Eating Grilled Bat; Encino Restaurants Awash in ‘A’ Ratings

• L.A. County health officials are assuring people that there’s no risk of radiation from Japan affecting our food or drinking water. [LAT]

• A Japanese restaurant called Peony in Taiwan, however, is serving its dishes with radiation counters on the side. [LAT]

• One restaurant owner ate grilled bat in the Seychelles and declared it “the single worst thing I have ever eaten in my entire life.” [NYT]

• Encino’s restaurants are overwhelmingly acing their cleanliness and health standards tests. [Encino Patch]

• After spending $150,000 on food and travel in the last two years, L.A. Housing Authority CEO, Rudolf Montiel, has been fired. [LAT]

• Serrano peppers from Los Angeles’ World Variety Produce are being recalled in four states due to fears of salmonella contamination. [Top news NZ]

• Thinking of opening a restaurant? Here’s some advice, including: learn the biz, prepare for stress, and “sacrifice your social life.” Still keen? [In Charge/WSJ]

• Wipe off that bitter beer face and stick your snout into a bottle of good brew: craft beer sales rose by 12 percent in 2010. [Denver Business Journal]

• Think it’s hard to lose weight when you’re writing or blogging or just thinking about food all the time (tell us about it!)? Well, writer Peter Kaminsky did it, and he shares some tips. [NYDN]

Eating Grilled Bat; Encino Restaurants Awash in ‘A’ Ratings