Moms Fail Health Department Standards on Packed Lunches; Restaurants Are Shrinking

Gordon Ramsay is trying to revive his struggling restaurant empire in the U.S. with a deal with Caesars in Vegas to launch three restaurants. [NY Post]

A look at the lineup for the food-truck lot in Queens: Kimchi Taco, Taïm, and Andy's Italian Ices one day; Eddie's Pizza, Desi Food, and Cupcake Stop the next. [Wall Street Journal]

And what letter grade might Mom get for little Jimmy's lunch? Not an A, according to a recent study. Preschoolers' packed lunches were found to be unsafe. [Reuters]

Is the meatball craze just a food trend, or have we all gone orb-crazy due to some perverse fixation on ball-shaped foods? [BlackBook]

Lobster numbers started dying off in Long Island Sound about 12 years ago due to global warming and pesticides, leaving the remaining lobstermen wistful. [NY Times]

British sandwich chain Pret A Manger is enjoying its share of success in the U.S., thanks in large part to friendly, quick service. [NY Times]

As restaurateurs find it harder and harder to fill big spaces in this difficult economy, restaurants in New York are shrinking in size. [Wall Street Journal]

Outlets like the AP and The New York Times are getting the facts wrong about the laws surrounding salmonella or leaving out important information. [Food Safety News]

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