Why Millions of Fans Have Felt a Great Disturbance in the Force
Wake up and smell the bacon, because you might not be able to get your hands on the stuff as often anymore. The National Pig Association reports that there will be a world shortage of pork next year due to drought conditions that decimated the corn and soybean crop. According to their release: New ... More >>
Is it really a surprise that the World Health Organization and the European Commission found that Europeans drink more than anyone else in the world? No, but the numbers, as reported by Reuters, are still pretty intriguing: the consumption of alcohol in the European Union is double the world average ... More >>
The European Union and the United States announced yesterday that starting this summer, they will consider each other's standards for organic certification equivalent.
EU leaders are in Brussels today for a crisis meeting on how to resolve the Euro's financial woes. Germany is resisting calls to increase the bailout fund and cut Greece's debt. Bloomberg reports "measures on the table include writedowns of as much as 50 percent on Greek debt, 100 billion eur ... More >>
viaFacebook will be investigated by the European Union's sector on data protection, Bloomberg reports this afternoon, because of new facial recognition technology added to profiles that users have to opt out of through a typically convoluted security settings process. Yes, again. Facebook's l ... More >>
The space that formerly house the troubled E.U., then the short-lived Tonda on East 4th Street, will house an Italian restaurant with a focus on wine and beer.
Village Yogurt is a Chelsea staple where famous and no-name patrons alike go for uncomplicated, healthy Asian food. [Wall Street Journal] An EU effort to ban meat from the offspring of cloned animals failed after talks between participating governments broke down. [ABC News] Whole Foods is ... More >>
via SirsnapsalotThe EU Commission published a transportation plan today that may radically change how Europeans get around in the future, the Independent reports. Included in the proposal, which seeks to cut carbon emissions by 60%, is a plan to remove all conventionally fueled cars from Euro ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. The Pussycat Lounge has closed after 41 years in business in the Financial District, reportedly by the city for construction without a permit. [Grub Street] Select Burger in the East Village h ... More >>
• President Obama will meet with congressional leaders from both parties today -- a/k/a, the "Slurpee summit," actual Slurpees TBD -- to discuss a number of issues, including the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and tax cuts. Can some ice shavings and food coloring bring peace to this nation ... More >>
A Brooklyn bartender was stabbed outside the Branded Saloon on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights after his dog became entangled with that of an ex-con. [NY Daily News] Sam Sifton remembers Shorty Tang, the inventor of sesame noodles as we know it, after seeing Tang's biography posted on ... More >>
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Kellogg's has voluntarily recalled millions of boxes of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, and Honey Smacks breakfast cereals following reports of "an uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell" from the box liners. [Reuters] A number of New Yorkers have started ordering their bagels with the i ... More >>
It's been awhile since we've talked about the rightbloggers' attitude toward President Obama. In a way, it hasn't changed since 2008: They still hate him, and with a ferocity that trumps all reason. You need only scan their blogs to see this. When the Polish President's plane went down in Russia th ... More >>
A recent report shows that 41 percent of apples in supermarkets are Red Delicious. The cultivation of heirloom apples, however, is slowly making a comeback. [NY Times] Queens-based FreshDirect is making inroads into Westchester County and has added service in Connecticut for the first time. ... More >>
Sushi lovers sink the ban that could have saved this species. Despite the best efforts of Greenpeace, PETA, and OCEANA, the proposed ban on the trade of endangered bluefin tuna was rejected yesterday at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITE ... More >>
Wal-Mart is testing the idea of switching to private-label spices by replacing McCormick products with its own generic brand in some stores. The chain is currently responsible for 11 percent of McCormick's sales. [Wall Street Journal] Weight loss success stories marketed by such fast-food ch ... More >>
14 must-haves for your holiday spread include Murray's Cheese's artisanal charcuterie and cheese board, Steve's Meat Market's smoked ham, Sahadi's olives, nuts, and dried fruit; and Moishe's Bake Shop's jelly doughnuts, mixed rugelach, babka, and Hanukkah cookies. [NY Daily News] Hotel Grif ... More >>
Roquefort has had quite a year: In January, the U.S. government threatened to slap it with a 300% tax in retaliation for the EU's ban on imports of hormone-treated beef. Thankfully, a provisional agreement was reached in May, and lovers of the odorous blue-veined beauty began reconsidering their ... More >>
McDonald's has a new burger on the menu, the first new permanent item since 2001. The Angus Third Pounder--which comes in Deluxe with American cheese, lettuce, and tomato; Bacon & Cheese; and Mushroom & Swiss varieties--seems to be competing with Burger King's Steakhouse Burger and other beefier bur ... More >>
Oh Fie! European Union. According to an Op-Ed piece in today's NY Times, the European Union is seeking to redefine the wine that all France loves to drink in the summer--rose, sometimes known in the States as blush. In Provence, where most of this lovely pink wine is produced, it's made from re ... More >>
Tonda opened in the former E.U. space featuring a fancy revolving wood-burning pizza oven. Bob Giraldo and partner Luigi Comandatore of Bread Tribeca are at the helm. [Grub Street] Harbour, a seafood joint on Hudson headed by Chef Joe Isidori, will serve up urban market cuisine, affordable wines an ... More >>
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