GQ Disses PDX Bar Scene: GQ released its list of the 25 best bars in the U.S., naming Zig Zag Cafe in Seattle number one. Meanwhile none of Portland’s excellent bars make the list. How’d that happen? via GQ
New Food Site Swallows Old Food Site: The Daily Meal, Jim Spanfeller’s (ex-Forbes CEO) upcoming food website, acquired Always Hungry, an NYC-based restaurant website that was nominated for a James Beard Award last year for its videos. via Eater National
Radical Ice Cream Consumption: Ben & Jerry’s changes the name of its Phish Food ice cream temporarily to “Something’s Fishy” to protest FDA approval of genetically engineered salmon. via Grist
On the Advice of Our Lawyers …: Jack DeCoster and other Wright County Egg officials testify before Congress—and apologize for the first time—for the salmonella outbreak linked to their egg farms. via CNN
When Organic Means Sorta Organic: The National Organic Standards Board denies a petition by organic hop growers to stop the approval of a beer as “organic” if it contains nonorganic hops. via The Cornucopia Institute
A (Bad) Good Read: On the tail end (har har) of a KFC campaign where the company paid college girls to wear sweatpants advertising the Double Down sandwich on the ass, Esquire posts a cringe-inducing look at the use of women in advertising to sell food products. It’s horrifying.
Deaths, Firings, Recalls, and Other Endings:
• Bon Appétit Editor-in-Chief Barbara Fairchild revealed she was leaving the mag because she doesn’t want to leave California. We don’t blame her.
• IHOP sues the International House of Prayer (IHOP), a religious group in Kansas, for trademark infringement.
Debuts, Openings, and Other Beginnings:
• Gourmet Live, the former print mag’s iPad-only, interactive app, is released in the Apple store. Also revealed: It has content-sharing agreements with Serious Eats and Eater (Eater writer Raphael Brion quipped, “Don’t worry, our judgment will not be clouded here, so shut up“).
• An Ohio high school installed one of the first baby carrot vending machines as part of the new campaign to sell the health food using junk food methods.