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Philadelphia's salt warning rule takes affect at chains

Sep. 13, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new rule has gone into effect this week in Philadelphia requiring chain restaurants to post warning labels next to menu items that are high in salt. Warnings will be shown for any menu item that has more than 2,300 milligrams, which is the recommended sodium total for an entire day....

Protest at Chick-fil-A opening in Canada over LGBTQ issues

Sep. 6, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Dozens of protesters crowded a downtown Toronto sidewalk Friday to voice their opposition to the opening of the first franchised Chick-fil-A restaurant in Canada over the chain owner's record on LGBTQ issues. The protesters said the company has funded anti-LGBTQ initiatives while company...

JJ Johnson connects the world with rice with new restaurant

Sep. 5, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rice was a staple in JJ Johnson's home when he was growing up. It was also a food he despised. "My mom made overcooked rice," Johnson, now a James Beard Foundation-nominated chef, says jokingly. "But most people don't make rice well." Many people rely on boxed rice, he says, making rice...

With a nudge from the young and sober, mocktails taking hold

Sep. 3, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Five years ago, for her 27th birthday, Lorelei Bandrovschi gave up drinking for a month on a dare. She was a casual drinker and figured it would be easy. It was, but she hadn't banked on learning so much about herself in the process. "I realized that going out without drinking was something...

Some opposed to commercial development ideas for Fort Gorges

Sep. 3, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A man looking to bring commercial development to an historic fort in Maine is facing opposition. Mike Dugay says he'd like to see a restaurant, brewpub and a bed-and-breakfast at the 160-year-old Fort Gorges in Casco Bay. The Portland Press Herald reports some members of Friends of...

'London literary pub' tour brings writers and writing home

Sep. 3, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A bartender asks Gavin Smith whether he fancies a citrus pale ale or Kolsch-style lager at the Newman Arms — a London pub dating back to 1730. The 47-year-old Liphook, England, resident makes his choice, then walks to a spot where writer George Orwell reportedly drank his favorite...

Madison video store tries to hang on in a world of streaming

Sep. 2, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

MAIDSON, Wis. (AP) — The future of Madison's last independently owned video store is tenuous. Four Star Video Cooperative is $10,000 in debt, barely makes enough money to maintain its operations and most of its ownership group is moving on to other things. But passion, along with volunteers, crowdfunding...

Iconic party bus in Lincoln searching for a new owner

Aug. 31, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The former school bus could legally carry 59 passengers but often a few more would squeeze in, especially for Lincoln Stars games. The 1988 GMC served P.O. Pears for nearly a decade, as ruby-red and iconic as the restaurant's lip-shaped service counter. It hauled customers to football...

Antoni Porowski talks Boursin, avocados, life on 'Queer Eye'

Aug. 30, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As a kid, "Queer Eye" foodie Antoni Porowski had a love-hate relationship with Polish fare. It was standard in his Polish Canadian family, but he was a picky eater. He didn't like caraway seeds. He truly didn't like beets. And once he and his dad decamped from Montreal to Glade Springs,...

LA's Music Center Plaza reopens after $41 million renovation

Aug. 29, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The downtown Los Angeles Music Center's plaza has reopened to the public after two years and a $41 million renovation. Civic and community leaders declared the 36,000-square-foot (3,344.5-square-meter) space "the plaza for all" at a grand reopening ceremony Wednesday. The makeover is the...