Weekly Media Smörgåsbord: First Lady Goes Global, Fabi Done, and Boston Lost Sans Dunkin'

The biggest food and drink stories of the week.


The Daily Meal is dedicated to consuming and analyzing the latest food news and trends. Every Friday on The Daily Byte the Weekly Media Smörgåsbord rounds up some of the week's biggest food news stories from across the country. This week's stories:


National Headlines

• Is fast food making children stupid? [Independent]

• First Lady wants restaurant portion control and to take her health work global. [NYT/NYT]

• Martha Stewart on the overlap of food and fashion. [HuffPo]

• Food writing is an excuse for gluttony. (And writing is an excuse for alcoholism, tell us something new.) [Atlantic]

• Fabi's boog-er gets him kicked off of Top Chef. But he will make GNOCCHI for cash. [Top Chef]

• Confessions of Charlie Sheen's bartender. [Daily Beast]

• America's drunkest cities. [Men's Health]


From The Daily Meal's Featured Cities


• Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival tickets on sale. [Eater]


• The Globe asks Boston where to get great donuts besides Dunkin' Donuts. Ten people respond. [Globe]

• Forget Burger Bash at South Beach, Ken Oringer his own KO Burger Battle at KO Prime. [GS]


• Hot Doug's introduces a chocolate-topped dog. [Feast]

• Baconfest 2011 announces chef lineup. [Eater]


Las Vegas

• Readers find piccalilli, sauerkraut in glass jars, Peter Pan Peanut Butter, and more! [Review-Journal]


Los Angeles

• Jamie Oliver to propose three weeks of school menus to LAUSD. [Daily Dish]

• Is Mourvèdre the best grape grown in Paso Robles? [LAT]



• All "Hottest Chefs," all the time. [Eater]

• Worst Valentine's Day date suggestions. [Short Order]

• Miami New Times' 100 favorite dishes at #93. [Short Order]


New Orleans

•  Hubig’s introduces mini king cakes. [NOLA]


New York

• FloFab says Honey mussels on the rise in New York City. [NYT]

• Sifty reviews Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan (one star). [NYT]

• Hakkasan is coming. [DNA]

• Grimaldi's opens in the Limelight. [GS]



• A bill that would allow bars to host happy hours for up to 14 hours a day is being reviewed by Philly's House of Representatives. [Biz Journal]


San Francisco

• The Chronicle examines the upscale tater tots trend. [SFGate]

• Creative uni dishes at San Francisco restaurants. [SF Gate]

• On not using your cellphone during dinner. [Inside Scoop]



• Russian River releases their brew, Pliny the Younger. [Times]

Washington, D.C.

• Gelatinas in D.C. [WP]


The Daily Byte is a regular column dedicated to covering interesting food news and trends across the country. Click here for previous columns.