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  • Invest in Food

    03/27/2015 8:14:00 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    It is in this environment of extreme financial risk and perpetually spiraling food prices where we consider the proposition of food as an investment asset class. We begin by looking at the “fundamentals” of this market/investment class. And what we see (from this perspective) is extremely encouraging: food prices consistently soaring by roughly 20% per year, and significantly more for some categories of food (notably meat products). With soaring food costs being a serious drain on the budgets of most families, our challenge is to find some way of turning this financial drain into a means of preserving/protecting our wealth:...
  • Machete Man, Make Me a Taco: Danny Trejo To Open Restaurant

    03/26/2015 10:24:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Los Angeles residents can now dine from the hands of the "Machete" man himself. Our friends at Flama report that Danny Trejo, the actor known for his hard persona and movie roles as a villain, will open up Trejo's Tacos , a Mexican restaurant. Expected to open sometime in the Spring, the restaurant promises to bring, "the best tacos and craft beer," according to their Facebook page. Formally a Taco Bell, the newly designed location will give a real Southwestern feel, with blackened steel and blacked leather upholstery, according to LA Eater. Trejo took to his Twitter to announce the...
  • Portion Size: The Elephant in the Room

    03/26/2015 3:13:49 AM PDT · by Don W · 20 replies
    Victoria Times-Colonist ^ | 25 March, 2015 | Dr. Trevor Hancock
    By now, everybody knows we are in the midst of an epidemic of overweight and obesity in Canada and around the world. There is a horrifying series of maps showing the rate of obesity spreading like a red stain across Canada over the past 30 years. In its latest fact sheet, the World Health Organization reports that “worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980” and that “35 per cent of adults aged 20 and over were overweight in 2008, and 11 per cent were obese.” In Canada, it is much the same. The Public Health Agency of Canada reported in...
  • Kraft and Heinz merger to create food giant

    03/26/2015 1:22:27 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 32 replies
    cnnmoney ^ | March 25, 2015 | Poppy Harlow
    Heinz is buying Kraft Foods to create the world's fifth largest food and beverage company, with sales of about $28 billion. Kraft shares surged more than 33% Wednesday. Kraft owns popular brands such as Jell-O, Maxwell House coffee and Planters peanuts. Heinz, of course, is famous for its ketchup, and also owns Lea & Perrins and Ore-Ida.
  • Worth $450 million, Jamie Oliver speaks about his meteoric rags to riches story

    03/25/2015 10:15:14 PM PDT · by dennisw · 5 replies
    dailymail ^ | 25 March 2015 | Jenna Good
    Jamie is believed to have left school at the age of 16 as an undiagnosed dyslexic with just two GCSEs before finding fame after an impromptu appearance in a 1997 BBC documentary about London's The River Café, where he was working at the time. With his fortune estimated at a staggering $450 million, he is one of the richest celebrity chefs in the world. And on Thursday morning Jamie Oliver lamented on his rags to riches story as he spoke about how he feels that the public is his boss on Australian breakfast show, Sunrise. Still very aware of his...
  • Jury Convicts Michigan Woman For "Bacon Rage"

    03/25/2015 9:07:18 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 43 replies
    thesmokinggun ^ | 3-15-2015 | gun
    A jury today found a Michigan woman guilty of firing a shot into a McDonald’s drive-thru window after employees failed to put bacon on a cheeseburger she ordered.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    03/25/2015 6:45:38 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 77 replies
    This week's thread is dessert - starting with: Carrot Cake! I first tasted Carrot Cake in the 1970's. I'm sure it was a standard recipe before then, but it seemed to gain a great popularity in the 'hip' 70's. This recipe, which comes from an old friend's mother ca. 1975, is still the very best I've ever eaten, and is very easy to make. Again: Grate The Carrots By Hand, on a box grater! Doing it in a food processor will probably release too much liquid, and the cake won't be the same. The only difficulty you may have is...
  • 'No Blacks' Chinese Restaurant Shut Down in Kenya

