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Michael Bloomberg

  1. soda taxes
    The Chicago Metro Area Is Getting a Soda Tax, TooA penny-per-ounce levy goes into effect for all of Cook County on July 1.
  2. Soda Ban
    Mayor de Blasio Is Still Quietly Trying to Ban Your SodaHe’s holding “high-level meetings” on “the best way to reach that goal.”
  3. Fizzled
    The Soda Ban Is Really, Truly DeadThe city says the ruling “does not change the fact that sugary-drink consumption is a key driver of the obesity epidemic.”
  4. The Ban Is Back
    As Promised, de Blasio Hates Your Sugary Sodas As Much As Bloomberg DidCity lawyers vow they’ll fight for the ban in court this June.
  5. The Taming of the Stew
    Official Panel Says Cutting Salt Intake Won’t Do You Any Big FavorsAdding a spoonful of sugar, on the other hand, will mess you up.
  6. The Taming of the Stew
    Bloomberg Declares Mission Sort of Accomplished in War on SaltSodium content is down across the board in packaged food.
  7. Red Hook
    Mayor Bloomberg Met With Red Hook’s Business Owners This AfternoonSpeaker Quinn, too.
  8. Withdrawal
    Do We Really Need to Ban Soda?Seems as though the “ban” will be pretty easy to circumvent, so what’s the point?
  9. Mediavore
    L.A. Cracks Down on Illegal Markets; The Rise and Fall of CriscoElsewhere, Michael Bloomberg is hoping to control portion sizes in the New York diet.
  10. Causes
    Tom Colicchio, Face of Gay MarriageHe’ll join Mayor Bloomberg and others in a new series of ads.
  11. Blechtacular
    The Depravity of Competitive Eating and Grilled-Cheese Burger MeltsThe latest in the world of food stunts.
  12. Truckin'
    Get Nervous, Food Trucks: Bloomberg’s Coming!“Moving stores into the streets is not what the streets were designed for,” says our joyless mayor.
  13. Non-Openings
    Tavern on the Green Deal Falls Through, May Not Reopen As RestaurantTavern on the Green will temporarily be a snack bar and gift shop.
  14. Mediavore
    Bloomberg Ridicules Salt Ban; Feminist Implications of LocavorismPlus: ban on beekeeping could go, a Sneaky Chef sues Jerry Seinfeld, and more in our morning news roundup.
  15. Health Concerns
    Stossel Fights the Food PoliceJohn Stossel wonders, is Michael Bloomberg a hypocrite?
  16. Red Tape
    Bloomberg Vows to Speed Up Restaurant Openings by MonthsRestaurateurs, Bloomie feels your pain!
  17. Food Politics
    Curtis Sliwa’s Disgusting Salt Protest“You’re gonna have to pry this salt out of my cold, dead hand,” the noted loudmouth told New York 1.
  18. Health Concerns
    And Now We Know How David Chang Feels About Salt“Wait a minute, has anyone asked that Momofuku guy to weigh in on this?”
  19. Health Concerns
    City’s War on Salt: Who’s for It, and Who’s AgainstWhat the “experts” are saying about the Health Department’s latest crusade.
  20. Health Concerns
    Starbucks Customers Actually Give a Damn About Calorie PostingsThey’re the first to show that it might make a difference.
  21. Presidential Eats
    B.R. Guest Urges You to Vote BloomieLooks like that recent stop into Bill’s Bar and Burger worked out for Bloomberg.
  22. Food Politics
    Bloomberg Campaigns Among the Produce at Union Square GreenmarketThe mayor I.D.’s his favorite vegetable, and we are unsurprised.
  23. Big Brother
    Bloomberg Makes Flavors IllegalIn cigars and chewing tobacco, that is.
  24. Celebrity Settings
    Mike Bloomberg: He’s No Mayor McCheeseWhat did the mayor think about his Bill’s Burger?
  25. Mediavore
    Bloomberg in Favor of Drinking in the Park; FTC Worried About College Bud CansPlus: the AHA warns about sugar, and a new chef for Bar Carrera.
  26. Celebrity Settings
    Google Outs Masaharu Morimoto’s Favorite Karaoke SpotAnd Danny Meyer’s favorite hangs, too.
  27. Big Brother
    No Surprise: Restaurant Group Opposes Health Department GradesAmong other things, it would be an invitation to bribery. Plus, some surprising health-inspection stats.
  28. Unsolved Mysteries
    Denied It, Supplied It?In a classic game of “smelt it, dealt it,” Frutarom refuses to take Bloomberg’s blame for the maple-syrup odor.
  29. Mediavore
    Bloomberg’s War on Sodium; Beaujolais Nouveau Day Not SoPlus: deep-fried turkey, and chefs give thanks, all in our morning news roundup.
  30. Mediavore
    Bloomberg’s Last Meal; Starbucks Sandwiches ReprievedCheaper lobster rolls in Brooklyn, the harsh truths of calorie counts, American portion sizes scrutinized, and more, in our morning news roundup.
  31. NewsFeed
    Bloomberg May Give Anti-Dance Law the BootAfter 82 years, it’s about time.
