Authentic Cuisine; Top Chef Just Desserts Season 2 Cast; Nordic Food Is Cool; In-Pool Dining and Brunch Are Hot; You Can Leave Your Hat on (Sometimes)

Farmer Ted didn't have $5,000. Or a table at Restaurant Wars. But, he still got the girl and, I assume, straight teeth.

* Do you have five grand? I don’t have five grand! Neither did Farmer Ted in Sixteen Candles. Or anyone else, apparently. The table being auctioned off for charity for Top Chef Restaurant Wars didn’t receive a single bid. [Eater]

* There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. And, in between the doors of perception, are the doors of restaurants. [The Atlantic]

* Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby. But, what exactly is the real thing, when it comes to authentic food? [DCentric]

* Stereotypes are bad. Please don’t invoke them when reviewing restaurants. Or any other time. Thank you. [Accidental Hedonist]

* IKEA had it right all along. People like Nordic food. Quick question…are hot dogs Nordic? ‘Cause IKEA serves pretty yummy hot dogs and they’re only, like, a DOLLAR! [WSJ]

* It’s getting hot in herre. But, please, no matter what Nelly says, don’t take off your all clothes. Instead, head to one of the world’s hottest spots for al fresco dining. [BlackBook]

* Speaking of things that are hot. Brunch is. [ChicagoMag]

* Foodies, get your feet wet. Literally, with in-pool, luxury dining. []

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