    03/25/2015 4:20:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/25/2015
    A Chinese restaurant in the Kenyan capital Nairobi has been shut down and its owners summoned by authorities after it emerged it was barring black patrons, reports said Wednesday. The restaurant became the focus of city authorities after furious residents took to social media to denounce an apparently racist policy of not allowing African patrons to eat there after 5pm -- pushing #RacistRestaurant, #NoBlacksHere and #TheChineseInvasion to be top trending topics.
  • Millbrae Chinese Restaurant Catches Yelper in Lie

    03/25/2015 4:07:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 3/25/2015 | Tamara Palmer
    Millbrae's Wonderful Chinese Restaurant has video footage that disputes one Yelper's written complaint. According to Eater SF, a Yelp member from San Bruno named Dan W. wrote that Wonderful would not seat him and awarded the restaurant one star. The review, since removed, reportedly said, "It's not that classy of a place, but they wouldn't seat me." The restaurant posted a video called "Lying Yelp Reviewer Caught by Wonderful Chinese Restaurant" to YouTube Monday showing the man entering the front door, lingering for just over 30 seconds, talking to no one, and leaving. Wonderful also posted a response to Dan...
  • Thousands Of Layoffs Coming After Buffett Merges Heinz With Kraft, 5th Largest Food Company

    03/25/2015 8:46:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/25/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Another day, another mega-M&A deal taking advantage of abnormally low bond rates, this time however not involving biotechs or a specialty pharma seeking to purchase a debt-free balance sheet, but one involving the Oracle of Omaha himself, and his Heinz investment, which will merge with Kraft Foods whose market cap was over $40 billion this morning on the news of the merger, and create the third largest food and beverage company in the US, and 5th largest in  the world. And while the resulting company will certainly be an unprecedented food giant, one which leaves the US food industry even...
  • RPT: Michelle Obama’s Mandate Will Require Daycares to Weigh Children

    03/24/2015 8:17:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Mar 23, 2015 2:12 pm | (Outnumbered)
    A new report says that the federal government plans to keep track of how healthy children are by weighing and measuring them in daycare. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will weigh and check the height of roughly 3,000 children as part of a study mandated by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. According to a report by Free Beacon, the USDA published “a notice in the Federal Register on Friday proposing data collection on what meals are served in professional and home daycare facilities and how much physical activity children perform.” …
  • The Myth of High-Protein Diets

    03/24/2015 5:33:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 23, 2015 | Dean Ornish
    MANY people have been making the case that Americans have grown fat because they eat too much starch and sugar, and not enough meat, fat and eggs. Recently, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee lifted recommendations that consumption of dietary cholesterol should be restricted, citing research that dietary cholesterol does not have a major effect on blood cholesterol levels. The predictable headlines followed: “Back to Eggs and Bacon?” But, alas, bacon and egg yolks are not health foods. Although people have been told for decades to eat less meat and fat, Americans actually consumed 67 percent more added fat, 39 percent...
  • Are Low-Salt Diets Necessary (or Healthy) for Most People?

    03/24/2015 4:45:48 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    WSJ ^ | 03.22.15
    As Americans have become more aware over the years of nutrition-related health issues, salt has emerged as a major villain in many people’s minds. So much so that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes reducing the U.S. population’s consumption of sodium as “a national priority.” The CDC warns that too much salt can raise people’s blood pressure, putting them at greater risk for heart disease and stroke, among other evils. But some skeptics believe the threat posed by salt is overblown. Indeed, some say too broad a drive against salt poses its own health risks. Arguing in favor...
  • Could saccharin be used to treat aggressive cancers?

    03/24/2015 4:26:48 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    Artificial sweeteners are typically used by people who want to enjoy the sweetness of sugar without the calories that come with it. However, new research suggests that a popular sugar substitute could be used to fight cancer as well as expanding waistlines.
  • Lazy San Franciscan Uses Baby Stroller to Tote 12-Pack of Beer

    03/23/2015 5:07:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Thu, Mar 19, 2015 | Erin Sherbert
    San Francisco is not a kid-friendly city, as evidenced by the lack of kids living in this city. But that's not to say we don't have a practical need for our very own baby stroller. The average San Franciscan would happily admit that beer is their baby — and day drinking at Dolores Park is the perfect "family outing." Sure this person might be considered drunk, or lazy, or drunk and lazy, but to be fair, a 12-pack of bottled beer is heavier than a small child.
  • I Eat Garbage to Save Money and Help Reduce Food Waste

