The town board of Eastchester, New York has banned "fast casual" chain restaurants like Panera, Cosi, and Quiznos. Changes to the zoning code of the Westchester County town will prohibit any restaurant with more than 15 locations nationwide from setting up shop, reports News 12 Westchester. Fast food restaurants like McDonald's were already prohibited under town laws, but chains like Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts who already have locations in Eastchester will be grandfathered in under the new rules.
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Mayor Bloomberg seems optimistic about the impacts of his big soda ban, studies from researchers aren't so sure it'll have much impact.
New York City's Board of Health voted on Sept. 13 to approve the "soda ban" that limits the sale of large sugary drinks within the city, according to tweets from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Under the measure, people will not be able to buy sugar-sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces at fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, movie theaters and food carts. (The limit does not apply to grocery stores and other venues or to dairy-based drinks such as milkshakes).
"[Six] months from today, our city will be an even healthier place," Bloomberg tweeted.
However, experts say it remains to be seen whether the city will actually be healthier
. Critics have pointed out that people could just buy two 16-ounce drinks rather than a 32-ounce drink.
One recent study attempting to look at what effect the law might have showed that the new measure could reduce New Yorker's average calorie consumption
, but only if at least 40 percent of people make changes in their drink consumption.
Everybody's been talking about the Californian foie gras ban, but one voice has been largely left out of the conversation: France, the largest exporter of goose foie gras. Now, one region in France is fighting back against California by banning wines from the state.
Reports Businessweek, politicians from the Gers region (in Gascony) are angry with Californians for affecting their foie gras producers. Gers is known for being a major producer of foie gras, and California is on its list of offenders. Said politician Phillippe Martin, "I call on all the restaurants in France that sell Californian wine to stop doing so in a show of solidarity for our foie gras makers and, more broadly, for all food makers."
What's kind of ironic about the whole thing? France barely drinks any Californian wines. While California is the largest U.S. exporter of wine — $1.4 billion in 2011 — very few of those wines go to France. Terry Hall, a spokesman for Napa Valley Vintners (which represents 430 wineries), told Businessweek, "There’s not going to be a lot of California wine to boycot... France is a major producer. They’re not keen on a lot of imports, especially from California."
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Sunday marks a turning point in the culinary calendar of California when a ban enacted nearly eight years ago on foie gras - the gourmet food made from the fattened livers of force-fed ducks and geese - takes effect.
In advance of the July 1 date, some businesses have moved out of state and others have closed. Many chefs and restaurants have held foie gras dinners in a final toast to the delicacy they love, while animal rights activists have cheered and jeered. And n France, the major producer and consumer of the delicacy, politicians and chefs have cried foul.
"I'm sad. I'm disappointed. I'm going to get as much in as I can while we can," said Christina Kurtz, who attended a six-course foie gras dinner recently in the southern California city of Santa Monica, adjacent to Los Angeles.
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Foodies have been waiting in long lines to sample the delights at Pok Pok NY, the recently opened Brooklyn branch of Andy Ricker’s popular Portland, Ore., Thai restaurant.
But they had better not expect to pay with prepaid debit cards. An alert colleague, while salivating over the online menu, noted that the fine print warns that the restaurant doesn’t accept them (or American Express, for that matter). Ditto for Pok Pok’s other locations. “Sorry and thanks for understanding!” the menu says.
Prepaid cards are plastic cards that act like a regular debit card, except they aren’t linked to a bank account. Rather, you load money onto the card and spend it until it’s gone, and then add more. In general, if you try to buy something that costs more than the balance on your card, the purchase is declined.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new ban on large sodas just might be hard to swallow.
If Hizzoner has his way, any soft drink over 16 ounces (1 pint) will be outlawed across the city by March 2013.
The three-term Mayor believes that banning the bubbles will combat obesity, diabetes, and other health problems plaguing the people of the Big Apple.
But the move is likely to provoke accusations the mayor is imposing a 'nanny state' on New Yorkers.