BlueBird Could Lose its Garden; Women Eating Out Less than Men

Bluebird Café Owner Vincent Trevino may have to uproot his tomato plant and fruit tree garden due to Culver City’s zoning laws that prohibit raising crops for sale.

• Cutting back in lean times, 74% of women are eating out less, compared to 66% of men, according to a Pricegrabber consumer report. [PRNewsWire]

• Makers of the recently screened documentary Bananas! get lawyered-up against Dole’s anti-defamation suit and defend their film on the fruit company’s pesticide use in Nicaragua. [LAW]

• John Holoman, owner of 17 Church’s Fried Chicken franchises in L.A., dies at 70. [LAWatts Times]

• Michael Pollan’s essay about Julie Child for the Times magazine this weekend segues into the paradox that “many Americans are spending considerably more time watching images of cooking on television than they are cooking themselves.” [NYT]

• Jacko’s Chef, shocked by Pop King’s dramatic weight loss, kept the beet juice flowing. [Contact Music]

• After rural districts won concessions that would exempt farms from paying a registration fee; the House of Representatives passed a law giving the FDA increased power to enforce food safety. [WSJ]

• A woman asks if it’s okay for her to be turned off when a guy chooses a chain restaurant for a first date. Yes, it is. [Smitten/Glamour via Serious Eats]

• Australian scientists fed rats garlic for 30 days and decided that garlic is healthier for your heart when it’s raw, and that garlic breath smells the same for rats and humans, we assume. [Reuters]

• The (at least until now) highly esteemed French dessert wine Sauternes will now be sold to foreign nightclubs in individual test-tube shaped bottles. Producer Château d’Arche is still looking for a U.S. importer. [Decanter]

BlueBird Could Lose its Garden; Women Eating Out Less than Men