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  • Park Slope Co-op Nixes BDS (Israel Boycott Defeated)

    03/29/2012 12:54:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Forward ^ | March 28, 2012 | Naomi Zeveloff
    The Park Slope Food Coop, a historic Brooklyn grocery store, will keep stocking the Israeli-made paprika, couscous and four other Israeli-made products that have become a point of contention over the past three years. Last night, the co-op dodged an initiative to boycott Israeli goods in protest of the country’s policies toward the Palestinians. Members of the co-op voted 1,005 to 653 to reject a referendum on BDS — the movement to boycott, divest from, and implement sanctions against Israel — at the store’s largest general meeting in recent memory. The co-op counts about 16,000 members; more than 1,600 people...
  • Vegan Red Velvet Cupcake, Sprinkles ATM

    03/28/2012 9:23:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Family Kitchen ^ | MARCH 19TH, 2012
    The new Sprinkles Cupcake ATM in Beverly Hills has been hyped up for a few weeks now. More details in Average Betty’s video post here. But would the crazy-cool idea for an ATM that dispences freshly baked cupcakes actually be successful? Would the cupcakes be tasty and moist? How many flavors would there be to choose from? Well after my visit to the ATM this weekend to pick up a few vegan red velvet cupcakes with my husband – I can give you my review of the experience.. My First Cupcake-Run at the 24-hour ATM. We were leaving Saturday brunch...
  • Starbucks Bugs Vegan With Frappuccino Dye Made From Ground up Insects

    03/28/2012 9:15:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Wed Mar 28 2012 | Melissa Allison
    When Starbucks changed its Frappuccino mix a couple years ago, it made sure the new ingredients were dairy-free. But no one said anything about being bug-free. Turns out the strawberry sauce used in strawberries-and-cream Frappuccinos contains cochineal extract, which is made from the bodies of ground-up insects indigenous to Latin America. A vegan barista who works for Starbucks sent a picture of the sauce’s ingredient list to a vegetarian blog called www.ThisDishIsVegetarian.com, which posted it earlier this month. The revelation sparked some criticism from advocacy groups questioning the practice. “The strawberry base for our Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino does contain...
  • Ice Cream Bar Owner Juliet Pries on eBay, Tinctures, and Coca Leaves

    03/28/2012 9:11:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    SF WEEKLY ^ | Wed., Mar. 28 2012 | Jonathan Kauffman
    Thanks to byzantine SF permitting processes, it took Juliet Pries almost two years to open the Ice Cream Bar in Cole Valley, the subject of this week's restaurant review. But the delay gave her time to change the focus of the shop, expanding from ice cream into its most distinctive feature: pre-Prohibition sodas. I talked to Pries last week just before filing my review: SFoodie: So how did the Ice Cream Bar come about? Pries: Well, it's a long story. I had been in the bar business (as part-owner of the Kezar Pub in the Haight), but did pastry before....
  • Georgia Toasts Tourists With Alcoholic Fountain

    03/28/2012 9:07:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Times Colonist ^ | MARCH 28, 2012
    he authorities in Georgia are hoping to intoxicate tourists with their country's charms by building a fountain which pumps out strong alcoholic liquor instead of water once a week. The fountain being built on top of a new tower in the Black Sea resort of Batumi will pump out Georgian "chacha," a fiery spirit distilled from grapes which is similar to Italian grappa, the city's mayor said on Wednesday. "Once a week, for 10 to 15 minutes, chacha will flow from this fountain instead of water. Tourists will have an opportunity to taste the traditional drink," Mayor of Batumi Robert...
  • The World's Weirdest Food

    03/28/2012 12:58:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    News ^ | March 22, 2012 | Anthony Dennis
    I'M sitting at a sushi bar in Sapporo, the main city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, and staring at a strange, small, raw and salmon-coloured object on my plate. "Er, is it the brain of a fish?", I asked my dining companion, who happens to be Tetsuya Wakuda, the celebrated Sydney-based Japanese-Australian chef with whom I’m travelling for a magazine article. “No,” he replies. “It’s fish’s semen sac.” Sometimes it’s best not to ask. But there were ever weirder dishes to come (see below) at this lunch. There are the adventurous types who actively seek out weird food...
  • The Anti-Walmart: The Secret Sauce of Wegmans Is People

