You can't replace the feeling of lounging on the couch with a scrunched-up newspaper. But with the web, at least you don't need to worry about getting ink on your hands and bagel. Here's a roundup of some food-related stories from our country's newspapers this week. Lucky for us, it's mostly free. For now. Macchiato optional.

At The Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Gold discusses alpaca at the new Mo-Chica; a story on Ramadan feasts; and 24-year-old Allston Yacht Club chef Miles Thompson shows promise.

From The New York Times, Eric Asimov asks what's the right price for a bottle of wine; remembering soul food pioneer Sylvia Woods, who died at 86 last Thursday; and Pete Wells reviews Mission Chinese Food.

From The Wall Street Journal, an explanation of why humans crave meat; three creative ways to prepare salmon; and a recipe for berry tiramisu.

The Washington Post gives you a guide to grilling fruit like peaches and pineapples; ways to do more with summer sweet corn; and a new software AgSquared to help farmers manage their crops electronically.

At the Chicago Tribune, New Yorkers debate the limiting laws on sugary drinks; Peet's Coffee and Tea will expand as German companies start to invest; and a trio of recipes for baked beans dishes.

At the Boston Globe, a columnist looks into the heirloom tomato hype; and garden-to-table recipes that bring out the best of fresh herbs.

From The New York Daily News, a California winery produces an Olympic themed champagne; the spotlight on new “Top Chef Masters” competitors Missy Robbins, Kerry Heffernan and Sue Torres; and how United Nations chef Daryl Schembeck manages to cook for the culinary needs of 192 countries.

At the San Jose Mercury News, 5 Bay Area food festivals to check out; and See's Candies sets a world record with a 7,000 pound lollipop.

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