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Miaokou Night Market, Taiwan

Photo: Neil Wade for National Geographic

Brew that coffee! Pour that OJ! And settle in this morning to catch up on what's happening in the world of food. Here's what we're reading (and watching) this week.

• Now that's street food! We really can't get enough of this diverse food trend, so we turned to the grandaddy of all travel photography: National Geographic.

• Sometimes we can't help but stop and wonder at life's little idiosyncracies: like, who invented licked envelopes? And why do these cheese labels have U2 quotes on them? Turns out there is a man behind the mongering madness. (Grub Street New York)

• Food can be funny too! We're having a chuckle over Saveur's new Recipe Comix, where they've asked their favorite comic artists to draw them a recipe. What fun when art and food collide ...  

Unusual Cheese Labels  Locavores in Lebanon

Photos: Danielle Walsh (left, Grub Street New York); Frank Huster for Tawlet (Newsweek).

• Summer's here and it's time to build a garden -- everyone else is! Home gardening in the U.S. and what it looks like, infographic-style(Mother Nature Network)

• Sam Sifton's outlined your summer reading. Between the newly compiled Elizabeth David and Claudia Roden's new book on Spanish food, we're settling in with a cookbook or two. (The New York Times

• Now that Beirut is the Paris of Eastern Europe, it's only fitting that the spotlight's on their restaurants -- Lebanon's New Locavores. (Newsweek)

• Get ready to eat vicariously: Watch Mario Batali ambling around his own superstore, tasting fabulous olive oils, cheeses, frutti di mare and more -- in every department. Lucky! (BingBatali)

Locavores in Lebanon


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about 4 years ago TXDjinn

I was born in Beirut and spent most of my childhood there and you should have seen what it was like in the early 70's - it puts the current incarnation of the City of the Phoenix to shame.

Nothing is better than the food from your home village, cooked by your Grandmother as she was cursing the day that she met your Grandfather...


about 4 years ago WedgeMom

My Dad always said that before Lebanon exploded, Beruit was most definately the Paris of the Mid East - It sounds lovely that it is regaining its position.


about 4 years ago msitter

This video has the potential for promoting and sorting out the ingredients at Eatitaly, which is a good thing. The voice and pictures seem to be out of synch on the Food 52 version and hard to watch.