Lucky Dip – Monday, December 12th, 2011

Rob Ford looks only to the here and now, and fails to look at the long-term viability of city programs set to be chopped. Such as the school nutrition programs that keep violence down, test scores up and that help to create responsible citizens who have jobs and pay taxes. [The Grid]

Dear Nigella, enough already. It’s just food. And the rest of us are laughing at you in the same way we laugh at people who buy cheap see-through lingerie. [Guardian]

Okay, so we all know we’re not supposed to eat raw cookie dough. But who knew that it might be the flour carrying the e.coli? Crazy! [NPR]

If you’re still suffering Bright Pearl withdrawal symptoms (I know I am), Dim Sum King Seafood Restaurant might fill the void.  [Toronto Life: The Dish]

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Lucky Dip – Friday, June 10th, 2011

There are as many different ways to make a lobster roll as there are people to eat them. A recent contest in NYC demonstrates all the ways you can mess that shit up. Celery? Brioche? Old Bay? (Seriously, USers, y’all need to put down the Old Bay.) [Serious Eats]

And the killer is… sprouts. German authorities link the recent e.coli cases back to bean sprouts. [Toronto Star]

I rant, on a somewhat regular basis, about the fact that humans don’t need cow’s milk. But I’m udderly stumped on what to think about genetically-modified cows in China producing human milk. (Well, no, I’m no actually – brain is screaming NOOOOO!!!) [Business Insider]

Will the new upscale beer boutiques be a boon for craft brewers and the folks who love their products – or will it be more of the same old swill the big beer corporations push? [Toronto Star]

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Lucky Dip – Monday, June 6th, 2011

The German e.coli scare – it’s sprouts, it’s not sprouts… we still don’t have a clue. [Toronto Star]

There’s always the possibility that it might have been terrorists poisoning the food supply. [Daily Mail]

And don’t think it couldn’t happen here. Check out this list of foods in Canada that are currently being recalled. [National Post]

Is there such a thing as too much fruit? Only if you’re seriously overeating, because it still beats chips. [Toronto Sun]

Can we be over the burger thing yet? Please? [Esquire]

Do you expect friendly enthusiasm from the restaurants you eat at? What if you met with ambivalence or indifference? [CNN: Eatocracy]

You know how when you eat a lot of garlic, you smell like garlic? How about if you eat candy scented with roses? [ConfectioneryNews.com]

My good friend Jodi lost her beloved old cat this weekend. She eases the grief with cooking and chocolate. [Nostrovia!]

Word of Mouth: Deli Duel, Curdilicious, and an Italian wine dinner. [Toronto.com]

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Lucky Dip – Friday, June 3rd, 2011

The big food news in the US this week was about the new plate-shaped food guide. And while still not perfect, it more appropriately addresses proportion of food consumed rather than number of portions or overall portion sizes, which always seemed to confuse people because there were so many different rules (is it a serving of meat that should be the size of a deck of cards, or is that cheese?). Also, “meat” is now just “protein” and dairy products are off to the side, indicating that they’re optional, not required, which is how it should be. [Globe and Mail] [Reuters via Toronto Sun] [The Atlantic]

This is going to stir up some controversy – next week a Toronto councillor will put forward a motion to ban shark fin. Given the number of places in Chinatown that serve it or sell it, I’m expecting a big fight. [Toronto Life: The Dish]

Are cupcakes the answer to world peace? They are when British intelligence groups hack an Al Qaeda bomb manual and replace it with cupcake recipes. [The Telegraph]

In case it was ever disputed – nachos are a dish for sharing. [Toronto Star]

You can bet the farm that “farm to… “, well, pretty much anything should be dead and buried. [Food & Wine]

Eat some dirt, it’s good for you. [Toronto Sun]

Wait, can we really blame meat eaters for “killing vegetarians” by linking the various e.coli outbreaks to meat consumption? [Good.is]

Because baby humans are not baby cows – alternatives to feeding children’ cow’s milk. [Globe and Mail]

Why you’ll never see a rich person drinking a Pepsi. [Vanity Fair]

Some facts about food waste. [Chow]

 

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Lucky Dip – Monday, May 30th, 2011

Lentil chips? Fruit snacks? Is the end nigh for good old sugar and powdered beetle wings?? Sing it with me folks, I Want Candy! [The Atlantic]

The USDA’s food pyramid is so ubiquitous, most Canadians think it’s the system we use as well. But it’s getting a redesign and will apparently look more like a plate, which might actually be a better gauge for people to calculate their food portions. [CBS Atlanta]

Would you like some tea with your Secret Pickles? This supper club is laid back and unpretentious. [The Grid]

Heston Blumenthal creates a pommery mustard ice cream for UK supermarket Waitrose. [Daily Mail]

Canadians share a common border with our neighbours to the south, but we have very different tastes in snack food. [Toronto Sun]

If you could redesign the nutrition label on packaged foods, what would it look like? Now’s your chance to show the world. [Food Politics]

Could foods containing a potentially lethal chemical have been shipped to Canada? [Globe and Mail]

An e.coli outbreak in Germany has killed 14 and may be linked to cucumbers. [Toronto Sun]

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