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Chick-fil-A Gets Apple Pay; America’s Meat Obsession

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Happy Thursday. In today's news: An unexpected high profile restaurant shutter; why the campaign to get Americans to eat less meat has failed; a new way to pay for Chick-fil-A; and much more:

— Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio is closing his eponymous restaurant Colicchio & Sons after six years of operation in Manhattan. The chef announced the shutter in a tweet early this morning.

— The campaign to get Americans to eat less meat has been a bust.

— Chick-fil-A joins dozens of other companies and fast food restaurants in accepting Apple Pay beginning this Friday.

— Inside North Korea's first ever beer festival, where visitors thank Kim Jong-un for alcohol.

— An excerpt from the NYT's latest "Letter of Recommendation: Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles":

But to enjoy Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles is to revel in the human-made, in the old Enlightenment project of our scientific conquest of nature. The marketing of so-called artisanal foods has traditionally prioritized narrative; the stories of our food have become so paramount that fussing about flavor is coming to seem almost gauche. Ruffles, by contrast, invite a purely aesthetic appreciation. The "Cheddar" and "potato" on the bag are mere starting points. The chips' magnificently artificial flavoring is not a simulacrum of nature but an improvement on it, as fantastical and engineered as an unmanned satellite. They are perfect, fully realized objects, requiring no context or elucidation.

— Finally, meet a Girl Scout with gumption: