• Bon Appetit's 10 best new restaurants of 2014
• Desserts have many loyal fans
• NYC's Serendipity 3 marks 60-year milestone
• 3 daily habits of successful entrepreneurs
• Should the government back off on sodium?
Bon Appetit editors revealed their picks for the year's top 10 new restaurants.
This year's crop of the top 10 eateries is all over the map, geographically and conceptually. The restaurant of the year: Rose's Luxury, in Washington, DC's Barracks Row neighborhood.
Here's how restaurant and drinks editor Andrew Knowlton describes the place:
"There is a lot that sets it apart, starting with the warm, farmhouse-style dining room, kitchen-counter seating, and atrium glowing with string lights. There is the knowledgeable and friendly service. And, of course, the eclectic menu: Southern comfort food threaded with globe-trotting ingredients and ideas from Southeast Asia, Mexico, Italy, and France."
Knowlton also shared his picks for the year's top 25 restaurant trends, including minimalist design, sensational snacks and new technology tools.
Dessertivores, those sweet-toothed guests who save room for dessert, are a substantial lot, according to a study done for Cheesecake Factory Bakery.
Almost a third of 500 consumers (31 percent) in a Culinary Visions poll for the company, which supplies desserts to restaurants, said they choose their entree based on what they expect to enjoy for dessert.
The top choices for dessert: cheesecake (68 percent), cake (62 percent), pie (55 percent) and ice cream or sorbet (54 percent).
Restaurants that figure out a way to satisfy those with a sweet tooth stand to profit from this demand.
Speaking of dessert, Serendipity 3, NYC's best-known tea room, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
The restaurant/store is marking the milestone by issuing a new edition of its Sweet Serendipity cookbook, including a foreword by Joan and Melissa Rivers; a limited edition tee shirt created by designer Anna Sui; a mayoral proclamation; and a new attempt to break a Guinness world record.
Original owner and founder, Stephen Bruce, remains at the helm of the restaurant and general store, which has been a favorite of gliterati since the beginning, with fans as diverse as Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol and Jackie O. Onassis once tried to wangle the recipe for a signature dessert, Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, for a private event.
A daily Rx for entrepreneurs: Have fun, invest in your health and take an break, according to Inc. business/finance columnist Elle Kaplan.
Kaplan, c.e.o. of Lexion Capital Management, says taking time to replenish, refuel and recenter is a good way to prevent burnout.
• Make time for fun: "Entrepreneurs need laughter more than anyone else," Kaplan says.
• Invest in your health: Make time for sleep, sex and exercise--or at least two of the three-every day.
• Break to be better: "It's when you step away from your work and do something completely different—even a totally mundane chore—that the most brilliant ideas often emerge."
Health authorities have long pressured restaurants to trim sodium levels in food, but a new study questions the value of a lower-sodium diet.
The study of 100,000 people in 17 countries found that people who consume 3 to 6 grams of sodium a day had the lowest risk of heart problems or death from any cause. About three-fourths of the world's population falls in that range--Americans consume about 4 grams a day. That compares to the 1.5-2.4 gram a day reccommendations from various groups.
"Too-high sodium is bad. Too low also may be bad, and sodium isn't the whole story," says Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. "People should go for moderation."
The study appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. Boston.com explained the implications in layman's terms.