A Glut of Wheat; The Scourge of Tip Jars


Fast-food chains are recovering from a difficult winter of poor sales with the new season. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Domino’s have all seen a spike since the start of spring.

Meanwhile, Wall Street analysts say that the restaurant industry’s recovery officially started in March, with casual-dining chains like Olive Garden and Red Lobster profiting.
[Nation’s Restaurant News]

Are tip jars the latest scourge? Tip jars can now be found at the movie-theater concession counter, McDonald’s, certain street vendors, and the gym locker room.
[NY Post]

A Manhattan man is growing the world’s hottest chili in his upper West Side apartment. Naga jolokia – nicknamed the ghost chili – holds the Guinness World Record for heat.
[NY Daily News]

With interest in rabbit way up in recent months, a roundup of the best bunny dishes includes Buttermilk Fried Rabbit at I Trulli, Rabbit and Prune Terrine at The Breslin.
[NY Post]

You can now recycle glass and plastic bottles and cans at all Target locations, and your old wine corks at all Whole Foods stores.
[USA Today]

With the biggest wheat glut in nearly a decade, every farmer in the country could leave every acre unplanted and still have a surplus of the grain.

Yet another article weighs in on the importance (versus irrelevance) of critics in a world full of bloggers.
[Washington Post]

Amy Cao of is a self-proclaimed food blogger who can’t cook known for her “Stupidly Simple Snacks” videos.
[NY Daily News]

Ajna Bar, formerly known as Buddha Bar, has reopened with a temporary liquor license following accusations by the former owners of mob dealings.
[NY Post]