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Amazon Restaurant Delivery Hits Chicago; the Dumpling Emoji Is on Its Way

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The internet is still reeling after learning yesterday that most mom and pop restaurants, independent diners, casual date spots, and neighborhood grills — not just fast food chains — serve massive portions of food. What's actually surprising is that people are surprised at this news. Portion size in America has been a hotly contested topic for decades, but it wasn't until the early 1990s, when the word obesity started hitting headlines, that people even noticed how fast and how much portion size at American restaurants had grown. It's always been easy to point a wagging finger at chain restaurants — they have the resources to withstand the blame and to alter their course — but no one looks good telling Mr. and Mrs. Jones that their 1,500 calorie meatloaf and mashed potato blue plate special is making America fat. Related: Here's what 2,000 calories looks like at America's top chain restaurants and coffee shops.

In other news, Amazon is coming for you, Seamless; the dumpling emoji is on its way; what President Obama ate in Detroit; the NBA still loves Chipotle; and Alain Ducasse is expanding his empire this year.

— This morning Amazon announced it was expanding its restaurant delivery service. Amazon Prime users in Chicago can now order food delivery via their Prime account. For now, delivery is free with a Prime membership; Eater Chicago has all the details and the full list of 78 restaurants around the Windy City that are offering the perk.

— Remember the dumpling emoji? Well it, along with an emoji for chopsticks, a fortune cookie, and a Chinese takeout box have entered the proposal stage for approval into Unicode's next emoji line up. Frankly, we can't wait.

— President Obama was in Detroit yesterday. He ate a burger at a pizza place and washed it down with some beer. Eater Detroit has all of the details.

— At least half a dozen NBA players are standing by Chipotle's side despite the chain's embarrassing E. coli outbreak. "That's how we became friends in school, man," said the Milwaukee Bucks' John Henson. "It wasn't the basketball team. We all had a common interest of Chipotle, and it manifested into this great relationship now with a couple of my best friends."

Alain Ducasse's new restaurant is called Ducasse à Versailles, is described as a "contemporary café," and opens in the spring at the Pavillon Dufour in the Palace of Versailles.

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