What would you call this sandwich? [Photograph: Robyn Lee]

National density maps for soda vs. pop, hoagie vs. hero, and caramel vs. car-mel.—Max Falkowitz, NYC Editor

I love Yotam Ottolenghi, and I really love that The Guardian has a stash of his recipes online, for free. They're worth perusing if you don't want to drop the cash on his cookbooks or need some last minute dinner inspiration. The thing that most recently caught my eye? Pickled black bream served over roti. I love the idea of serving anything over a crispy pancake, but with the pickled fish and fresh vegetables and herbs...man, this guy is a genius of texture and flavor. —Carrie Vasios, Sweets Editor

An early look at a promising restaurant in Grinnell, Iowa, home of my alma mater. It only took thirty years (since I graduated) and a bribe (contest) to make it happen.—Ed Levine, Founder and SE Overlord

Should Tipping Be Banned?, the latest podcast from Freakonomics Radio, discusses how tipping is discriminatory, who gets the most tips, who gives the most tips, how to get more tips, and more, presenting data from various studies. Sure would be nice if people could get paid living wages instead of needing tips to survive. —Robyn Lee, AHT Editor and Chief Doodler

There's no Fresh Direct in San Francisco, but Amazon announced that they're planning to launch AmazonFresh grocery delivery service in Bay Area by the end of this year. It's a hard business to be in—fresh produce goes bad, food gets damaged, but they might use it as a loss leader to bring in other business. (Watch out, grocery stores.)—Maggie Hoffman, Drinks Editor

I'm not one to check for random celebrity sightings at Chicago restaurants, but I have to admit this picture on Chicagoist, which shows the remaining members of Nirvana hanging out with Steve Albini in front of Piece in Bucktown, is worth a look. —Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Editor

This is a fascinating article from Sci-News.com about the early origins of French winemaking. Archaeologists have found evidence that the French Gauls learned wine culture and winemaking from the Etruscans in modern day Italy around 500 to 400 BC, and that it was around these times that Mediterranean vines from Italy were imported into Southern France to meet the growing local demand after the Gauls got a taste for it. Jury's still out on whether modern French or Italian wine is better.—Kenji Lopez-Alt, Chief Creative Officer

Today I learned about something called the Soy Sauce Challenge, which isn't nearly as much fun as it sounds.—Jamie Feldmar, Managing Editor


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