Philly Has a Soulful Vendys; Eating Invasive Species

Gigi and Big R's soul-food truck took top honors at Philadelphia's first-ever Vendy Awards. [Wall Street Journal]

Why eat shark-fin soup when you can save reef fish populations along the Florida coast by eating lionfish, an invasive species? [NY Times]

Arturo's is not so out of place in Maplewood, New Jersey, which is becoming a foodier town. The pizzeria mills grain for its pizza crust and sources local ingredients. [NY Times]

The crime rate in Newark has gotten so bad that a new law calls for small restaurants to have an armed security guard at night. [Reuters]

A new study found that people who scrimp on sleep eat more and don't burn as many calories, leading to weight gain. [Reuters]

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