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It's Monday, and today the Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland. Where will presumptive nominee Donald Trump dine while he's in town? He's apparently banned from eating at any of chef Michael Symon's restaurants, so sadly he won't be feasting on any Cleveland-style barbecue. (The city has plenty of McDonald's, though, so Trump certainly won't go hungry.)

In today's vital food news: Starbucks will block customers from watching porn; Chick-fil-A launches a new, healthier breakfast sandwich; Alain Ducasse talks Michelin stars; and some very expensive toast.

— Thousands of people fled the horrific Bastille Day massacre in Nice, France that killed 84 people. Among those who escaped unharmed was famed French chef Alain Ducasse, who was dining with U2 singer Bono on the terrace at a nearby restaurant, La Petite Maison.

— In decidedly less sad Ducasse-related news, the chef recently spoke to Luxury London about Michelin stars (of which he has a whopping 21): "Michelin is something of a mystery. A lot of emphasis is placed on it. But does it matter in, say, Brazil, or the UK? The goal of any chef should be to fill his restaurant, not to spend his time thinking about awards." (He also gives some interesting details about his upcoming restaurant at the Palace of Versailles, so do click through.)

Starbucks patrons will soon be barred from watching porn via the chain's free wifi. McDonald's has already announced it's now filtering the wifi at a majority of its U.S. stores in response to a years-long campaign by anti-porn groups. Starbucks says it'll follow suit as soon as it figures out how to block porn without also "involuntarily block[ing] unintended content." (Also, please raise your hand if you're ever actually watched porn inside a Starbucks.)

— Chick-fil-A just launched its first new breakfast item in six years, and it's decidedly more healthy than its usual fried chicken biscuits and hash browns: Think grilled chicken, egg whites, and American cheese on a multigrain English muffin.

— Speaking of breakfast, here's what you're currently missing at chef Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck in Bray, England, where dinner runs nearly $400 a head: fancy toast.

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