Servers to Strip; Jamie Oliver Wears a Fat Suit; Gordon Ramsay Gross-out
Has Halloween come early? Bars disguise themselves to avoid the liquor ban, lettuce may be the new spinach, Gordon Ramsay's secret sister emerges from the shadows, and more.
• First the trans-fat fighters came for NYC. Then, <a href=http://washingtontimes.com/business/20061004-115852-1789r.htm>D.C.</a> Now, if N.J. lawmakers have their way, you won't even be able to water-taxi your way to the stuff. [<a href=http://nrn.com/story.cfm?ID=4631206279&SEC=Breaking%20News>Nation's Restaurant News</a>].
• Having cracked down on spinach, the <em>E. coli</em> police go after green-leaf lettuce. [<a href=http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-lettuce9oct09,1,1461756.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california&ctrack=1&cset=true>Los Angeles <em>Times</em></a>]
• Bars evade the booze freeze by posing as restaurants (and if that doesn't work, they'll buy pairs of mustache glasses). [<a href=http://www.nypost.com/seven/10082006/news/regionalnews/drinking_games_regionalnews_angela_montefinise.htm>NYP</a>]
• Topping off a recent slew of testosteropenings — <a href=http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/lonesome-dove-western-bistro/index.html>Lonesome Dove</a>, <a href=http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/porter-house/index.html>Porter House</a>, etc. — Corio promises servers in skivvies. [<a href=http://www.nydailynews.com/city_life/food/story/459619p-386310c.html>NYDN</a>]
• Tony Bourdain and other food scribes recall no-can-do assignments; says Peter Elliot, "publicists should have their heads examined." [<a href=http://snack.blogs.com/snack/2006/10/hotsnack_just_s.html>Snack</a>]
• Glasgow and (soon) London get a Priceline-style Website for haggling over the dinner bill. Will there come a day when we can ask Daniel, "How does 50 bucks for the prix-fixe sound?" [<a href=http://www.sundayherald.com/58410><em>Sunday Herald</em></a>]
• Gordon Ramsay tells all, unfortunately, including how the name of his first restaurant was inspired by his penis. (Also, something about a long lost sister.) [<a href=http://www.chow.com/grinder/178>Chow</a>]
• Does Jamie Oliver fancy himself the new Ali G? First he gave a sophomoric <a href=http://youtube.com/watch?v=rEgun9IEcAI>fake interview</a> on Danish television; now his fat suit causes a stir. [<A href=http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/3amcontent/tm_headline=jamie-oliver%2Ds-fat-suit%26method=full%26objectid=17895310%26siteid=94762-name_page.html><em>Daily Mirror</em></a>]