    03/27/2012 5:47:33 AM PDT · by seton89 · 50 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | MAR 23 2012 | DAVID ROHDE
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Cashiers are barred from interacting with customers until they have completed 40 hours of training. Hundreds of staffers are sent on trips around the U.S. and world to become experts in their products. The company has no mandatory retirement age and has never laid off workers. All profits are reinvested in the company or shared with employees. A doomed Internet startup? Occupy Wall Street fantasy? Bankrupt retailer recently purchased by Walmart? No, a $6.2 billion-a-year, 79-store-supermarket chain with cult-like loyalty among its customers. Wegmans, which operates its 79 stores in New York, Pennsylvania and four other East...
  • In Stores Now, "Pepsi Next" -- Review

    03/26/2012 1:31:38 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies · 21+ views
    The Impulsively Buy ^ | March 25, 2012
    Pepsi Next contains a veritable who’s who of sweeteners. The latest addition to the Pepsi line includes the high fructose corn syrup in regular Pepsi, the aspartame in Diet Pepsi, the sucralose in Pepsi One, and the acesulfame potassium in Pepsi Max.
  • Taste of the Borscht-Belt

    03/26/2012 11:54:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 5+ views
    Wall Street Journal | 3/25/2012 | Robbie Whelan
    Mensches, momzers and mavens alike rejoiced when Kutsher's, the legendary borscht-belt resort in Monticello, N.Y., announced last year it would open an outpost in TriBeCa, serving the best of the kosher hotel's old-style deli food and hearty Jewish favorites. Some five months later, the restaurant has turned its attention to lunch offerings, with a new express luncheonette counter for to-go orders, as well as the same delicious sit-down classics. Owner Zach Kutsher, a fifth-generation Catskills macher, says the restaurant has finally perfected its pastrami-curing formula after months of experimenting., making for tenderer, more succulent sandwiches. Sometime around January,Kutsher's Tribeca switched...
  • Majority of 'pink slime' production suspended

    03/26/2012 11:27:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies · 42+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 03/26/2012 | Betsy Blaney
    The company that makes "pink slime" suspended operations Monday at three of four plants where the beef ingredient is made, saying officials would work to address recent public concern about the product. Beef Products Inc. will suspend operations at plants in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kan.; and Waterloo, Iowa, according to Craig Letch, the company's director of food safety and quality assurance. The company's plant at its Dakota Dunes, S.D., headquarters will continue operations. "We feel like when people can start to understand the truth and reality then our business will come back," Letch said. "It's 100 percent beef."
  • Will Hummus Wars Spread At Park Slope Food Co-op? (Israel Boycott Movement)

    03/25/2012 10:47:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Jewish Week ^ | Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | Doug Chandler
    Seeking an end to the debate over BDS, grocery’s board sets a vote for March 27.Like many of those she knows at the Park Slope Food Co-op, Barbara Mazor has never been an “overly” political person. “I’ve supported things” in the past, she says, adding that she and her husband send money every year to Stand With Us, the pro-Israel advocacy group, and attend the annual Salute to Israel Parade, “but I’ve never spearheaded or led anything before.” That changed for Mazor last spring as a three-year debate over a proposed boycott of Israeli products at the co-op heated up...
  • 728-Pound Susanne Eman Wants To Be The World’s Fattest Woman [VIDEO]

    03/25/2012 11:38:37 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 139 replies · 16+ views
    wcrz ^ | 3-2012
    (VIDEO AT LINK) I guess it’s great to have goals, but this one could be fatal. Mother of two Susanne Eman is on a mission to be the fattest woman in the world, and she is well on her way at 728lbs. Susan is only at the half way mark of her 1600lb goal. Meet Susanne and get the rest of the story after the jump. Susanne Eman, 32, runs her own blog on the way to 1600+pounds where she describes herself as “your average gal next door who just happens to have a body to match the size of...
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread(March 24, 2012

    03/24/2012 11:59:31 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 34 replies · 2+ views
    FreeRepublic Cooks | March 24, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 16th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread for 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or six- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • Texas Rangers Unveil Massive 'Champion Dog' (two footer,one pound frank including toppings $26)

    03/24/2012 11:06:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 3/23/12 | The PostGame
    The Fenway Frank and Dodger Dog need to make some room because there is a new champion coming this season. The "Champion Dog" at Rangers Ballpark measures nearly two feet long and weighs a pound, before any toppings are added. The all-beef frank includes a mountain of shredded cheese, chili and sautéed onions. The meal comes with a pile of fries and is designed for four people. At $26, it has a price tag to match too. Shawn Mattox, Sportservice general manager, which handles concessions for the park, was looking for an item that had the "wow" factor. "We just...
  • Could You Really Survive the Apocalypse by Eating Freeze-Dried Food?

