Hungry for Linkage: Ballston Market Upgrade + Old Bust Head Beer Specials + Computer-Generated Meals

Foodie news for Friday.

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By Natalie Manitius

Cafe Shiraz in Alexandria recently closed and will be turning into a California Tortilla. [DonRockwell]

The Ballston Farmers’ Market and CSA, opening this May, will offer over a dozen more vendors and list them online, among other changes to the market. [FRESHFARM Markets]

Running through the end of March, La Tagliatella in Arlington is hosting “30 Days of Delizioso,” a  month-long celebration of the restaurant’s opening that includes extensive food specials. [Eater] 

Relish in what’s left of winter with Old Bust Head Brewing Company’s last weekend of test batch beer and test batch prices. Bonus: Black Bear Bistro, a new food vendor for the brewery, will be on site selling food to match beers.

Fitness buffs and beer lovers might have a solution for competing obsessions: Food scientists are experimenting with a beer that will restore essential nutrients post-workout. [NPR]

IBM’s supercomputer-led food truck makes its debut at SXSW this weekend in Austin, TX. Nicknamed Watson, the computer-chef scans recipes and data on human tastes to generate creative meals. [Time]

Cronut pioneer Dominique Ansel’s latest invention: A chocolate chip cookie shaped like a shot glass. [FoodBeast]