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Pok Pok Charcoal Now for Sale; Dominique Ansel's Latest Pastry Creation

Plus, Detroit legislators consider enacting a 4a.m. last call.

FROM THAILAND— Pok Pok chef/empire builder Andy Ricker has announced the release of his Pok Pok-branded charcoal line, named Pok Pok Thaan. The "Thai-Style binchotan" charcoal is made from rambutan fruit wood for a "consistent, even heat," and is available for purchase online in five-pound or 22-pound boxes. Thaan joins Ricker's drinking vinegar line Pok Pok Som as one of the chef's non-restaurant projects; more information here. [EaterWire]

NEW YORK CITY— Pastry wizard/Cronut king Dominique Ansel has revealed his latest sweet gimmick: A "Black Truffle" Cookie Dough set, in which each ball of dough is made to look like a black truffle. Ansel notes there's no actual truffle in the treats, just three kinds of chocolate in each cookie ball and a "bed" of Rice Krispies. [EaterWire]

DETROIT— "Last call" might soon be later (or is it earlier?) in Detroit: Eater Detroit reports lawmakers in the state senate have approved a bill that would allow downtown bars to serve alcohol until 4a.m., two hours past its current 2a.m. last call. The bill must still pass the House, but supporters argue a later liquor permission might help "entice more conventions to the Motor City from other major metropolitan areas." [EDET]

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