My Last Bite Tackles Jitlada’s Menu; UC Irvine Admits Bad Taste in Serving MLK Day Menu

My Last Bite blogger JoAnn “Jo” Stougaard is eating her way through the entire 300-dish strong menu at Jitlada and has a book called The Key to Red Meat up her sleeve. [LAT]

• UC Irvine admits it was in poor taste to serve a “MLK Holiday Special” menu of fried chicken and waffles on the first day of a Martin Luther King Jr. symposium last week. [LAT]

• Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich is suing several companies associated with the House cafeteria after he busted his tooth on an olive three years ago. Olive pits happen, buddy. [Voices/WP]

Magdy Tawadros, that criminally creepy L.A. County health inspector who tried to fondle a bakery owner in Pomona, was convicted of sexual battery, which could give him a relatively light sentence of only six months in jail. [Mercury News]

• Pasadena has built a more permanent mount in a different location for that giant fork sculpture that popped up last year. [NBC]

• Those days of pretending you didn’t notice the nutrition information are nearly over, as labels move to the front of packages. [Slashfood/AOL]

• You’ve probably heard about In-N-Out’s secret menu items, but did you know there are 23 of them, including a root-beer float and “animal-style” fries? Uh, yeah, we did actually. [Eatocracy/CNN]

• In China, KFC is king, dominating big-time over rival McDonald’s. [Bloomberg]

• PepsiCo’s deal to buy Russian food-and-beverage manufacturer Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods is set to go through in early February, making the company the largest food-and-drink maker in the former Soviet nation. [Dealbook/NYT]

• Starbucks must have sold a lot of peppermint lattes in December: the company’s first-quarter net income rose 44 percent, owing largely to holiday sales. [NRN]

My Last Bite Tackles Jitlada’s Menu; UC Irvine Admits Bad Taste in Serving MLK