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Switzerland Bans Citizens From Boiling Lobsters Alive

Source: Grub Street NY

The Swiss government has apparently considered the lobster, and decided the crustaceans must now be “stunned” before going into boiling water. As part of a big overhaul of Switzerland’s animal-rights laws, legislators in Bern have issued a ruling that says, as of March 1, “the practice of plunging …

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London Bans Fast-food Restaurants From Opening Near Schools

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Life’s about to get tougher for London teens who want to sneak off campus and grab a Burger King Long Chili Cheese. The Evening Standard reports that in an effort to “tackle the capital’s child obesity epidemic,” Mayor Sadiq Khan has decided to put the kibosh on new …

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One of England’s Greatest Restaurants Has Banned Diners From Photographing Its Food

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The Waterside Inn, a British restaurant that’s continuously held three Michelin stars since 1985 — 12 years before Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli got three, and 13 before Eleven Madison Park even opened — has decided to ban photography inside the dining room altogether. Michel Roux, who co-founded the restaurant …

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New York Is Finally Repealing Its 91-Year-Old Law That Bans Dancing in Bars

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Karma has finally come for New York’s wildly outdated Cabaret Law: The bizarre, almost century-old regulation that makes it illegal to dance in more than 99 percent of the city’s bars is expected to get yanked tomorrow when City Council votes on a bill to repeal it. …

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Azerbaijan Bans Anthony Bourdain for Stealthily Filming in Disputed Territory

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Anthony Bourdain is a pro at getting under people‘s skin, but now he’s upset an entire government — the one in Azerbaijan. For an upcoming Parts Unknown about Armenian cuisine and culture, he traveled to a region known as Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory technically located inside …

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Oh, C’mon, MTA: Don’t Ban Food on the Subway

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In recent weeks, riding the subway has become New Yorkers’ second-biggest nightmare (the first: being consumed whole by a pack of enraged rats). Desperate to improve rider morale, if not the actual tracks, MTA chief Joe Lhota yesterday suggested banning messy foods, but surely Bill de …

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San Francisco Schools Ban Students From Drinking Chocolate Milk

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What’s “school lunch” if not greasy pizza that you blot with a napkin and a carton of sugary chocolate milk? Starting in the fall, students in San Francisco will be able to tell you: Flavored-milk privileges have been revoked by the district. The ban is effective in August for …

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Chuck Schumer Vows to Destroy ‘Snortable Chocolate’

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New York senator and frequent opponent to fun Chuck Schumer has found the next clear and present danger to America. It is, of course, Coco Loko, the bizarre new cocoa powder being marketed as a drug-free stimulant that you buy in a $25 1.25-ounce tin, then …

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Berkeley Declares War on Plastic Straws

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Berkeley has long been a hub of action for the environmental movement: Alice Waters’s pioneering Chez Panisse opened there in 1971, putting a magnifying glass on the quality and provenance of ingredients before anyone dreamed of turning farm-to-table into a marketing term. Two years later, the country’s first curbside recycling …

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The World’s Best City for Street Food Just Banned All Its Vendors

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One month after CNN voted its street food the planet’s best for a second year, Bangkok has announced plans to ban all of its celebrated food stalls by year’s end. Officials are telling the city’s thousands of vendors, who clog the capital’s thoroughfares, but are undeniably …

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A Major Chinese Airline Has Banned Shipments of Shark Fin

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In what environmental activists will no doubt see as a major victory, Air China has become the first airline in China to ban shark-fin shipments. This is no small thing: It carried nearly 90 million passengers in 2016, and throws it weight into the ring with no less …

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Restauranteurs Who Are So Over 2016 Post Sign Banning All Trump Voters

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Honolulu restaurant owners Robert and Jali Warner want a Trump-free America so, so bad that they’ve straight-up told his voters they “can not” eat at their Italian eatery. The ban comes in the form of a recent sign conspicuously taped to Café 8½’s window warning anyone who approaches, …

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Kellogg Has Pulled Its Advertising From Breitbart News

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In what we’ll call Phase Two of Kellogg’s plan to eliminate harmful crap from its brand, the cereal giant has cut all ties with Breitbart News. Brands caught advertising on the popular website have started taking heat in recent weeks, especially after Donald Trump …

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Your Dream of Feasting on True Haggis Could Finally Become Reality Next Year

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Americans convinced the USDA’s long-standing ban on haggis — essentially, a large sack of savory pudding made from sheep lungs and other organ meat — is a gross injustice may soon have more to celebrate than just Robert Burns’s birthday. The feds are wrapping up “years” of negotiations with Scotland …

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Salad Chain Literally Everyone’s Obsessed With Bans Bacon and Sriracha From Its Menus

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The new OMG Omega bowl has sustainably sourced trout.

Salad chain Sweetgreen announced two menu changes today: The fast-growing and deep-pocketed company says it started contemplating how to make food healthier, and it’s decided the first step is banning all traces of bacon, as well as sriracha, from its 50 locations. The action kicks off a larger campaign to fix America’s “broken” food system that Sweetgreen wryly dubs “Make America Healthy Again.” (Yes, there are Trump-style hats.) Everyone’s favorite Thai hot sauce had to go because it packs too much added sugar (thanks, Michelle Obama); it’s ...

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Steakhouse That Once Banned O.J. Simpson Says Trump’s Not Welcome Either

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Serving it cold at Jeffy Ruby’s.

