My brother-in-law, although from Ohio -- a place with very few fine wine traditions (I'm from there and can confirm it) -- loves port. But he hasn't come to adore it living in the States. Years ago, he moved to the quaint little town of Broadway in England, thereby adopting the estimable British cus ... More >>
Sixty years ago, Fred Flintstone hawked Winston cigarettes. Today, he pitches cereal. And both can kill. Stephanie Soechtig's rabble-rousing documentary Fed Up argues that it's time to attack Big Sugar just like we successfully demonized Big Tobacco. Narrated by Katie Couric, Fed Up is the first do ... More >>
Last week in D.C. the shutdown got shutdown, which as our previous columns show was not the result rightbloggers had been banking on. Indeed, in the final days of der Untergang, many of them were already spinning furiously, like Rich Lowry, whose broadcast from the National Review bunker was headlin ... More >>
A primate at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn was strangled by a chain used to hold its play objects to its cage, according to U.S.D.A inspection documents obtained by Runnin' Scared. According to those same documents, the laboratory where the monkey was kept has a history of infraction ... More >>
The government officially shut down at midnight, which means that, for the time being, only essential government services will be in operation. High on the list of government services deemed "nonessential" is the management of federal Twitter accounts. Along with the national parks, the Environme ... More >>
The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply
"I happen to think that foie gras is one of the most delicious things on earth," Anthony Bourdain told the camera before a truth-finding trip to New York's Hudson Valley Foie Gras for his Christmas special in 2007. "And yet strangely enough, a few twisted, angry people would like to take your foie g ... More >>
This week's story, "The Ag Gag War," goes behind the scenes of the guerilla fight between animal rights groups and Big Agriculture. For years organizations like the Humane Society and Mercy for Animals have being going undercover at America's largest farms, using hidden cameras to show exactly how ... More >>
There's a bill working its way through Congress that would offer a "path to citizenship" to the sort of immigrants currently known in some circles as illegal. Though its application is general, it's obviously aimed at U.S. guests of the Mexican persuasion, and it only has a chance of passing because ... More >>
The Senate has approved a $50.5 billion measure to benefit Superstorm Sandy victims. Even though the storm hit three months ago, relief funding has been delayed by conservative senators' concerns about raising the already-scary national debt. As we told you earlier this month, some residents in ar ... More >>
Tesco Vee has stretched his bawdy bile over three decades now as leader of the Meatmen, the Hate Police, and a few other concerns his lawyer would rather we not talk about. Whipping up face-slapping punk rock while juggling numerous onstage propsdildos, nun outfits, bloody rubber chickens, an ... More >>
An article in London's Evening Standard, "Smoking is so last century: the new stigma is obesity," got us thinking: would Mayor Mike Bloomberg do a better job fighting fat-making foods, such as super-sized sodas, by treating them like cigarettes -- taxing them rather than banning them, that is? To ... More >>
Digging into a hot dog or chowing down on a cold-cut sandwich? Regulators say many companies that make these types of ready-made foods only follow some key safety regulations right before Listeria monocytogenes inspections.
About one third of the people who can get food stamps do not, meaning many U.S. states have lost out on a steady source of cash, Bloomberg reports. According to the news service, people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, spend about $64 billion per year.
In a heated congressional session Thursday, lawmakers continued to clash with the Obama administration over proposed changes that would make the school-lunch program healthier, arguing that low-income children have a right to eat shitty food and get sick from it.
A tax on Christmas trees -- Christmas trees! -- has been approved by the Obama administration, to raise $2 million to pay for an ad campaign that will explain the benefits of live trees over fake ones. Does anyone really need to be explained the benefits of live trees? In brief, they smell be ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Double Crown, on the Bowery, will close its doors this month and reopen as Saxon & Parole. The adjoining gin joint, Madam Geneva, will remain intact. [Diner's Journal] Harry Boland's Pub, whic ... More >>
Rebecca Marx Sugar Sweet Sunshine is an old favorite of ours: not only are its cupcakes far better than they need to be, it excels in its interpretations of many other members of the American dessert canon.
