Food Prices to Rise Through 2009; Grill Exotic Meats at Home

• Food prices are expected to rise 5 to 6 percent this year, the largest increase since 1990. Look for costs to rise at that pace in 2009, too. [Reuters via NYP]

• His bagel-flavored ice cream aside, do not call Wylie Dufresne a molecular gastronomist. [Metromix]

• A Maryland man walked twelve miles for a free cheeseburger. And his reaction after eating the burger? “Definitely worth it.” [Hamburger Today]

• Hydrox cookies return to shelves today at places like Target and Pathmark, but you’ll also get free Hydroxes with every meal at Big Daddy’s Diner after 2 p.m. today. [Fork in the Road/VV]

• If you’re looking for more exotic items to put on the grill, it’s not that hard to find wild-boar sausages or ostrich burgers these days. [WSJ]

• Like Subway, Quizno’s, and Domino’s, Boston Market is now promoting a line of meals that cost only $5. [Yumsugar]

• Frank Bruni wants you to watch out for waiters who only push the most expensive items on the menu so that they get bigger tips. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]