Al Qaeda Considered Poisoning Us; Foursquare Now Competing with Foodspotting
Al Qaeda has contemplated using food poisoning as a way to attack the U.S. Apparently, it discussed slipping cyanide into salad bars and buffets at hotels and restaurants. [CNN]
The food porn iPhone app Foodspotting has hit 500,000 downloads, just as Foursquare launches a similar feature to compete with it. [Observer]
JFC International in Brooklyn is recalling frozen capelin that was not properly eviscerated prior to processing and may be tainted with botulism. [KHTS]
FreshDirect plans to raise up to $200 million to expand into Washington and Baltimore, and compete with rivals like Peapod. [Bloomberg]
Here's a shocker: Restaurant workers have secret codes to refer to crappy customers. Servers and hosts use OpenTable to catalog bad tippers (B.T.'s) and other jerks. [NY Post]
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