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FOOD TRENDS: Food blogger dining etiquette; best new burger joints; obesity tax exposes divide

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 http://www.supermarketguru.com:
Sitting down to a fine-dining restaurant experience just isn’t the same anymore. Professional (and some not-so-professional) food bloggers are taking the joy out of the relaxing restaurant experience for both the diners and chefs by placing meals on hold as they photograph plates, write snippets of notes, and prepare their missives for the World Wide Web. Surfing the Web recently, we discovered the Food Blogger Alliance, which presents important food blogging information such as how to track stats with Google analytics, typos and writing an ‘About’ page, among other topics. A search for etiquette and blogging rules left us with nothing on our plates. Another surfing attempt was to Google the phrase ‘food blog etiquette,’ which led to a site encouraging feedback to food bloggers while defining the proper etiquette in communicating with said bloggers. It would appear there are plenty of rules established for how the public should communicate with the bloggers themselves, but nothing to establishing guidelines for this form of communication. So, we decided to create our own rules. If you must be a food blogger, please follow some simple, gracious rules:
1. Take photos quickly
2. Two photos per dish at the limit
3. Don’t post your photos if they don’t do the plate justice
4. Do not intrude on your neighbor’s meal
5. Remember, a major element of the plate is the experience, so do enjoy it

Reported by the Denver Business Journal:
Denver’s Park Burger has been named one of America’s “Top 10 Best New Burger Spots” by Bon Appétit magazine:
“Purists will dig the build-your-own burger options (Harris Ranch beef, available in three sizes: 1/4 pound, 1/3 pound, 1/2 pound), while more adventurous types should try the Croque (ham, fried egg, Swiss).” Park Burger’s owner/chef, Jean-Philippe Failyau, holds a degree from the French Culinary Institute in New York City and has worked at fine-dining restaurants in New York City, San Francisco and Denver. Others on the list: Manhattan’s Minetta Tavern, which sells a $26 Black Label burger made with prime dry-aged cuts;
The Grind, Phoenix; Umami Burger, Los Angeles; Flip Burger Boutique, Atlanta; DMK Burger Bar, Chicago; B Spot Burgers, Woodmere, Ohio; Foster Burger, Portland, Ore.; Village Whiskey, Philadelphia; Little Bigs, Houston.

Reported by http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com
According to the new nationwide survey of American adults conducted by Harris Interactive, 56 percent of consumers are opposed to an ‘obesity tax’, with 42 percent saying they are ‘strongly opposed’. Just under a third of consumers (31 percent) support the tax. Regina Corso, director of The Harris Poll at Harris Interactive notes that location makes a difference. “Those who live in the East are the most supportive of the tax on soft drinks and fast food with 42 percent supporting it and just half opposing it, followed by those in the West where 35 percent support it and 53 percent oppose the ‘obesity tax.’ However, just one-quarter of those who live in the South (25 percent) support the tax while three in five (61 percent) oppose it. The online survey, conducted last month with 2,140 participants, also found that only a quarter of consumers earning under $50,000 support the tax, and a quarter of those with a high school education supported the tax.

Reported by The Telegraph, London:
People who drink two to three cups of coffee a day are about 25% less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, according to research that looked at 26 published studies. The scientists also found that women saw less benefit than men.

Nibbles Food Trend Blog is now featured at: http://blogs.wherethelocalseat.com/Foodies/Denver-Food-and-Dining-Blogs.aspxNibbles Dining Column: http://yellowscene.com/2010/06/10/nibbles-nibbling-is-3-d/
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