Bloomberg Makes Cookies; Paterson Bans Bottled Water at State Agencies

• On an episode of The Martha Stewart Show taped yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg and Martha made oatmeal-raisin cookies from a Gracie Mansion recipe. [NYP]

• A new executive order from Governor Paterson requires state agencies to phase out the use of bottled water. [City Room/NYT]

• Shockingly, the Domino’s employee who posted a YouTube of herself doing disgusting things to customers’ orders last month is having a hard time finding another fast-food job. [NYDN]

• In this day and age, when restaurants are working to make their wines more affordable, there’s no reason to spend more than $100 a bottle. [NYP]

Gourmet Garage will take over the Upper West Side Balducci’s space. [Racked]

• Agriculture megacorporation Smithfield Foods is changing the face of hog farming in Eastern Europe from traditional methods to factory farming. [NYT]

• As the price of the crop goes down, many cotton farmers in Mississippi are switching to planting corn. [NYT]

• The Mario Batali Foundation, a children’s charity helmed by the be-Croc-ed chef, launches with a benefit this weekend. [Serious Eats NY]

• The owner of new kosher tequila Agave 99 admits that the idea to make it kosher was really just a marketing ploy. [City Room/NYT]
Previously: Hava Tequila

• The first commercial vineyard in London since medieval times was planted in Enfield yesterday. [Decanter]

• President Obama broke with routine yesterday in order to go out for lunch at a Beltway burger joint. [NYP]

Bloomberg Makes Cookies; Paterson Bans Bottled Water at State Agencies