This Week in L.A. Food News: May 3 Edition

The good, the bad, AND the ugly

It’s Friday afternoon. The clock is ticking slower than ever and you’ve already mentally checked out at work. To help pass the time, we present a weekly recap of some of the food-focused gems we’ve mined from our own site and from friends around the interwebs, to help keep you in the know. Read on and try to enjoy your last few hours of office thumb twiddling… that drink will be in your hand soon enough. 

The Good:
Artist Urs Fischer Plays With His Food [L.A. Mag Digest]
What Magazines Do Chefs Subscribe To?
[Food GPS]
Pono Burger, a New Natural Burger Place in Santa Monica
[Eater L.A.]

Free the Salumi! The FDA Lifts Ban on Italian Cured Meats [L.A. Mag Digest] 
Behind the Broth: All About Tsujita Ramen’s New ANNEX [L.A. Mag Digest]

Vic Casanova Reflects on Gusto’s First Year [Eater L.A.]
Six Hip Places to Drink Colorful Margaritas While Remaining Respectable on Cinco de Mayo [Grub Street L.A.]

The Bad:
The Glass Ceiling Shatters at Spago [TMZ via Zagat]
CPK, DiGiorno Frozen Pizzas Recalled [Squid Ink]
Run For the Bottom: Taco Bell Tries Out New ‘Low Brow’ Menu [LAist] 
Restaurants are raising wine prices, report says [Daily Dish]
Happy Kentucky Derby! Death to Mint Juleps! [Squid Ink]

The Ugly:
Rat Meat Sold as Lamb Highlights Food Fears in China [The New York Times]