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Breakfast Links: Shark Finning Trade Drops 90%

Shark fin trade from Hong Kong to China drops almost 90 per cent in one year (SCMP.com)
Thanks to stricter regulations and environmental groups, the finning industry is losing ground in China. Somehow, the number one importer of shark fins in Asia is now Vietnam, which has never had a traditional taste for shark fin soup, so yeah.

Chef Batali advises avoiding processed foods (NYP)
It’s gonna be hard, we admit, what with the Eastering and all, but his advice is sound: ““Get away from anything processed. Fast meals are a sickness. Stop buying pre-made edibles. What’s organic is not touched by mechanics, factories or giant companies.”

Momofuku in talks for restaurant at CityCenterDC (Washington Business Bureau)
No! Don’t do it, David Chang! We don’t care how much money you’re going to make, and we know it’s going to be a lot of money! You’re too cool for those guys!

Restaurant Review: Jean-Georges on the Upper West Side (NYT)
Pete Wells reaffirms the grand restaurant’s four-star rating, saying: “Jean-Georges is still a four-star restaurant. That is all. Thank you for your time. On second thought, there may be a little more to say.”

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