    03/23/2015 11:42:09 AM PDT · by mojito · 50 replies
    Time/xoJane ^ | 3/23/2015 | Emiliy A. Klein
    ...Although bread is one of the easiest, most reliable items for which to dumpster dive — it’s thrown away all the time, it’s dry, non-perishable, and relatively non-pathogenic — I also scavenge produce, chocolate, and flowers from the garbage. Sometimes it can be pretty icky; various slimes attend the decay of vegetables and fruit, and dumpsters are occasionally coated in unidentifiable goo.... Although I’m not by any means rich (after earning an expensive college degree, I am, like many of my generation, right back to where I started: in the service industry... But, you might protest, (as have many of...
  • Hardin’s Hodad’s: Celebrating a Burger Legend (Memorial)

    03/22/2015 8:20:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Vista ^ | February 22, 2015 | Dylan Brockmeyer
    Great surprise and saddened shock rocked San Diego’s Ocean Beach on the afternoon of Thursday Feb. 5. Beloved owner of Hodad’s and the man credited with “best burger in America,” Mike Hardin, died of a heart attack in a hotel in Chowchilla, Calif. He was making a trip to visit his daughter in Oregon. Hardin took over the family business in 1967 from his parents. After a while, he moved it to it’s current location on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach. Hardin influenced many lives, he took the time and went out of his way to help community members solve...
  • Maryland Style Shrimp

    03/21/2015 2:37:13 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 84 replies
    FReeRepublic ^ | 03/31/2015 | Moi
    It's time for you FReepers to get the real deal. Here is a recipe that will always be a winner.
  • Yes, San Francisco, That Is Meat In Your Cocktail

    03/21/2015 12:53:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    sf.cbslocal ^ | March 20, 2015 | Keith Mizuguchi
    San Francisco is always known as being one of the leaders in culinary trends in this country. One that has recently popped up is savory cocktails with a rather unique twist – they have some variation of meat in them. “Cocktail culture has never seen more creativity than right now. No ingredients are off the table as long as they bring flavor and balance to a drink,” said Jon Gasparini, who along with Greg Lindgren, of Rye on the Road, has designed the new cocktail menu at Belcampo Meat Co. in San Francisco. In that vein, Gasparini and Lindgren have...
  • Would you drink beer made from sewage water?

    03/21/2015 12:46:32 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 62 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 13, 2015 | Saffron Alexander
    We're getting more creative with what we do with our waste. The end of 2014 gave us the "poo bus" - a bus run on sewage and food waste - and Bill Gates is currently drinking feces made by a machine that turns human waste into drinking water and electricity.
  • Cheap Wines Chock-Full of Arsenic: Lawsuit

    03/20/2015 12:57:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    The wines named in the lawsuit are primarily inexpensive white or blush varietals including moscato, pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc.Many popular, inexpensive brands of wine made and distributed in California, including Trader Joe's famed "Two Buck Chuck," contain illegal and dangerously high levels of poisonous inorganic arsenic, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles. Plaintiffs Doris Charles, Alvin Jones, Jason Peltier and Jennifer Peltier allege in their complaint that dozens of wineries are violating state law by knowingly producing, marketing and selling arsenic contaminated wine and failing to warn consumers about the potential danger. The suit, filed in...
  • Popular weed killer deemed “probable carcinogen” by UN (glyphosate, e.g. “Roundup”)

    03/20/2015 11:40:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 2:25 PM EDT | Maria Cheng
    One of the world’s most popular weed killers—and the most widely used kind in the U.S.—has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The decision was made by IARC, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, which considered the status of five insect and weed killers including glyphosate, which is used globally in industrial farming. […] The new classification is aimed mainly at industrial use of glyphosate. Its use by home gardeners is not considered a risk. Glyphosate is in the same category of risk as things like anabolic steroids and...
  • The EPA Planning To Crack Down On Backyard Barbecues, Too?

