What's the country reading today food-wise? Here's a roundup of some of the food-related stories from other newspapers, many of which print their food sections mid-week. And remember, even if you don't actually buy papers these days (or not; this paper is free), it's where most of your content comes from. Surf away. Just remember that spilling your macchiato over your keyboard is a lot more expensive than spilling it across newsprint.

In the Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Gold reviews Osteria Drago, Celestino Drago's new place on Sunset Blvd.; and S. Irene Virbila considers where to go for pasta.

At The New York Times, Pete Wells gives Le Cirque one star (wow); holding onto your heritage in the kitchen; and better eating through bacteria.

Recipes from and a review of Nancy Singleton Hachisu's book Japanese Farm Food (which we reviewed here recently too); and checking out Tokyo ice cream shops, at The Japan Times.

Chefs visit Portland — and bring their recipes with them; and healthful after-school snacks, at The Oregonian.

How to construct your own clambake, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

At The Wall Street Journal, a consideration of hard cider; and more fun with packed lunches.

Michael Bauer reviews Plaj, where the inspiration comes from Scandinavia as much as San Francisco; and making a tomato sauce for more than pasta, at the San Francisco Chronicle.

From the Chicago Sun-Times, what to eat when you're watching football; mezcal is not just for drinking anymore; and pairing potatoes and fennel.

The joys of flavored and infused olive oils; and thousands attend the 29th annual Maryland Wine Festival, at The Baltimore Sun.

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