Shark Fin Smugglers Get Caught; Hello Kitty Restaurant Wows Japan

• Living wages be damned: San Francisco restaurant owners downsizing due to the new higher minimum wage. [LAT]

• Shark, it’s not what’s for dinner. A woman was caught smuggling 29 pounds of shark fin across the Mexican border. [LAT via LAW]

• Wendy’s is big in Japan. Again. The chain has returned with ambitious hopes, after Tokyo’s fickle market dis’ed them a few years ago. [Financial Times]

• Elsewhere in Asia, China’s first Hello Kitty restaurant opened and it looks like a hit. Meow. [China Daily]

• Modeling and food aren’t usually a happy marriage, but when Carla Hall hit Europe for the runway, way back when, that’s when the culinary love affair began. [WSJ]

• Remember TC winner Hosea Hosenberg? Here he is playing poker and talking about why he chose the kitchen over outer-space. [Miami New Times]