    03/20/2015 10:00:10 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/20/2015 | John Merline
    Back in 1997, when Bill Clinton's EPA was pushing stricter air pollution rules, then-EPA administrator Carol Browner scoffed at complaints that the new rules would be so strict as to eventually ban backyard barbecues.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    03/19/2015 5:48:34 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 85 replies
    This week, we have Savory, with Fruit! (Heads-up, pugmama!) I've never been a very fancy cook, though I do enjoy making food pretty and presentable and will go to some lengths for that. Otherwise, I'm into 'comfort' foods. But I greatly enjoy having something very different and unusual from time to time; and some of my favorites have been dishes that are savory, but include a sweet element, usually fruit. I once vacationed with friends who came from a restaurant background, and eating with them was always a great experience - always something unexpected and never before encountered. About 25...
  • Michigan Senate passes bill allowing 3 bake sales per week in public schools

    03/19/2015 10:21:04 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 11 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Kyle Feldscher
    LANSING -- The Michigan Senate passed a bill allowing up to three fundraising bake sales in public schools per week, providing a way around federal health standards that banned them. brownies. State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton Township, introduced Senate Bill 109, which passed 36-1, with one senator excused from voting. Colbeck said Boy Scouts in his district asked him why the state banned bake sales in schools. After looking into it further, he realized Michigan had not approved exemptions from the federal Smart Snacks in School standards that disqualify most bake sale items. "(This bill is a) common sense change...
  • Denver company's tests on wine triggers lawsuit (Arsenic in CA wines)

    03/19/2015 9:18:05 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 23 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | March 19, 2015 | Staff, DBJ
    A lawsuit is expected to be filed in California today over the amount of arsenic in some of the best-selling wines in the country. CBS News reports laboratory testing by Denver's BeverageGrades found some wines have as much as time times the maximum level of arsenic the Environmental Protection Agency allows for drinking water. The EPA doesn't regulate wine as it does water, and there are no federal labeling requirements to disclose what's in wine.
  • Influence Game: Meat industry fights new dietary proposal

    03/19/2015 12:56:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 12, 2015 2:30 AM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    The meat industry is seeing red. Meat companies have tried to rehabilitate an image tarnished in recent years by health and environmental concerns. Now the industry is swiftly and aggressively working to discredit a proposal for new dietary guidelines that recommends people eat less red and processed meat. The proposal last month by a government advisory committee also relegates the health benefits of lean meat to a footnote to the main recommendations. “We’ve been put in a position over the years to almost be apologizing for our product; we’re not going to do that anymore,” said Barry Carpenter, the president...
  • Study: Fast-food curb did not cut obesity rate in South LA

    03/19/2015 12:30:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 19, 2015 2:08 AM EDT | Alicia Chang
    A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found. City lawmakers passed the zoning ordinance in 2008 that limited the opening or expansion of fast-food outlets in a 32-square-mile area south of Interstate 10 that struggles with high obesity rates and other health problems. The law, believed to be the first effort of its kind by a major city to improve public health, did not ban new eateries in strip malls. The research by the Rand Corp....
  • German Software Giant SAP to Open Cafe in Palo Alto

    SNIP German software maker SAP is hoping to draw a walk-in crowd of techies — and perhaps raise its own Silicon Valley profile — by selling high-end coffee with a side of free Wi-Fi and programming advice. It’s opening a cafe this week inside a former cinema in downtown Palo Alto. SNIP SAP’s Sanjay Shirole says he wants to foster a creative environment where anyone can sip coffee, swap ideas or pound their computer keyboards alongside others “who share a passion for technology.” SAP is working with gourmet coffee retailer Blue Bottle to sell refreshments. Shirole describes the operation as...
  • Post Soviet: Breakfast Pop-Up Makes a Communist Peasant’s Breakfast Look Yummy

