Gifford's Closes Suddenly: I was surprised to discover a closed Gifford's ice cream outlet in downtown Washington (located on E Street, between 10th and 11th Streets, N.W.). The front door has a sticker that indicates that the health department closed it. Interesting. They don't prepare meals there, and ice cream doesn't present a lot of potential for health code violations so I'm curious what happened. Nothing I saw on Gifford's website provides an explanation.
Can You Taste the Difference? When it comes to eggs, apparently not. This blind taste test found that there was no difference between supermarket eggs and those from locally-sourced, humanely treated hens.
Que Syrah, Syrah: The N.Y. Times' Eric Asimov wonders if there really is a future for Syrah producers in the U.S. One wine producer who was an early champion of the red-wine grape laments that Syrah "appears to have crashed and burned in this country."