French Restaurant Gives Back Michelin Star; Food Blogger Sent to Jail For Negative Review


French eatery Le Lisita just couldn’t take the pressure anymore and decided to voluntarily give back its Michelin star after the increased staff costs that came with the ranking hurt profits post-global financial meltdown. [The Telegraph]

A food blogger in Taipei was sentenced to 30 days in jail for calling a restaurant’s food “too salty” and saying that there were cockroaches in the kitchen. [HuffPo]

News flash! Mimi Sheraton thinks something in the New York food scene sucks — more specifically, bagels, especially after the closing of H&H on the Upper West Side. [NY Times]

Lots of Brooklynites are going really local and raising chickens in their backyards. [Brooklyn Paper]

Don’t worry, people concerned about radioactivity, Lada Gaga has given Japan’s food the all-clear. [NPR]

Those of you with an extra $35,800 can head to Daniel on the Upper East Side to schmooze with President Obama at one of his fanciest fundraisers yet. [Eater]