Food: What you should be eating right now…

This happens every year: At some point in my travels to find the country’s Best New Restaurants, my anxiety about not being able to find enough to fill my list segues seamlessly into worse anxiety that I won’t be able to include everything worthy—the way the bitter cold of winter often leaps seamlessly into the inferno of summer without any break for spring at all. (I may have had an un-anxious moment in Indianapolis this year, but I can’t be sure.) When that switch happens, I self-soothe by reminding myself that I will also have this list to compile: my yearly cheat.

It is not always the case, but I would have happily had any of the restaurants listed below on my main list of Best New Restaurants. In some ways, this is the more visceral recommendation. Math is not my strong suit, but I’d calculate that if I visited 111 new restaurants during this year’s search, that translates to tasting 500 million dishes, give or take. For a dish to stand out through all of those crowding my mind by the end—to actually bubble up and make me hungry when I’ve been 100 percent sure I’ll never be hungry again—it has to be pretty special. All of these are.

Spicy Cod Roe Spaghetti, Davelle, N.Y.C.: On a quiet afternoon on the Lower East Side, there may be no other café in the world I’d rather be in—or bowl of noodles I’d rather have before me: briny, umami-filled, and perfect.
Friday Fish Fry, Mint Mark, Madison, WI: You’re in Wisconsin. What would you rather eat than a classic basket of perfectly fried bluegill? Almost everything else on the menu, it turns out, washed down with a Wisconsin-style brandy old-fashioned on draft.

News Headlines 02.28.13

Health law’s rules help hospitals cut patient readmission rate 
The law includes both penalties and incentives for better coordinating care for patients after they head home. 
( by N.C. Aizenman , The Washington Post) 

ICE release of illegal immigrants sparks political firestorm in Arizona 
Politicized controversy surrounds release of illegal immigrants from federal custody. 
( by Pamela Constable , The Washington Post) 
Limits on government travel could backfire 
House hearing looks at limits on government travel. Spending drops, but so could needed collaboration. 
(, The Washington Post) 
Millionaire’s Mars mission: To inspire the children (and to beat China there) 
Tito’s proposed high-risk, budget-class journey would (if achieved) smash the barrier to deep space. ( by Brian Vastag , The Washington Post) 

Prudence Bushnell on being a diplomat 
“If nobody’s in charge or cares, then you get policy disasters like Rwanda.” 
( by Tom Fox , The Washington Post) 
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Montgomery police canvass for information on fatal crash 
Police are looking for witnesses to a hit-and-run Tuesday that killed a woman on Connecticut Avenue. 
( by St. John Barned-Smith , The Washington Post) 
Large families crowd D.C. shelters 
As homelessness in the District rises, large families linger in the city’s crowded main shelter. 
( by Annie Gowen , The Washington Post) 
6 teens indicted on murder charges in Woodley Park Metro stabbing 
Initially, only one teen had been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Olijawon Griffin. 
( by Keith L. Alexander , The Washington Post) 
Alexandria police officer shot and wounded in Old Town 
Police said the officer is in serious condition. 
( by Allison Klein and Michael Alison Chandler , The Washington Post)
Metro’s deputy GM leaving 
In coming weeks, David Kubicek, who oversees rail operations, will be one of two high-level departures. 
( by Dana Hedgpeth , The Washington Post) 
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House to vote on Violence Against Women Act measures 
Republican leaders are prepared to allow a vote on a version favored by Democrats, pointing to GOP division. 
( by Rosalind S. Helderman , The Washington Post) 

In the Loop: A multilingual secretary 

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks French to the French, German to the Germans, and on it goes… 
(, The Washington Post) 

Michael A. Brown tries to rebound from loss of D.C. Council seat 
Michael A. Brown says he has been cleared by a federal investigation into missing campaign funds. 
( by Tim Craig , The Washington Post) 
Sequester spin gets ahead of reality 
How bad will the cuts really be? No one really knows. The dire warnings the reflect a lot of guesswork. 
( by Karen Tumulty and Lyndsey Layton , The Washington Post) 
Authorities say U-Md. shooter admitted self for treatment 
Governor’s gun-control bill would not have stopped subsequent gun purchases. 
( by Aaron C. Davis and Matt Zapotosky , The Washington Post) 
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Jimmy Kimmel and Morrissey feud over ‘Duck Dynasty’ 
The singer canceled an appearance on the late-night show. 
(, The Washington Post) 
On gun ownership, a right to privacy or a right to know? 
Newspapers face death threats over requests for public records on gun owners. 
( by Paul Farhi , The Washington Post) 
100 years later, activists will march in tradition of Inez Milholland 
Milholland sitting astride a white horse is the most iconic image of that 1913 march for women’s rights. 
( by Lonnae O’Neal Parker , The Washington Post) 
Hot-bar leftovers: To trash or not to trash? 
Supermarket chains take different approaches to the food the remains on their hot bars. 
( by Tim Carman , The Washington Post) 
Carolyn Hax: Husband is walking the line between caring and badgering 
He says that he cares about her health, but she says that he makes her feel like crud. 
(, The Washington Post) 

