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Food briefs: A cake for Ben & Jerry's 30th

Can you trust an ice cream that's over 30?

Ben & Jerry's celebrates

its 30th birthday this year. To mark the event, the company has launched a special anniversary ice cream:

Cake Batter.

Ben & Jerry's has released so many flavors over the years, the folks who work there can't come up with a tally. They think Cake Batter is No. 280. Or maybe 300.

Whatever its number, Cake Batter is a creamy mix of vanilla ice cream swirled with yellow cake batter and chocolate frosting.

And if that new flavor has got you wondering whatever happened to one you used to wake up craving at night, check out www., where the "Flavor Graveyard" (look under Fun Stuff) lists long-gone concoctions.

Check meat labels

The label "7 percent fat" on ground meat and poultry can be confusing. It does not refer to the percentage of calories that come from fat, but to the percentage of fat, by weight, compared with lean.

Turkey that is labeled 7 percent fat actually gets 44 percent of its calories from fat, and beef that is labeled 7 percent fat gets 46 percent of its calories from fat.

Claiborne revisited

Late in his career as food editor of the New York Times, Craig Claiborne wrote about the Mississippi food he'd grown up with and the other regional fare he'd grown to love. The University of Georgia Press has reissued that 1987 book, Craig Claiborne's Southern Cooking ($29.95), and it stands up well. More than 300 recipes span the region in time and distance, from My Mother's 1930s Party Salad, a three-layer gelatin creation served to bridge players, to guacamole and fajitas.

Classics like benne wafers, Mississippi Mud Cake and Cajun-style Gumbo are all here, as well as more updated fare.

Compiled from Times wires

Restaurant news


After numerous delays, the Table restaurant and Mesa Lounge opened Thursday in the historic Alexander Building at 535 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. The space once was O Pescador. The original Table is in Sarasota, south of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and similar to its parent location, this one purveys Atlantic Rim cuisine, with dishes influenced by the Caribbean, South America and Spain. To accompany that, Mesa offers a range of mojitos. Call (727) 510-1921.


Mangia (338 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach) and Novo (5062 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg) have closed their doors recently. No word on what will become of either space.

Laura Reiley, Times food critic

Food briefs: A cake for Ben & Jerry's 30th

04/01/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:09am]
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