FishWise labels makes it easy to choose seafood that is healthy for the oceans and healthy for you. The labels are color-coded so you can tell if you're purchasing something that's being overfished. So far it looks like it's in stores in Minnesota and California for now.
Councillors in York, England vote today to urge the government to ban foie gras and for the city to discourage its sale. Doesn't sound like they're voting on anything more than a recommendation, so nothing will be banned. They mention Chicago's ban as inspiration for their campaign. Perhaps the news hasn't traveled across the Atlantic that that ban hasn't gone so well.
Chef foraged for the mushrooms in a thicket near the Tappan Zee. Frank Bruni on the change in climate at some New York restaurants. "Once they were lucky to have us. Now we’re lucky to have them. They don’t meet us on our terms. We meet them on theirs." Even my beloved Keller sounds annoying in this article.
Send breast milk halfway around the world to help undernourished babies in developing countries. What really piqued my attention was the bit at the end of the article, where they discuss pasteurizing breast milk so it will last longer. Won't that kill so many of the beneficial nutrients in the milk? After all, breast milk is our very own probiotic milk shake! [via Jason]
Chicagoist has photos and details of Alinea's latest 24-course tour with wine parings. Looks amazing, I've got to get back there! Thx Emily!
Things were slow around here at the end of last week because I was at MIT giving a talk, and didn't end up with as much time to blog as I'd thought. I hope to write up more about my presentation when I get a chance. In the meantime, here's a little summary from John Maeda.
Some experts say that probiotics have the potential to be this decade’s oat bran. Probiotics are foods that have beneficial bacteria that many claim aid digestion and ward off illness. Yogurt with live cultures is a probiotic, but now bacteria are being added to non-dairy products.
Thomas Keller uses frozen Sysco french fries at Bouchon. WIth all my travel last week, I missed this story from Grub Street. Scandalous, but I'm not a fry snob who turns my nose at frozen. If they taste good, I'll eat them.
Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. "Perhaps the most notorious freegan strategy is what is commonly called 'urban foraging' or 'dumpster diving'." That expired bread out behind the market? That's dinner for a freegan. [Thanks Cory]