We are bruised and battered. Adventures this weekend included a 5-alarm fire and trip to the ER but it was all in the name of a good Fakesgiving dinner. We’ll post more on that in the coming week. In the meantime, here are some foodie stories to peruse with your Sunday morning coffee: 

Ever wonder how “local” your locally grown produce is? I know I wonder that when I see pineapples at the farmer’s line at Eastern market.

The weather is cooling down but we’re ready to cozy up with this warm potato salad with goat cheese.  

I’m wondering which of my cousins I can convince to marry into this French family of oyster farmers

The DC Food Bank is expanding

New Michelin guides are out (yay!) but there is no guide for DC (boo!). You’ll have to go to New York for your nearest Michelin-starred restaurant. We recommend The Spotted Pig, but that’s because it’s the only one we’ve ever been to. 

After the jump: Fatties and marketing dollars, Top Chef and booze! (more…)

A quick hit round up of food in the news…

Wine Spectator Gets Punked: Wine Spectator gave their award of excellence to a non-existent Italian restaurant. Wine critic Robin Goldstein decided to expose the lack of scrutiny associated with wine awards and set up a web site, copy of the restaurant’s menu, wine list (loaded with a handful of well-known wine flops) and – most importantly, according to Goldstein – submitted the $250 entry fee to include the restaurant for consideration. 

Would you like interactive marketing with your coffee?: Dunkin Donuts is testing interactive advertisements in stores that will display messages based on what you have already purchased. 

Hip hop honey bees and Jessica Simpson, beer shill, after the jump. (more…)

A quick round up of food news…

Olive Garden Scratches Its Head Over Rogue Spokesperson: Kendra Wilkinson, Hugh Hefner girlfriend and “star” of E!’s The Girls Next Door is an outspoken fan of Olive Garden. The “when you’re here, you’re family” chain isn’t quite sure what to make of it.MediaPost

Sex Sells… French Fries? New York Fries, a Canadian company (ahem), released a series of print ads that argue its preservative-free fries are kinda sorta natural, at least compared to other fake things like toupees and big boobs. I would argue that they should have a location in the state of New York before calling out other things for being fake. These guys wish they had Olive Garden’s problem.

After the jump: are you drinking as much? how greasy is your breakfast?