Weekly Media Mix: Blogger Jailed Over Critical Review; Olive Oil Fights Heart Disease; and IHOP Expands to The Middle East

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Some of the week's biggest food and drink stories
Weekly Media Mix
Arthur Bovino

Weekly Media Mix


Every Friday, The Daily Byte's Weekly Media Mix rounds up some of the week's big food stories.

• A Taiwanese blogger has been sentenced to spend 30 days in jail after writing a critical restaurant review. [Taipei Times]  
• In an act of transparency, the FDA released a "special report" detailing the struggles of regulating imported foods. [Atlantic]

• Top Chef's Mike Isabella opens his "Italian and Jersey-inspired" eatery, Graffiato in D.C. [WaPo]
• Ex-partners Laurent Tourondel and Jimmy Haber gear up for the messy split of their BLT restaurant empire. [NYT]

• Scientists believe they've found a compound in olive oil that fights off heart disease. [Wine Spectator]
• A new Harvard study measures how consuming daily servings of specific foods (like French fries) affects the average person's weight over the course of four years. [WSJ]

• Food & Wine has created a new form of poetry for their upcoming issue — Pieku. [Twitter]
• David Chang and McSweeney's debuts the first issue of their food journal, Lucky Peach. [GS]

• Gama Go releases a knife that is designed to karate chop your food. [Gizmodo]
• Italian scientists have developed software that teaches perfect pasta skills. [BBC]

Chipotle pledges to double its use of local produce. [NRN]
IHOP announces plans to open 40 restaurants in the Middle East, marking its first major international expansion. [HuffPo]

• Bruins players celebrate their Stanley Cup victory with a $100,000 bottle of champagne. [Boston]

Shame of the Week
• Nineteen San Antonio-area Chick-fil-A restaurants hosted daddy-daughter "date night" this week. While we applaud the chain for encouraging family bonding, calling it "date night" certainly adds a creepy overtone. [My SA]

• Funny or Die parodies the growing segment of our population obsessed with "Yelping." [Funny or Die] 

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