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McD's Under Pressure from Russian Government

August 21, 2014

Politics or not?  BBC News reports the Russian authorities are  temporarily closing four McD sites in Moscow, claiming they are unsanitary.

"Quentin Peel, former Moscow bureau chief for the Financial Times, told the BBC that the checks and closures were "propaganda".

"It's an extraordinary decis…

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Sometimes, It's Good to Remember the Basics

August 11, 2014

Water, and food. The basics. Being dropped to the Yazidis in Iraq, caught with nothing, under attack by vicious militants. 

The Media Has Discovered That We all Eat--- National Geographic is On Board

April 30, 2014

Packed with years of food-related research and photography from all over the planet, National Geographic Magazine has just launched The Future of Food, a web portal, as well as a series in the magazine. And it has announced today a relationship with the UN's FAO ( Food and Agriculture Organization) …

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Ancient Euros Spiced Their Eats

August 25, 2013

"Researchers found evidence for garlic mustard in the residues left on ancient pottery shards discovered in what is now Denmark and Germany." The shards date back about 6000 years, according to a piece by the BBC.

The (University of) York scientist ( Hayley Saul) said it was likely that prehistoric…

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A Diplomat Indulges

May 24, 2013

According to the Guardian, "U.S. secretary of state John Kerry made an unscheduled pitstop in his diplomatic circuit on Thursday, darting into a fast-food restaurant in the West Bank city of Ramallah for a shawarma sandwich, a staple snack all over the Middle East.

Shawarma – shavings of meat gri…

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Walt's Bag, Carrying Food

May 12, 2013

The poet Walt Whitman visited and supported the Civil War wounded in DC, carrying goodies in an old leather bag. According to the WaPost,  "Moved by the horror of the war’s damage to helpless young patients, Whitman made hundreds of visits, toting the haversack packed with fruit, brandy, sweets, to…

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Pressure Cooker Terror

April 17, 2013

My parents used an archaic version of the pressure cooker back in the day, primarily to cook spuds for mashed potatoes. As kids, we were wary of the thing--steam shooting from the hole in the top, making a wild whistle, an adult wrestling the beast open with difficulty.

But mashies were the payof…

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Extreme breakfast: Only 1760 calories!

January 17, 2013

From those killjoys at The Center for Science in the Public Interest: "IHOP serves a breakfast consisting of deep-fried steak with gravy, two fried eggs, deep-fried potatoes, and two buttermilk pancakes. The Country Fried Steak & Eggs combo has 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 mg o…

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Two Major Food Exhibits Open in DC, and NYC

January 15, 2013


  The National Museum of American History has launched its first all-food project called FOOD, Transforming the American Table, on show in Washington, DC for the foreseeable future. 

And--Running through August 11 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, "Kitchen" examines the w…

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Mindful Eating: Appreciating Food and Food Providers

February 8, 2012

NYTimes writer Jeff Gordinier experiences a Buddhist approach to slowing down, eating with full attention, even eating less because of it.

"Surrounded by a murmur of clinking forks, spoons and chopsticks, the Blue Cliff congregation, or sangha, spent the lunch hour contemplating the enjoyment of sp…

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