Donald Trump can add another first to his streak: Beyond running away with the GOP’s primary, he’s also now the first candidate to get himself on a restaurant blacklist that includes only one other name, O.J. Simpson. Trump learned Tuesday he’s not welcome at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, a prominent chophouse with locations in Kentucky and Ohio that’s only banned O.J., a man the vast majority of Americans believe murdered someone. Owner Jeff Ruby included his rationale when he tweeted out the news:

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A German City Banned Single-Serve Coffee Pods Because They’re So Wasteful

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Nein.

All who bemoan how the number of K-Cups sold annually could circle the Earth 12 times can stand proudly today with Hamburg, Germany: In order to go greener, the European city has outlawed all single-serve coffee pods from government buildings because of how much waste they create. An edict laying out the ban, which went into effect last month, put the kibosh on a list of “certain polluting products” that naturally include the ubiquitous capsules, since they now account for one-eighth of all the coffee bought in Germany. As the report says, “These portion packs cause unnecessary resource consumption ...

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Italian Restaurant Draws Predictable Ire After Banning Kids Under 5

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Adults only.

The owner of a popular seafood joint in Rome is infuriating families with a sign he installed that casually drops this BTW, complete with pictograms, at the front door:

“Due to some unpleasant incidents caused by a lack of manners,” it reads, “children under 5 are not allowed in this restaurant.” Marco Magliozzi, the owner of family-run La Fraschetta del Pesce, has other choice words for the toddler set, which include ...

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Applebee’s and IHOP Will Eliminate Soda From Their Kids’ Menus

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A thing of the past.

Two major casual-dining restaurant chains are shaking things up: Both Applebee’s and IHOP — owned by the same parent company, DineEquity — say they’re purging soft drinks from their children’s menus. Health groups like the Center for Science in the Public Interest are already praising this as a responsible move toward “making soda for kids a thing of the past.” Kids, of course, aren’t banned from having a soda, DineEquity notes; it’s now just up to parents to clue them into this fact.

These are the first casual-dining restaurants to adopt this plan, but ...

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Russia’s Food Destruction Is Totally Out of Control

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The taste of defeat.

Russia’s fight against its new archnemesis, bulk quantities of Western food, has reached a new low. Food-safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor is claiming victory over meat, dairy, and eggs that a German BMW race team was importing for an event in Moscow. Officials say that, due to a “gross violation of sanitary rules,” about 1.5 tons were introduced to an incinerator near the Estonian border, continuing Putin’s brilliant plan to boost the nation’s morale by destroying totally edible food. (So far, he mostly seems to be reminding Russians of their hunger pangs.)

Putin must respect ...

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Even Communists Aren’t Happy About Russia Bulldozing Cheese and Foie Gras

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A Russian officer apprehends contraband pork fat.

Reports of the circus that is Vladimir Putin’s imported-food ban continue to trickle out of Russia, with officials saying that they’ve destroyed 600 tons of goods during the first week of the campaign. On Friday, French foie gras and canned Latvian sprats were among the foods seized from a supermarket, while a video has emerged of a trial, and subsequent bulldozing, of three shrink-wrapped, frozen Hungarian geese confiscated from a village shop. Not surprisingly, Russians don’t think this is such a good idea especially, you know, during an economic downturn, and the extent ...

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Russia Is Destroying Nutella, Fancy Cheese, and Other Western Foods

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To remind enemies in the West that Russia is literally the place their delicious, but completely “illegal” Camembert, Nutella, and Mediterranean olives go to die, Vladimir Putin has unveiled a harsh decree: All Western food his goons find will now be destroyed, apparently by flame when possible.

Footage so far involves a lot of bulldozing, suggesting incinerators may be in short supply. Here’s video of what RT — most days of the year, Moscow’s propaganda arm — has taken to calling a “fromagicide”:

It’s a proud moment for Putin regardless. One reporter got invited to stand disconcertingly close ...

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Starbucks Won’t Ban That Handicap-Parking Vigilante After All

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The chain is making amends.

Starbucks has rethought its draconian punishment for the Florida man whose enthusiastic handicap-parking vigilantism got him banned for life. After a conversation with a regional vice-president, Rob Rowen reports that the ban has been lifted, but is that enough?

It sounds like the store’s patrons can expect him back on guard ASAP, because, as he tells friends on Facebook, he plans on “keeping the pressure on” until the chain addresses its policy towards handicapped patrons:

I told him their needs to be change to their store and local regional managers as they did not ...

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This Pizzeria Is Giving a Discount to Donald Trump’s Employees

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Good move.

Feeling sorry for the fact that people have to “look at his name every day,” a pizzeria in Atlantic City is offering a 10 percent discount to employees of Trump Taj Mahal.

The owners at Tony Boloney’s, an Atlantic City institution of sorts that banned Jay Leno for fighting with Conan O’Brien, weren’t fans of Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants being rapists and drug dealers, so they decided to yank his pizza-eating privileges: “Trump is banned from Tony Boloney’s,” reads a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page featuring a tortilla-chip-topped pizza. “We don’t tolerate ignorance.”

The ...

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‘Pot-Bellied’ Freedom-Fighter Gets Deep Fryers Reinstalled in Texas Schools

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“This isn’t about fries, it’s about freedom.”

For months, the agriculture commissioner of Texas, Sid Miller, has waged a one-man battle to get deep fryers back where they belong — in school cafeterias statewide. Yesterday, sweet, fattening victory finally arrived: Texas is reversing its decade-long ban on July 1, in a move the AP calls a national first.

Miller, who’s referred to himself as “pot-bellied,” granted “cupcake amnesty” earlier this year, and yesterday’s reversal also applies to sodas in school vending machines, since the state’s “one-size-fits-all approach” to school lunches had deprived kids of those, too. Opponents, including the ...

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