Breakfast Links: Obama Dreams of Jiro Dreaming of Sushi

Obama Eats At One Of The World’s Best Sushi Restaurants (AP)
Yes, the leader of the free world somehow scored a reservation for dinner at the legendary sushi restaurant Sukibayasho Jiro, along with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice. How on earth did the President of the United States score a reservation!? It’s not like he’s an important person or anything.

Video Interlude: Watch Bourdain Visit Boulud in Lyon on Parts Unknown (Eater)
Is your body prepared for the gastronomical onslaught of Bourdain and Boulud’s visit to Paul Bocuse on Sunday? No? Okay, ease your way in with this visual vaccine.

Critic’s Notebook: Let’s Start With Bread and Water (NYT)
Pete Wells is pissed off that some restaurants are turning traditionally free offerings, like bread and water, into elaborate courses and pairings. We agree. It’s bread and water, people.

Häagen-Dazs Japan Releases Vegetable Ice Creams (Grub Street)
They do things differently in Japan. Did you know that they eat raw fish? That’s not how we do it in ‘Murrikuh. (Imagine what would happen if our president ate raw fish!)

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