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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Oscar-feasting edition

By Tim Carman

The latest in food news, ideas and philosophy, just in time for your lunch break.

* The critics feasted on last night's Oscars telecast. Let's review the harshest cuts:

A. "Franco came off like that lacrosse boy you wish your daughter didn't hang out with so much, sort of heavy-lidded and smirky and ..." (WaPo)

B. "It was ironic, though, that by the time alterkocker Billy Crystal--he of the cornball Oscar medleys--it seemed like a relief, or a royal restoration. (TIME)

C. "Tonight's telecast was so tedious, a spontaneous F-bomb from Melissa Leo passed as grand entertainment." (Slate)

D. "While I'm obsessed with the purple color, Scar Jo blew it when picking a print and design that makes her decolletage look downright droopy." (NY Post)

E. "The 83rd Academy Awards were mercifully short, clocking in at a mere three hours and 19 minutes, but in virtually every other respect this year was a new low." (The Telegraph)

F. "This was the worst Oscarcast I've ever endured. It's time for the Board of Governors to have a long, sad talk with itself." (Roger Ebert)

* Back to food, sort of: Chef falls for actress. (Twitter)

* The stars come out in France. (Bloomberg)

* Eric Ripert adopts a Puerto Rican accent. (Today)

* Jamie Oliver equates Sarah Palin to a processed cereal product. (HuffPo)

* "Burgundy is a fickle and unreliable lover. It's the source of more heartbreak than country music radio. Burgundy is like the girl with the curl in the nursery rhyme. When she's good she's very very good and when she's bad she's horrid." (WSJ)

* Is Texas seceding from the Southern Foodways Alliance? (The Meaning of Pie)

* Move over Kubler-Ross: the five stages of a bad meal. (Endless Simmer)

By Tim Carman  | February 28, 2011; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Chefs, Food Politics, Media, Television, Wine  | Tags:  Lunch Room Chatter, Tim Carman  
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