Why We Don't Mind Shelling Out for Fancy Foods; Vegas More Expensive Than New York for Diners
Economist and Brooklynite Eduardo Porter explains why New Yorkers are willing to pay for certain things -- like fancy coffee and hundred-dollar meals -- but not others in his new book, The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do. [NY Post]
Josh Ozersky manages to go all this time as a food writer without understanding hummus or being inclined to eat any Middle Eastern food. [Time]
Jay-Z has invested in the fast-food restaurant Buffalo Boss, which is co-owned by his cousin Jamar White. [Sify]
Starbucks, Subway, and McDonald's were listed among the most "social" restaurants -- as in, biggest users of social media networking tools. [Nation's Restaurant News]
The Parks Department has issued a Request for Proposal for "high-quality, specialty mobile food units" (read: gourmet food trucks) to be installed in city parks. [NY Post]
Zagat's latest survey results reveal that Las Vegas is the country's most expensive restaurant city, with the average cost of a meal higher than in New York and San Francisco. [PR Newswire]
Chef Vinny Lauria of 208 Duecento Otto in Hong Kong is trying to achieve certification from l'Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana for his pizzeria. [Wall Street Journal]
India's food inflation has eased off, but the prices of vegetables, including the much-used onion, continued to soar. [Wall Street Journal]
Jamie Oliver is having trouble with the latest season of Food Revolution: The Los Angeles Unified School District has prohibited him from using school cafeterias in the show. [LA Times]
More than 101,000 pounds of Breakfast Stackers Sausage, Egg & Cheese products have been recalled because they contain MSG, which is not declared on the label. [2Tricities]
The unemployment rate might not be improving at the desired rate, but the food services industry is doing OK. It added 25,000 jobs last month. [USA Today]
Ever wondered how to tip in every major country? In Canada, it's 15 percent. In Greece, it's just 5 to 10. [Business Insider]
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