Last Days for Wendy's in Japan

Amid too much competition from McDonald's, fast food chain Wendy’s will be closing all 71 of its Japanese outlets on Jan. 1, 2010. Zensho, the Japanese company that runs Wendy’s Japan, decided not to renew its contract with Wendy’s, which runs out at the end of 2009.


Dispatches from the Bay: Beautifully Comforting


The cold winter months call out for comfort food -- spaghetti and meatballs; warm beef stews; risotto; chocolate chip cookies. Even as our bodies crave this homey fare, however, our consciences -- and doctors -- warn against it.

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Hey Chardonnay: Yo Momma Tasted so Nasty, She Was Banned By Noblemen!

Scientists have discovered that the Gouais Blanc grape -- a varietal considered so inferior that it was once banned in Europe -- is the "mother" of Chardonnay.

Pho U.

Vietnamese pho noodle soup, turkey, and meatloaf top the list of the most popular college cafeteria foods.


Japan, Rice, and National Identity

Rice farming is central to Japanese national identity, yet Japan's rice farmers "are literally dying out" (nearly half are over 65). Is a cultural crisis in the offing?


Jamie Oliver Tapped for TED Prize

Jamie_winner Jamie Oliver, the multitasking celebrity chef, author, TV personality, matchmaker, and potential defendant in a lawsuit by the Village People, has been named the winner of this year's TED Prize, an award granted annually to visionaries who "will be doing something that has extraordinary potential, something whose positive influence could spread, transcending borders, something that can contribute to the future of life on Earth."

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Beranbaum on Baking

On today's "Leonard Lopate Show," Rose Levy Beranbaum talked about her new cookbook, Rose’s Heavenly Cakes and had some interesting things to say about baking with oil vs. butter.


Yelp Walks Away from $550 Million Google Deal

Yelp has walked away from a deal to be sold to Google for more than half a billion dollars.


A Tagine for the 21st Century

Slowcooker Called a Slow Cooker, Dutch designer Margriet Foolen's terracotta baker is really an updated version of the traditional Moroccan tagine.

Use it as you would as a traditional tagine and the white-glazed base, which has a heatproof silicone ring, can go straight from the oven to the table. Invert the device, and the top becomes a serving bowl, with lid.

$64 at the A+R Store.


"Rebel" With a Chocolatey Cause

The Wall Street Journal profiles French chocolate-maker of the moment and self-described "rebel" Jacques Genin.