Where to Dine Alone; Julia Child’s Ghost Still Loves Butter

In a list of the world’s best restaurants to dine alone, the Modern Bar Room is right up there with London restaurant Itsu, where the former Russian spy is thought to have been poisoned with radium. [Forbes]
Related: No, Just Me [NYM]

"Page Six" figures out almost a year after the Times that Alain Ducasse is opening a space in the St. Regis Hotel. Ah, August. [NYP]

Two researchers spent a year compiling a book of New York gourmet shops; two favorites were Yonah Schimmel and Christopher Norman Chocolates. [NYDN]

Phoenix rising: Mario Batali cooks on video! [Wine Spectator]

Julia Child would have turned 95 this month and foodie groups have planned butter-themed events inspiring at least one fantasy that includes the ghost of the iconic chef disguising one pound of the rich fat as vegan. [Grinder]

Melissa Clark waxes lyrical on the throbbing juices of summer tomatoes and their endless uses, then just smears some on toast. [NYT]