Absinthes.com: Absinthe samplers!
La fée verte always gets top billing here.
SciAm: Norovirus Survives Restaurant Dishwashing Protocols.
“ The researchers shmeared the mess over ceramic plates, utensils and glassware … and then put the dirty dishes in the wash. And they found that while the standard detergents did a decent job at sluicing away the E. coli, they didn’t get rid of the dairy-encrusted virus. So bon appetit.”
New Scientist: Blame bacteria if you start putting on weight.
Alternet: Scientists Warn of Sperm Count Crisis.
“Between 1989 and 2005, average sperm counts fell by a third in the study of 26,000 men, increasing their risk of infertility. The amount of healthy sperm was also reduced, by a similar proportion.” Not mentioned here, the increase of soy in our foods. I’m not just shaking a boogeyman doll in your direction. Yes, scholarly studies have proven the correlation. Add that to BPA effects, you begin to see how the numbers could be so high.
GOOD: Cory Booker, Taking ‘Food Stamp’ Challenge, Finds Early Hurdles.
“Booker will have to survive off 17 cans of beans, seven yams, two bags of frozen vegetables and two apples for the next seven days.” What a load of beans. Our own Ms. Blood did this in 2007, attempting to eat organically at the same time. Read her experience here. Give her a call, Mayor. I’m sure she can help you pick a menu that won’t encourage local oil folks to frack you for natural gas.
Metro.co.uk: Bacon flavoured shaving cream goes on sale.
My first thought was, “Who on earth eats shaving cream?” It’s clear they mean ‘scented’ from the text. The British dictionary still lists ‘flavour’ as taste, not smell.
SciAm: Global High Fructose Corn Syrup Use May Be Fueling Diabetes Increase.
“A new study of 43 countries in Global Public Health, published online November 27, found that adult type-2 diabetes is 20 percent higher in countries that consume large quantities of high fructose corn syrup.” How many times do we have to say it? And it’s not unscientific to do so—it’s not identical to table sugar.
NY Times; An Unlikely Thanksgiving Stand-In - Pasta Carbonara.
“Calvin Trillin does not like turkey. He has called it ‘basically something college dormitories use to punish students for hanging around on Sunday.’ In 1981, he suggested in The New Yorker that Americans gather around the Thanksgiving table for an unlikely substitute: pasta carbonara. He imagined that it was served at the first Thanksgiving, confounding both the Indians and the Pilgrims, who declared it ‘heretically tasty’ and ‘the work of the devil.’” Just rename it ‘Pilgrims over pasta.’ I’ll cannibalize it.
Details: Anthony Bourdain’s 8 Tricks for Avoiding Travel Hell.
“Your best friends when traveling are the iPad and some chemical assistance to knock yourself out, because there’s really nothing on the plane for you.” Sad fact about a pursuit that used to be enjoyable.
Esquire.UK: Three of the Best Japanese Whiskies.
Some will yowl. Just FYI.
SF New Mexican: Las Cruces stores prepare for holiday tamale rush.
You know you live in NM when there’s big-time discussion of tamale availability. To make them yourself is not hard, but it is involved.
LA Times: Diabetes rates rise dramatically, CDC reports.
Step away from the groaning board.
NY Times: Hostess Brands Says It Will Liquidate.
Everyone seems to be eulogizing Hostess. The kids I grew up with who overindulged, ended up damaging the enamel on their teeth. I liked their products, but they were very short-lived enjoyments. I moved on swiftly to other sweets that lasted longer. When I walked up to Jack ‘n’ Jill’s in Princeton to spend my hard-earned allowance, I wanted bang for my buck dimes.
WEKU.FM: Why Coke Cost A Nickel For 70 Years.
New Scientist: California genetic food vote is no victory for science.
“Why is the US of all places protecting GM foods rather than letting them sink or swim in a free market? Companies should instead persuade people that their new products are better than the alternative.” What would be even better is rigorous testing before hitting the markets—and more honest transparency. The L-tryptophan screwup in ‘96 killed 37, the Pusztai affair, the near-disaster of highly allergenic Brazil nut components being mixed with GM soybeans, both the ‘natural’ and genetic modifications to increase gluten (prolamines) in wheat increasing the incidence of gluten insensitivities … some pretend that there are no risks to GM food, that they are harmless. They are not. No more so than ‘natural’ foods. Give us rigorous peer-reviewed testing, and clear labelling so we can correlate symptoms for ourselves. Hell, even put up an internet database so laymen can post reactions and scientists make followups. It IS the 21st Century, after all. No reason to live in the Dark Ages.
SF New Mexican: Duo opens all-natural boba tea bar and gluten-free bakery.
theKitchn: Everything Is Better With Bacon - 10 Fall Recipes.
Bacon. ‘Nuff said.
NY Times: Crop Rotation and the Future of Farming.
“The very structure of the agricultural system, as it stands now, is designed to return the greatest profit possible, not to the farmers but to the producers of the chemicals they use and the seeds they plant. And because those chemicals depend on fossil energy, the entire system is inherently unsustainable. What farmers used to return to the soil in the form of labor and animal manure — not the toxic kind you find in livestock confinement systems — they now must purchase, just the way they buy diesel for their tractors.” How did we get so off-kilter?
Gothamist: Outrage In The Powerless Zone: A Dispatch From Downtown Manhattan.
“If you think Chinatown normally has an unpleasant odor, imagine what it smells like 24 hours following no refrigeration.” Amazing, the power of words. I get that immediately.
Forbes: No Mitt Romney, Private Charity Is Not Enough.
“Never mind the trashed homes, and the dozens of dead people. Mitt Romney is going to make sure those people in New Jersey get themselves some soup. He was so proud of his own efforts and goodness, he didn’t even realize that the recipients would likely be sipping that soup cold. More than one million households in New Jersey currently lack electricity, making heating soup up difficult indeed.” I’ll save you the diatribe, I’ve railed about this before.
BBC: Food fraud tackled by forensic scientists.
Is your French wine really French?
SF New Mexican: Tip creep? Not in Santa Fe, servers say.
“But I always leave a tip. [snip] Even for a bad experience. Even in a down economy. Because I’ve been in the trenches.” I don’t think I’ve ever not-tipped. However, the level of service in Santa Fe is not what you get from even the mid-level NYC eateries. Too much turnover, I suspect.
Digital Journal: New GMO wheat may ‘silence’ vital human genes (Includes interview).
“If this silences the same gene in us that it silences in the wheat—well, children who are born with this enzyme not working tend to die by the age of about five.” Wait for corroboration before getting concerned.
Etsy: Rate Your Beer Coasters.
I need a remedy after that last link. Here. These are much more to my liking.
Hey, curbside service in downtown Santa Fe.
The Beestro. And they have some gluten-free options! Wow.