The Artisanal Deli Movement Has Begun; Are You Cilantrophobic?

McDonald's will likely reject a proposal put forth by the Humane Society to require that 5 percent of its eggs be cage-free. Burger King, Subway, and Wendy's have committed to buying at least some cage-free eggs. [NY Times]

Alliance for a Healthier New York is organizing a soda buyback program today that will allow families to turn in their sugary drinks in exchange for Greenmarket gift certificates. [NY Daily News]

New delis with small menus of artisanal pastrami and pickles, such as Mile End in Brooklyn, are changing the face of the traditional Jewish deli. [NY Times]

Fast-food chains like McDonald's and Starbucks have stepped up their social media presences and hiring experts to head up their initiatives. [Nation's Restaurant News]

Who says New Yorkers are impatient? Some of the longest lines for food in the city are at ChikaLicious, Shake Shack, and Artichoke Basille's Pizza. [NY Post]

Yang Yu Bao, a Chinese food deliveryman on the upper West Side, is known for bringing customers their meals with a side of live Peking opera. [NY Daily News]

Chains like Starbucks, Au Bon Pain, and Pret a Manger have introduced hot oatmeal with fruit and nut toppings -- a genius move because oatmeal is so cheap to make. [Washington Post]

Cilantrophobes like Julia Child are known to hate the herb with a passion. There's even an "I Hate Cilantro" Facebook page with hundreds of fans and an I Hate Cilantro blog. [NY Times]

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