Obama's Controversial Visit to Shark Fin-Serving Restaurant, and More
The Daily Byte's Weekly Media Mix rounds up the week's big food stories.
• Is Chipotle the next McDonald's? The Street seems to think so, especially since shares have done twice as well as McDonald's in the past five years. [The Street]
• New York's Health Department granted a one-day waiver of its ban against pets in restaurants, all for a little Pekinese who won the Westminster Dog Show. Malachy the Pekinese held the traditional victory dinner at Sardi's, of course. [AP]
• President Obama surprised a San Francisco Chinatown restaurant by ordering takeout. His mistake was not realizing that the restaurant served the eco-unfriendly shark fin soup. (To be fair, he ordered dim sum dumplings to go.) [CBS/HuffPo]
Shame of the Week
• A sad and gruesome case hit the newstands this week: A Manhattan chef is accused of killing his wife and trying to pawn her jewelry. [NYDN]
• One writer looks at why everyone loves Kewpie mayonnaise, the Japanese super-processed spread with a baby on the bottle. The secret? MSG, a touch of vinegar, and an egg yolk-only formula. [Grub Street]
• Apparently "babyccinos" are a thing? A Park Slope coffee shop is creating foamy, non-caffeinated drinks for toddlers so they can be just like mom and dad. [The Daily Meal]
• A study found that gender discrimination is alive and well in the restaurant industry, where in the same classification, a full-time, year-round female server is paid 68 percent of what her male counterpart makes. [ROC United]
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