    03/23/2012 4:00:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies
    IO9 ^ | Mar 23, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    Could you really survive the apocalypse by eating freeze-dried food? Is it really a good idea to store freeze dried food for a long-term survival situation? It may be an attractive proposition for the survivalist in you, but you probably didn't bargain on what exactly the process of freeze drying involves — and its price. HOW TO CARRY A TON OF FOOD ON YOUR BACK The process of freeze drying plays with the properties of water within food. When freeze drying, a cooked portion of food is flash frozen under a vacuum. At low pressure, all but 2-5% of the...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread -- Vol. 12, March 23, 2012

    03/23/2012 8:53:54 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 157 replies · 1+ views
    Friday, March 23, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! Hopefully everyone has received beneficial rain this past week. We've had an additional 2 inches, which was a blessing because just to the south and southwest of us as much as 10 inches fell. While the area needed the rain, it didn't need it all at one time.Looking forward to reading what you're doing with your gardens and plans this week. Photos will earn you bonus points! :^) It is too wet for me to do anything in the garden, but I do have lots of raspberry bushes to get planted. Then, the...
  • Ruby the knish man (legendary food vendor from Canarsie section of Brooklyn, NY)

    03/22/2012 3:14:51 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Ruby was a knishman who I remember in Bayview Projects, Canarsie, in the early-mid sixties. Everyone remembered his most famous quote, spoken with a BOOMING voice: "GET YOUR HOT POTATO KNISHES, I WANT TO SEND MY WIFE TO FLORIDA! My other recollections of Ruby as a kid not yet 10 years old are: -Ruby was always in the best of spirits (I do not recall EVER seeing such a serious face as in the picture). -We often did not have the 12 cents for the knish. Ruby would still let us hang out by his wagon. He would give us...
  • New study: Monsanto's toxins kill human kidney cells

    03/22/2012 6:53:59 AM PDT · by opentalk · 19 replies
    Red Green and Blue ^ | March 14, 2012 | Jeremy Bloom
    How safe are Monsanto's genetically-modified (GMO) food crops? Not so much. A new study shows that both of Monsanto's major products (which the company claims are harmless to people) in fact can cause damage to human kidney cells. Bugkiller + weedkiller On the one hand, the study by Gilles-Eric Séralini at the University of Caen, France, found that despite Monsanto's protestations to the contrary, the Bt toxin can distrupt the cell membranes of human cells, leading to their death. The toxin is only supposed to do that in the guts of the bugs it targets. Bt has been used for...
  • Federal travelers receive $36 of taxpayer money for dinner

    03/20/2012 9:28:40 AM PDT · by JudgeNap · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Milwaukee Story ^ | 03.20.12 | Dan Rutter
    Is it really necessary that federal travelers have about a $30 meal when on travel (and a $6 tip)? American taxpayers would be unlikely to think so, and if they found out that federal travelers were having that expensive of a dinner paid for by the government there would be justifiable public outrage. Many in our nation are struggling to even provide basic meals for their families, why should federal travelers be afforded such luxury? Do not worry it gets worse...
  • Red Bull Co-founder Dies in Thailand

    03/17/2012 11:06:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8:17 p.m. CDT, March 17, 2012 | (From CNN)
    Before there was Red Bull, there was Krating Daeng, a sweet energy drink sold in Thailand and a few other countries. Its labels feature two red bulls charging one another. Chaleo Yoovidhya, who with an Austrian entrepreneur transformed his non-carbonated concoction into the global brand Red Bull, died of natural causes Saturday, according to MCOT, Thailand's national news agency. Chaleo was in his 80s. The self-made business mogul was ranked 205th this year in the list of Forbes billionaires, with a net worth estimated at $5 billion. That placed him third in Thailand. Chaleo founded TC Pharmaceuticals. Chaleo and Dietrich...
  • In Praise of Good Garlic; Book Bemoans Cheap Import From China

