Gwyneth Sends Mario to the Gym; NYC’s Official Big Apple

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Tom Potter, co-founder of the Brooklyn Brewery, wants to open a whiskey and gin distillery in the borough the city's first since Prohibition. [Brooklyn Paper]

A Queens city councilman wants to make the Newtown pippin New York Citys official apple, but apple enthusiasts are unimpressed. [NYP]

Ouch: Gwyneth Paltrow has given Mario Batali a free membership at her friend's gym because "Mario is the only fat friend she has, and wants him to change." [NYP]

The conventional agribusiness industry is mad about the Obamas' all-organic garden and sent Michelle a letter asking her to use pesticides. [Telegraph UK]

Eric Ripert on Gordon Ramsay: "This guy is smart, hes talented, hes playing the game of a**hole, and at the end of the day hes looking at himself and he knows hes an a**hole." [Tony and Friends/Travel Channel via Feedbag]

Old-school private club India House is having a hard time making ends meet. [NYT]

In an effort to compete with Pizza Hut, Domino's is now selling bread bowls filled with pasta. [WSJ]

Because of last year's salmonella scare and resulting oversupply, fewer peanuts are being planted this year. [WSJ]

Lou Reed's favorite New York restaurants include the Little Owl and Una Pizza Napoletana. [Metromix]