The Pearl Oyster Suit Not Just About Lobster Rolls; Salman and Padma Finally Over

Theres more to the Pearl Oyster Bar suit than the poaching of lobster-roll recipes or wainscoting; Rebecca Charles accuses Ed McFarland of what amounts to corporate espionage. [Diners Journal/NYT]
Related: Eds Lobster Bar to Pearl Oyster Bar: Step Off!

Its finally official: Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi are bust-o. A source close to both suggests two of the possible reasons: Rushdie is totally self-centered, and Lakshmi incredibly dull. [Daily India]

PDTs combination of conspicuous secrecy and promotional exertion is basically ridiculous. It kind of gives you the idea that you're the only one who knows about a place. But once you look around and are like, What are all these people from New Jersey doing here? obviously, you're not. [NYP]

The former No. 2 man at Cipriani is headed to the can for eighteen months for attempted insurance fraud. [NYP]

Grub Streets own Daniel Maurer sells his first book, a collection of manly neologisms. But will his masterpiece, douchetination (a destination for douches), make it in? [Gawker]

Elastic Waist, a new Cond Nastowned Website, is experiencing some early blowback from blue language and from its game of kill, fuck, or marry featuring Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, and Alton Brown. [Chow]

Inspired by the movie, many diners are looking to try ratatouille. [NYDN]
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The origins of hot dogs arent nearly as horrific as you may have been led to believe. [NYDN]