    03/17/2012 10:33:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 2+ views
    Vancouver Sun ^ | March 15, 2012 | Nathalie Atkinson
    Author explores the global goodness of nature’s beloved cloveThe outrageous success of Twilight in recent years has resulted in authors pitching every kind of vampire-riffing book they can think of, from teen romance to paranormal thrillers. Liz Primeau went another way: She wrote a book about garlic. The bulb went off, so to speak, for Primeau in 2009 — but not because of garlic’s folkloric ability to repel vampires. “China dumped on us, flooding the market with cheap low-quality garlic and undercutting local agriculture,” the author recalls. “When I read that, that was sort of the finishing touch. I’ve been...
  • Blueberries and Apples Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk

    03/17/2012 10:19:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 16, 2012 | Fri Mar 16, 2012
    Eating more blueberries, apples and pears may be linked to lower risk of diabetes, according to a new U.S. study. These fruits are loaded with flavonoids, a natural compound present in certain fruits, vegetables and grains, which some research has tentatively tied to heath benefits such as a lower risk of heart disease or cancer. "People who ate a higher amount of blueberries or apples, they tended to have a low risk of type 2 diabetes," said An Pan, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health who worked on the study.
  • Readers' Choice: Katz' Deli on St. Patrick's Day

    03/17/2012 10:15:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Patch ^ | March 16, 2012 | Anthony Karge
    There are many ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but Bethwood Patch readers voted to celebrate with some corned beef. Katz’ Restaurant and Deli won our poll asking what the best place is to celebrate the holiday. In addition to its St. Patrick’s offerings, they serve up chopped liver, matzo ball soup and potato pancakes in the atmosphere of an authentic Jewish Deli. Here's what Patch account holder had to say in a review: "You get free pickles and cole slaw at this exciting Connecticut deli!!! Though located in a nondescript strip mall abutting the Merritt Parkway, Katz's is a...
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread (March 17, 2012)

    03/17/2012 1:58:03 PM PDT · by libertarian27 · 65 replies · 3+ views
    FreeRepublic Cooks | March 17, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 15th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread for 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or five- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • 'Pink slime' sounds gross, but how does it taste?

    03/17/2012 6:37:26 AM PDT · by rawhide · 49 replies · 2+ views
    ajc.com ^ | 3-16-12 | By J.M. HIRSCH
    What does this stuff do to the taste and texture of ground beef? For the taste test, I kept it simple and pure. I formed a half-pound of each ground beef into a thick burger patty, adding nothing to the meat. I added nothing to the pan. Meat this fatty generally bleeds out a robust amount of grease, so I wasn't concerned with sticking. That was my second surprise. The pink slime patty released very little fat during cooking. The other patty gave off two or three times as much. First, the unadulterated burger. The aroma was luscious. The meat...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Useful links) Vol. 11, March 16, 2012

    03/16/2012 7:55:02 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 153 replies · 2+ views
    Friday, March 16, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning FRiends and gardeners! During the rain this past week, I've had a chance to do some reading and found some articles that may be of interest to you. So this week I am sharing links, and I hope you enjoy them and find some useful information. I also hope that you'll check in and let us know how your garden/garden planning is coming along.In Kitchen Garden Creation, you'll learn about growing culinary and visual delights in the same place.The following links are for those interested in improving the structure of their soil. If you have rocks or...
  • America's Best BBQ Cities (and bbq joints)

    03/13/2012 9:46:37 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 65 replies
    U.S. News and World Report. ^ | 2/29/12 | Emily Bratcher
    If you're like us, you can't wait for Memorial Day, the unofficial start of barbeque season. There's nothing quite like spending the evening with a cold beer and a plate piled high with chilled coleslaw, thick-cut French fries, and succulent barbeque...
  • Mysterious Honey Discovered That Kills All Bacteria Scientists Throw At It

