Best Food News on The Web: 7/5/2012

Second servings of great food and drink stories from The Daily Meal that you may have missed this week
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You missed them the first time, so grab a helping of these great stories on their second time around.

Sure, it's been a busy week. So you may have missed some of the great stories put out by The Daily Meal's talented editors and their fantastic special contributors. But you wouldn't want to head into the weekend having missed some of the best food stories on the Web. So here's a second serving of some of the great food and drink stories that you definitely shouldn't have missed.

 

TOP NEWS/HOT ITEMS

Pop Rocks Cotton Candy Is the Best Idea Ever Creators of the (self-proclaimed) world's largest gummy bear have spawned a crazy, Pop Rocks-cotton candy combination.

Sugary Drinks, Food Ads Make You Want Fatty Foods New research shows that the brain's rewards centers react strongly to photos of delicious food, especially when subjects had a sugary drink. 

 

EAT/DINE

Sex It Up with 9 Frisky Foods The ins and outs of food sex. Oh baby.

The Great American Fried Chicken Roadmap A collection of the top-ranking establishments serving this iconic American dish.

 

TRAVEL

Delicious Destinations: US Cities with Food Names US towns with tempting titles. Read on.

How to Eat Like Olympian Abby Wambach While on the Road Olympian Abby Wambach shares her tips for eating healthy on the go. PS There's a video.

 

COOK

Pulling Some 'Sneaky’ Tricks to Make Your Barbecue Healthier The Sneaky Chef, Missy Chase Lapine, turns her attention to the adult barbecue and offers some health-conscious tips.

Pasta Shells, Italian Tuna, and Sweet Pea Salad Recipe Quick and easy Italian pasta salad featuring simple ingredients and delicious flavors.

 

RECIPES

Whole-Wheat Banana Waffles Kick-start your morning with whole-wheat waffles, fresh fruit, and sweet maple syrup.

Roasted Eggplant Sandwiches  Eggplants and onions caramelized in the oven, and refreshed with a sprinkling of lemon juice and chives.

 

ENTERTAIN

At-Home Entertaining Tips for Watching the Olympics If it were up to us, we’d all be watching the 2012 Summer Olympics front and center from London in a few weeks. However, not all of us are that lucky. So here's some menu tips for watching at home with friends. 

Best of… Green Weddings Sustainable and chic ideas for your big day. Pinterest-appropriate.

 

VIDEO

Charlie Trotter Sits Down at The Chef's Table Part 1 The Daily Meal talks with the iconic Chicago chef about how he got his start in cooking.

Competitive Eats Coverage straight from the champions and contenders of Nathan's famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. 

 

DRINK

The Sazerac A piece of patriotism in your glass. Happy Independence! (Celebrate-worthy every day of your life.)

Do Liquor Brands Target Women? New marketing campaigns include hot men for lady drinkers. Ooh la la.

 

FROM THE DAILY MEAL'S CULINARY CONTENT NETWORK

Parenting from the Kitchen: One Hungry Mama prepares "Dig Into Blueberries: a Blueberry, Cucumber and Feta Salad."

Prevention RD bring us "Tuna Pasta Salad," a healthier spin on the classic dish. 

 

 

Last week's Week in Review: 6/29/2012 

 

Tyler Sullivan is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. 

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