America’s Changing Suburban Food Landscape

Poke bowls, a Hawaiian dish, are just one of the many esoteric food options making inroads into California’s suburbs. Dublin, CA—When people think of the food options in suburban America, they likely envision something more basic than what can be found inside big cities. McDonalds, Wendys, KFC, in others words…blah. And yet I was seeing more than that late one winter night in the booming San Francisco suburb of Dublin. In a dark parking lot of an outdoor shopping center, there were multiple esoteric and relatively upscale takeout food options….

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Barack Obama on food and climate change: ‘We can still act and it won’t be too late’

During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority, because I believe that, for all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century more dramatically perhaps than the others. No nation, whether it’s large or small, rich or poor, will be immune from the impacts of climate change. We are already experiencing it in America, where some cities are seeing floods on sunny days, where wildfire seasons are longer and more dangerous, where in our arctic state,…

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Food is not just the sum of its nutrients

Traditionally investigations of a foodstuff’s implications for human health focus on the content of individual nutrients such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, etc. However, newer research shows that the health effects of a food product cannot be determined on the basis on the individual nutrients it contains. The food must be evaluated as a whole – together with other foods eaten at the same time. The findings of the expert panel have been published in the highly respected scientific journal the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. We consume foods and meals…

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Food is not just the sum of its nutrients

Traditionally investigations of a foodstuff’s implications for human health focus on the content of individual nutrients such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, etc. However, newer research shows that the health effects of a food product cannot be determined on the basis on the individual nutrients it contains. The food must be evaluated as a whole – together with other foods eaten at the same time. The findings of the expert panel have been published in the highly respected scientific journal the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. We consume foods and meals…

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Newsletter Gardens and fields and Filipino food

  Clockwise from top left: Twice-cooked pork belly with smoky eggplant and bagoong from Lasa; bringhe adobo from Rice Bar; cassava cake toasted fig Leaf tres leches from Lasa; fried baby anchovies, kare kare, prawns, ube brown sugar pie, adobo at Irenia. (Los Angeles Times) We’re more than halfway through May, as crazy as it sounds, and thus well into Food Bowl, our month-long food festival. Hope you’ve been enjoying it! It’s been a good month to celebrate this town’s dining scene, which we’ve continued to do this past week,…

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Welsh laverbread awarded EU protected food status

A traditional Welsh dish has been successful in applying for protected food status. Welsh laverbread has been awarded special designation under European law, meaning no other producer can use its name. The dish is made from cooked nori seaweed picked from the Welsh coast. It joins the likes of Anglesey sea salt, Pembrokeshire early potatoes and Welsh lamb which have already been granted the status. The status recognises foods which are produced, processed and prepared in a specific region using recognised expertise. There are currently 80 protected names in the…

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Street food: Thai foodies defend Bangkok vendor culture

In a city where eating well is an obsession, a statement by a senior official last month, published in a national newspaper, caused a public outcry. Vallop Suwandee, who chairs an advisory board to the governor of Bangkok, was quoted as saying that street vendors would be removed from all 50 districts of the city. It seemed that one of the most popular and distinctive aspects of Bangkok life was to be wiped out, days after CNN had voted Bangkok the best place in the world for street food, and…

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10 Food Lies We Need to Stop Telling Ourselves

We are bombarded with an overload of information these days, thanks to the internet. Though this is a blessing sometimes, some of it may also be propaganda to serve the interests of certain lobbyists. Lies, some big and some small, are told to us over and over again, until we believe them. And then, a study comes out against them or someone writes an article like this, to arm you with knowledge, and help you decide for yourself, what is fact and what is fiction. Here are some of the…

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JEREMIAH TOWER, A FORGOTTEN FATHER OF THE AMERICAN FOOD REVOLUTION

Jeremiah Tower has long been underappreciated in the annals of American culinary history. A new documentary produced by Anthony Bourdain attempts to set the record straight.PHOTOGRAPH BY MATTHEW NAYTHONS / THE LIFE IMAGES COLLECTION / GETTY   The American food movement—local, seasonal, organic, chef-proud—has an undisputed mother: Alice Waters, the founder of the pioneering restaurant Chez Panisse, in Berkeley, California. Its father, Jeremiah Tower, ran away to Mexico and has been periodically proclaiming paternity rights ever since. The purpose of the strange and compelling new documentary “Jeremiah Tower: The Last…

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8 luxury hotels worth it just for the food

 Most people think of hotel food as something to endure, not enjoy. At some places, it’s as bad as you’d find at a hospital. But when it comes to knockout ambience, killer cuisine and a world-class experience, some luxury hotels bring their A game. Here, we’ve rounded up eight worth visiting just for a meal, based on cursory research and recommendations. 1. Wit & Wisdom at Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore FourSeasons.com Michael Mina’s award-winning tavern is as American as you can get, with seafood thrown in for good measure. New Englanders will feel right at…

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