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Tips Are Down; Park Slope Food Coop Bans Israeli Food

• In this dour economic climate, some restaurantgoers are not only ordering less, but reducing their tip percentages. [Diner's Journal/NYT]

• Thai-food lovers, rejoice! Queens foodie favorite Sripraphai is opening a second location in Williston Park. [Zagat Buzz]

• In a move sure to ignite controversy, the Park Slope Food Coop is considering banning foods imported from Israel. [Jewish Daily Forward via Gowanus Lounge]

• Upper East Side stalwart Payard Patisserie & Bistro was shuttered by the DOH yesterday. Quoth proprietor François Payard: "This is the worst thing I have ever seen in my life." [Diner's Journal/NYT]

• The Obama administration is calling for "country of origin" labels on food that would disclose the food's provenance. [WSJ]

• Composting is on the rise in New York City, worms and all. [NYT]

• The Bowery Whole Foods features an awesome seafood display of a fish eating another fish. [Serious Eats]

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