The Food Pages 2/19/16

This weeks' links are doubly long to make up for being day late. Some good weekend reads in here.

Sweet and spicy pilaf.

Sweet and spicy pilaf.

  • Virginia FTW. I wouldn’t have thought I would ever care about the Oscars’ ridiculous goodie bags, but this year there’s a sparkling VA wine. Exciting!
  • Why don’t brands with sustainability and health in their mission statements lobby for those beliefs more often? I also wish that lobbying firms worked in reverse. The guy quoted at the end clearly knows HOW to get FDA guidlines to change, but made no attempt to put together a coalition to make it so. GAH!
  • And then this, where Coke makes more of a profit, AND people drink more soda, when they market the tiny cans like crazy. The world is dumb.
  • But back to happier things. Some love for one of my favorite area coffee roasters, Blanchards. Their Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is the best.
  • Fixing school lunch isn’t all about finding fresh, healthful options. The kitchens need to be redesigned to properly cook those new foods.
  • Some delightful sounding dishes in this ode to the disappearing traditional cuisine of Rome. I think I've been to the one next to the Pantheon too.
  • The masterminds behind Broad City taste things in the Bon Appetit test kitchen.
  • Buyer beware, unless your Parmesan is grated at the store cheese counter or in your own kitchen, it probably contains a fair amount of cellulose, AKA wood pulp.
  • YES. Of all the crazy farming things, lightning may be the best.
  • Vermont is cool as always.
  • One more edition in the ongoing health debate of salt/sodium.
  • I was almost going to go to Nashville next month, I’m very sad not to be able to check out little Kurdistan....
  • The house  has passed a bill easing calorie labeling restrictions for fast food.
  • In case you want to go full on post-modern while in Miami, here are some foods/drinks to seek out.
  • A craft beer scandal out of Boston that doesn't involve Sam Adams (by name anyway, though this is related to thing's I've heard about them doing...).
  • And Virginia wins again, there’s a couple raising water buffalo in far SW. REAL mozzarella is being made in the VA. Fingers crossed when the herd grows larger they also start making real ghee.
  • A President’s Day essay on Lincoln and his belief that the ability to produce your own food is the ultimate marker of freedom.
  • In the process of moving Tokyo’s (in)famous fish market to it’s own new man-made island (essentially to keep tourists away from the tuna auctions), they city is needing to figure out how to control the “ninja rat” population once the smelly fish have left.
  • From NPR, the history of the American family dinner.
  • An annual “Food Truck Rodeo” is coming to Spotsy Courthouse in April..
  • A timeline of spending a day at Francis Ford Coppola’s vineyard.