Save The Planet and $1500 A Year – Fridge “Triage” Box Puts An End to Food Waste

Save The Planet and $1500 A Year - Fridge "Triage" BoxWasting food is one of the things that drives me up-a-wall nuts.  I mean it makes my skin crawl.  I inherited this from my mother, I think.  She would, and still is, ashamed when food gets wasted.  I feel likewise.  It’s not a nice feelings knowing that you could have eaten it but somehow missed the mark.  Generally food gets lost in the fridge.  That sounds silly I know, it’s only a few cubic feet of space.  But there are so many bins, compartments, shelves, and cubbies.  It’s hard to keep track of everything.

If you’re like me there’s all manner of stuff in your fridge.  I have reusable containers all over my fridge.  Simple syrup, homemade coffee syrup, veggies, chicken, homemade caramel, cheese, left-overs, desserts, etc…the list goes on and on and on.  It’s stuffed.  I sometimes can’t see a carton of milk that’s in the fridge and go out and buy a duplicate I didn’t need.  That’s a full fridge.  I’ve pared and purged my possessions down to a minimal level at this point.  But my fridge still looks like I’m hanging on to the notion that the world might end tomorrow (and it might – you never know – it would be nice to have a few slices of leftover bacon hanging around if that asteroid slams into the Earth’s crust somewhere – ya know?) Continue reading

Watch the Trailer For the Documentary Entre Les Bras

Watch the Trailer For the Documentary Entre Les Bras

High atop a hill in the mountains of the southern Auvernge region of France, miles from anywhere, the unique restaurant and hotel of Chef Michel Bras is a three Michelin star awarded affair which is almost always completely full.  Trained under his parents while cooking at their own restaurant, his style of presentation on the plate and his spare artistry in designing his dishes is unmatched, even in France.  Regarded as probably one of the best restaurants in France, perhaps the world over, he claims his influence is entirely from his mother’s cooking, his abiding love of the wild flora from the local environment and his passion for the region and town of his birth, Aubrac and Laguiole respectively.  Laguiole is a small town in France which is renowned for its knives.  My steak knives are, in fact, Laguiole.  Nice knives.Watch the Trailer For the Documentary Entre Les Bras

Michelin Stars are a big deal.  No make that a really big deal.  Michelin (yes the tire people) write guides for travel and food around Europe and the rest of world.  The guide awards one to three stars to a small number of restaurants of outstanding quality.  Make no mistake, you must be OUTSTANDING to be awarded a star.  One star indicates a “very good cuisine in its category”, a two-star ranking represents “excellent cuisine, worth a detour,” and three stars are awarded to restaurants offering “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”.  A three-star Michelin ranking is rare.  As of late 2009, there were 26 three-star restaurants in France, and only 81 in the world.  Michelin is constantly reviewing food and will remove a star just as readily as they will award one.Watch the Trailer For the Documentary Entre Les Bras

Michel Bras and his son run Bras.  They have three Michelin stars.  Special stuff, their place.  A new documentary about the elder head chef handing over control of the restaurant to son Sébastien will premiere at Omnivore Paris, in March.  Michel is a chef in the vein of Eric Ripert of Les Bernardin – gentle, enthusiastic, and exactly. Despite that Michel and Sébastien seem to clash over the direction and execution of the food and their restaurant.  Michel seems unwilling to completely let go and allow his son to completely take the helm.  “Maybe I’ll be the soul of the house….At least I’ll try to preserve it.”

It should be an interesting watch – check out the trailer and sneak peak here.


OJ’s At It Again! – Fed Halts Import of Foreign OJ

OJ's At It Agsin! - Fed Halts Import of Foreign OJNot that OJ.  Yesterday we reported how the FDA was ramping up testing for an illegal fungicide carbendazim.  The FDA announced today (Wednesday) that it would temporarily halt ALL imports of foreign orange juice.  If levels of the chemical, carbendazim, are found to be below 10 parts per billion (considered trace amounts,) the products may be released and sold, according to the Food and Drug Administration.  Initial tests on Canadian imports turned up no traces of the chemical.OJ's At It Agsin! - Fed Halts Import of Foreign OJ

It’s come to light that Coca Cola (owner of Minute Maid branded orange juice) was the company that initially raised concerns over finding carbendazim after discovering some of its Brazilian growers were spraying trees with the chemical.  “This is an industry issue that affects every company that produces products in the U.S. using orange juice from Brazil,” said a statement from the company.  Brazil produces nearly one in six glasses of orange juice that American’s drink.   Continue reading

Japanese Restaurateur Pays $738,000 For A Single Fish – World Does Not End

Bluefin TunaJapanese Restaurateur Pays $738,000 For A Single Fish - World Does Not End

Okay so $738,000 is a pretty impressive wad of cash to lay down on a single fish.  What makes this fish so special then?  It turns out nothing really.  It’s mostly a self-indulgent marketing gag by a well bankrolled Japanese restaurateur (yes there is no “N” in this word – I had to use two dictionaries just to be sure.)   Continue reading

Star Wars Themed Burgers?!?!

You probably thought you’d seen everything possible that could be tagged with Star Wars merchandising.  I thought had seen everything.  Figures, toys, models, books,  and now….burgers?

Yep.  Dutch fast food joint Quick (inventive with the fast food names, those Dutch) just announced that it will be offering Phantom Menace themed burgers for a limited time in anticipation of the upcoming 3D release of Star Wars: Episode I in movie theaters.  Huh?Star Wars Themed Burgers

No mistake there.  There’s three burgers available shortly, Jedi, Dark, and Dark Vador Burger.  One imagines either Lord Vader’s name is spelled differently in French or someone’s got a gigantic marketing pink slip headed their way.Star Wars Themed Burgers

The Dark burger, clearly associated with Darth Maul, looks to have poppy seeds on the bun and little else to make it that special. The Jedi burger has what are clearly cheese curds on top.  Ridiculously other food blogs – Huffington Post and Eater to name a few, speculating that it might be marshmallows.  Really guys?  On a mass marketed burger?  Grow up.

The one that’s been catching all the buzz and making headlines is the Dark Vador (their spelling not mine) whose bun is black.  Not lightly tinged black.  Take a look at those photos.  Like a coal miner in a black out at midnight black.  I mean black.  What’s up with that?  I’m not sure I want my hamburger bun resembling carbon black.  How do you tell if it’s burnt?

There’s precious little info around about these burgers, neither the Quick corporate nor the Quick France site has any information or press releases regarding these bizarre spacey fare.

I didn’t take much in the way of French classes but with the help of THE GOOGLE the top seems to ask which side of The Force you’d like to align yourself with, while the bottom encourages you to eat more than five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  Indeed.  May the force be with you!