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Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Weekly Roundup: What To Eat At San Gennaro Festival And Mad. Sq. Eats, Dizengoff Hummus Gets Stars and By CHLOE Gets Sweet


  • How the Sugar Industry Spent Decades Manipulating Health Studies: Underhanded as it was, the $100 million that Coca-Cola spent on “health research” before it got outed last year is apparently just the tip of the sham-science iceberg when it comes to hiding sugar’s bad health effects: Newly discovered documents show that in the ’60s, Big Sugar secretly funded important research that effectively swayed nutrition guidelines and health policy in America for the next 50 years. 
  • Three Foods That Might Not Survive Modern Diseases: In the U.S., the expansive global market often insulates consumers from noticing the effects of these food pandemics: If your favorite Tuscan olive oil disappears from shelves, a fine Andalucian version from Spain is probably the next shelf over. But it’s that worldwide reach that also hastens the pandemic-like spread of these food maladies. If left unchecked, certain aisles might one day be empty.
  • An Updated Guide to What’s Wrong With Restaurants Today: A rant about the annoyances of eating out in NYC from Eater's senior critic.
  • Data Dive: Tracking the Poke Trend. It certainly feels like the poke bowl was the dish of the summer — and turns out the numbers support that. But is interest in the Hawaiian dish here to stay? According to data provided by Foursquare (the app for discovering new places), the Hawaiian food "trend" has actually been imminent for quite some time. Eater recently mined that data to explore the roots of the poke craze — and project what the scope of Hawaiian dining might look like in the next few years.


  • The Spicy Spoils of China’s Boom, at Hao Noodle and Tea: The traditions invoked by the menu come mainly from Beijing, Shanghai and Ms. Zhu’s hometown, Chongqing. The interpretations are contemporary. The portions are generally bigger than a street snack but smaller than one of those platters that descends with a thunk on the Lazy Susans of Chinatown.
  • Filipino Food Arrives, in a Taco, at 2nd City and Swell Dive: First to open was 2nd City, in May in the West Village. The chef, Jordan Andino, named it after Cebu City, the first capital of the Philippines, where his mother, a model, actress (“Dude, Where’s My Car?”) and Pop artist, grew up. He learned to cook from his father, a chef in Toronto with roots in Batangas, south of Manila, who had his son peeling and beheading shrimp in commercial kitchens from the age of 9.
  • Online Bakery Mah-Ze-Dahr Opens Its West Village Storefront Next Week: After interminable delays, online baker Umber Ahmad has an opening date for her long-awaited brick-and-mortar shop. Next Thursday, the West Village will become home to the first physical destination for the entire Mah-Ze-Dahr line, including the crackly edged brownies, cocoa-cookie-crusted cheesecake, and brioche doughnuts that have earned Ahmad and her chef-partner Shelly Acuña Barbera a devoted following since Ahmad launched the brand in her apartment three and a half years ago.

  • Rebelle Will Soon Be Offering This Spumoni-Inspired Croissant From Sadelle’s Baker: As good as a freshly baked croissant larded with a staggering amount of cultured butter is, it may be even better the next day, split in two, dipped in simple syrup, spread with frangipane, reassembled, and rebaked — a persuasive argument for recycling if there ever was one. Melissa Weller, the head baker of Sadelle’s, is expounding this theory for a pop-up weekend-brunch pastry program beginning on the 24th at the Nolita restaurant Rebelle. 
  • What to Eat at the San Gennaro Feast: The Feast of San Gennaro runs along Mulberry Street between Canal Street (on the south) and Houston Street (on the north). It takes place east to west on Grand Street between Mott and Baxter Street, and east to west on Hester Street between Mott and Baxter Streets. Here are a few of the restaurants which will be offering their delicious Italian food and tasty treats. 

  • Everything you need to know about the Dumpling Festival coming to NYC: Who doesn’t love a good meat pocket? (Was that sexual?). Anyways, the 13th annual Dumpling Festival rolls into NYC on September 24, and we could not be more excited. Head to Sara D. Roosevelt Park (noon to 5pm) and munch on stuffed-dough creations including Kung Pao Pork with Kimchi, Lemongrass, Buffalo Chicken, Edamame as well as Kale and Vegetable dumplings. 

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