Balthazar Closed Temporarily; Fast-Food Grows in Asia

Balthazar is closed for renovations until Thursday. [Feast NY]

• Fast food is the most-advertised food during children’s television programming; in 2003, it was cereal. [LAT]

• Sommeliers are increasingly taking surreptitious tastes of wine before pouring, in order to catch bad bottles. [NYT]

• The spread of Western-style fast-food restaurants to Asia coincides with a massive uptick in diabetes cases in the region. [AFP]

• Despite his Copenhagen restaurant being named the best in the world, Noma’s Rene Redzepi does much of his ingredient foraging himself. [NYT]

• The World Health Organization set global limitations on the amount of melamine allowed in infant formula and other foods. [AP]