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Weekend Reading List: The Best Food Writing From Around The Web

Facebook’s move into restaurant delivery, a million dollars worth of stolen fajitas, and re-purposed Popeye’s chicken are just a sampling of the weird and wonderful on this week’s food-centric reading list.

+Displaced coal miners in southern West Virginia are getting into bee keeping thanks to a new adult education program at the University of Delaware. 

+Scrolling through your newsfeed and need a snack? You can now order from your favorite restaurant via Facebook.

Facebook’s new Order Food menu (within the Explore menu) is a master database of restaurants…The social media giant worked with EatStreet, Delivery.com, Grubhub/Seamless, DoorDash, ChowNow, and Olo — as well as directly with restaurants that have their own apps including Jack in the Box, Wingstop, TGI Fridays, Denny’s, Chipotle, Jimmy John’s, Five Guys, Papa John’s, and Panera Bread — to give Facebook users the ability to search for restaurants in their area without having to leave Facebook or remember which app a particular restaurant is on.

+A Tex-Mex mystery has been solved: a former employee at a Texas juvenile detention center confessed to stealing over $1.2 million in fajita shipments over nine years.

+According to Gordon Ramsay, the hospitality’s “dirty little secret” is out: cocaine use.

+The list of San Francisco’s inexpensive restaurants is dwindling. BloombergPursuits reports.

Factors like skyrocketing rents, minimum wage and health care have certainly taken a toll on Bib Gourmand-style restaurants around the Bay Area. More than 60 restaurants closed between Sept. 2016 and Jan. 2017, according to the East Bay Times. “We’re at this precipice where the model of the full-service restaurant is being pushed to the brink,” said Gwyneth Borden, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association.

+Restaurant’s commonly outsource ingredients, but a Long Beach restaurant was recently busted by a Yelper for re-serving Popeye’s fried chicken.

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