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Food news: Do in-cart grocery scanners make you spend more?

Catching up on food news from the past week and food happenings around the region, with a sprinkling of other interesting tidbits from around the Web. Look for this every Thursday. Submit events to

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Get cooking ideas for produce in season in our area now with our What’s Coming Up? feature. Wednesdays both here and in The Free Lance-Star Food section. See the archive here.

Like using those smart-phone-like scanners that have popped up in some area Giants? A story in The Wall Street Journal this week looked at these devices. Among other interesting tidbits? Giant’s parent company says shoppers who use these devices spend 10 percent more than the average customer, probably in part because of targeted coupons the devices send them that get them to buy things that aren’t on their list.

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Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina is opening in the former Foster’s Grille location in Southpoint in Spotsylvania County. Bill Freehling has details here.

This week’s review:Chuisano Italian Table in Culpeper

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Biryani, ajvar, curry and pesto are all examples of sauces from around the world that can make high-fiber vegetables and plain old grilled meats more appetizing to your family. Nutrition columnist Jennifer Motl offered some suggestions for working these into your kitchen repertoire in this week’s Healthy Living section.

Know anyone who’s setting up a home kitchen for the first time? A new cookbook by two 20-something chefs, aimed at helping young people cook good food for themselves and their friends, might be the perfect gift. Read Beverly Meyer’s review of “In the Small Kitchen” here. Check out the website that preceded the book here.

- Live -

Sample authentic Greek food this weekend at the Greek Festival put on by Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church, 12326 Spotswood Furnace Road in Spotsyvlania. Noon to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, free to the public.

Local restaurants will compete for the title of best wings in the region at the King of Wings event Saturday at Fredericksburg Fairgrounds, 2400 Airport Ave. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tickets $8 in advance (at Fredericksburg Area Builders Association or NSWC Federal Credit Union) or $10 at the gate; under age 10 free. More information here.

Taste affordable wines from around the world at Corks for Dorks IV at the Virginia Wine Experience, 826 Caroline St. Saturday at 7 p.m. Call the store at 540/373-8878 for more information.

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