Archive for July, 2014

Gail Quagliata’s Photographic Love Letter to the Bodegas of NYC

Credit: Gail Quagliata

The best way to tell if someone has ever called New York City home is to ask them what they call their neighborhood corner store. It’s one of those pieces of slang that’s hard to get rid of. Somewhere between a 7-11, deli, and grocery is the bodega, a Spanish term that has more to do with wine cellars than mini-marts. The relationship between a New Yorker and their bodega is a sacred thing. Do […]

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July 30, 2014 at 7:00 amCulture

Food News Fast – July 28, 2014

Credit: First We Feast

School Nutrition Association tries to refute study that says kids like new healthier food. [The Lunch Tray] Is modern agriculture good for us or should we all go paleo? [Grist] Slaughter-free dairies might be the newest good-food-gone bad trend if its popularity takes a toll on the environment. [Mother Jones] Agriculture once again attracts Wall Street investors lured in by rising land values and cash crops. [New York Times] Food companies are quietly removing GMO […]

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July 28, 2014 at 7:00 amFood News Fast News

Pittsburg Restaurant Serves Up Politics With a Side of Food

Pittsburg Restaurant Serves Up Politics With a Side of Food

Cheese empanadas, ceviche, and coconut goat with bananas are just a small sample of the items at a Venezuelan take-out restaurant in Pittsburgh. But a hungry customer stopping in a few months from now might encounter a completely different menu—and not because the restaurant is going out of business. In the past, the storefront has featured food from Afghanistan, North Korea, Cuba, and Iran. Unless you’re a U.S. policy wonk, you might not understand the […]

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July 25, 2014 at 11:36 amCulture

Dinner in NY Peeks at New Yorkers’ Last Meal of the Day

Dinner in NY Peeks at New Yorkers’ Last Meal of the Day

Dinner is more than just the last meal of the day. According to photographer Miho Aikawa, it’s also the most personal. “Growing up, both of my parents had full-time jobs and it was difficult for us to spend time together,” she said. “They decided that we would try to have dinner together as often as possible to share time among the family.” It wasn’t important to her as a teenager, but like most of us […]

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July 23, 2014 at 7:33 amCulture Multimedia

The Top 12 Restaurant Don’t’s

The Top 12 Restaurant Don’t’s

Restaurant owners might be interested to learn that what really annoys their customers isn’t getting seated near the kitchen or bathroom. Consumer Reports recently released a survey showing people’s most common complaints upon dining out. Topping the list was having a dirty table or utensils, dirty or ill-equipped restrooms, and impolite or condescending servers. Most of these aren’t too surprising if you’ve ever worked in a restaurant. Customers don’t really mind when the food runner […]

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July 23, 2014 at 7:00 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

Food News Fast – July 21, 2014

Food News Fast – July 21, 2014

Tracie McMillan asks why people are malnourished in the richest countries. [National Geographic] A law aimed to make San Franciscan children’s fast food healthier backfires. [Wall Street Journal] A Kentucky farmer is selling heritage pigs in order to save them. [NPR] A new study on organic food finds it higher in antioxidants and lower in pesticides than conventional produce. [New York Times] Soylent-lovers are making their own version of the powdered non-food. [NPR] How much […]

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July 21, 2014 at 9:19 pmFood News Fast News

Setting the Record Straight – Eco-Friendly Wines.

Setting the Record Straight – Eco-Friendly Wines.

The wine industry, in general, is confusing. I’m all, “White Burgundy? Always Chardonnay – except that it isn’t because Sauvignon de St Bris is in Burgundy and is Sauvignon Blanc.” And you’re all, “What in the world are you talking about? White Burgundy? Is that from California? Chardonnay – is that red? Sauvignon what? Waiter – bring me a beer!” No matter how much you learn about wine, there is always something else around the […]

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July 18, 2014 at 7:00 amCulture

The Third Plate – Dan Barber’s Food Movement 2.0

The Third Plate – Dan Barber’s Food Movement 2.0

“It’s hopeless and naïve to try to argue that farmers markets can feed all of us.” Dan Barber is pessimistic, to say the least, about the state of food in America. The chef, restaurateur, and de-facto spokesman for farm-to-table cooking offers an argument for reformation in his new book, The Third Plate. The eponymous plate is Chef Barber’s vision of a meal he might serve a generation from now. Instead of the seven ounce serving of […]

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July 16, 2014 at 7:00 amFeatures Reviews

Food News Fast – July 14, 2014

Food News Fast – July 14, 2014

Aramark’s prison food contracts are under pressure as maggots and other food safety violations continue to be found. [Vice] The life and times of the great cupcake bubble. [The Huffington Post] Oil field water is going to an unlikely source – California’s farms. [New York Times] Better farmworker housing could result in safer food for consumers. [Food Safety News] Citrus farmers prove that branding sells – even when it comes to fruit. [Modern Farmer] Foodies get […]

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July 14, 2014 at 9:08 pmFood News Fast News

Using Food as a Treatment for Mental Illness

Using Food as a Treatment for Mental Illness

Most of us are familiar with food banks and soup kitchens where donated food goes to feed hungry people in the community. Yet we rarely talk about the connection between mental illness and hunger and how access to food can do more than just provide a full stomach. Numerous studies have shown a link between poor intestinal health and an increase in mental illness – though which is the cause and which the effect remains […]

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July 10, 2014 at 7:00 amFeatures Policy