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Survey finds gap in Internet access between rich, poor students 
Vast majority of teachers rely on social media and other digital resources, Pew study says. 
( by Cecilia Kang , The Washington Post) 
Supreme Court defines SEC time limits for pursuing civil cases 
Court says the clock starts ticking when the violation takes place, not when it’s discovered. 
( by Dina ElBoghdady , The Washington Post) 
Senate confirms Lew as Treasury secretary 
Jack Lew gets Senate green light in a 71-26 vote just as economy faces potentially severe budget cuts. 
( by Jia Lynn Yang , The Washington Post) 
JPMorgan layoffs reflect some hope 
Many of the employees the nation’s largest bank is letting go were hired to deal with mortgages in default. 
( by Danielle Douglas , The Washington Post) 
conomic crisis ‘balkanized’ global finance 
Study documents continued collapse in global finance, pushing world system back by decades. 
( by Howard Schneider , The Washington Post) 

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Terrapins suffer a damaging loss 
U-Md. falls to 1-6 on the road in the ACC and may need a deep run in the conference tournament to impress the NCAA selection committee. 
( by Alex Prewitt , The Washington Post) 
Vikings advance to 4A West final 
Whitman tops Walter Johnson, 49-42, to set up a region final matchup with Gaithersburg on Friday night. 
( by Roman Stubbs , The Washington Post) 
Capitals bullied, trounced by Flyers 
Starting goaltender Braden Holtby is chased in the second period after allowing four goals on 18 shots and Washington provides hardly any punch in a loss to Philadelphia. 
( by Katie Carrera , The Washington Post) 
Porter’s better half vaults Hoyas 
Otto Porter Jr. scores 21 of his 22 points after halftime, including the game-winner with 9.5 seconds to go in double overtime, as 7th-ranked Georgetown secures a 10th straight victory. 
( by Liz Clarke , The Washington Post) 
Jaguars dump Bowie to advance to region final 
De’Janae Boykin finishes with 18 points and 14 rebounds as No. 18 C.H. Flowers drops No. 17 Bowie to reach the Maryland 4A South final. 
( by Eric Detweiler , The Washington Post) 

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Survey finds gap in Internet access between rich, poor students 
Vast majority of teachers rely on social media and other digital resources, Pew study says. 
( by Cecilia Kang , The Washington Post) 
Set up network security standards for the BYOD era now 
Tips for protecting your business in a bring-your-own-device world. 
( by Steve King | VentureBeat.com , VentureBeat.com) 

Samsung launches its own wallet app 
Like Apple’s Passbook, this mobile payment service gives users a digital place for their coupons and tickets. 
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post) 
What to expect from the Apple shareholders meeting 
Apple likely won’t be discussing a controversial proposal that landed the company in court. 
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post) 
Why First Solar’s new world record for solar cell efficiency is important 
First Solar announced on Tuesday that it’s managed to create a record 18.7 percent solar cell, up from the 17.3 percent cell it touted in July 2011. Here’s why this is a big deal. 
( by Ucilia Wang | GigaOM.com , gigaom.com

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After pope’s farewell message, the main event begins: The conclave 
Attention quickly shifts to conclave — and the important matter of timing. 
( by Jason Horowitz , The Washington Post) 
Envoys agree to hold more nuclear talks amid positive signals from Iran 
Iran hails possible “turning point” as negotiations with bloc of six world powers yield modest progress. 
( by Joby Warrick and Jason Rezaian , The Washington Post) 
Kerry: U.S. must help counter aid to Syria opposition from extremists 
The U.S. is preparing a package of broader financial and practical support for the Syrian rebels. 
( by Anne Gearan , The Washington Post) 
Japanese warn against Chinese smog 
Residents will be urged to stay indoors if the level of toxic smog from China gets too high. 
( by Michiyo Nakamoto | Financial Times , The Washington Post) 
Hagel pledges straight talk, loyalty to troops on first day at Pentagon 
The new defense secretary praises the military and says the agency will cope with the looming budget cuts. 
( by Craig Whitlock , The Washington Post) 
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Ending dysfunction central 
Republicans need to act responsibly and replace the sequester. 
(, The Washington Post) 
Golden goose eggs 
After 100 years, the Federal Reserve’s record on preventing recessions is stuck on zero. 
(, The Washington Post) 
The China challenge 
The U.S. has no choice but to work with China and all its insecurities. 
(, The Washington Post) 
How much time are we really losing in traffic? 
(, The Washington Post) 

