5 Lunchtime Links: Larry returns to ‘SNL’ as Bernie

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ORG XMIT: CAMW121 Creator and executive producer Larry David speaks during the HBO panel for "Curb Your Enthusiasm" at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, July 30, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
ORG XMIT: CAMW121 Creator and executive producer Larry David speaks during the HBO panel for "Curb Your Enthusiasm" at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, July 30, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

ORG XMIT: CAMW121 Creator and executive producer Larry David speaks during the HBO panel for “Curb Your Enthusiasm” at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, July 30, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

1. Bernie Sanders says he is, in fact, Larry David.

Ahead of this week’s “SNL” episode that will feature another Larry David/Bernie Sanders hybrid, the actual Sanders confirmed something we all might have already been thinking: He is Larry David. During Wednesday night’s Democratic town hall was asked by Anderson Cooper whether or not he does as good of a impersonation of David as David does of himself. His answer was simply “I am Larry David.” By joking about it we know that Sanders is trying to have us believe it is not actually the truth. The real David is set to host this weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” and will feature musical guest The 1975.

2. Austin ranked No. 1 for best cities for young families.

According to analysis done by personal finance company ValuePenguin, Austin ranks first of 156 different U.S. cities in terms of how livable the city is for young families. The report looked at factors like education and environment, outdoor activities and buying or renting a home. While Austin came in first, there was a large gap in how it performed in different categories. Although it ranked No. 3 for education it came in at No. 103 for buying or renting a home. Dallas and Houston also ranked among the top five cities.

3. Paul Qui’s Otoko to begin taking reservations.

Looking for something special to do with 11 friends? Paul Qui’s twelve-seat restaurant Otoko, a modern take on a traditional kaiseki Japanese course meal, will begin taking reservations ahead of its March opening starting tomorrow. The restaurant will be located in the South Congress Hotel and will offer early and late seating offered between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. The meals created by Qui and head chef Yoshi Okai will cost $150 and have several drink pairing options.

4. Ben & Jerry’s debuts vegan, dairy-free ice cream.

Lactose intolerant doesn’t have to mean ice cream intolerant. Ben & Jerry’s has announced it will release a new line of dairy-free ice creams, both egg and milk free. The ice creams will be almond-milk based concoctions and come in Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Chunky Monkey, Coffee Caramel Fudge and P.B. & Cookies flavors. The company admitted that getting the ice cream just right wasn’t necessarily easy: “We had everything from: it’s too icy; it’s too firm; there’s too much fat in it and you get that chapstick mouthful.” Can Blue Bell rise to the challenge and offer its loyal customers a nondairy take?

5. Arro closing, ends with “Drink Us Dry” event.

Owned by the same company as 24 Diner and Easy Tiger, French restaurant Arro will offer its final day of service tomorrow before it closes permanently. Hospitality company Bridget Dunlap is buying the West Sixth Street site to create a new bar. All of the restaurants employees will be offered the opportunity to work at one of the brand’s other restaurants. Tonight and tomorrow Arro will be hosting a “Drink Us Dry” event with half price drink options.


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