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  1. The Other Critics
    Pete Wells Is Asked to Kindly Loosen His Grip on Those StarsHis one-star review of the Standard Grill has rankled a couple of fellow writers.
  2. Beef
    Neighbors Go Viral in Fight Against Jane BallroomMeanwhile, the hot spot is making $20,000 a night.
  3. The Other Critics
    Adam Platt Talks Shop With Frank BruniThe city’s two top critics compare notes on the star system, their least favorite restaurants, the matter of anonymity, and more.
  4. Marketing Gimmicks
    New York Times Starts Peddling WineWill starting a wine club help the paper’s falling ad revenues?
  5. The Other Critics
    Newly Social Bruni Tosses Four Stars to Eleven Madison ParkFrank Bruni continues to come out of the shadows, via a new photo, a high-profile review, and more.
  6. The Other Critics
    What Does Sam Sifton’s ‘$25 and Under’ Experience Mean?The new ‘Times’ reviewer has more experience eating for the paper than Bill Keller’s memo indicated.
  7. The Other Critics
    Get to Know Your New Times Critic: A Sam Sifton ReaderLooking back on the new ‘Times’ critic’s previous reviews, it seems he won’t be that much of a departure from Bruni.
  8. Food Politics
    Chicago Apparently Has Some Sort of ‘Green Food Resolution’New York wants to follow in Chicago’s ‘green food resolution’ footsteps. But what did Chicago do, exactly?
  9. The Other Critics
    New York Has Such a Crush on the PublicanYet another NYT writer falls all over Paul Kahan’s porkopia.
  10. Rumors
    Michael Nagrant, New York Edition?The Chicago food writer is on one blog’s short-list to replace Frank Bruni at the ‘Times.’
  11. Bookshelf
    Bruni Officially Unveils His MemoirPlus, he was recently spotted at two likely candidates for review.
  12. Beef
    Chef Joe Doe Speaks Out About the New York Dining CircusThe outspoken chef lets loose about bloggers, critics, PR, and his neighbor across the way, Prune.
  13. Booze News
    A Roadmap to Chicago’s Local BreweriesThe New York Times decides that attention must be paid to Chicago’s burgeoning microwbrew scene.
  14. Bookshelf
    From William Grimes’s Appetite City: 25 Restaurants We Wish StillAn early look at the former ‘Times’ critic’s fascinating history of New York restaurants.
  15. The New York Diet
    David Carr’s Epic Search for the Perfect Pork BunWhat better way to celebrate the publication of ‘The Night of the Gun’ than with a Night of the Bun?
  16. Bookshelf
    Spoiler Alert: A Look Inside Frank Bruni’s Born RoundGrub Street’s unofficial index to the critic’s upcoming memoir.
  17. Foodievents
    Bruni Will ‘Tell All’ at NYC Wine & Food FestivalThe outgoing ‘Times’ critic will discuss “his most talked-about reviews, stories from the field and offer thoughts on the restaurant industry.”
  18. Lawsuits
    Cease and DesistLawyer letters are flying around the food blogosphere.
  19. As Seen on TV
    Chopping Block Rocks! Sucks!’Times’ television critic Alessandra Stanley has seriously revised her opinion of the show.
  20. Beef
    Dirt Candy Owner Lashes Out at Times Dining SectionDirt Candy owner Amanda Cohen has castigated the ‘Times’ for its positive profile of her restaurant in “Dining Briefs” last week.
  21. Eatiquette
    Bruni Readers to New York: Take It From Tourists, End TippingWhat should restaurants do when tourists don’t leave tips?
  22. NewsFeed
    Where to Eat in Flushing (Hint: It’s in a Mall)A starting point for beginning food explorers in Queens.
  23. NewsFeed
    Bruni Finds Bobo Only So-soDiner’s Journal allows Bruni to riff on a restaurant not worth re-reviewing.
  24. NewsFeed
    Breaking: People Drink Outdoors During the SummerThe ‘Times’ is the first on the scene.
  25. NewsFeed
    Chodorow Ponders ‘Times’ Debacle, High-Tech Food CourtA series of Belvedere ads also polls David Sarner of Pink Elephant, Kyky and Unik of Merkato 55, Nur Khan of Rose Bar, and Mark Baker of Mansion.
  26. NewsFeed
    How New York Kitchens Cut CostsFrom Queens to the Upper West Side, restaurants cut costs and hope that you’ll still eat out.
  27. NewsFeed
    Miracle Fruit Dealers Will Take You ‘Flavor Tripping’If you read the ‘Times’ feature about Miracle Fruit — the rare berry that, thanks to a protein called miraculin, makes sour, acidic stuff taste sweet — you probably wondered where you could score the stuff, so you could throw a “flavor-tripping party,” à la Supreme Commander.
  28. NewsFeed
    Mister Softee Chases Good Humor Man Away From the CornerMister Softee doesn’t care how retro the Good Humor man looks. He just wants him out of the way.
  29. NewsFeed
    Will Ko Break Bruni’s Four-Star Dry Spell? (Updated: No!)Bruni hasn’t thrown down four stars in 175 weeks, meaning that he has exactly matched the Times’ longest stretch without a four-star rave. What does this mean for Ko?
