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Alton Brown’s Latest Podcast; A Patch for Peanut Allergies

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Happy Wednesday. We’re midway through Eater’s Sweets Week, so now might be a good time to catch up on the ultimate ice cream glossary, a brief history of ‘80s dessert sensation tiramisu, or our guide to the best bakeries in North America.

In today’s food news: running a restaurant in New York is even more expensive than you might think; a new treatment for peanut allergy sufferers; Alton Brown’s newest podcast episode; and Italy’s under siege by McDonald’s.

— Food world hero Alton Brown dropped a new episode of his podcast today: Browncast #62 features Ellen Bennett, the entrepreneur behind Hedley & Bennett, the LA-based brand of aprons worn by a bevy of hot chefs including David Chang and April Bloomfield.

— That saying “If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere” may be particularly true when it comes to running a restaurant, new analysis from the New York Times reveals. As Eater NY explains, “rent, labor costs, and food costs in New York City all surpass costs in other urban areas like Los Angeles and San Francisco by quite a wide margin — with expenses sometimes double the price in New York versus major West Coast cities.”

— People who are allergic to peanuts may soon have a new treatment option: a patch that “administers small amounts of peanut protein through the skin” to train the body’s immune system to tolerate the legumes. It proved promising in recent clinical trials, Gizmodo reports, especially for young kids.

— Italy is swiftly being invaded by fast food restaurants, and some Italians won’t stand for it. Nearly 200 people have signed an open letter to UNESCO asking for the agency’s help in protecting its cultural sites from “commercial exploitation,” citing “vulgar” businesses such as McDonald’s and tacky souvenir shops that are replacing the country’s beautiful historic buildings. (The Big Mac slinger is currently planning a location in Vatican City, to the chagrin of many Catholics.)

— Many in Washington D.C. can’t stand the idea of Donald Trump moving into the White House, hence why the city is now home to not one but two anti-Trump themed bars. Barrel in Capitol Hill has giant menus (to make your hands look small, obviously), and the forthcoming “Bar Ilegal” pop-up will serve mezcal and Mexican food.

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