Tourists Traveling Beyond Loop For Neighborhood Eats; Vegan Couple Arrested in France for Bad Diet

• Ever wondered why you always have to wait in such long lines at places like Hot Doug’s and Kuma’s Corner? Well, you can now blame tourists. Thanks to numerous articles about quirky neighborhood restaurants in Chicago, visitors from all over the world are traveling to neighborhoods like Avondale for a hot dog. [Crain’s]

• A French couple following a vegan diet who only gave their baby daughter vitamin-deficient breast milk are being charged in the infant’s death. [Breitbart]

• Now, not just plastic bottles but canned foods are targeted as sources of Bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical linked to various cancers. It’s okay, you just have to avoid canned soup, beans, coconut milk, fish … so, pretty much everything. [Greenspace/LAT]

• Sandra Lee, who’s been all over the news this week, loves talking about raising money to fight hunger, but won’t discuss hunger-fighting funds in the budget of her boyfriend, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. [NYT]

• European Parliament’s talks about banning cloned-animal products collapsed owing to disagreement. So, good news: The next time you’re in Europe you can still get in on that cloned-pig sausage! [NYT]

• A new chemical has been discovered that blocks bitter flavors, leading to this insidious state of affairs: “[F]ood manufacturers are interested in using chemicals that interfere with the taste receptors on the tongue, leaving them temporarily unable to detect unpleasant flavors.” [MSNBC]