News and events, and the Tostitos contest winner!

Congratulations to Kelly, who won the draw for the 2 bags of blue corn Tostitos and a lovely chip basket! I will be sending you an e-mail. I hope you enjoy them; personally, I find that blue corn chips have a slightly different taste than yellow corn tortilla chips and go really well with salsa, but doesn’t fit as well with cheese.

And now, here’s some news for you:

News and links

I know there’s lots of other things happening around town, but Sharon at Only Here for the Food already does such a great job of recording all that already. So instead today you get links that I stumble upon and find at least mildly interesting.

Food news and links from around the ‘net

First, I’ve been listed on this site since Feb. 10th but kept forgetting to post about it:
Alltop. Bribes work.

Top Chef finale – it’s really hard to watch the person you’re cheering for shoot themselves in the foot. Grrr.

The U.S. Food Network is looking for 2-person Boston teams to compete in a new food reality show à la The Amazing Race.

Gordon Ramsay’s mini-me to appear on Hell’s Kitchen and the F-Word. (link contains the Little Gordon commercials if you haven’t seen them yet.)

Business Week on raw Camembert cheese war in France
(And makes me think of the farmer in Ontario and his legal court cases for selling raw milk.)

Top ten chefs of Ancient China (brings a whole new meaning to Top Chef)

Global craving crazes – Chinese food in India, Worcestershire sauce in Shanghai

Understanding deadly food allergies – how to avoid killing someone with your food

Is out-of-focus food photography a fad?

And now I can delete all those bookmarks I’ve saved. 🙂

The Alice Waters of China?

Intereesting article by Fuchsia Dunlop in The New Yorker.

Garden of Contentment
In a toxic era, a Hangzhou restaurant pursues purity.

More milk recalls

So Hong Kong announced that they’ve found melamine in some Pocky and Lotte Koala Biscuits (Koala shaped cookies with chocolate cream inside) too. Is there no Asian snack food that is safe anymore?? (Other than dried squid and preserved plums, I mean.)

I still haven’t thrown out my milk tea yet. Every time I open that cupboard I see the giant bright yellow boxes sitting there. I know they’re mocking me. I know I should throw them out, but deep down I keep waiting (in vain) to hear that the tests were a mistake and that my boxes are perfectly fine. Go ahead, you can mock me too.

Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety – melamine tests

Food recalls

I’m starting to wonder if any processed food is safe.

After the spinach E.coli problems and massive listeria recalls, I now see the China milk and melamine scandal affecting products that I’ve eaten in the past or have at home. Today the Canadian Food Inspection Agency recalled three kinds of Mr. Brown instant coffee that was imported from Taiwan and may contain some of that tainted milk powder. Now I don’t drink coffee, so ordinarily that wouldn’t affect me. But I do drink milk tea, and bought some Mr. Brown instant milk tea while I was in Hong Kong as I had a hard time finding it here. That a Mr. Brown product was being recalled set off all sorts of alarms in my head, and I immediately hopped onto Google. To my dismay, I find that Taiwan recalled all the Mr. Brown coffees AND milk teas, and that Hong Kong is doing testing on the products.

Oh and apparently, White Rabbit candy is tainted too. I don’t have any of that at home, but I brought some to work this past summer. I feel so great knowing that I poisoned my coworkers as well as myself.

Edited to add: The New York Times is reporting that the milk issue was discovered back in December 07, and was hushed because of the Olympics. That means if they had actually owned up to the problems before hand I wouldn’t have bought tainted milk tea (and consumed some during my trip)!