    03/13/2012 9:41:37 PM PDT · by Windflier · 54 replies
    WakingTimes.com ^ | February 10, 2012 | John Stapleton
    Australian researchers have been astonished to discover a cure-all right under their noses — a honey sold in health food shops as a natural medicine. Far from being an obscure health food with dubious healing qualities, new research has shown the honey kills every type of bacteria scientists have thrown at it, including the antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” plaguing hospitals and killing patients around the world. Some bacteria have become resistant to every commonly prescribed antibacterial drug. But scientists found that Manuka honey, as it is known in New Zealand, or jelly bush honey, as it is known in Australia, killed every...
  • Paleolithic Era Diet Gaining Modern Followers

    03/13/2012 1:49:49 PM PDT · by Brookhaven · 62 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 3-9-12
    Have you heard the saying “strong is the new skinny”? What if you could have both? It may be as easy as taking a fresh look at the past. The Paleo Diet, or the caveman diet, means eating and acting like a caveman. To sustain the diet, you can only eat things you gather, hunt or pick. Pinecrest resident Thad Foot, 38, said the diet gives him strength to do stand up paddle boarding. “I want to get stronger,” he said. Tara Grant, 37, did the same diet for a different reason. “I had polycystic ovarian syndrome,” said Grant. “Now,...
  • India: Chinese Garlic Destroyed

    03/13/2012 1:49:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Fresh Plaza ^ | 3/12/2012
    A local court in Nagpur has ordered the destruction of Chinese garlic after a laboratory in Pune revealed fungus. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official Manoj Tiwari said that the garlic was hazardous and unfit for human consumption. "When the dried garlic was examined carefully, the report we got from Pune, revealed that the garlic was infected with fungus. It is also known as mould growth. It is dangerous for human beings and it can neither be used by the humans nor animals. This why, we have destroyed it after we get an order from the court," said Tiwari. he...
  • Vegetable Orchestra: Chinese Brothers' Unusual Instruments

    03/12/2012 6:47:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 2+ views
    ITN ^ | Mon Mar 12 2012
    Two brothers from Beijing have carved out an unusual career - making musical instruments from carrots, potatoes and other vegetables. Nan Weidong and Nan Weiping have been making playable flutes with everything from leeks to carrots. Frequent projects see them using a sweet potato as an ocarina, a bamboo shoot as a flute, and a yam might become a whistle. The pair make a living from their instruments which have seen them appear on Chinese talent shows and other high-profile performances, which pay up to $8,000 a time. Each does however, require a new set of instruments, as the vegetables...
  • 'Pink slime' Is Good for America's Schoolchildren, Manufacturers Claim

    03/12/2012 11:52:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 12, 2012
    The company that sells ground beef treated with ammonia proclaims their meat mixture is good for America's schoolchildren, even though parents across the country are seriously questioning the safety of what has been dubbed "pink slime." Beef Products Inc. (BPI) made the declaration about its "lean finely textured beef" or LFTB over the weekend to The Daily, which broke the news that the federal government plans to buy ground beef that contains 7 million pounds of the product in the coming year. After the report, "pink slime" became the most searched topic on the internet. "Including LFTB in the national...
  • World's Rarest Alcohol Collection Sells ($8 Million)

    03/11/2012 1:52:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    EXEC Digital ^ | Meaghan Clark
    OldLiquor.com owner Bay van der Bunt muct sell his $8 million rare and historical spirits collection from three generations; including cognac, whiskey and portThree generations of alcohol that’s never been drunk? Now, that’s rare. Yet in the case of Bay van der Bunt, what’s even more rare is the collection itself – passed down three generations and collected from international auctions like Christie’s and Sotheby’s, pieces even dating back to George Washington’s inauguration year (1789). The Dutch collector doesn’t much fancy the liquid poison himself, and without an heir to pass down the world’s finest collection of spirits, he’s forced...
  • I’m a girl, and I hunt

    03/10/2012 6:21:14 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News.com Opinion ^ | March 10, 2012 | Georgia Pellegrini
    In Roman mythology, the master of the hunt was the goddess Diana. She was praised for her strength, athletic grace, beauty, and hunting skills. In Freemasonry, she was a symbol of sensibility and imagination, of poets and artists. Shrines were erected in her honor; stags followed her wherever she went; she ruled the forest and the moon. I like to think that Diana’s influence has never entirely waned, that hunting was never just about men getting together in the woods. Hunting is for all of us, an extension of our being both humans and animals—our first work and craft, one...
  • GREEN TEA REDUCES BRAIN DAMAGE FROM LEAD POISONING

