs.
July 17, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Sitting at the counter at Chi Spacca one night where I could watch Chad Colby and cooks grilling giant Tomahawk pork chops and bistecca over a wood fire, I noticed Colby probe the meat with a thermometer. I'd never seen one like it before. Accurate and fast, it turns out it's a favorite tool of a number of chefs made by hand in England by ThermoWorks . I went home, looked it up online. Here's what I read: “Robust, splash-proof design with molded-in seals to protect the thermometer from wet hands and kitchen splashes.
July 8, 2013 | By Brad Balukjian
Ever wonder about the ultimate fate of those cute ponies at the fair or petting zoo? Despite public fear among Brits that such animals were ending up on their dinner tables, a new study reveals that most horses sold for slaughter in the U.K. are larger thoroughbreds and riding horses. Although horse meat is not popular in the U.K., it is still legal. Concern that the meat was coming from pet ponies led a team of researchers from the Royal Veterinary College in Hatfield, England to examine the variety of horses sold at auction.
July 4, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
A faint meaty aroma drifts through parts of the Vernon industrial district south of downtown Los Angeles, hinting at a seldom-discussed facet of the Southland persona: Frankly, we're the wurst. Although obscured by the giant meat-packing industry in the nation's heartland, Southern California is arguably the hot dog and sausage capital of the Western U.S. Of the 150-million hot dogs Americans are pegged to wolf down Thursday, some of the most famous originate in the area. Hoffy has produced its hand-tied, natural-casing meat links in Vernon for more than 75 years.
July 4, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The Red Lion Tavern in Silver Lake was kitschy long before being kitschy became a hallmark of counterculture cool. The venerable German beer garden on Glendale Boulevard, which has always been earnest about its over-the-top Bavarian-themed decor and dirndl-clad bartenders, is now situated across the street from one of hipsterdom's most self-consciously ironic and aggressively kitschy bars, the Cha Cha Lounge. This faded Frau of Silver Lake was cool long before a pilgrimage of the young and tragically hip led to a steady gentrification process that last fall resulted in Forbes magazine dubbing Silver Lake "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhood.
June 26, 2013 | By Isabella Alsobrook
During this month's 100-mile diet, I have primarily subsisted on fruits and vegetables. Our primary protein source has been the humble egg, which I have come to believe is the perfect food. When I think a plant-based dinner is a little boring, I put an egg on it, thus adding a delicious balance of fat, protein and yumminess. Still, I felt that I was missing out on meat. I have eaten meat only three times in the last month and there is not a whole lot one can do with cauliflower. I had reached an impasse, when an old family friend came to my rescue.
June 21, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- For animal lovers in China, the week seemed to bring one discouraging headline after another. First, tourists in a southern resort reportedly manhandled a stranded dolphin and took photos with it rather than immediately call for help; the mammal later died. Then, customs authorities announced that they had caught two men trying to smuggle more than 200 bear paws into the country from Russia; the feet are considered a delicacy in some parts of China.  On Friday, the southern city of Yulin went ahead with a dog meat festival, over the objection of activists who complained many of the table-bound canines were abducted strays and pets being slaughtered at unlicensed butcheries.
June 17, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Nutritionists known for issuing warnings about the health risks of eating red meat reiterated their message this week, confirming a link between red meat consumption and Type 2 diabetes -- and showing, in a new follow-up study, that the association persists over time. The team, which included Harvard School of Public Health epidemiologist Dr. Walter Willett , reported that people who said they increased their intake of red meat -- beef, pork or lamb -- over a four-year period had a higher chance of developing Type 2 diabetes in the subsequent four-year period than people who said the amount of red meat they ate stayed stable or went down.
June 14, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Is it a coincidence that the start of the backyard cookout season coincides so neatly with Father's Day? I think not. Certainly, we men have escaped the grill ghetto -- no longer is that the only thing we're presumed to be able to do. But equally certainly, it is something that we do love to do, and do often. So we ought to do it well. Grilling is essentially a very simple way of cooking -- simple seasonings, simple cuts, simple techniques. So while Moses may have needed 10 commandments, I'll offer only six. Salt early, salt often . I learned the value of this from Zuni Café chef Judy Rogers.
June 4, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Can a vegetarian diet add years to your life? A new study suggests the answer could be yes. After examining the health records of 73,308 people for an average of nearly six years, researchers discovered that vegetarians were 12% less likely to die during that period than people who ate meat more than once a week. Researchers from Loma Linda University in California recruited members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, who are strongly encouraged to follow a vegetarian diet.
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