    03/18/2015 7:12:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Mar 18 2015 | Pete Kane
    Not that many people equate the former Soviet Union with freshness and abundance, but that might soon change once people get used to Post Soviet, a pop-up at farm:table that's now happening most Monday mornings and early afternoons. ("Post" cleverly refers to the period after the USSR, but also to Post Street.)The tiniest café in San Francisco is no stranger to long lines (and farm:table's own staff will be pulling espresso shots), but it's not usually for a Yuzhny sandwich (savory rosemary puff stuffed with chicken and egg salad, served with Uzbek-Korean carrot salad). While queuing, you might learn about...
  • THE YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER 1816 IN MAINE

    03/18/2015 2:42:50 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 27 replies
    http://www.milbridgehistoricalsociety.org/ ^ | Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | Lee-Lee Schlegel
    THE YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER 1816, IN MAINE By Lee-Lee Schlegel MONTHS THAT SHOULD BE SUMMER’S PRIME SLEET AND SNOW AND FROST AND RIME AIR SO COLD YOU SEE YOUR BREATH EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND FROZE TO DEATH (An old rhyme) -------------------------------------------------------------1771 REUBEN WHITTEN 1847 SON OF A REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER, A PIONEER OF THIS TOWN, COLD SEASON OF 1816 RAISED 40 BUSHELS OF WHEAT ON THIS LAND WHITCH KEPT HIS FAMILY AND NEIGHBOURS FROM STARVATION ( Tombstone in an Ashland, N.H. cemetery) Imagine! It’s June. Or July. Or perhaps August in Down East Maine. In Milbridge. That’s easy enough to do,...
  • Where's My Suitcase of Frozen Moose Meat?

    03/18/2015 11:04:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    CBC ^ | Mar 18, 2015
    Newfoundlander on the hunt for game-laden luggage that went AWOL in Toronto Losing luggage during a flight is always an inconvenience, but a man flying from Newfoundland to Ontario didn't just lose personal belongings when his suitcase disappeared. Liam English hasn't seen his suitcase full of moose meat in over three days, after it was lost during a flight from Newfoundland to Ontario on Sunday. (Liam English) Liam English lost some moose meat, and quite a bit of it. English, who was home in St. John's last week for a family funeral, decided to stock up on about 11 kilograms...
  • Behold, The Taco Doughnut!

    03/18/2015 10:31:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | John Dodge
    The debate over whether a savory doughnut is indeed a doughnut has been settled, clearing the way for more innovations in the hottest trend in the baking industry. Behold, the Taconut: a spicy beef-filled cake, with covered in queso frosting, sour cream icing, guacamole, cilantro, and hot sauce. The creators used a 3-D printer to develop a “cookie cutter” to create a doughnut shape out of raw biscuit dough. The dough was stuffed with taco meat and deep fried before being garnished with a aforementioned toppings. Here is a look inside the Taconut, courtesy of Barry Abrams, via Imgur. Right...
  • Introducing a pre-boiled egg for the lazy cook

    03/18/2015 8:34:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 18, 2015
    f you find it difficult to create a perfectly cooked egg, the Yowk may be the answer to your kitchen struggles. New Egg Company is about to release its newest product—an egg that has been pre-cooked before it hits shelves and promises diners a “perfect soft boiled” experience. Just add boiling water to the special container and voilà—a perfectly runny egg in just five minutes. By our estimate, that’s the same amount of time it takes to make a soft boiled egg the labor-intensive, old fashioned way in a pot.
  • Let’s Move: Skip the Buffet

    03/18/2015 12:54:08 AM PDT · by W. · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 17, 2015 2:23 pm | Elizabeth Harrington
    First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign Let’s Move is out with new advice for Americans: skip the buffet and stick to unsweetened tea. The tips were introduced as part of Mrs. Obama’s “#GimmeFive challenge,” which is encouraging people to come up with five ways to be healthier for the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move. President Barack Obama’s five ways to be healthy are jogging on stage to give a campaign speech, shooting a basketball, playing tennis, climbing the stairs to Air Force One, and lifting a baby, according to a video announcing the challenge.
  • Fast Food Connoisseur: I Think I Love Wingstop More Than my Wife

