Potential Top Chef Leaves Dos Caminos; Frank Bruni Is a Gym Bunny

Top Chef contestant Manuel Trevino was “let go” from Dos Caminos, where he was executive chef, according to an insider. Meanwhile, B.R. Guest claims he left to pursue other opportunities. [Eater]

• For Oceana’s Ben Pollinger, his dishes are like his children; he could never pick one that’s his least favorite. [Restaurant Girl]

• Frank Bruni had to work his butt off to avoid putting on too many pounds while he was on his recent three-week national restaurant tour. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

• Neighborhood girls and young mothers will be a new presence at the Essex Street Market when they open their second location of La Tiendita offering “healthy granola bars, dried spice mixes, salsa, sofrito, pesto, and a variety of other goods made from farm-fresh foods.” [Feed/TONY]

• The only way to make traveling to and from La Guardia Airport enjoyable is with a stop in Flushing for some authentic Chinese food. [Bitten/NYT]