June 10, 2004
Food Section Digestion - June 10, 2004

Hoboken is hot! Or so says the New York Times. R.W. Apple examines the Latin-infused dining scene in the town that birthed Sinatra. Eric Asimov travels to Māconnais in Burgundy to discover the formerly cheap white wines of the region are moving on up to the Burgundian big time.

Robert Woulke in the Washington Post looks at what makes a great chocolate bar. I recommend you try the chocolate from Dagoba; It has a much more "vivid" and complete flavor than Valhrona or Ghirardelli. Were you the type of kid who liked the corners of the baked Mac and cheese? You'll like Renee Schettler's Crisped Pasta recipes.

If you are feeling esurient and would like to perambulate your way to infiltrate an establishment and negotiate the purchase of some cheesy comestibles, The Chicago Tribune has some recipes and backgrounds for cheeses of the artisanal variety. Ask for Mr. Wemsleydale.

The L.A. Times suggests you ravish your radishes. This is what comes of living in paradise - no respect for those of us who save our radish ravishing for root vegetable season. L.A. also claims to be "Burgertown, U.S.A.", the "birthplace of the hamburger" and even takes a swipe at Chicago, asking "can you name a famous Chicago hamburger stand?" (WARNING: Hometown-defending rant follows) If we have L.A. to thank for McDonald's, Jack in the Box/Carl's Jr., and Johnny Rocket's, then I'll take my anonymous but honest Chi-town burger barn over that mass-produced pap any day of the week. As for being first, the article points out there are stories about Chicago burger carts back to 1894, ten years before St. Louis staked its claim to have invented the hamburger sandwich. Chicagoans didn't make a big deal about it, because we assume the burger came over from Europe. You know, Germany? Hamburg? As for the mass-produced patty, White Castle was pumping out the assembly line burger in Wichita, Kansas two years before Bob's Big Boy in LA got its hands on the meat. These upstart West Coasters. Sheesh.(Rant ends)

Up the coast, the SF Gate is more sensibly celebrating something that actually is Californian - Portugal. Or rather, the 100+ Portuguese festas that occur in California in the Spring and early Summer. Recipes, including one for "Holy Ghost Soup" are included.

Australia is strangely without Food or Dining sections in its papers as far as I've been able to find, but New Zealand's multi-paper site stuff.co.nz carries a story about the bumper crop of grapes expected this year in her neighbor to the southwest. No help with prices, however, as demand for Aussie wines remains high.

If you want to know about New Zealand wines, you'll have to read The Japan Times article about the Otago region of New Zealand where pinot grapes are being made into fine red wines. Japan's own Tamba produces many of the most important foods in the country. Rick La Pointe travels and samples.

London's Guardian is all about improving the food our children eat (well, the food British children eat at least). You can bribe the kids to eat healthier, or perhaps you should rely on the help of that big-eared chap.

Perhaps the Prince could help his Commonwealth mates in Canada? In Toronto, the Star reports there's a fight to allow patrons to BYOB. Ah, freedom.

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at June 10, 2004 9:02 AM | TrackBack Print-friendly version

If they start serving Chuck's organic foods in the schools, the kids will I'm sure be happy. The sausages from the Prince's Trust are delicious!

Posted by Meg in Paris on June 10, 2004 at 10:37 AM

I read the Guardian on line every day....that story about vegetables, fruits and bribing students reminds me of New Gingrich's call years ago to give students financial rewards for reading books.

Posted by Jay on June 11, 2004 at 7:21 AM
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