What we're reading: January 26

A round-up of food-related articles and recipes we're digging into today.

What we're reading:

Chk Plz: Restaurants Try Texting to Speed Service
(NPR) On your next blind date, you might not have the assurance of a waiter to break the awkward silence now that TextMyFood.com has reduced your communication with servers to only needing a text. Does this mean we leave smaller tips for less service? And what happens for all the Sally Albrights in the world who would like make placing orders into a large production? "But I'd like the pie heated and I don't want the ice cream on top, I want it on the side, and I'd like strawberry instead of vanilla if you have it, if not then no ice cream just whipped cream but only if it's real; if it's out of the can then nothing." (When Harry Met Sally, 1989) I'm not convinced.

Confessions of an Ex-Vitaminwater Employee
(Salon) Last week, British Advertising Standards Authority banned a Vitaminwater commercial for calling the drink "delicious and nutritious" when it contains as much sugar as a soft drink. This former employee dishes out on how to evade nutritional interrogation.

Steve Jobs One of the 50 Most Powerful People in Food?
(Chicago Sun Times) Co-founder and CEO of Apple ranked at [drum roll please] #5 on TheDailyMeal's list of influential people--chefs, celebrities, and the sorts-- a whole 32 spots in front of Martha Stewart, party-planning extraordinaire. Thanks to his technology, diners can download food-related apps to sort everything from grocery shopping lists to wine pairings.

What We're Coveting:

Valentine's Gifts for Foodies
(Family Circle) Dark chocolate tastes heavenly, but when you finish the box, all you have left is a pile of wrappers (and perhaps a guilty conscience). Give the gift that keeps on giving this Valentine's Day: a heart-shaped waffle maker. Bed and breakfast never tasted so good.

What We're Cooking:

Recipes for Pancakes, Sweet and Savory
(The New York Times) If you flip through these pictures and decide that you aren't craving flapjacks, God bless you. But I'm very excited to create my scrumptious whole grain pancakes... particularly cardamom-scented oatmeal pancakes with apricots and almonds.

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