NYC Embraces Tea; Controversial Whale Meat and Shark’s Fin

• With tea shops opening around the city and more attention being paid to this delicate brewed beverage, it might be time to coin the term “tea nerd.” [NYP]

• One Japanese school caused a controversy by serving whale meat as part of a “cultural” lunch week. Meanwhile, in some U.K. restaurants, shark’s fin is off the menu. [Slashfood, Bloomberg]

• America’s most popular pizza topping is pepperoni, but like most foods Americans love, it’s a bastardized ingredient — it’s definitely not Italian. Speaking of pizza, pie-makers are gearing up for the Super Bowl, one of the year’s “five big pizza days.” [NYT, USAT]

• Even if Rulon Gardner, a competitor on The Biggest Loser, sheds some pounds, he might have trouble keeping them off since the restaurant he owns in Wyoming serves a one-and-a-half pound burger. [NYDN]

• Wahoo, another reason to chug-a-lug: Researchers in Vienna have found red wine to be a possible treatment for type 2 diabetes. [Wine Spectator]

• Today in sweets: Dunkin’ Donuts has rolled out a limited-edition cocoa yeast flavor, while Cold Stone Creamery is serving warm desserts. [Serious Eats, NRN]

NYC Embraces Tea; Controversial Whale Meat and Shark’s Fin