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Combo Plate: Missing the Minimalist, flash mobs, glitter tattoos and more

January 24, 2011 | 11:03 am

Good news, bad news, sad news: Mark Bittman is retiring the Minimalist column in the New York Times after 13 years. That's the bad news. The good news is that he is moving to the paper's opinion section, where he will write a weekly column tackling food policy, sustainable eating as well as diet and health issues. He'll also launch an opinion blog. While congrats are in order, we're sad we can't expect to see his byline most Wednesdays.

Hey, I'm trying to eat here: A flash mob breaks out at Eataly New York, video above. Eater NY has more, and be sure to check out the comments from jaded New Yawkers....

I'll bet you're on this list: The 50 most powerful people in the food universe, via the Daily Meal.

You might need a tissue for this one: How to nourish yourself in a time of sorrow, via the Kitchn.

Sparkly tattoos for all: How to throw the best kid's birthday party ever, via What's Gaby Cooking.

Gotta keep that clock away from the open flames: Flavor Flav opens a fried chicken restaurant in Iowa.

How do you go from barista to bartender in a town like L.A.? Let Laura Lindsay show you how, via Toque.

Think of how many last-minute grocery shopping trips you'll save: How to grow herbs indoors during winter, via the Huffington Post.

-- Rene Lynch
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