    03/10/2012 4:51:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Food Product Design ^ | March 7, 2012
    Drinking green tea may provide protection against neurotoxicity induced by consuming high levels of lead in foods, according to a new study published in the journal NeuroToxicology. The findings suggest the combination of green tea and the chemical lead acetate causes less damage to the brain and nervous system compared to lead acetate alone. In the United States, levels of heavy metals, including lead, should not exceed 10 parts per million (ppm) in any food ingredient. Imported products, such as spices and powders, pose a particular threat, because many countries do not share the United States’ standards concerning lead. In...
  • 'My Dinner With Andre' movie review

    03/10/2012 1:20:03 PM PST · by reformedcrat · 11 replies
    Napa Whine Country ^ | February 20, 2012 | Tom Thurlow
    'My Dinner With Andre' Movie Review: One Of A Kind For Good Reason
  • ... 85-year-old Woman Becomes Internet Sensation after Writing Rave Review for Olive Garden

    03/10/2012 1:11:23 PM PST · by Cecily · 21 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | March 10, 2012 | Rachel Quigley
    It really is the simple things in life that garners people's attention - and that appears to go for restaurants and their reviews. An 85-year-old columnist has become an internet sensation after a critique she wrote about a local Olive Garden restaurant got almost 300,000 online views and was shared on sites like Twitter and Facebook. Most 'professional' restaurant reviews are often wordy, flamboyant, self-indulgent pieces about upscale dining experiences, the latest Michelin-starred eateries or the newest celebrity chef.
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread (March 10, 2012)

    03/10/2012 11:31:36 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 49 replies · 2+ views
    FreeRepublic Cooks | March 10, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 14th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread for 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or three- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • Commercial Meat Grinder

    03/10/2012 8:51:07 AM PST · by meeps · 31 replies
    Looking to purchase a commercial meat grinder. Anyone out there that can recommend a good quality commercial meat grinder? Thanks
  • KFC "Superman Bandit" Arrested: Cops

    03/09/2012 8:52:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway
    NBC Miami ^ | Friday, Mar 9, 2012 | Karen Franklin
    Vincent Roberts, 52, of Pompano Beach, was arrested Friday and faces robbery and petit theft charges.Pompano Beach Police arrested the man they dubbed “Superman Bandit” after he made a clothing change and then robbed a Kentucky Fried Chicken. Vincent Roberts, 52, of Pompano Beach, was arrested Friday and faces robbery and petit theft charges. He was held on no bond because of a parole violation, according to online arrest records. On Feb. 17, deputies said Roberts entered the KFC at 341 W. Atlantic Blvd wearing blue pants, a striped blue, white polo shirt and a baseball cap. He then changed...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Transplanting Tomatoes) Vol. 10, March 9, 2012

    03/09/2012 10:51:08 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 244 replies
    Friday, March 9, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    . Good afternoon gardeners! After a high of 81 degrees yesterday, we are at 50 degrees today after experiencing high winds and 3 inches of rain last night. Radar would indicate that there is more rain to come, as I see it in Texas right now. I hope that all of our Texas gardeners are catching up on much needed rain! PTL!We have so many new gardeners in our group, in addition to folks with the desire to begin gardening, that I thought a primer on transplanting might be useful. Please feel free to add to the discussion with...
  • Japan says 'sabotage' hurt whaling hunt

    03/09/2012 10:29:01 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 24 replies
    upi ^ | March. 9, 2012
    TOKYO, -- Japan says its whaling fleet ended its annual antarctic hunt with just a third of its target catch of more than 900 whales, and blamed "sabotage" by activists. Fisheries Minister Michihiko Kano said Friday "sabotage" by the Sea Shepherd environmental protest flotilla along with bad weather resulted in the reduced catch of its whaling program, The Australian newspaper reported. The U.S.-based anti-whaling group follows the Japanese fleet south every year in a bid to disrupt its hunt. Commercial whaling has been banned for 25 years but Japan catches about 1,000 whales annually in what it says is a...
  • Piglet found running around Hawaii hotel lobby

    03/08/2012 12:50:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 3/7/12 | AP
    Honolulu (AP) -- Guests at a hotel near Honolulu's airport found a suckling pig in the lobby, but it wasn't on the menu of the luau. They called the Hawaiian Humane Society last week, when a 5-week-old female pig was found running around the lobby. It was unclear how the piglet ended up there. Humane society spokeswoman Tasha Tanimoto says the pig is healthy and has been named Pukalani. She will be available for adoption once she's a little older.
  • Is Your Hair Made of Donuts?

