Ikea is developing a vegetarian and a chicken version of its popular Swedish meatballs. Pictured is a plate of the original meatballs with boiled potatoes and Lingonberry jam.

Ikea will soon serve vegetarian and chicken versions of its Swedish meatballs

In an effort to become more sustainable, Ikea has announced it will look into greener meatballs. The store known for its assemble-it-yourself furniture wants to give its most popular menu item, the Swedish meatballs, less of a carbon footprint. 

The brand is developing new chicken and vegetarian versions of the meatballs, but fans will still be able to order the original meatballs, traditionally served with potatoes, cream sauce and Lingonberry jam.  

"IKEA is a responsible company and we believe that we can play an important role in the move toward a more sustainable society," said the...

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Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants is coming — and so is Bite Nite

Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants is coming — and so is Bite Nite

Jonathan Gold’s annual guide to the 101 best restaurants in Los Angeles is getting even better. And so is the Bite Nite party that accompanies it.

In Jonathan Gold’s 101, which will be published May 18, the only restaurant critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize will rank his favorite Southern California restaurants, in order, with capsule reviews and color photographs.

A special online edition will include interactive maps, sortable lists so you can remember which places you’ve tried and which are still on your wish list, and a series of video features on dining in Los Angeles.

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Easy dinner options: Simple grilled sides for Gluten-Free Wednesday

Easy dinner options: Simple grilled sides for Gluten-Free Wednesday

With the weather as nice as it is, it's almost criminal to cook indoors. Show your grill a little love this Gluten-Free Wednesday with these tempting dish ideas. Each makes for a perfectly robust side or light main course, and each one comes together quickly using only a handful of ingredients.

Grilled eggplant with anchovies, garlic and rosemary: Stud thick wedges of eggplant with bits of garlic, anchovy and rosemary. The aromatic flavors work wonderfully with the eggplant, the wedges grilling up like thick steaks.

Grilled romaine with walnuts, Parmesan and anchovy dressing:Grilled tender...

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Bacon prices are on the rise.

10 grocery store foods with prices on the rise

The next time you visit the grocery store, you may experience sticker shock. Prices for some of your favorite foods, including bacon, coffee and oranges, are on the rise. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, retail food prices rose in March by 0.4% from the previous month. There are many factors contributing to the higher prices, including California's drought, which,  according to Brad Rippey, meteorologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, covers two-thirds of the state. 

24/7 Wall St. examined average retail price data from the BLS Consumer Price Index from January 2010 to...

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UCLA's "Science and Food" lecture series includes "The Science of Sushi" at UCLA on Wednesday.

'The Science of Sushi,' Coolhaus party with endless ice cream, Artisanal LA

Architecturally themed ice cream sandwich shop Coolhausis celebrating its fifth anniversary with a party at the Unique Space downtown on May 2. There will be an open cocktail bar, a live show by L.A.'s own De Lux, a DJ set by Paul Tao of IAMSOUND Records, Pizzanista! pizza, Free Range LA fried chicken, Golden Road craft beer on tap and floats with Coolhaus ice cream, Ludlows Cocktail Co. gourmet jelly shots and endless Coolhaus ice cream and ice cream sandwiches (featuring seasonal and boozy flavors). Attendees also will recieve a pre-ordered copy of the coming Coolhaus cookbook plus a...

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Jonathan Gold is your man for culinary questions.

Live discussion: It's lunchtime with Jonathan Gold!

Have a craving for Ethiopian food? Need a recommendation for sushi? Want to know where to find the best burger in the city? Need more culinary questions answered? Gold's your man.

More Jonathan Gold quizzes: Music | Carrots | Pasta | Asparagus | Flowers | Sandwich time

Come back here Wednesday at noon.

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Micah Wexler, ready to be a counter man.

Wexler's Deli finally ready to open at Grand Central Market

Micah Wexler’s long-awaited bid to remake the great Jewish deli will be opening Monday in the heart of downtown’s Grand Central Market.

Wexler’s Deli will feature bagels and sandwiches starring meats and fish cured in-house and breads and bagels baked according to specification. Prices range from $3 to $9 for bagels, depending on whether you get just plain cream cheese or add house-cured lox or smoked sturgeon.

Sandwiches are in the $9 to $11 range and feature house-cured corned beef and pastrami as well as roast turkey and egg and tuna salads. For homesick New Yorkers, there...

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Washington State Wine's free iPhone/iPad app the Recommendeuer offers a substantive look at the state's wine country with a dose of irreverent humor.

Washington wineries have fun with Recommendeuer iPhone/iPad app

Some wine apps are deadly serious. Just the facts, ma'am. Or just the ratings.

But Washington State Wine's free iPad/iPhone app the Recommendeuer employs comedian Greg Proops to make learning about the wines and wine regions infectiously amusing.

Donning the character of a pompous but genial “recommendeuer,” pronounced with all due hauteur, he gets down and dirty with Washington wines — and gets in some good one-liners. “When I speak, grapes listen.”

The introductory bit in which he professes his love for the wines of Washington ends with the character trying to...

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The Crunchy Cookie Frappuccino at Starbucks in Japan.

Starbucks is putting cookies in its Frappuccinos in Japan

Starbucks may have come up with the best Frappuccino flavor yet, in Japan. A Crunchy Cookie flavor of the popular ice blended drink will be available at locations across the country May 12. 

The new flavor features a vanilla base, chocolate chunk cookie clusters (an entire cookie's worth) and almonds.

The cookies are baked longer than usual for an extra crunch, reported Rocket News 24.

The new flavor will only be available through Aug. 31. No word yet on whether it will be available in the states. 

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Ty Burrell of 'Modern Family' opens restaurant in Utah

Ty Burrell of 'Modern Family' opens restaurant in Utah

Ty Burrell, who plays the awkward dad on ABC's "Modern Family," is a budding restaurateur in Salt Lake City. The Emmy-winning actor has just opened a beer-focused bar and restaurant helmed by Utah chef Viet Pham. 

The restaurant, called Beer Bar, is located next to Burrell's existing cocktail bar, Bar-X, which he owns with his brother Duncan and other members of his family. At Beer Bar, Pham, named one of Food and Wine magazine's best new chefs in 2011, is making sausages and Belgian fries. The restaurant also serves local breads and has 150 variates of beer.

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It's a busy week for cookbook lovers in the Los Angeles area, with authors Deborah Madison, Martha Rose Shulman and David Lebowitz appearing at book signings and other events.

Deborah Madison, David Lebovitz and Martha Rose Shulman at book events this week

We’ve got a big week coming up for cookbook lovers. Three authors of terrific new books will be having signing events in Southern California.

Los Angeles' own Martha Rose Shulman, author of more than 25 cookbooks and the longtime New York Times Recipes for Health columnist, will kick things off with a free event for two new books -- “The Simple Art of Vegetarian Cooking” and “The Art of French Pastry” cowritten with Jacquy Pfeiffer, who starred in the documentary “Kings of Pastry.” They’ll both be demonstrating recipes and signing books at Surfas...

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