Posts Tagged "meat"

Good riddance, pig McCrates

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 | 0 comments

McDonald’s just announced that they’re asking all suppliers to plan to phase out gestation crates, starting in June. Now, let’s face it, despite the popular (and somewhat disturbing) McRib, which seems to come and go from the restaurant’s menus in line with commodity pig prices, McD’s is not known for its pork products the way it’s known for its beef burgers and chicken-like McNuggets. It goes through a lot of bacon and sausage in it  breakfast products, however (as much as one percent of the U.S. pork supply), and its main supplier, Smithfield Farms (not...

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Why certify?

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 | 0 comments

Yesterday I gave a talk at NYU about sustainability certification–organic, fair trade, and others. Some of the questions students had were really solid and thoughtful, which made me think it might be useful to post some responses and thoughts on the subject. Any stamp on a label is put there to tell you, the customer, something about the product. The price tag tells you how much someone wants you to pay. The ingredients list tells you what’s inside. The name “Chianti” tells you that the wine came from a certain part of Italy and contains certain grapes. “Fair...

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An oasis of old-world charm

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 | 0 comments

Marcos and I decided to take a weekend trip to the beautiful lake district of Lago di Garda to purify our skin in the at the nearby Colà Lazise hot springs, buy some famous Lago di Garda olive oil, and relax by the beautiful lake. For accommodations, a friend of ours from the region suggested Agriturismo Sangallo in Bedizzole, within a fifteen-minute drive from the bustling little cities of Salò and Desenzano. As we turned onto the street leading to the agriturismo, we thought we must have copied the wrong address. The street was sandwiched between two industrial buildings, quite different...

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Let them eat foie!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 | 0 comments

The annual Montmartre wine festival, Fete des Vendanges, from October 5th to the 9th, was a joyous celebration of French gastronomic traditions. Parisians and Francophiles, high on life from all of the delicious food and wine, sang, danced, and toasted to their good fortune while looking down over the breathtakingly beautiful city. The smell of funky cheese, panfried foie gras, and sausages wafted through the air to the sounds of animated conversation, laughter, and live music. I was in heaven. In theory, the festival is primarily a celebration of wine. However, as I strolled the various...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 | 0 comments

While eating my way through the slow food Cheese Festival in Bra, I fell in love with Bagoss cheese. At the time, I didn’t know where it came from or how it was made, but I knew I wanted more. There were at least four different samples of the cheese at different levels of maturity. The youngest version of the cheese that had been aged for one year was sweet and supple with a fresh lightly floral aroma, while the oldest cheese, aged for two years, was intensely salty and crumbly, similar to aged Parmigiano Reggiano. When I got back to Parma I searched all of my favorite cheese shops for...

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La Quercia Rossa

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 | 0 comments

Coming from the east coast of the U.S., where it is uncommon to find whole, unprocessed hazelnuts at the grocery store, the prospect of visiting a working hazelnut orchard in Piedmont–home of the chocolate hazelnut spread made famous by Nutella–was too exciting of an opportunity to pass up. Some regard the Piedmontese hazelnut as the most delicious and most viable variety for culinary use, as its pliable consistency lends itself well to cakes, creams, and chocolates. La Quercia Rossa is a third-generation family farm turned agriturismo that uses their own crop to produce a variety...

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Food for all

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 | 0 comments

I took the $5 challenge. I didn’t do it on purpose, and I didn’t tell my guests that I’d done it. It just happened while I wasn’t paying attention–and it made me realize that it needs to happen more often. Slow Food USA launched this campaign as a way to show folks how easy it is to feed others a nutritious meal, based on real foods, at around the cost of a fast-food “value” meal. A lot of folks said it couldn’t be done–but this year on September 17th, 30,000 people learned otherwise. And that doesn’t even count the five folks who...

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I Sognatori

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 | 0 comments

After sampling a variety of delicious Barbera wines at Alba’s Saturday Farmer’s Market, Marcos and I decided it was about time to find some good food to soak up all of the hearty red wine. We asked the wine vendor if she knew of a good place that served traditional fare, to which she immediately replied with enthusiasm, “I Sognatori (The Dreamers), right over there!” We walked about a block to find an unassuming pink corner restaurant with grapevines twirling around the awning. The interior decor was filled with old, slightly dusty wooden furniture and gentle natural lighting. We...

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