Weekly Media Mix: Pot Wine; Saddam Hussein's Plates; and an Edible Piano

Some of the week's biggest food and drink stories

http://www.thedailymeal.com/california-based-veggie-grill-expands SoCal-based Veggie Grill plans outposts in Oregon and Washington state. [The Daily Meal]

Two competitors in a “killer” curry eating contest ended up in the hospital. [BBC] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-15183070

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297020347680457661301062892411... Another dessert trend candidate: petite fours. [WSJ]

Shame of the Week
A New York restaurant is serving a dish called “Spoils”: venison and date syrup served on “glitzy, gold-painted plates looted from the palaces of Saddam Hussein.” Emphasis ours. [NYP] Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/saddam_does_the_dishes_11kA...

Tavi got a video of Amy Poehler and the Parks and Recreation ladies taste testing candy. Highlights: Rashida Jones’ face at 2:18; Aubrey Plaza stuffs a tissue down her shirt (2:38); of bubble gum Pop Rocks: “Interesting, it kind of feels like spider babies are being born in my mouth.” [Rookie] http://rookiemag.com/2011/10/candy-is-delicious/

Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” gets an e-book edition. [NYTimes] http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/05/books/julia-childs-mastering-the-art-o...

Pot-infused wine is an “open secret” in wine county. [Gourmet Live] http://www.gourmet.com/food/gourmetlive/2011/100511/beyond-pot-brownies
More social media that has to do with bars, this time for beer lovers. [GOOD] http://www.good.is/post/join-the-social-network-for-beer-lovers/

Here’s an edible piano, which uses water in fruit to conduct signals or something like that. It’s cool. [Make] http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/10/the-jeltone-an-edible-toy-piano...