Sugarcane-Based Rum Takes Off; Buckingham Palace Gets a Café

• Rhum agricole, or sugarcane-based rum — from which the upcoming Bar Agricole takes its name — is gaining in popularity among cocktail aficionados. [Chron]

• The roast beef sandwich at The Sycamore is already being called a “must-try,” and the jukebox is killer. [Bits + Bites]

• Why Syrah doesn’t sell. [Gray Market Report]

• The Eat Real Fest in Oakland next month will feature county-fair-style competitions in canning and brewing. [SFoodie]

• The Garden Café opened in Buckingham Palace yesterday, but its macarons and opera tarts are only available to those who’ve paid the palace’s $26 admission fee. [USA Today]

• It is now possible to buy entirely green supplies for your cookout, from additive-free charcoal to compostable bowls. [WSJ]

• The makers of a software called CakeBoss, a business management program for bakeries, are suing the TLC show of the same name. [Feast]

• Botanical gardens across the country are adding more food in an effort to lure in visitors. [NYT]

• A wave of new distilleries in Iowa are hoping to benefit from a new law allowing them to sell directly to visitors. [USA Today]

Sugarcane-Based Rum Takes Off; Buckingham Palace Gets a Café