Hungry for Linkage: The Dirt on the Ballston Restaurant Challenge + Bacon’s Smell + RIP Rogue’s Jack Joyce

Links to get you through the day.

Bow down to the smell of bacon. [Yahoo! Food]

How the Ballston Restaurant Challenge voting really works (hint: it’s not up to you). [WCP]

Gluten and the “nocebo effect.” [New York]

Weekend project: mess around with simple syrup. [The ChefSteps Blog]

Foodie rants on everything from Santa‘s milk and cookies to when a server doesn’t write down orders. [Bon Appetit]

RIP: Jack Joyce of Rogue [Portland Business Journal]