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German Politician Wants Berlin Restaurant Workers to Stop Speaking English

Plus Anthony Bourdain’s “guilty pleasure” and other news to know today

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  • Addressing a fear that German will become a “residual language” in Germany, potential Angela Merkel successor/junior finance minister Jens Spahn has “called for a crackdown” of people speaking English in their day-to-day lives. “It drives me up the wall the way waiters in Berlin restaurants only speak English,” he told a newspaper. Another quote: “You would never find this kind of lunacy in Paris."
  • Only food TV superstar Alton Brown could reconnect a lost dog with its owner using the power of Twitter.
  • This ridiculous lawsuit accuses the Cheesecake Factory of “tricking” customers into overtipping.
  • Bobby Flay will never, ever send food back at a restaurant. Also, he refuses to order cod because it “just doesn’t taste like anything.”
  • And a funny “guilty pleasure” from Anthony Bourdain: “Every restaurant in the world, every hotel has spaghetti bolognese on the menu and I have a perverse desire to see how they make it. It’s become a joke with my crew. We try to always eat what’s local always — especially in a country with delicious food — but in our down time, we all succumb now and again to the spaghetti bolognese, if only for the comedy value.”
  • After six seasons, Daphne Oz will leave The Chew. She’s also expecting a third child and “recently became a brand ambassador for the Dress Barn.”