Archive for the ‘food’ Category

Silent Cafés

February 7, 2019

“Since the 2011 opening of 1000 & 1 Signes, the first deaf-owned café in France, at least four other deaf-owned restaurants have followed. And France isn’t alone: Since 2016, more than a dozen such establishments have opened in Zagreb, Croatia; Cologne, Germany; London; Delhi; Cape Town, South Africa; Bangkok and Bogotá, Colombia.”

–“How Silent Cafes Serve Deaf Culture to the Hearing,” Fiona Zublin, Ozy

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America’s Big Fat Gift To The Middle East: Fast Food

February 5, 2019

America's Big Fat Gift To The Middle East: Fast Food

“Adult obesity rates in the US top 35% in some states. Meanwhile, the rate of obesity is 40% in Kuwait, 42% in Qatar, and 37% in the UAE, according to a 2016 report by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).”

” … one study cited by the EIU found Saudis aged 20–30 ate fast food on average three times or more per week. (Saudi Arabia took the 21st spot for the world’s highest BMI.) Saudis also get more than 30% of their sugar intake from soda, and in the UAE fast-food spending rose more than any other country in the world between 2000 and 2015, according to Euromonitor International.”

— “America’s obesity problem has spread to the Middle East,” Adam Rasmi, Quartz

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Ketchup

January 17, 2019

Why is ketchup so hard to pour? George Zaidan explains. Animation by TED-Ed.

Vaguely related:

“How Was Ketchup Invented?” Jasmine Wiggins, National Geographic

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Robot-Made Pizza

November 29, 2018

Robot-Made Pizza

“Zume, the robotic pizza maker, is now valued at more than US $2 billion, thanks to its latest round of investment. According to The Wall Street Journal, this latest infusion of funds—$375 million—came entirely from SoftBank; and the Japanese conglomerate apparently has another $375 million at the ready should Zume need it. The valuation, in Silicon Valley terms, makes the new company a unicorn, one of the rare breed of startups thought to be worth over $1 billion.

This is just wrong. Because it’s just not good pizza.”

— “Zume, the Robotic Pizza Company, Makes Pies Only a Robot Could Love,” Tekla S. Perry, IEEE Spectrum

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The Wild Mushrooms of Yunnan

November 26, 2018

In the markets of Yunnan Province in southwest China, you can find more than 40 kinds of mushrooms and fungi. Mushrooms thrive in the mountainous terrain, and so do mushroom hunters. A Goldthread video.

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Mickey D’s Durian McFlurry. Yum!

November 16, 2018

Durian, the notoriously stinky fruit of the Pacific, is featured at McDonald’s in Malaysia and Singapore in a McFlurry concoction. It’s made with the milder D24 durian, but even so, that’s no pumpkin spice latte. McD’s offers localized menus in many parts of it’s global empire. See ads for more far-flung fast food treats here.

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Meat. Eek.

November 8, 2018

“Why Meat is the Best Worst Thing in the World,” a Kurzgesagt video (Kurzgesagt is German for “in a nutshell”).

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Noodle School

October 30, 2018

Hand-pulling noodles looks like magic, but the Gansu Dingle Noodle School in Lanzhou teaches this culinary art. A short film by Jia Li.

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Mark Bittman has a newsletter.

October 8, 2018

Mark Bittman has a newsletter.

Mark Bittman fans, the wait is over. For everyone who’s been bemoaning the absence of regular columns distilling some of the food world’s biggest obstacles into intelligible terms where solutions actually feel within reach, and the approachable—and importantly flexible—recipes from the former New York Times columnist, Monday should be an exciting day. Bittman will launch a new newsletter on October 8, and this, it seems, is just the beginning. Next up will be a podcast, and after that, well, the world is his (sustainably farmed) oyster. “

— “Mark Bittman Will Launch a Newsletter Next Week, and a Podcast Is on Deck,” Alison Spiegel, Food & Wine

October 8th? That’s today! Sign up here.

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Seltzer

September 26, 2018

A Quartz video by Adam Freelander. More here.

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