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

Some of the week's biggest food and drink stories
Arthur Bovino

The Daily Byte's Weekly Media Mix rounds up the week's big food stories.

Restaurants
 • SoCal-based Veggie Grill plans outposts in Oregon and Washington state. [The Daily Meal]

Health
• Two competitors in a “killer” curry-eating contest ended up in the hospital. [BBC]

Industry
• Another dessert trend candidate: petit fours. [WSJ]
• Louisiana's oyster season may be delayed due to testing from BP's oil spill. [AP]

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]

Entertainment
•  Amy Poehler and the Parks and Recreation ladies taste test candy. Highlights: Rashida Jones’ face at 2:18; Aubrey Plaza stuffs a tissue down her shirt (2:38). Also, Plaza's thoughts of bubble gum Pop Rocks? “Interesting, it kind of feels like spider babies are being born in my mouth.” Best comment ever. [Rookie]

Tech
• Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking gets an e-book edition. [NYTimes]

Booze
• Forget pot brownies. Pot-infused wine is an “open secret” in wine county. [Gourmet Live]
• More social media that has to do with bars, this time for beer lovers. [GOOD]

Video
• Here’s an edible piano, which uses the water in fruit to conduct signals or something like that. It’s cool. [Make]

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