The only way to cut the budget? 
(, The Washington Post) 

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Web Hostess Live: The latest from the Web 
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Gluten-free kids with nutritionist Kelly Dorfman 
Nutritionist Kelly Dorfman talks about putting children on a gluten-free diet. 
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The Reliable Source Live 
Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts discuss your favorite gossip, celebrity sightings and their recent columns. 
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Free Range on Food 
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Free Range on Food: Grocery store hot bars, cooking on a budget and more 
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Healthy Eating Tips For The Holiday!!!

The holiday weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year are the worst time of the year for weight gain, and several factors are at play. Obviously, there are all the December holiday gatherings with their tempting holiday foods, but there is also a change in the weather that can signal our bodies to slow down and hibernate indoors if we are not careful, –causing us to be less active. So Spilldabeanz.com has gathered a few tips, courtesy of Nutrition Expert Eric Paul– to help YOU stay on track as best you can!!

8 Holiday Eating Survival Tips:

1. Don’t deprive yourself all day and eat one big meal

2. Drink lots of water with your meal, which will keep you full

3. Double up on the non starchy vegetables

4. Limit those decadent high fat and cholesterol favorites

5. Try splitting desserts with someone (i.e. 1/2 slice of pie)

6. Learn to just say no and take focus off food

7. Don’t go back for a second serving

8. Practice, practice, practice portion control

By Eric Paul, BDO Nutrition Expert

As a classically trained chef, Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer and soon to be Registered Dietitian, Eric Paul has acquired the necessary skills to help people prevent most health problems. For the last 5 years, he has used his expertise and passion to help thousands achieve optimal health by empowering them to make changes in their behavior, exercise and diet.  Eric Paul has been featured on ABC, WGN, Fox and ESPN giving audiences advice about nutrition, fitness, and other wellness topics. As one of America’s healthiest chefs, we welcome his contribution to our team.  For more information about Eric Paul, please visit www.thehealthologist.com.

Top Six Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

1. Don’t let winter slow you down. Get outside and get some exercise for at least 1/2 hour every day

2. When you face a tempting holiday meal, eat smaller portions and skip seconds

3. Save deserts for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas Day and avoid them at regular meals in between

4. Between meals, snack on nuts, fruits and raw veggies instead of junk

5. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary beverages

6. Get plenty of sleep

Good Luck to those that set out goals to become healthier!! Remember it’s a Lifestyle..not a Fad!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Crab price set; fishermen drop pots

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.  — Dozens of crab fishermen roared out the Golden Gate at dawn Wednesday to set their pots in time for the midnight opening of crab season, after crabbers and fish wholesalers reached agreement on a price.The creamy, buttery Dungeness crabs should start arriving at local markets by Friday morning.Crab fishermen will get $3 a pound, meaning the retail market price will be a little more than $6 per pound, according to distributors who approved the agreement Tuesday.The usually contentious negotiations between crabbers and wholesalers were cut short this year when distributors quickly agreed to pay fisherman from Bodega, San Francisco and Half Moon Bay $3 a pound.Last year’s price dispute delayed the start of the season for almost two weeks.”I’m more surprised than anything else,” said Tim Ports, the general manager of Ports Seafood Inc. in San Francisco. “It is not very often that we have such a smooth start to the crab season.”Recreational fishermen have reported catching fewer crabs this year compared with previous years.”I think there is less product in the water than they thought originally – you would not see the buyers line up that easily behind what the fishermen wanted otherwise,” Ports said.Last year, wholesalers paid fishermen $2.25 a pound. But increased labor and fuel costs, as well as the smaller supply of crab, all led crabbers to ask for an extra 75 cents per pound this year.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Crab-price-set-fishermen-drop-pots-4037383.php#ixzz2CGKkAUht