Lucky Dip – Thursday, September 8th, 2011

How awesome is this? Supermarkets that grow produce on those vast expanses of useless flat roof. Win-win-win. [Toronto Star]

Polish up your resume, wanna-be restaurant critics; rumours are that Sam Sifton, critic for the New York Times is moving on to the national desk. Who will get the tasty top job? [Eater]

Who cares about celebrities when you’re enjoying a good steak frites? La Societe overcomes its reputation as a richy-rich hangout. [NOW]

Cookbooks as literature. [The Awl]

McDonald’s here in Canada is getting all swankified. But you’ve gotta love Eater’s reasoning on the inclusion of fireplaces; “it’s cold in Canada”. That’s right, all year long – that day in July when the temperature cracked 40°C – that was just a dream. A cup of coffee in front of the McD’s fireplace will be a welcome reprieve from shivering in our unheated igloos. [Eater]

The basics of French country cooking. [The Grid]

While I enjoyed the food at Fishbar, I’ve heard from a few people who have not been impressed. [Tales From the Bib]

Is Chef Bear Robe of Keriwa playing it too safe? [Dine.TO]

Rosa Parks was not just a human-rights crusader. Apparently she also made a mean batch of peanut butter pancakes. And kept the recipe of the back of a bank deposit form. [Serious Eats]

The beer bike. That such a thing even exists is just too terrifying to consider. And sounds exactly like the kind of cockamamie scheme that Toronto’s municipal government might come up with. [Spiegel Online]

The intersection of health and culture – a declining black population and a focus on healthy eating means that soul food restaurants in Chicago are disappearing. [Washington Post]