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DAILY BITES
Cyber Monday for the Foodie

We used to think that Cyber Monday was just for scroll-happy moms and holiday obsessives. We were wrong. Cyber Monday is packed to the gills with worthwhile deals for everyone on your shopping list (including yourself!). Check out our top choices for today's most savory offers.

Seamless : Hungry for lunch? Seamless is taking 20% off all orders when the code Monday20 is entered before checking out.

Gilt Taste: Unlike their discounted big sister, Gilt Groupe, Taste is known for pushing pricey products. Today, the artisinal site is cutting those pricetags in half with discounts up to 70% off and updates on sales every three hours (we're especially interested in the White Truffles from Gourmet Attitude starting just under 78 bucks).

CURTIS STONE
Curtis Stone is a Dad!

Recipe for a cute kid:

1 Host, Top Chef Masters

1 adorable-but-never-annoying actress

Combine ingredients and wait 9 months.

It's possible that Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price's love affair has a bit more to it than this little story but- in the spirit of Thanksgiving- we're satisfied with this little tale.

People announced yesterday that Stone (Top Chef Masters) and Price (Lipstick Jungle) welcomed son Hundson on November 9. Stone tweeted "Lindsay and I are so excited to welcome our sweet little baby boy into the world...It feels so great to be a dad!!!!"

This is Chef Stone's first child, while Price played a mother very convincingly while on 90210.

SWEET TOOTH
Cupcakes in Heels

Every wonder what would happen if Barbie and Hannah Montana holed themselves up in a pink, ruffled bakery and tried to create the world's girliest dessert?

We have a feeling the husband and wife duo behind Cupcakes in Heels were pondering the same question.

Jenny and Wing- aka Mr. and Mrs. Yummy- are the Bayside-based partners in the Couture Bake Shop. Since 2007, the pair has been delicately crafting their signature baked goods. Specializing in "gourmet designer cupcakes," these saccrine-yet-aptly titled little gems are shaped and stylized to resemble their namesake runway fashion. Favorites include copies of classic quilted Chanel bags and oversize models of coordinating stilettos. The storefront also stocks designer-inspired cakes including The Jimmy Choo, green tea cupcakes filled with green tea frosting and iced with green tea butter cream, The Manolo, coconut cupcakes with CIH's signature frosting and The Louboutin, red velvet cupcakes (hello! obvious choice) with signature frosting. Of course, if you don't quite recognize your style in the company's catalog, they'll be happy to custom-design a look for you. So you could literally match your shoes to your bag to your cake shoes and bag.

BIGOLI
Alex Stratta Will Open a NYC Restaurant

Alessandro (Alex) Stratta, the famed chef most regularly recognized for his success in Las Vegas and for having been a contestant on Top Chef Masters, announced via the New York Times this morning that he will open his first New York City restaurant. Stratta will be the executive chef and a co-owner at Bigoli, set to open next week.

The West Village spot will feature a menu of "serious but fairly simple Italian food." Reported specifics so far include a selection of cured meats with wild arugula and Parmesan cheese in lemon dressing and 24-hour duck leg confit. Stratta is also bringing Joe Swan on as his chef de cuisine. Swan previously worked for Stratta at Alex in the Wynn Las Vegas.

DAILY BITES
Grade Your Family Kitchen

Think Grandma's kitchen looks a little shabby this Thanksgiving? Let her know that you won't stand for counter top mildew by offering up a "pending" grade.

The New York Times reported earlier today that The New York City Department of Health and Hygiene is now selling kitchen merchandise that features the same grade logos that must be featured in restaurant windows. The DOH started pushing T Shirts last Thanksgiving and based on their success will now offer up customers a full product line that includes potholders ($12), aprons ($28), baby bibs ($10), onesies ($18) and magnets ($5). Of course, T Shirts are still available for those who missed out last time for 18 bucks.

BEHIND THE PLATE
Steakhouse Servers Nabbed in Credit Card Scam

NBC reported earlier this morning that "more than two dozen" servers from restaurants including Capital Grille, Smith and Wollensky and Wolfgang's have been arrested after being charged for partaking in a huge credit card scam.

According to the source, members of the waitstaff would target customers who "often paid with American Express Black cards" and other "high limit" cards and copy their info via handheld scanners. The servers would then buy big ticket retail items (Jimmy Choo shoes and Chanel merch among them) and then sell the new goods for cash. The total estimated cost of the "profits totaled" by the scam? At least $1 million dollars.

This might be a good weekend to consider going vegan.

RESTAURANT 101
Restaurant Roundup: The Latest Eats in NYC



Welcome to the First Course Restaurant Roundup where we'll share our Top 5 new places to dine out right now. This list is ever changing so be sure to look back for our latest insights. In the meantime, check out these new locales that promise to be worth their pricetag. This week's picks: Modern Comfort Food.

The Grey Dog Cafe: If the Torrisi line has got you down, head next door to the third location of this perfectly laid back, homey cafe. The new spot is larger than its counterparts but serves up the same satisfying meals (and is populated by the ever-present Soho crowd of gorgeous "I roll out of bed like this" patrons). 244 Mulberry Street. 212.966.1060.

DAILY BITES
NYT Names Pete Wells New Restaurant Critic

It's official: Pete Wells is the new restaurant critic for the New York Times. Susan Edgerley, former Editor of the Metropolitan and Career Development sections, will take over Wells' previous post as Dining Editor. The first official review from Wells will hit newsstands in the new year.

Wells, who is picking up the fork that last belonged to Sam Sifton, has been running the Dining section for the past 5 years. Before working for the "Gray Lady", he spent time at Food & Wine and Details.

DAILY BITES
Starbucks Closes Public Bathrooms

The New York Post reported earlier today that many public bathrooms in NYC-area Starbucks will close this holiday season. According to the story, "Starbucks can not be the public restroom for the city anymore." And while you may not have noticed yet, a handful of the 190 caffiene-pushing locales throughout the city have been quietly shutting their restrooms doors for good this past month.

Apparently, the decision to deny patrons the right to pee was based, in part, on employees difficulty in carving out their own bathroom breaks. From here forward, many locations will have baristas (and other Sbux employees) only loos.

HAPPENINGS
Jonathan Waxman Hosts Lemon N.Y.C.

On Tuesday, December 6, Chef Jonathan Waxman is hosting Lemon:NYC the first New York-based event for Alex's Lemonade Stand, an organization that works to combat childhood cancer. The chef-driven evening will feature tastes from Waxman and his foodie friends including Marcus Samuelsson, Michael Symon, Marc Vetri and other other culinary standouts. The fundraising evening, which will be held in the ever-cool Industria Super Studios, will allow attendees to watch as their hosts team up to create four-course feasts. Guests will also take in a unique performance by dancers from one of NYC's premier ballet companies. With this kind of talent on hand, the evening promises to be a truly spectacular event.