Chefs Get Inked; Power of Yelp; 2012 Food Trends; Puffer Fish Lives up to Its Fearsome Reputation; Dining with Allergies; Cheese May Please Your Heart

Rather than who would eat the puffer fish, I'm more interested in the poor souls that have to *catch* the puffer fish.

Dining and restaurant news…

* Tattoo sous. Chefs love getting inked. Must be something to do with all those knives. [Washington Post]

* Yelp! I need somebody. But not just anybody. Restaurants may need happy Yelpers to survive. [Business Insider]

* Without a Trace. The Austin food scene wouldn’t be the same without Chef Paul Hargrove and Trace Restaurant. [Eater]

* Back to the future. The Epi-Log predicts a bunch of trends for the new year. To be taken with one grain of salt. [Epicurious]

* Cheese, please. It turns out it could be good for your ticker. This is great news to me, as I consider cheese to be its own food group. Pass the parm! [The Atlantic]

* Give it to us raw and wriggling. Like Gollum, that’s how I prefer my steak. But, some folks like it kinda cooked. And, some chefs kinda don’t like that. [BA]

* Truth in advertising. The deadly puffer fish lives up to its rep, as a diner winds up hospitalized after eating it at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Personally, there’s enough stuff out there to eat that I don’t need to knowingly take my life in my own hands. Anyway, that fish liver cannot possibly taste better than any foie gras. [Wall Street Journal]

* Risky business. Dining out with allergies can be perilous, but you can prevent a mishap with these tips. []

* And now for your moment of zen. A new book looks back at the days of dainty dining in department stores. [Times Herald]


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