- McDonald’s closes in Iceland as currency collapse takes a bite out of Big Mac profits
- Anthony Bourdain is coming to Calgary! He’s giving a Kitchen Confidential lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at the Epcor Centre’s Jack Singer Concert Hall. I was lucky enough to get a one-day pre-sale code via e-mail the night before, and rashly decided to buy two tickets without having anyone confirmed to go with me. Hooray for driving to Calgary in January on a giant sheet of ice (a.k.a. the highway)! Luckily I have a good friend who will come with me. Tickets go on sale November 2 at 10 a.m., and will cost $35 to $100. http://tickets.epcorcentre.org or call 403-294-9494 for tickets. They’re also having a VIP post-show reception that will feature cheese from Janice Beaton Fine Cheese and wine from Willow Park Wines & Spirits, and I’m sure will cost an arm and a leg. (Hey if a bunch of Edmonton people go, maybe we should rent a bus? lol)
- Liane Faulder blogged about the Backstairs Secret Vegan Cafe, a new local underground restaurant, and Sharon at Only Here for the Food linked to a Vue Weekly article. Am trying to get a group of friends to go, but getting them to pick a date is like herding cats.
- People who live close to food are slightly less likely to be obese.
- I remember how horrified I was years ago to find out that grocery stores placed sugary foods lower to the ground to attract little kids (at their eye level). So this doesn’t surprise me – Marketing of unhealthy cereals to kids ‘staggering’: Yale study.
- Condé Nast to Close Gourmet and Cookie magazines, among others – I’m frankly shocked that they’re closing Gourmet.
- McDonald’s restaurants to open at the Louvre
- Calgary Farmers’ Market is asking its vendors for a $3-million loan to help fund the cost of relocating to a new building. Apparently 16 vendors have decided not to relocate, but I can’t find any confirmation of that.
- Liane Faulder from the Edmonton Journal posted on her blog that the Hardware Grill will be serving lunches again.
- This coming Saturday will be the last one for the City Market. This past Saturday I stopped to see if they had any giant brussels sprouts like I managed to pick up last year, but there were slim pickings. So I settled on some big bunches of kale from Sundog Organic Farm, some lovely B.C. peaches, and Jam Lady jam.
- The St. Albert Farmers’ Market has moved indoors into St. Albert Place and runs October 3rd to December 19th.
And yes, the moon cake post is coming. ended up not having any blog time this weekend, so it will likely appear sometime this week. Also expect a kale post. 🙂
- As of April 20th, McDonald’s Canada is giving away free coffee during breakfast for two weeks.
- Starbucks to sell gluten-free pastry in the U.S.
- Why are carrots orange?
- Where did the term “foodie” come from?
- Powerade vs Gatorade – Pepsi sues Coke over false advertising for drinks that we shouldn’t be drinking anyway unless we’re running marathons or training for the Olympics
- So Good’s meat madness is in it’s final matchup – steak vs. bacon. Voting is open until Friday noon. Steak was winning yesterday, but now bacon seems to be edging out steak.
- The new world’s 50 best restaurants list has been released and there’s a notable exclusion.
- 25 things chefs hate about you
- 25 things diners hate about restaurants
- This brings a whole new meaning to food notes.
- And lastly, this site has been making the rounds of various websites. It’s pretty amusing but if you don’t like foul language you’ll probably want to stay away. Fuck Yeah Cilantro.
Odd, but amusing. *fixed link*
Meat Madness – vote and watch your favourite proteins face off, bracket-style.
Cyrus causes salmonella – sorry, couldn’t resist. Disney’s Hannah Montana Peanut Chocolate Granola Bars are being recalled though.
Toronto launches (possibly unnecessary) project to expand street food offerings.
Shiitake mushrooms and green tea may fight breast cancer according to study of Chinese women.
If you haven’t read it by now, read Incanto’s letter Shock & Foie: The War Against Dietary Self-Determinism (the restaurant where Chris Cosentino is chef).
Beautifully written food and family memory from Gourmet’s Francis Lam. This is more like the Hong Kong I remember, rather than the Hong Kong I saw last spring.