Grilled cheese mania, ignoring Canadian restos, the LCBO’s bottom shelf

Grilled cheese mania, ignoring Canadian restos, the LCBO’s bottom shelf

Grilled cheese mania, ignoring Canadian restos, the LCBO’s bottom shelf

Is this the great grilled cheese comeback? (Photo by Robyn Lee) 

• Is it just us, or is grilled cheese the new poutine? The kiddie comfort food takes centre stage at this weekend’s Grilled Cheese Invitational in L.A. and at Toronto’s own Good Food Festival, which kicks off today with a celebrity grilled cheese competition. [L.A. Times]

• Reach for the Skyy: Statistics Canada reports that Canadians are buying almost five per cent more booze since the recession hit—unsurprisingly, cheaper brands are selling best. [Globe and Mail]

• The dining overlords at S.Pellegrino have left Canada out of their World’s Best 50 Restaurants list, and the Post’s Brad Frenette isn’t taking it lying down. His tirade provokes a rebuttal from the organization’s regional chair. [National Post]

• Fashion plate Michelle Obama forgoes the Isabel Toledo in order to get down and dirty in the White House garden. The first lady is growing over 50 organic vegetables to show her commitment to fresh, local foods. Read between the lines for an implicit criticism of American food culture. [CBS]

• Famous for free (and surprisingly edible) in-flight food, Hawaiian Airlines is introducing $10 go-green menu options. The meals have no preservatives and are served in recyclable, biodegradable packaging. [San Francisco Chronicle]