Posts for January 31, 2013

Coming Soon: A Momofuku-Strip T's Party-a-Go-Go!

Strip T's: hotbed of culinary delight.

Yeah, so, we do not have a Momofuku here in Boston. David Chang is not one of us. That said: We can pretend! On February 19, Chang protege Tim Maslow (you know him from Strip T's) will host his fellow Momofuku alum James Mark from Providence's Food by North for a little dinner party.

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Nestlé Found Guilty of Spying on Activist Group

Not really the best disguise.

The world's largest food company has been ordered to pay civil damages to an anti-globalization activist group it spied on for a year, the Independent reports. In 2003, Nestlé hired Swiss security firm Securitas AG for the purposes of infiltrating the meetings of Attac, which touts the benefits of breastfeeding and actively protests the market saturation of the corporation's ubiquitous formula. Using a false name and identity, Securitas AG embedded at least one employee with the protestors for a year, during which time she sat in on meetings and strategy sessions and then reported findings to Nestlé. Her identity was discovered after someone placed an anonymous call to a Swiss anti-corruption hotline, and while criminal charges stemming from the investigation were dropped in 2009, the maker of Nescafé, Nesquik, and several candy bars has now been ordered to pay 3,000 Swiss francs, or approximately $3,238 dollars, to the nine activists. That's a lot of Kit-Kats. [Independent UK, Attac]

America’s Sick Restaurant Workers Are Contributing to This Country’s Disease Outbreaks

Does this guy look a little green around the gills?Photo: iStockphoto

Your salad may be making you barf, but should you also be blaming the sick cook who can't afford to take a day off, back there in the open kitchen trying not to fall into a pot of bolognese? Precarious relationships between restaurant owners and employees who work long hours for typically low shift pay are all the more tested by outbreaks of food-borne illness, a new study suggests, and the whole thing is pretty grim.

Barfing and accounted for. »

Top Chef Seattle Recap: David Rees on Ships, Icebergs, and Scylla and Charybdis

Maritime law dictates that plates on ships must be very intricate and complicated.Photo: David Moir/Bravo

The gang is overjoyed at Josie’s elimination. Five chefs remain — enough to field a team in this Sunday’s Super Bowl. (I think this is true, but I can’t check because I don’t want my Internet browser history to have a record of me searching for sports.)

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Does Back Bay Berryline's Death Signal the Slo Decline of Fro-Yo?

A small hiccup for Boston's fro-yo renaissance: Back Bay's Berryline is closing. Even though business seems to have thawed at this Berryline, the space at 303 Newbury will soon be occupied by another fro-yo factory, Forever Yogurt, whose name implies that they plan to stick around for awhile.

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Coca-Cola Pulls Ads From French Public Television Over Controversial Documentary

Oh là là.Photo: Coca-Cola

The beverage corporation has allegedly pulled all of its advertising from the state-owned France Télévisions following a controversial documentary that aired on France 2, according to reports. Coca-Cola et la formule secrète apparently rubbed executives the wrong way, because its "troublemaker" host posed questions about the safety of the soda directly to the company's chief executive in front of shareholders.

In other news, it seems as though soda may be bad for you. »

Vinny Testa's Owners Will Take Over Rosebud Diner

Rosebud Testa's?

The Rosebud Diner will bloom again, thanks to Martin Bloom, founder of carbo-palace Vinny Testa's. The Boston Business Journal says that Bloom has plans to revamp the iconic trolley car's menu and interior, but the Edward Hopper-ish facade will remain in tact.

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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