Daily Dish: Chef Ken Frank of Le Toque in Napa Valley argues that the upcoming foie gras ban will "will create the biggest black market since Prohibition." He recommends replacing it with "the world's highest standards for humane foie gras."
Reuters: In the wake of North Korea's failed missile launch, the United States decides not to deliver planned food aid to the impoverished country.
KTLA: PETA protests against McDonald's Chicken McNuggets in Echo Park, near the organization's new offices. Note the chicken costumes.
Serious Eats: An interview with the senior marketing manager for Top Ramen and Cup Noodles at Nissin Foods USA. (Cup Noodles is packaged in a cup because "no one...had ramen-sized bowls" in the 1970s. Also, your Top Ramen is best made with boiling water, not in the microwave. Sorry, you college kids living off microwaves!)
Bon Appetit: 10 foods they want to ban from mall food courts. (Orange chicken, Hot Dog on a Stick, sushi, Sbarro...)
Slate: Our fickle love affair with "Asian fusion."
Money & Co: Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill tries "small plates" and "premium ingredients such as langoustine, crab and lemongrass rice with basil," among other changes.
The Salt: Fast food chains in hospital cafeterias?
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Wall Street Journal: A review of An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies by Tyler Cowen.
The Daily Meal: Skinnygirl Cocktails is one of the country's fastest-growing spirits brands, according to Technomic's Adult Beverage Resource Group.
Los Angeles, I'm Yours: Nine eating pit stops to make on your way to Coachella.
LAist: Farmscape, a "corporate-person" advocating urban farming, wants to run for mayor.