  32. Mediavore
    Produce Carts Approved for Low-Income Areas; Calling a Clone a CloneThe City Council passed a watered-down version of Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to place produce carts in low-income neighborhoods. The new plan cuts the total number down to 1,000 from 1,500 and reduces the number of targeted precincts from 43 to 34. [NYP] The Post hit two midtown Starbucks yesterday and found that, while Tuesday night’s three-hour training session for baristas may not have instilled the ability to make perfect drinks, they will remake it as many times as you force them to. [NYP] A City Council member introduced legislation yesterday that would require meat from cloned animals to be labeled as such. [Metro NY]
  33. Mediavore
    Starbucks Closes for Training, Dunkin’ Hopes to Benefit; Late-Night Eating NotEvery Starbucks location in the country will be closed from 5:30 to 8:30 this evening, and Dunkin’ Donuts is sure to reap the benefits by offering small espresso drinks for 99 cents. [Snack] Though restaurants seem to be recession-proof, consumers’ budgets and diets are not. Soaring food prices — milk costs 36 percent more now than it did a year ago — have some New Yorkers changing their grocery habits and eating out less. [NYDN] Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a proposal yesterday to give 1,000 new licenses to street vendors who will sell produce items in neighborhoods with high rates of obesity and heart disease. [Metro NY]
  34. Mediavore
    Bloomberg Delivers Cheesecake; McDonald’s Takes on StarbucksHizzoner showed up to a political summit in Oklahoma with Junior’s cheesecake for all. [NYS] Jennifer LeRoy sees another 30 years of LeRoy ownership at Tavern on the Green, but she isn’t striking a deal with Donald Trump to keep the place. [Insatiable Critic] When world adventurer Anthony Bourdain found out that Food Network would be re-airing episodes of his series A Cook’s Tour, he was sitting by a pool in Hawaii. His reaction? “This was like being unexpectedly groped and publicly slipped the tongue by the ugliest girl at the prom.” [Anthony Bourdain’s Blog/Travel Channel]
  35. Neighborhood Watch
    Peter Hoffman Served a Rubber Band to His Mentor; Bloomberg to the Veggie RescueAstoria: La Flor de Puebla on Astoria Boulevard between Steinway and 38th Street makes a mean carnitas taco. [Joey in Astoria] East Village: Peter Hoffman of Back Forty (and Savoy) reveals to Frank Bruni that he “once served a watercress salad to Richard Olney, my mentor and culinary hero, only to discover upon going to his table to see how he liked it that we had also served him a rubber band.” [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Harlem: Only 3 percent of bodegas in the nabe carry leafy green vegetables, so Mayor Bloomberg’s coming to the rescue. No wonder Mizrahi loves him. [NYS via Uptown Flavor] Park Slope: The end of Donuts Coffee Shop on Fifth Avenue is near; Associated Supermarket is about to swallow up the landmark diner. [The Gowanus Lounge] West Village: It’s a Q&A kind of day: Centro Vinoteca and newly anointed Gusto chef Anne Burrell says her trademark “cowgirl skirts are a good luck charm when we do Iron Chef … I figure if all the old ladies in Italy wear dresses in the kitchen, why can’t I wear a skirt in NYC?” Though she may not have seen our kitchen fashions for the preening chef. [Restaurant Girl] Gusto is also hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, which includes this recipe for zuppa di pesce. [Eat for Victory/VV]
  36. Mediavore
    Bloomberg’s a Cookie Fiend; L.A. Resists Cupcake TrendMayor Bloomberg calls the oatmeal-raisin cookies served up at Gracie Mansion “addictive,” an opinion not shared by Giuliani, who didn’t care for the in-house baker’s sweets. [NYDN] Fresh owner Eric Tevrow pleaded guilty to pocketing more than $1 million in sales and payroll taxes from his restaurants. [NYP] Tickets for Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s tribute dinner at next year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival have already sold out, despite being $500 a pop. Naturally, scalpers are already reselling them on eBay. [NYP]
  37. Mediavore
    Foodie Bloomie; the Starbucks Master PlanBloomberg holds sway over our eating habits like no mayor before him. [NYT] Wayne Nish is out to save Varietal from its folly, including a “full-of-itself wine list [that] boasted obscure, uninspired vintages masquerading as hidden treasures,” and desserts that were “scary messes.” [NYT] Behold, the Starbucks master plan for growth — which may help to explain its aggressive anti-union strategy, which has roused the ire of the National Labor Relations Board. [Business Week]
  38. Mediavore
    Matzo-Bus Rabbi Granted ReprieveBloomberg signs bill establishing safety guidelines for delivery guys but stops short of limiting packets of ketchup. [NYT] Rabbi ordered to stop baking matzo out of his school bus granted reprieve. [NYT] Urban agriculture not limited to NYU kids growing weed in closet; New Yorkers also making wine on rooftops. [NPR]
  39. Back of the House
    Chefs Tortured by Possible Foie Gras Ban; De Niro Versus Trans Fat• In New Jersey, where a big distributor of foie gras is based, a legislator proposes banning the delicacy. Anthony Bourdain ain’t gonna take it: “It’s like beating up on Julia Child.” [AP] • “Some day a real rain will come and wash all the trans fats off the streets”? Bloomberg attempts to rope Robert De Niro into the debate. [Newsday] • Alain Ducasse moves to the former Lespinasse space in the St. Regis hotel and plans decanters modeled after Louis Vuitton trunks. [NYT] • Ruth Reichl: Coming to a multiplex near you. [NYP] • The new face of caviar: scannable sturgeons and fish biopsies. [NYT] • Starbucks rips off the Egg McMuffin. [Dow Jones] • Greenpoint’s Café Grumpy rents its back room out to hipstervangelists. [NYDN] • Del Posto, Craftsteak, and Buddakan called out as the principal hells of the meatpacking district: “The assholes are eating assholes. The cocks are eating coxcombs.” [Gawker]
  40. NewsFeed
    Left Behind: Contemplating a City Without Trans Fat With the Bloomberg administration threatening to banish trans fats from the city’s fry pans, we’re being faced with a question we hoped we’d never have to ask: What does a city cuisine stripped of this magical substance taste like? The news isn’t good — at least, not for gluttons. Vegetable shortening, trans fat in its purest form, has a higher smoking point than oil, which means juicier, less greasy food. The shortening also leaves a rich umami, or savory, mouthfeel. But how will this play, meal to meal?