A-Rod Brings His Own Food to Restaurants; Maple Syrup Producers Concerned About Mild Winter

• Alex Rodriguez reportedly follows a special high-protein diet that has him bringing his own food to restaurants. We bet chefs just loooove him. [Off the Bench/NBC Sports]

• Still or sparkling? Chatty or hands-off? Waiters all over are increasingly trained to read body language and provide the style of service they think a table would prefer. [WSJ]

• In putting together his Shake Shack review, Pete Wells taste-tested the city’s crop of under-$10 burgers, from places like Steak ‘n Shake and Bill’s Bar & Burger. Here’s how they stacked up. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

• Maple syrup producers are concerned that the mild winter in the Northeast may affect their flow. [AP via HuffPo]

• Here’s new evidence that using antibiotics in raising meat increases the risk of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” in humans. [Salt/NPR]

• Though many people so believe in raw milk’s health benefits that they’ll flout state laws to drink it, the unpasteurized product causes illness at a rate thirteen times higher than its pasteurized counterpart. [Your Life/USAT]