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Dawn of the waffle felafel; Eating only what’s on TV; food label dangers

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff: www.johnlehndorff.com

Reported by www.tastingtable.com:
Waffle Iron Dan Shumski is the Chicago-based waffle guru behind wwwWaffleizer.com, a brilliant website dedicated to using a waffle iron for everything but waffles. Past entries have included waffle pizza, waffle hamburgers and waffle falafel (say it three times fast).

Reported by www.nutraingredients-usa.com:
Food choices endorsed by television advertising fail to meet nutritional guidelines and encourage nutritional imbalance, according to new research from the American Dietetic Association (ADA). The research, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that if a person with a daily intake of 2,000 calories only ate foods they saw on television, they would consume 25 times the daily recommended amount of sugars and 20 times recommended amount of fat, but fewer than half the recommended servings of dairy, fruit and vegetables.

Reported by www.webmd.com:
Research published by the
Royal Society of Chemistry says that adhesives used to stick labels onto food can seep through packaging and contaminate the contents.
There are EU regulations about the use of plastics in food packaging. All materials that come into contact with food must comply with these, but the researchers say there is nothing yet about the chemicals used to put the labels onto packs. Spanish scientists studied compounds in acrylic adhesives, and found that some chemicals can get through the packaging and reach the food inside. One of those is classed as highly toxic and found in high concentration in some adhesives.

Reported by www.wsj.com:
If you make an online reservation at a restaurant these days, chances are you’re using OpenTable.com Inc. The company—with 13,000 participating restaurants—is the market leader by a wide margin. On Thursday, Urbanspoon, a well-funded competitor, is expected to unveil plans to launch a computerized restaurant reservation tool—one that will compete directly with OpenTable Inc. At the same time, a small start-up, Reservation Genie, is attempting to take a bite of the business in the Southwest.
Urbanspoon, a website that offers dining features including restaurant reviews and receives 7 million unique visitors each month, plans to launch its system, Rezbook, nationwide in early June, says co-founder Ethan Lowry. RezBook is currently being tested by five restaurants in Seattle. Urbanspoon is owned by IAC, a New York-based company that owns high-profile websites includingCitysearch, which lists nearly a million restaurants nationwide.

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