Fundraising in Japantown; Sandra Lee Mum on Budget

The new caffeine concern is energy drinks, which "might pose just as great a threat to individual and public health and safety" as alcoholic ones, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. [NY Times]

Nine months after restaurant letter grades debuted, more than half of the 15,000 establishments inspected proudly display A's in the window. [NY Daily News]

Bon Yagi, who owns 11 restaurants in the East Village's Japantown, coordinated fundraising efforts to create Dine Out for Japan Relief. [NY Times]

Charlie Trotter has never been able to crack the code other chef-turned-brands have. But it might not be because he's a tyrant boss and control freak. [NY Times]

Buddy Valastro, the owner of Carlo's Bakery and the star of TLC's Cake Boss, does Italian-American pizza rustica for Easter: quiche's deep-dish cousin. [NY Times]

Here's a no-brainer: You can reduce exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA) and other chemicals by eating more fruits and vegetables and less packaged food. [USA Today]

Sandra Lee talked about hunger at the Food Bank for New York City benefit bake sale she threw yesterday, but wouldn't comment on the state budget. [NY Times]

China's latest food contamination scandal is -- wait for it -- tainted pork, from a subsidiary of the nation's largest meat producer. [SF Examiner]

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