Willie Brown Takes Villaraigosa to Dinner; Thomas Keller on Sous-Vide

• Willie Brown pens a piece about taking Mayor Anotnio Villaraigosa to a San Francisco restaurant named Tommy Toy’s. Apparently, Tony is into “exotic extremes” on his plate. [SF Gate]

• Spud crusader: One Maine Republican senator is claiming the potato has been “unfairly singled out” in the government’s quest to improve school nutrition. [NPR]

• If you’re (un)lucky, The L.A. County Fair might feature maggots on toast with melted cheese, like the folks had at last month’s California State Fair. [LAT]

• Who better to break down the pleasures of sous-vide cooking than Thomas Keller? Today the chef tells you how to do it without a fancy set-up. [LAT]

• Yesterday, Michel Richard opened an eponymous Vegas restaurant that stays open 24 hours a day in Caesars Palace’s lobby. [LAT]

• Yesterday we told you about hybrid fruits, and now it seems that rare breeds of apples are also quite fashionable. That’s it, we’re quitting this gig to go grow fruit. [AP via HuffPo]

• Speaking of the fruit, Apple Computer’s lawyers are pissed that a Chinese tech company has a logo they claim is too similar to their own. Wait, they’re cracking down on this before getting to those fake Apple stores? [GMA News]

• Burgers over Baghdad? Smashburger has announced it will be the latest burger chain to hit the Middle East. [NRN]

• That rumored “Schweddy Balls” Ben & Jerry’s flavor is now confirmed, so go watch some vintage SNL to celebrate. [NYDN]

• More food-safety drama for China: This time 300 schoolchildren have been sickened by unsafe food. [AP]

Willie Brown Takes Villaraigosa to Dinner; Thomas Keller on Sous-Vide