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In today's vital food news: McDonald's is America's most-hated fast food restaurant; Kendall Jenner expects us to believe she eats burgers like, all the time; black coffee fuels the NBA playoffs; and NYC wants diners to keep an eye on their sodium intake.
— A court has upheld NYC's sodium warnings on menus. The city put a new rule into effect last December that mandates chain restaurants must put a salt shaker icon next to menu items that contain more than 2,300 milligrams (approximately one teaspoon of salt), which is the daily limit advised by many nutritionists. A previous court ruling blocked the city from actually enforcing the law but now it's gotten the go-ahead — meaning restaurants who fail to comply could face a $200 fine or lose their permits. Meanwhile, the National Restaurant Association says it will continue to fight the ruling.
— Reality TV maven and supermodel Kendall Jenner now holds the rather unlikely title of burger critic. The Kardashian clan member published a list of her favorite burgers around the world on her website and app (which you'll have to pay to access, natch). Here's some free spoilers: She's really into the burgers at Father's Office in LA, J.G. Melon's in NYC, and Ferdi in Paris, where she says "the cheese-to-meat ratio is perfect." (Warning: She's got some opinions on pizza, too.)
— McDonald's is the second-largest fast food chain in the world (behind only Subway), but it's also one of the most hated. According to a survey of 10,000 Americans, the Golden Arches and Burger King are the most commonly disliked fast food restaurants. Baskin-Robbins, KFC, and Domino's also received overall negative ratings. (People are definitely loving McDonald's all-day breakfast, however.)
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— NBA legend LeBron James may have a billion dollar deal with Nike, but one of his teammates has own coffee. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova, who hails from Australia, has a special blend of beans called G'Day Mate. The basketball player has a cherished pre-game ritual that involves drinking a cup of black coffee prior to every tip-off. Will it help the Cavs defeat the Toronto Raptors tonight in Game 6? Stay tuned.
— Sushi legend Nobu Matsuhisa just opened his first-ever restaurant in France. Located at boutique luxury hotel Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, Matsuhisa Paris serves Japanese-Peruvian fusion (the chef's first real cooking job in the 70s was in Peru); appropriately, the menu will have a little French flair courtesy of executive chef Hideki Endo.