Although wine bars have been a trend for some time now, 2008 was the year they became destination restaurants. Spots like Gottino and the Jake Walk are serving excellent food alongside the drinks. [Metromix]
-In a disappointment for foodies like Michael Pollan and Alice Waters, who hoped for a secretary of Agriculture with expertise in sustainable-food policy, Obama has picked former Iowa governor and ethanol enthusiast Tom Vilsack for the post. [NYT]
-Although Christmas pudding is a love-it-or-hate-it proposition, many feel the British dessert to be a vital part of their holiday celebrations. [Urbanite/amNY]
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