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Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Weekly Roundup: Ice Cream Rollups, New York City Wine & Food Festival Guide and Best NYC Desserts Under $3


  • Why Is It So Hard to Get a Great Bagel in California?  San Francisco bakeries have tried and tried again to replicate the chewy, crusty perfection of New York’s specialty. They are still trying.
  • Salt Shakers Could Be Coming to NYC Menus as Soon as December:  New York diners might see little salt shakers on menus at chain restaurants as soon as December. Earlier this summer, Mayor De Blasio proposed a measure, which would require chain restaurants to post a salt icon next to menu items that exceed the daily recommended limit of 2,300 milligrams (about a teaspoon worth) of salt.
  • Big Soda in a froth over proposed new sugar-labeling rules: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just revised the proposed nutrition label changes to emphasize just how much sugar we consume from packaged food and drinks. The new rules, if adopted, would require labels to not just state how much sugar is in a food, but how much added sugar it contains. 
  • The Price of Olive Oil Is About to Reach an All-Time High: Owing to conditions like scorching-hot weather, bacterial diseases, and fruit-fly infestations, there's been a 50 percent decline in the production of Spanish and Italian olive oils — which make up 70 percent of the world's supply.


  • First Look: by CHLOE Brings Fast-Casual Vegan to Greenwich Village.  Vegan cookbook author Chloe Coscarelli has opened her first restaurant on the iconic corner of Macdougal and Bleecker streets in Greenwich Village. Known for her veggie-focused cooking, the chef has partnered up with ESquared Hospitality (the group behind the BLT restaurants) to debut by CHLOE, a fast-casual concept specializing in 100% plant-based fare.
  • The 12 Best Tacos In NYC:  TOLOACHE: For a real fancy taco, try some of the unique options at this upscale chainlet, where you can feast on braised-brisket suadero tacos ($13), spicy lobster langosta tacos ($17) and chapulines, made with dried grasshopper ($15).

  • New Amsterdam Market Eyeing 2015 Return on NoHo's Bond Street: Last summer, after a long turf battle, the New Amsterdam Market was given the boot from the South Street Seaport, bringing the well-liked produce and provisions market to an end after nine years. Shortly after, organizer Robert LaValva announced that he was on the hunt for a new home and it looks like now he has found it on the cobble-stone covered Bond Street in Noho.

  • Ice Cream Roll-Ups, Made To Order In Chinatown For Those Willing To Wait: If it weren't for the line of giddy teenagers spilling through the door, up the steps, and out onto the sidewalk, you'd probably miss 10Below altogether. Situated subterraneously at the tail end of Mott Street, this Thai-style ice cream roll shop announces itself with barely-there signage and a blank plate-glass window

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