Starbucks Has Got a Brand-new Blend; NYC ICY to Reopen at Last?

• Starbucks begins selling its new Pike Place Roast today, and the new coffee blend promises to be less gag-inducing than its other brews. [WSJ]

• And if you want to taste that new blend, all Starbucks locations will be handing out free eight-ounce samples for 30 minutes starting at noon. [NYP]

We said it here first: Bacon has jumped the shark. [American Madness]
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• Is NYC ICY, the snow-cone joint that closed a few years ago, finally going to reopen? [Feed/TONY]
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• What food best represents Broadway star Patti LuPone? Why, soup dumplings, of course. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch]

• Where will Frank Bruni take nephew Gavin and niece Bella to challenge their palates more than Mars 2112 does? [Diner’s Journal/NYT]