California State Senators End Free Meals; Landry’s Buys McCormick & Schmick’s

• Following yesterday’s news that state senators were spending your tax money on their meals, members of the upper house have each agreed to pay $2,000 to keep their coffee room stocked and for meal expenses. [LAT]

• Big seafood-restaurant chain Landry’s has swallowed up slightly less big seafood chain McCormick & Schmick’s. [NRN]

• The cantaloupe scare that so far has killed 29 people has one affected person suing Wal-Mart for selling the tainted fruit. [Bloomberg]

• A vending machine at an Alabama convenience store dispenses meat. Now old-school butchers are really endangered. [Zagat Buzz]

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade raised $400,000 to fight childhood cancer this past Sunday. [GS]

• “Aggressive agricultural pest” the Khapra beetle has been discovered in food shipments at the Long Beach port. [LAT]

• Restaurateurs are increasingly using Kickstarter and other crowd-funding methods to finance their ventures. [NYT]

• Trade publication Drinks International presents its list of the world’s 50 best bars. New York’s PDT leads the pack. [HuffPo]

• “Boar meat tastes like a cross between pork and lamb,” and you’ll probably be eating some soon. [NPR]

California State Senators End Free Meals; Landry’s Buys McCormick & Schmick’s