Chinese Eatery Owners Rally For Shark Fin; Bring on The Snickers

• Chinese restaurant owners gathered at Alhambra’s Gourmet Island last Friday in an attempt to defend shark fin as an essential ingredient. [LAT]

• Huge restaurant spaces like Fig & Olive, Cafe Entourage, and Mas Malo are suddenly in vogue in L.A. [LABJ]

• Despite all the evidence that posting calorie counts barely has any effect, the Obama administration has mandated them for all eateries with twenty or more locations. [WSJ]

• People who eat candy tend to weigh less and have smaller waists. Bring on the Snickers! [MSNBC]

• Manuel’s El Tepeyac reports raising $19,746 for UNICEF for the benefit of children in Japan at its March 29th fundraiser. [Grub Street]

• Locally-based Shemshad Food Products Inc. has been cited for violations at its manufacturing plant after inspectors found its glass jar goods were under packaged and stored under “insanitary conditions.” [Food Safety News]

• Today’s new thing to worry about: fish fraud! Better have that white tuna appraised before you eat it, to make sure it’s the real thing. [Orlando Sentinel]

• Good thing that FDA panel concluded there was not enough proof that food dyes are bad: Just think how gross Cheetos, popsicles and other foods would be without food coloring! [NYT]

• If you don’t like candy, try beer: The guy who gave up food for Lent in favor of beer and water has lost fifteen pounds and is doing great. [CBS Chicago]

Chinese Eatery Owners Rally For Shark Fin; Bring on The Snickers