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.

Jay-Z has invested in the fast-food restaurant Buffalo Boss, which is co-owned by his cousin Jamar White.

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.

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]


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 13, 2011


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