    03/07/2012 11:22:14 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    WWLP ^ | Tuesday, 06 Mar 2012 | BarbaraMorse
    The doughnut hat has become a signature hair accessory for Joy Feldman when she goes to schools and organizations to read her new children's book, "Is Your Hair Made of Donuts?". Feldman, a nutrition expert, hasn't always been a health guru. "I was a lawyer. I did corporate mergers and acquisitions," she explains. That was in the 1980s. In the early 1990s she became very ill. "It was after I delivered my first child. About six months after delivering, my joints started to swell in my body to the point where I couldn't work," Feldman said. Feldman said she had...
  • Man Walks Into Denny's And Cooks Himself Dinner

    03/06/2012 11:06:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    AOL News ^ | Feb 23rd 2012 | Claire Gordon
    There's no such thing as a free lunch, or dinner. James Summers learned that lesson on Tuesday afternoon, police say, when he strolled into a Madison, Wis., Denny's with a briefcase, claimed that he was the new general manager, cooked up his own cheeseburger and fries, and grabbed a soda Even when police arrived, he stood his ground, and insisted there must have been a paperwork mixup, reports Channel3000, a south-central Wisconsin news site. Here's what police say was the sequence of events: The gray-haired 52-year-old (pictured at left) entered the restaurant around 4.30 p.m. in a maroon tie and...
  • How a Ship Full of Fish Helped Recreate an Ancient Fish Sauce

    03/06/2012 10:18:22 AM PST · by Renfield · 20 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 3-1-2012 | Peter Smith
    If you’re like me, the last post on the convoluted origins of our favorite fermented condiment—ketchup—probably left you wondering: What is the difference between Roman garum than modern Thai fish sauce? What little I know comes from an experiment performed by Sally Grainger, author of Cooking Apicus, recounted in the book Cured, Fermented and Smoked Foods. Grainger is a British chef and an experimental archeologist. She looked at studies on fish sauce amphorae (ceramic vessels) from archeological sites in Spain and North Africa. One of her more fascinating sources comes from a 2,000-year-old shipwreck discovered off the coast of Grado,...
  • Man pleads not guilty in Conn. brain-eating case

    03/05/2012 8:57:07 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 03/05/2012
    A Floridian charged with hacking a Connecticut homeless man to death with an ax and eating some of his brain and an eyeball has pleaded not guilty to murder. The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/wEqKXa) that Tyree Smith, a Florida resident who grew up in Ansonia, Conn., also waived his right Monday to a probable cause hearing in Bridgeport Superior Court.
  • Feisty Girl Scouts try to fight off cookie money bandit outside Walmart

    03/05/2012 5:38:33 AM PST · by Daffynition · 8 replies
    KHOU.com ^ | March 4, 2012 | Nakia Cooper
    HOUSTON – A group of Girl Scouts tried to fight back when they were robbed by a suspect outside a Walmart in Fort Bend County Saturday afternoon. But the thief got away with all of the hard-earned money earned from their cookies sales. “It was a normal, windy, cold, hard-working day,” said Iravia Cotton, Girl Scout. But the girls’ “normal” day quickly took a turn for the worse.
  • What if government treated eating the way it treats sex?

    03/04/2012 4:24:43 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 3, 2012 | J E Dyer
    It’s a useful distinction to consider. A particular moral idea governs left-wing views on social and health matters, and the left’s purpose with political advocacy is to put the power of government behind that view. By examining the left’s very different policy approaches to eating and sex, we can discern the features of the morality at work.The left’s governmental approach to sex today involves, among other things, the following:1. Advertising it to children through the public schools and encouraging them to explore and participate in it.2. Basing policy on the assumption that no solution to any problem lies in individuals...
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread (March 3, 2012)

    03/03/2012 9:46:42 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 22 replies
    FreeRepublic Cooks | March 3, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 13th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or three- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)