Posts for January 9, 2013

Seattle Man Hit by Bus, Grabs Morning Coffee Anyhow

A city bus hit a 32-year-old man in downtown Seattle yesterday morning with such force that the airborne pedestrian hit and cracked the windshield, the Today File notes. Yet the man, whom the Seattle Times describes as "a downtown business professional," was able to get up after the incident and walk a block over to a coffee shop, where he proceeded to place an order — after getting knocked down, it turns out, the man just needed a good pick-me-up. The unidentified man was declined service because he had a concussion, however, and was instead taken to the hospital. [ST]

The French Are Annoyed That Obama Is Serving California ‘Champagne’ at Inauguration

Didn't go through customs.

Korbel has made a special cuvée for President Obama's second inauguration, which they're bottling as "Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne, California," and once again the French wine lobby is annoyed that Americans are co-opting the word "Champagne." Per U.S. law, the label is supposed to read "California Champagne," and the French would actually prefer it say "sparkling wine" anyway.

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Prezza Reopens Tomorrow Night; Here's Their New Menu

Prezza's bar, back in action.Photo: Regan

A rep tells Grub Street that Prezza will reopen tomorrow night. The North End staple was ravaged by a fire back in July. To commemorate the reopening, Anthony Caturano has made some changes to the menu. A few new post-fire delicacies: braised chicken thighs, anchovy-stuffed eggplant, chestnut soup, chestnut ravioli, pumpkin ravioli, venison loin, and roasted branzino. Glimpse the full menu ahead.

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Good-bye, Gourmet Live

Condé Nast is killing its Gourmet Live tablet app, which survived for two years, three months, and some days. After the company shut down 90-year-old Gourmet magazine in 2009, it appeased readers by creating a free, advertising-supported app. Though it was one of the most popular downloads in the iTunes store at its prime, it "no longer helps fuel the brand’s evolution," according to a company spokeswoman. Content will continue to go up on, which currently has an optimistic "Welcome 2013" headline on its homepage. Dream big. [NYP]

Heartburn: Anna's Taqueria Gets Into the Dating Game

Meet a beau over a burrito.Photo: istockphoto

It's true: We've gotten word that Anna’s Taqueria will host Anna’s TALKeria, a romantic "speed dating/mingling event." The $20 tickets support Casa Myrna Vasquez, one of Boston's biggest crusaders against domestic and dating violence. Flirt over burritos, tacos, and "house-made Mexican drinks."

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The Calm Before the Storm

You'd never guess this used to be a Hard Rock Cafe.Photo: Twitter/JBChang

Joanne Chang, savvy with baked goods and social media, Tweets a photo of her nearly finished Back Bay Flour (Eater puts the possible opening date at Thursday). Probably the calmest you'll ever see the place. "We passed fire alarm test (and woke up neighbors!). Today we run around trying to get permits/licenses. Staff rarin' to go. F4 almost live," she writes. Get in line now? [JBChang/Twitter]

Euro Lunchery Swissbäkers Prepares to Open Allston Flagship

The universal symbol for healthy carbs?Photo: Swissbakers

Swissbakers will launch their 14,000-square-foot flagship bakery at 168 Western Ave. by the end of the month, a rep tells Grub Street. (Their bovine mascot has been erected already, so things are definitely moving forward.) Expect European-style baked goods, coffee, quiches, sandwiches, and other "Swiss delicacies." Owner Thomas Stohrs even says that "bread doesn’t make you fat," so we're feeling optimistic about this place.

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Grubstreet Sweeps

Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Cookin' Cafe & Grill See the menu

    “Cookin is gooood!”

    I'm picky about meatball subs so when I say is good it's really good

  • The Pour House See the menu

    “Awsome food and drink”

    After spending all your hard earned dollars in the Pru enjoy a few cool one here before you take the T home.

  • Il Villaggio See the menu

    “Absolutely Amazing”

    Having worked at Olive Garden for 3 years I guess I never really knew what REAL Italian food tasted like.


Kara Baskin
NY Mag