Don't Panic Over Halal Food Carts Near Ground Zero.

Aug 17, 2010 at 7:00 am
Good God, no! They're selling Halal food at Ground Zero! The Washington Post sensibly explains to a concerned reader why selling food that adheres to Islamic law in Lower Manhattan isn't threatening.

An English professor was forcibly removed from a Manhattan Starbucks because she refused to participate in a grammatically incorrect exchange with a barista. The New York Post reports that, when asked, "Butter or cheese?" on the toasted multigrain bagel she ordered, Dr. Lynne Rosenthal refused to answer. "'I just wanted a multigrain bagel," Rosenthal told The Post. 'I refused to say 'without butter or cheese.' When you go to Burger King, you don't have to list the six things you don't want. Linguistically, it's stupid, and I'm a stickler for correct English.'" Such a stickler that, when the barista persisted, she screamed at him and required three cops to remove her.

Author Jay McInerney writes his history of pinot grigio for the Wall Street Journal. What was the hip wine in 1980s literary circles, he compares to listening to The Monkees by the early '90s. Now, he doesn't care about the hip factor as he goes in search of the perfect Italian white.

You know what probably doesn't pair well with pinot grigio? The Meat Man Parfait. The Chicago Tribune features this year's hot food item at the Illinois State Fair - a parfait of barbecue pork layered with mashed potatoes, drizzled with barbecue sauce and topped with a cherry ... tomato.