Smoothies at Starbucks; Searching for New Sandwiches

In an effort to lure back customers, Starbucks will start offering smoothie-like drinks made with fresh fruit and whey powder, though this raises the question of who prefers a smoothie-like drink to an actual smoothie. [WSJ]

Casey and Dale from Top Chef Miami still keep in touch, meaning she knows why Dale isnt dating Jack from Project Runway anymore. [Slashfood]

Diners think restaurant inspections protect them much more than they actually do. [Science Daily]

Can any of these sandwiches stack up to New York classics like the meatball parm or the BLT? [NYT]

Dining at celebrity-chef-owned restaurants doesnt always have to break the bank. [Debonair]

The Market Diner, one of Frank Sinatras hangouts in his heyday, will reopen in June. [Urbanite/amNY]

Tom Valenti may rule the Upper West Side with Ouest, but hes really an expert on Washington Heights. [TONY]

Aww, chef love! wd~50s pastry chef Alex Stupak is married to the pastry sous-chef at Babbo. [Restaurant Girl]