    03/17/2015 9:44:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    SFWeekly ^ | Jay Lison
    Everyone has that go-to food spot that your significant other is sick of (if not grossed out by) but will go along just to appease you. For me, that place is Wingstop. Maybe it's because Wingstop is nowhere near my house in Telegraph Hill, so those sauced-tossed wings always taste deliciously novel to me (someone could make a boatload if they opened one in the center of the city). Perhaps I just love that the aviation- themed decor makes me want to pretend my chicken wing is a steering rod for my imaginary fighter jet (sound effects included). More likely,...
  • Ramen Yokocho Fest Is Here Again, This Time With a Ramen Championship

    03/17/2015 9:15:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/17 | AMY SCATTERGOOD
    Forget the possible heat and inevitable crowds, it's time for another edition of the Ramen Yokocho fest. The massive noodlepalooza is coming to Santa Anita Park on the weekend of March 28-29, and this time the Ramen Yokocho Assn. is not only bringing you 11 ramen-yas but, for the first time, they're holding a ramen championship. When you buy a ticket, you'll also be given a ballot so that you can vote for your favorite ramen. Only the U.S. ramen shops are eligible (the Japanese shops are considered guests), thus seven of the 11 shops are in the running to...
  • Fat Country (Western Food Not Solely Responsible for China’s Expanding Waistline)

    03/17/2015 8:34:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2015-3-17 | Li Lin
    Not healthier than Western foodBian Huawei, head nutritionist at The Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, said that it was a common misconception that Chinese food was healthier than Western food. In a November 2013 tencent.com report, Bian noted that although traditional Chinese food uses fewer animal fats compared to most Western dishes, many Chinese restaurants nowadays use excessive quantities of oil and salt to make dishes more flavorful. "Most cooking methods used in Chinese cuisine, such as deep-frying and roasting, use an excessive amount of oil," said Bian. "Even for the dishes that are cooked in a healthier...
  • First Trades after collapse

    03/17/2015 4:26:23 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 3/17/15 | Selco
    The items for trade during my SHTF very often changed value, and some of them became unavailable for some period of time, just to suddenly show up again much more expensive. Yes, situation in the city dictated that, but also people, the black market lords made this happen. The whole situation was always changing where and if you can find what you were looking for. Some of the items that were circulating in the city were completely new to everyone, one of the reasons was that all sorts of stuff from humanitarian aid was coming to the city through different...
  • St. Patrick's Day Vanity: What are you drinking tonight?

    03/17/2015 3:45:35 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 105 replies
    Have you noticed we are bickering and arguing more lately? Is it six years of obama, or should we blame Bush? Pour yourself a drink, hard or soft, and tell us a good joke. Cheers, to the best people I know!
  • Shaomai special (Dim Sum)

    03/17/2015 2:26:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2015-3-15 | Du Qiongfang
    Xiasha variety of popular Shanghai snack is still going strong, despite pale imitations Editor's Note According to UNESCO's definition, an "intangible cultural heritage" includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts. It has to be traditional, contemporary and living at the same time, inclusive, representative, and community-based. The safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage is an important factor in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of...
  • A Starbucks executive just deleted his Twitter account after backlash over the company's new [tr]

    03/17/2015 10:52:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 89 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 17, 2015 | Hayley Peterson
    Starbucks is in hot water after launching a new campaign that encourages baristas to talk about race relations with customers. Critics have been lashing out at the company on social media, saying Starbucks is trying to capitalize on racial tension in the US. Following the backlash, Starbucks' senior vice president of communications Corey duBrowa appears to have deleted his Twitter account, which has only added to critics' outrage.
  • Eating 3 Square Meals A Day Is Actually Racist

    03/17/2015 6:38:47 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 33 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 3/04/2015 | Kiera Butler
    Full headline: Huh? Mother Jones Explains Why Eating 3 Square Meals A Day is Actually Racist.According to an essay by Mother Jones Senior Editor Kiera Butler, eating three meals a day is “anti-science, racist, and might actually be making you sick.” Butler’s astounding proclamation that three square meals is “racist” is supported by her interview with Historian Abigail Carroll, who wrote the book Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal: When European settlers got to America, they also imported their meal habits: a light meal—maybe cold mush and radishes—in the morning, a heavier, cooked one midday, and a third...
  • South West Trains Apologises after Announcer Tells Fat Passengers Not to Sit Down

