It’s time to lose weight, y’all! This is from HuffPo, entitled “Obesity Epidemic: As America's collective waistline grows, healthcare costs soar” . The study is amazing especially the comparisons to smokers and to health care costs as we age (might not be what you expect) but the defense echoed about halfway through that people can be healthier at any size is the most destructive single piece of crap I have ever heard for those of us who struggle with weight issues. I am not healthier, by any measurable or quantifiable definition, at my sometimes plus size version of myself. Not physically, emotionally, or mentally. No one is. Think I am too much of a liberal mouthpiece? Well, 75 percent of all young Americans are too fat to fight as well. Check out this amazing piece from the other side on the same general issue. ***** Lyndens Soda Fountain is open in St Paul. I can’t wait to get there, but the Zimmern whose opinion matters most is my son, Noah, who was there on opening day and told me it was “great” and that the ice cream was “really great” and that our pal John Lynden “is cool.” Here is a fun link to the Thrillist piece on Lyndens and some other new openings around town. ***** On July 1 the State of California’s foie gras ban will go into effect. Mark Pastore, Chris Cosentino’s partner at Incanto in San Francisco, has written the best article I have read yet on the issues at hand. The compromise he offers toward the end of his essay is a brilliant idea. The notion of creating a product and a system that all can sign off on is a real truce on the issue. I think this issue impacts almost no one. And most reasonable people truly hang their shaking heads in shameful puzzlement wondering why with all the hunger, obesity, education, and wellness issues facing us on the food side of our lives, would we give a crap about something so small and so insignificant. The issue is not about harm to animals. Not one bit. If it was it would be a production ban at best. This is a piece of a multi-pronged effort against civil liberties of all types. ***** Naoe is open in Brickell Key. Chef Kevin Cory has re-opened his omakase-style sushi restaurant, and I am making my reservation as soon as I put down this laptop. So should you. Eight seats. Two seatings a night. Very good food from a local legend that has had all of us on pins and needles wondering when it will open. ***** Check out the newest cool location based app that I found out about at SXSW and again via recommender from Toby Past at Razorfish. It’s called LocalMind; it’s slick and it just launched. I like it. ***** I just came from a weekend in Austin Texas for the Austin Food and Wine event and it was superb. This weekend I am off to NYC for the James Beard Foundation Awards. Expect a full report on twitter @andrewzimmern.