Bots Take Over the Kitchen; Fridges Forced to Clean Themselves

Designed at Carnegie Mellon University, the Snackbot is one of the new robots created to serve and cook food. The world's first cooking robot, AIC-AI Cooking Robot, was introduced in China in 2006. [NY Times]

Fast-food chains like Burger King and Subway are having to minimize -- or cut out entirely -- their use of tomatoes due to a deep freeze in Florida that has devastated the crop. [NJ Star Ledger]

A new generation of restaurants is homing in on the power breakfast crowd, including Joseph Leonard, The Breslin, and Maialino. [NY Post]

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi's new baby girl, Krishna Thea Lakshmi, will grow up with a dad, after all. Venture capitalist Adam Dell says he is delighted to be a father. [NY Post]

Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Quiznos will incorporate LEED building standards into the construction of new locations, and will remodel certain existing stores to be greener. [Nation's Restaurant News]

The resto-bar Toro in DUMBO has changed its name to One Front Street, and will this March offer $1 sliders and $1 house fruit-infused vodka shots. [Brooklyn Paper]

In America, acai is touted as an antioxidant-packed superfood. But in Amazonian Brazil, it's a vital part of people's diet, and a cheap way to fill up. [NY Times]

Whirlpool and other fridge manufacturers are coming up with new technologies to address America's dirty kitchen secret: Most people only clean their fridges once or twice a year. [Wall Street Journal]

The site of the supposedly forthcoming Whole Foods in Gowanus is expected to be decontaminated by April, but won't necessarily house the grocery store. [Brooklyn Paper]

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