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EPA Joins Mercury Craze; A ‘Seinfeld’–Inspired Food Study

The Environmental Protection Agency is beginning to examine the mercury levels in the twenty most commonly eaten fish in the New York City region. [NYT] Top Chef seductress/hostess Padma Lakshmi is moving into a full-floor loft in Alphabet City. [The Real Estate/NYO] The holy triumvirate of burgers, fries, and milk shakes continues to dominate the nation's culinary imagination. [NRN]

Oh, That Soup Nazi

We were misled by last week's heart-quickening "Meet the Soup Nazi" ad, which led to this post. Al Yeganeh, the man who inspired the Seinfeld character (and who detests the "Soup Nazi" tag, preferring to call himself the "Soup Man"), was not actually present. Actor Larry Thomas, who played the character, was the one promoting the show's new DVD. (Apparently, they didn't want Michael Richards.) Also, contrary to what we wrote, Yeganeh doesn't hate being called "the Soup Nazi" because he's Jewish. He is not a member of the tribe. Evidently, he simply resents his television image. "Al truly feels like Seinfeld ruined his life," his rep tells us. "He was doing very well before the show came along." Earlier: Soup Nazi to Boil Over at Appearance?

Soup Nazi to Boil Over at Appearance?

Al Yeganeh, Seinfeld's celebrated "Soup Nazi," has recently been making a blizzard of public appearances promoting his Original SoupMan restaurant chain. (Yeganeh , who is Jewish, despises the "soup Nazi tag" and refuses to even mention or address it. His site simply refers to the show inspired by him as the "Soup episode.") Given the chef's famous testiness, his 5 p.m. appearance at f.y.e. might be worth witnessing. The ads tout the chance to "meet 'the soup Nazi' in person" and "have him sign your copy of Seinfeld Season 7." Is there any way to take odds on how many times Yeganeh gets called a Nazi or is asked to say "No soup for you!" before he blows his top? We would put the over-under at two and a half. Meet the Soup Nazi, f.y.e., 1290 Sixth Ave., at 52nd St., 5 p.m.