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Michelin Heads to Washington DC; Eat Like a 16th Century Pope

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Happy (?) Tuesday, the holiday weekend has come to a screeching halt. If you're not ready to embrace a new work week, perhaps now would be a good time to relive the last week's top 13 Eater stories.

In slightly more up-to-date food news: The Michelin guide is invading another U.S. city; an outspoken celebrity chef releases his second book today; a Chicago restaurant was on the receiving end of some nasty graffiti this weekend; and now's your chance to dine like a Pope.

— Washington DC is about to see (Michelin) stars: The restaurant guidebook gurus just announced they'll launch a DC guide this October. It will be only the fourth U.S. city to get a Michelin guide, following New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.

— Need some fresh summer reading? Chef, author, and TV host Eddie Huang's second book comes out today, and the New York Times has some thoughts on Double Cup Love: "Mr. Huang’s writing is wry and zippy; he regards the world with an understanding of its absurdities and injustices and with a willingness to be surprised. The dark edge of 'Fresh Off the Boat' is mostly gone in the new book, replaced with an acceptance of calm in his life." (Huang also recently discussed the book with Stephen Colbert on the Late Show.)

— Some awful person in Chicago spent their Memorial Day weekend vandalizing a restaurant with a homophobic slur. On Saturday night, staff at Hamburger Mary's — which is located in Andersonville, a neighborhood home to many gay bars and other LGBT-oriented businesses — discovered someone had spray-painted "Die f--s" on a bathroom door. The owners have painted over it with the word "love," and security tapes have been turned over to the police in hopes of catching the suspect.

— Want to dine like a 16th century Pope? Get thee to the island nation of Malta this week. A lavish dinner organized by the nation's Notarial Archives Resources Council and a group of food historians being held on June 3 will feature recreations of dishes from the centuries-old cookbook of Bartolomeo Scappi, who played chef to half a dozen Popes. Just don't expect much in the way of dessert, because in those years, sugar was more expensive than gold. (Thankfully that's no longer the case, because current Pope Francis apparently has quite the taste for ice cream.)

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