Strange Sauce: The week in national food news

Proving that pot isn't going up in smoke, MedGrow Cannibis College, located in Southfield, Michigan, is up and running with its multiple hour program that teaches students how to grow medical marijuana. After officers followed footsteps leading to a hideout under a pickup truck, two Tennessee men are facing criminal charges for stealing more than $300 in Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Zingers from the Merita Bread Company. Meanwhile, Diana Leaver, owner of New York's Deep Hallow Ranch, was arrested in Florida for eating a package of raw meat while grocery shopping.

Sushi joints are bracing themselves as European officials once again push for a ban on the commercial fishing of bluefin tuna. A new Consumer Reports study shows that bagged, pre-washed salads are loaded with bacteria and sometimes fecal contamination, and the NPD Group just released market research showing that vegetables were eaten more than anything else at domestic gatherings during the last three Super Bowls. Speaking of football, if you're in the mood for yet another brand of watery, low-calorie beer, look no further: Anheuser-Busch has released Bud Select 55, supposedly the "world's lightest beer" packing only 55 calories. We'd rather have beer with robusto -- and the gut to go along with it.

Caressa Cameron, the new Miss America, has signed on as a spokeswoman for IHOP's fifth annual National Pancake Day Celebration. At least she eats. Guy Fieri strutted his stuff on The Price is Right, and Bobby Flay, Padma Lakshmi, and Paula Dean were included in Slashfood's lists of the hottest people in the food industry. In Berkeley, Alice Waters voiced her concern over well-known chefs who duplicate their restaurants. "It's not connected to the [local] place," she asserted. "People ask you to do the exact same thing you've done in your other restaurant. If someone asked me to go to Arizona, I'd open a Mexican restaurant. But they want Chez Panisse there."

Here's to the weekend.

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