S.F. to Possibly Ban Toys in Fast Food Meals; Artisanal Popsicles Could Be the New Cupcakes

Erick Castro, who now promotes Plymouth gin.

More and more talented bartenders, like S.F.'s Erick Castro and Neyah White, are leaving the profession to become brand ambassadors for booze. [NYT]

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar proposed a new law, much like Santa Clara County's, banning toys in fast food meals unless they meet strict nutritional guidelines. [Chron]

Wineries and microbreweries, especially in California, are worried about a bill before Congress that might result in new alcohol shipping obstacles in certain states. [ABC 7]

A look at Berkeley mini-chains Bongo Burger and Brazil Caf. [Berkeleyside]

It seems that artisanal popsicles could depose cupcakes as the nation's trendiest sweet. [Columbian]

Guy Fieri has a "Sarah Palin-like ability to reach Americans who feel left behind by the nations cultural (or, in his case, culinary) elite." [NYT]

Spurred by Man vs. Food, competitive eating is gaining a foothold in the United Kingdom. [Independent]

Unreachable reservation lines and too much VIP schmoozing top John Mariani's list of the seven deadly restaurateur sins. [Esquire]

A global food crisis like the one that occurred in 2007-8 could be on the horizon once again. [Time]