  30. NewsFeed
    The Calorie-Disbelief Bandwagon Rolling AlreadyThe ‘Times’ finds easy pickings at Starbucks.
  31. Mediavore
    Meehan Talks ‘Times’; Benoit OpensBenoit opened yesterday, Peter Meehan discusses who should replace him at the ‘Times,’ and beer shortages loom.
  32. NewsFeed
    ‘Times’ Confirms Meehan Is Over ‘$25 and Under’Peter Meehan leaves the ‘Times’ and his cheap-eats column.
  33. NewsFeed
    The Politics of the Palate Just Doesn’t Taste RightThe art of divining politics from eating habits is pretty thin soup, for our money.
  34. NewsFeed
    The French Still Occupy New York, If Not GreenmarketClassic French food is back, says the ‘Times.’ So just what is the spirit of the age right now, anyway?
  35. NewsFeed
    Bouley Closing Danube by End of YearDavid Bouley will close Danube and turn it into a traditional French restaurant.
  36. NewsFeed
    Amanda Hesser Sets Us Straight About Her Plans for the FutureLast week we expressed some skepticism about New York Times food editor Amanda Hesser’s career change. In retrospect, we overstepped the mark.
  37. NewsFeed
    Amanda Hesser Blows Her Own Internet BubbleAmanda Hesser may be out at the ‘Times,’ but it’s not too late for her to make millions on the Internet.
  38. NewsFeed
    Amanda Hesser Out at the ‘Times’Food editor Amanda Hesser took a buyout from the Times, but does her departure involve more than money?
  39. Back of the House
    New York ‘Times’ to Wonder How Bloggers Stay AliveWhen we received a voice mail last week from Kim Severson of the New York Times, saying that she wanted to interview us, our natural response was one of delight. Was the topic to be hamburgers or our upcoming book on same? Or perhaps the larger topic of meat? Or perhaps the ongoing efforts of Grub Street? It was with giddy fingers that we dialed Severson’s number only to find out that the lady was writing an article on how fat and unhealthy food bloggers are, and to ask us, in so many words, why we were still alive. Apparently, bloggers aren’t the trenchermen they once were: Off the Broiler’s Jason Perlow recently had some serious health problems, and even Steven “the Fat Guy” Shaw of eGullet has gotten on the austerity program. But, as we told Severson, the day we start eating salad she’s welcome to our place at the table. Grub Street may cost us the vitality of our once-springy carcass, but by God the work will go on!
  40. NewsFeed
    Fiamma Prices Drop After Bruni PostWhen Frank Bruni decided to confront Fiamma about its price increases, we knew it wouldn’t take long for Team Hanson to get on the problem. Fiamma is the group’s flagship restaurant, and the critical pile-on about high prices and missing ingredients must have stung B.R. Guest. Today, the group announced the inevitable price cuts to tasting menus. Prices are dropping from $92 to $85 for the standard prix fixe menu, and the five-course dinner has been cut to $105 from $120. Fiamma has also reintroduced its full-bore seven-course menu, which will come in at $125.
  41. Back of the House
    The Cost of Charity, ExplainedA month doesn’t seem to go by without some kind of charity benefit, at which every chef you’ve ever heard gives away his time and food. Besides the warm feeling of do-goodery, what do the chefs get out of it? Michael Ruhlman had a feature on the subject in this week’s Times magazine, and the answers are interesting: Danny Meyer explains charity efficiency (“It may cost me $30,000 or $40,000 to close down a restaurant for a night, but if an organization can pull in a quarter of a million dollars, what a great investment, relative to giving a $200 gift certificate that somebody buys for $225”), and Aaron Sanchez gives a frank reason for doing all these events (“I get to catch up with my friends who are chefs”). Ruhlman cites Wolfgang Puck as the “originator of the chef-driven benefit” back in 1982. As a chef’s profile rises, so does his ability to milk beneficial bucks from not only donors but also potential future customers. Friends With Benefits [NYT]
  42. Mediavore
    Economy Shrinks Portions, Swaps Ingredients; a Ko Reservation Fake-outWith food coasts soaring, high- and low-end kitchens are taking measure to reduce portions, swap out costly ingredients, and serve more dishes with higher profit margins. [WSJ] In related news, it doesn’t look like wheat prices will drop anytime soon: “Consumption has exceeded production in seven of the last eight years.” [NYT] The online reservation page for Ko was live for ten minutes on Friday, but now you need a password to enter it. Still, at least you can add the URL to your bookmarks and check it every hour. [Eater] Did you know that nine large feasts from Boston Market can add up to $1,800? A Queens woman found that out, but since she was using fake checks, she didn’t care too much. [NYP] The Times has a review/promotional article of their own city-beat reporter Jennifer 8. Lee’s exploration of Chinese cuisine, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food. [NYT] Related: Jennifer 8. Lee Tackles Fortune Cookies
  43. NewsFeed
    ‘Times’ Building Gets Restaurant, Staffers Get BarThe next restaurant at the base of the New York Times building promises to bring a brace of Milanese swagger to the tower’s inner lobby. Montenapo by BiCE, run by the 80-year-old upscale chain and named for a Milan street full of fashion-design firms, faces architect Renzo Piano’s inner birch-tree courtyard and expects to cater parties in the ballroom space under the building’s auditorium. And while the name may evoke the rag trade, interior designer Studio A is charged with crossbreeding garden-gazing and table-hopping. But a mod look will not necessarily translate to faddish food. “I can’t do anything better than Italian food,” says BiCE CEO Roberto Ruggeri. “Call it northern Gallian classica with influences from American bistro.”
