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Food as Fuel: El Capitan

January 15, 2015

The magnificent climb of El Capitan, just realized by Tommy Caldwell, pictured, with dinner, and Keith Jorgeson, was fueled, at least in part, by what appears to be spuds/carrots/broccoli...? No account we have read of this  almost three week effort has described what they ate, and how. We posted th…

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An End to Low Fat in 2015?

January 8, 2015

Grant Petersen's book succinctly demolishes the 30,40,50 year old "healthy eating" notions of high carb, low fat in the US, based on his own life, as well as science, suggests brief vigorous exercise for fitness, and implores us to enjoy ourselves doing other activities, whether skiing, running, b…

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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2014

Foodish and "In" in 2015?

December 29, 2014

Kalette? A new veg for 2015?

Here's what NPR thinks will be trendy next year.

Resolved for 2015?

December 28, 2014

For 2015: "Resolve to try one new food each week for a year—or an unfamiliar preparation of an already-known food."

It's a book, a challenge, and a tossing  down of the gauntlet for kids.

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Santa On the Move!

December 24, 2014

Dept. of Figgy Pudding

December 22, 2014

You know you want to make this, right? A 16th c. English dish, figgy pud has its fans, indeed.

"You probably remember it from the old Christmas song. Figgy pudding is a spicecake-like souffle made with figs and walnuts. It is moist, delicious, and easy to make."

Recipe here!

Photo via Silvers…

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Two Food-ish Museums Make Finals

December 12, 2014

Each year the European Museum of the Year forum nominates candidates to be in the running for the top award, the next in 2015.

This year, two of 42 nominees fit into our own category of food and drink. The Vinseum, of Vilafranca, Spain, province of Barcelona, is one. The second is Wind Starke ( For…

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"Power Hungry" in Brooklyn

December 10, 2014

It's a photographic look at what the powerful vs the powerless eat. Here is an imagined spread in North Korea, both views.

At Air Circulation.

'Tis the Season to be Mellow! Where Have We Been?

December 9, 2014

We became surfeited with emails, links, and news reports going on about the hideous and demanding and nigh impossible task of preparing a large bird for dinner. ( Oh, come off it!)

And the beginning fever of the so-called "holiday season" stuck in our throats, with media hand-wringing on how to h…

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Maize Maze Prisoners call 911

November 13, 2014

Be afraid, be very afraid, of humungous corn mazes, or as we like to call them, maize mazes. According to Business Insider, people in a maze run by Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, CA, unable to find their way out, have been annoying local rescue units by calling 911.

"The maze was entered into the Gu…

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CA Strawberries and Pesticides

November 12, 2014

The Guardian reports that Dow Chemical has inserted itself and its pesticide 1, 3-D into California's strawberry crop big time, with potential dangerous impacts for field workers and others.

(In 2002, Dept of Pesticide Regulations director Paul) "Helliker dismantled the strict oversight designed se…

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Sign If You Want Grilled Chicken

November 11, 2014

A young Toronto entrepreneur named Anjan Manikumar has opened a restaurant called Signs, to meet the needs of the deaf. The only one in the world? Quite possibly.

According to the star.com, "When Manikumar was a manager at a Boston Pizza in Markham, he noticed one of his regular guests was deaf. Wi…

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Berkeley To Tax Soda!

November 7, 2014

"On Tuesday, voters in Berkeley, Calif. passed the country's first soda tax with a whopping 75 percent of the vote, a big defeat for the beverage industry, which had poured millions of dollars into blocking the tax," according to the WaPost.

"The university town—population 117,000—was considering …

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Foiled in FL from Feeding the Hungry?

November 5, 2014

According to the Independent, "A 90-year-old man is facing up to 60 days in jail for feeding the needy due to a new law that bans people in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from meal-sharing with the public.

The new regulations require groups to be at least 500 feet away from residential properties and fo…

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Pollution Cuts Crop Yields in India

November 3, 2014

According to the Guardian, "Air pollution in India has become so severe that yields of crops are being cut by almost half, scientists have found.

Researchers analysed yields for wheat and rice alongside pollution data, and concluded significant decreases in yield could be attributed to two air pol…

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"Hip Hops," the NewYorker Food Issue

October 31, 2014

A Great Notion: The Kitchen Library

October 28, 2014

If you don't have a creme brulee blowtorch, or a giant bread maker at hand when you want one, and if you live in Toronto, you can borrow same from The Kitchen Library.

Via NPR: "The Toronto-based nonprofit startup was created by 30-year-old Dayna Boyer, a Canadian foodie who was frustrated with her…

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Chocolate Rocks! But What Kind?

October 27, 2014

Thank you, Business Insider, for exploring more deeply the claim that chocolate munching or  imbibing will improve memory function in older adults. 

Mars Bars? Hershey's? The finest of Belgian dark choc? 

It's all about "flavanols," which function as anti-oxidants. And these elements are found …

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Nixing the Feeding of the Homeless

October 22, 2014

"According to a report released Monday by the National Coalition for the Homeless, 21 cities have passed measures aimed at restricting the people who feed the homeless since January 2013. In that same time, similar legislation was introduced in more than 10 cities. "

NPR reports that that as cit…

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