It's Raining Meatballs in Manhattan; Finally, a Return to Real Salsa

Denny's, with its "Grand Slam for a Year" promotion, is just one of the fast-food chains with food prizes. Subway, Krispy Kreme, and KFC also give away, respectively, foot-long subs, doughnuts, and popcorn chicken to loyal, lucky customers. [Wall Street Journal]

New York is meatball mad these days. A roundup of great balls includes those from the newly opened Meatball Shop, Salumeria Rosi, and Num Pang Sandwich Shop. [NY Post]

A number of new Mexican restaurants are turning out authentic salsa rather than the "gringo" version, including La Superior, Cascabel Taqueria, and Hecho en Dumbo. [NY Times]

Starbucks will soon let customers design their own Frappuccinos, which account for about 10 percent of the chain's revenue. The "however-you-want-it" Frap will allow soy and decaf. [Wall Street Journal]

Benihana's stock price went up after is was reported that an investor had made an offer to purchase the chain. A spokesperson for Benihana refused to comment on the report. [Nation's Restaurant News]

The International Home and Housewares show featured an array of appliances with one-touch "smart cookie" options, such as toaster ovens, bread makers, and microwaves. [NY Times]

Speaking of lazy cooking, sales of "lazy foods," such as peeled potatoes, chopped carrots, and diced onions are up in the U.K. But, is taking a culinary shortcut so wrong? [BBC]

Kraft is still displeasing U.K. officials, this time by raising false hopes about the future of a Cadbury plant, which may have violated the country's code on mergers and acquisitions. [Reuters]

The parents who plan to stage a "bake-in" at City Hall tomorrow hope to convince officials to overturn a ban on home-baked goods in schools. [NY Times]


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