    03/16/2015 4:53:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | March 14, 2015 | A.B. Sanderson
    Passengers on the South West Train service from Basingstoke to London Waterloo were left in shock after an announcer took to the tannoy to say that fat people should remain standing because of lack of space, the Daily Mail reports. On the packed commuter service, a member of staff reportedly said: “We are going to be like sardines on this train, so can I ask that only slim people sit on the three-seaters. If you are fat then it is simply not going to work.” One passenger was left furious by the announcement, saying: “I am not necessarily a big...
  • The Weird Consequence Of Your Greek Yogurt Habit

    03/16/2015 11:27:47 AM PDT · by goodwithagun · 37 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | March 16, 2015 | Sarah Jacoby
    Yes, greek yogurt is delicious, nutritious, and surprisingly cost-effective. But, we admit we’d never really thought about this consequence of making it our go-to breakfast snack. It turns out that one of the byproducts of greek yogurt production is a little thing called acid whey. It’s a runny substance that is remarkably bad for the environment: If acid whey is dumped, its decomposition can deplete ecosystems of oxygen, killing fishy inhabitants. But, with the continuously growing popularity of that delicious yogurt — it now accounts for $2 billion of the $6 billion yogurt market — finding an ecologically responsible way...
  • Tomorrow, Try Bacon Pastrami at Dog Haus Santa Ana

    03/14/2015 10:59:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | Fri., Mar. 13 2015 | Charles Lam
    On deck will be three dishes. You can get a crispy bacon-pastrami sandwich with gruyere cheese sauce and 1001 island slaw on grilled King's Hawaiian bun, bacon-pastrami poutine, or a salad of smoked chile glazed bacon-pastrami, cabbage, Oaxacan string cheese, pickled corn, green onion, sesame seeds and garlic-cilantro dressing. The menu will be available tomorrow at MainPlace Mall starting noon until 6 p.m. You'll also get a chance to meet Dog Haus Culinary Director Michael Brown and Würstmacher (sausage maker) Adam Gertler.
  • Wasabi Kit Kats, Tuna Doritos, and 10 More Weird Snacks You Can Only Find in Japan

    03/14/2015 10:09:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | MARCH 4, 2015 | Allison Barretta
    Japan is the de facto world capital of odd flavors for popular American snacks. From 'salty watermelon' to 'clam chowder' here are 12 flavors of Pepsi, Doritos, and more too wacky to dream up if you tried.Wasabi Kit Kats? Tuna Mayonnaise Doritos? Cucumber Pepsi? No, these aren't the results of manatee idea balls (we think). These Franken-snacks actually exist (or have existed) for public consumption in Japan. Although other countries in Asia, like Taiwan, have their own interpretations of Western-style snack foods, the de facto world capital of odd flavors is considered to be the Land of the Rising Sun....
  • 'MURICA! Cooking bacon with a full auto M16!

    03/14/2015 7:54:27 AM PDT · by CtBigPat · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dustin Ellermann
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7UW5AkWqOY
  • Woman Buys Bananas Infested With World’s Deadliest Spiders

    03/13/2015 1:11:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    A British couple made a shocking discovery a few days ago after buying bananas from their local grocery store. The bananas were infested with spiders. And not just any spiders. When a Brazilian Wandering Spider bites a man, its venom can cause a painful four-hour ****, and can even lead to death. The woman who bought the bananas recognized the spider cocoon and put the bananas into her freezer to kill all the spiders.
  • Bavarian Archaeologists Find 250-Year-Old Pretzel

    03/12/2015 4:12:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    The Local ^ | 11 Mar 2015
    Archaeologists have made a remarkable - and delicious - discovery in Bavaria, where during an excavation they dug up a 250 year-old pretzel. Silvia Codreanau-Windauer from the Bavarian Bureau for the Conservation of Historic Monuments confirmed that: "this is definitely the oldest pretzel ever found" - although she would give no word on whether it was past its expiration date. Alongside the remains of the pretzel, archaeologists also found the charred remains of a bread roll and a croissant - suggesting that someone missed out on quite the historical breakfast buffet in the 18th century, the period the find has...