  44. Back of the House
    Steven Rinella Dons Locavore CamouflageSteven Rinella’s op-ed piece in today’s Times, in which the Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine author makes the case that hunters are not really hobbyists who enjoy killing animals, but rather proto-locavores, struck us as disingenuous on so many levels that we had to respond to it. First, Rinella wraps himself in green language as if it were a Thinsulate camo parka. “Hunters are the original locavores,” Rinella writes, bragging that his family used to eat three or four deer a year, along with various other unlucky birds and squirrels, and that he “carried that subsistence aesthetic into adulthood.” Subsistence aesthetic! Rinella’s from Twin Lake, Michigan! We would bet the closest he got to subsistence culture was running out of Pop-Tarts.
  45. In Other Magazines
    Dave Arnold’s Alcoholic Pickle of the FutureThe Times Magazine’s annual examination of “big ideas” brings news of some culinary innovations such as a food-processing technique that helps farmed fish taste more like wild fish (encouraging fast-food companies to make the switch to the former) and packaging that will allow us to tell whether supermarket meat is rotten, which is of no consequence to those in another article who practice “vegansexuality” by forgoing liaisons with carnivores. The most curious item, though, explores French Culinary Institute head Dave Arnold’s ingenious method of combining two of our favorite things — booze and pickles — by pickling cucumbers with a martini’s worth of gin and vermouth. Watch the video and you’ll see the dapper Arnold use a vacuum machine to turn the cucumber opaque while gin rushes into its air holes — easily the hottest thing in mixology since the “hard shake.” The Edible Cocktail Tell-Tale Food Wrapping Vegansexuality Fish-Flavored Fish [NYT]
  46. In Other Magazines
    Chocolate and Corned Beef Get Their Journalistic DueAh, had we the luxury to lie around and read densely packed food features! As it happens, there are two out now both worth your time. In the current New Yorker, everybody’s favorite roving food writer, Bill Buford, does a number on the chocolate wars and the quest, now dominating the minds of choconauts, to find the perfect cacao bean. And here we were just coming up to speed on coffee! (The article is not online, but there’s a cool slideshow from Buford’s trip.) The other piece, on a subject matter we’re much more familiar with, is a very fine feature from the Times magazine on the Lebewohl family and their efforts to relaunch, in the face of an increasingly alien world, the new and improved 2nd Avenue Deli. A Counter History [NYT] Slideshow: Food of the Gods [NYer]
  47. NewsFeed
    Amanda Hesser Takes Some Time Away If you get into your Sunday groove by reading Amanda Hesser’s bouncy food coverage in the Times Magazine, you may have a cold winter ahead of you: Mrs. Latte has gone on a long leave to work on a book and is being replaced in the interim by Jill Santopietro, a lesser being in the Times firmament but one with much experience doing short recipe and travel pieces and the occasional feature. Will those obsolescent recipes continue? Will there be more pieces à la T Style’s “Mantry” series? We can only hope. Hesser is scheduled to return to the Times in March.
  48. Openings
    ‘Times’ Building to Get First Outpost of Tokyo Robatayaki
  49. Mediavore
    Amanda Hesser in Trouble Again; Room 4 Dessert to ReopenTimes Magazine food editor Amanda Hesser runs afoul (again) of the paper’s strict conflict-of-interest policy, this time by reviewing a book by someone who had blurbed one of hers. [Gawker] Room 4 Dessert, currently closed, will be reopening in a week. [Eater] The DeMarco family has a special message to the public about Di Fara’s imminent reopening. [Gothamist]
  50. Beef
    McNally Takes a Cheap Shot at BruniIn yet another retributive strike by a restaurateur against Frank Bruni (Jeffrey Chodorow’s much-discussed broadside being the first), Morandi owner Keith McNally has planted a letter with Eater accusing the Times critic of being biased against woman chefs. “Bruni had never given a female chef in Manhattan anything more than one star, ever,” McNally writes. The complaint goes on for a long time and seems unlike McNally, who has almost always stayed above the fray. What’s especially unseemly is the way the letter dwells on Bruni’s attitude toward gender (“…when the chef is a man Bruni often makes quite a song and dance about it.”) Given the amount of food-world speculation about Bruni’s sexual orientation, this seems like a low blow, especially since the Times’ review echoed a near-universal critical consensus about Morandi. Times dining editor Pete Wells, asked to comment about the letter, agrees, saying simply, “Frank’s review speaks for itself. Period.” Keith McNally: Bruni Has ‘Unremittingly Sexist Slant’ [Eater]
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