All the News That’s Fit to Eat

Keeping track of Boston’s dining scene can feel almost as impossible as resisting a warm chocolate chip cookie. Chowder scours the Internet for the latest good news, bad news, and updates you on the latest salmonella scare.

Good News
You’d think you may have to travel far to find the World’s Best Chocolate Ice Cream. Not so, according to the judges as the World Dairy Expo, who bestowed the honor on Skowhegan, Maine’s Gifford’s Ice Cream.

Chowhound reports that L’Espalier and Sel de la Terre will open in the Mandarin Oriental on September 15.

Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro at Patriot Place is hiring staff for its opening in mid-August. The restaurant describes itself as “offering wines from around the world and an inspired menu of small plate creations.” Should be a great post-Pats game stop for men who need to placate their football-hating wives.

Bad News
Jamaica Plain’s Cafe D will close by early fall, according to Chowhound. Rumor has it an Indian restaurant will take its place.

The over-caffeinated kids at the Emerald Square Mall are going to be so lethargic now. Despite prior reports that Starbucks would keep all its Massachusetts locations, seven stores will be shuttered.

Fear the jalapeño
The FDA has determined that the recent salmonella outbreak is probably due to jalapeños grown in Mexico. Great, now we’re scared of salsa, which is the one food we like to eat when it’s this hot out.