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The Edible Web: Presidential Edition

Happy Presidents' Day! The magnifying glass on the commander-in-chief has allowed us much insight into the dietary habits of our presidents over the years. For instance, there's Bush Sr.'s hatred of broccoli, LBJ's love of Fresca, Obama's chili recipe and Reagan's obsession with jelly beans (even the much-maligned licorice ones). In honor of Presidents' Day, here are a handful of links on presidents and dining.

Eater NY maps out the restaurants visited by U.S. presidents in " The Guide to Presidential Dining in New York City." Obama and Clinton seem to have a lot in common (Red RoosterIl Mulino), as did Reagan and Nixon (Le Perigord). Rugged individualist Teddy Roosevelt did his manly dining at Delmonico's. Other restaurants of presidential pedigree rounding out the list include Blue HillDaniel, 21 Club and Gabriel's.

Robert Sietsema of The Village Voice ranks " America's Five Greatest Foodie Presidents." Somewhat suprising: wiry and generally unpleasant Andrew Jackson's love of cheese and lavish banquets. Less suprising: Taft was into food.

Serious Eats Chicago gives a thorough rundown of " How to Eat (And Drink) Like President Obama in Chicago." The commander in chief's favorite spots include Manny's Deli, Rick Bayless's Topolobampo and  Valois Cafeteria

Delish.com explores presidents finicky about their food with " Plate of the Union: Picky Presidential Palate."

David Faries of The Dallas Observer conducts a fictional foodcentric interview with former presidents.

And for your viewing edification, Bill Clinton (played by the late Phil Hartman) takes a few moments to mingle with the people at McDonald's near the White House on Saturday Night Live. INTERCEPTED. WARLORDS!

The Edible Web

A few choice selections from the delicious world of the web:

The key to getting Al Qaeda operatives to crack under interrogation:  pizza. (Is there nothing it can't do?) Ice cream and cookies also played integral roles, according to Andrew Serwer of Mother Jones in his analysis of the memoir of former FBI interrogator Ali Soufan.

Michelin releases their 2012 New York City guide, and John Mariani of Esquire yawns. A thorough breakdown of the mysterious Michelin process and oft-confounding star rating system. 

Alex Vallis of Food & Wine writes the guide on  How to Embarass Yourself in a Nice Restaurant. Only a 5 item list?? I can think of about 20 more that I've stumbled upon unintentially. 

Eater NY maps out the restaurants visited by U.S. presidents in  The Guide to Presidential Dining in New York City. Obama and Clinton seem to have a lot in common ( Daniel, Red Rooster, Il Mulino), as did Reagan and Nixon ( Le Perigord). Rugged individualist Teddy Roosevelt did his manly dining at Delmonico's. No mention of President Taft. Maybe he took his meals at home (or in the bath). 

Bonus video. The POTUS and Joe Biden hit up Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington. Excellent choice, sir.

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