Extra Place's vision of suburban bliss will now include charcuterie.Extra Place has been many things throughout its long, sordid, and illustrious lifetime: part of a farm, home to a speakeasy and metalshop, de facto bathroom and bedroom for patrons of CBGB, and, most recently, the privately o ... More >>
Since becoming a pair with his company's $315 million purchase of The Huffington Post, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and HuffPo founder Arianna Huffington have overseen the cutting of hundreds of content providers on the parent company's side, with Armstrong presiding over the laying off of over 2,00 ... More >>
inhabitat.comIt's alive!In the second edition of his new op-ed column, Mark Bittman examines the regulations behind genetically modified foods. In short, the USDA now allows three types of genetically engineered foods to be used in food production and none of these will be mentioned on the la ... More >>
drunkdiet.comLuc Carl, drinking and dieting.The USDA Dietary Guidelines state that moderate drinking is good for your health, but surely this is not what they meant.
stockmusicsite.comNot a fun way to spend the evening.Rebecca F. asks: My boyfriend and I think we got food poisoning from a restaurant we ate at a few days ago since we both got sick within half an hour of each other. Are we supposed to tell the restaurant? What do we do? Dear Rebecca: Get ... More >>
Prisoners at Rikers Island will eat less thanks to Michael Bloomberg's budget cuts, which are now coming for carbohydrates. Instead of eight slices of whole wheat bread every day, inmates will get six as part of a $1.6 billion budget adjustment proposed this week, the Daily News is reporting. ... More >>
Sherrod and Vilsack, via MSNBCFormer Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod, who was fired over an edited clip spotlighted by Andrew Breitbart in which she seemed to indicate discrimination against a white farmer 24 years ago (in the full clip she went on to explain the lesson she'd learned aga ... More >>
You may have heard something about former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod last week. She's the civil-rights veteran who got forced out of her job after rightwing provocateur Andrew Breitbart released a video of her remarks before the NAACP, edited to make her look anti-white. You may also have heard ... More >>
Sherrod speaks in the video in questionAnother day, another sorry. This time it's from Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to the former head of the Agriculture Department's rural development office in Georgia, Shirley Sherrod. Sherrod was fired on Monday evening (a/k/a, "asked to resign") over a cl ... More >>
Scary scarecrow on the label, flying witches pressed into the amber glass of the bottle, why don't they call it Harry Potter Ale? "Oh boy," I said aloud, peering into the huge refrigerator case devoted entirely to imported beer at my local Palestinian bodega, "a beer with a Satanic, or at le ... More >>
Baby Bacchus drinks Greek wine. So should you.Most people's first experience with Greek wine is pine-y, syrupy retsina -- that country white so ancient even Homer himself may have sipped it while composing his epics (poetry and booze being the classic combo that it is). But the cradle of wine ... More >>
Left: Salumeria Biellese's house Berkshire prosciutto; Right: Prosciutto de Parma In yesterday's New York Times restaurant review, Sam Sifton wrote about SD26's cured meat selection: But it is a hard truth that in Manhattan in 2009 excellent meats from "Italy" are not what people want. Weird ... More >>
Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran a piece on the wild game renaissance in British restaurants. Apparently, younger chefs across the pond are creating modern, accessible game dishes, leaving aside heavy sauces, and boning small game birds for customers who don't want to be bothered picki ... More >>
zoonabar/flickrA haggis herd. When Highlands opens this weekend, the Scottish gastropub's menu will go where scant few others have dared: to the haggis, the most revered and reviled of Scotland's traditional foods. That the mention of the dish, which is made by boiling a sheep's organs in its ... More >>
The Fruit Hunters by Adam Leith Gollner will be turned into a movie. Yung Chang, who directed the 2007 film Up the Yangtze, is adapting the book as part of a program at the Canadian Film Center. [NY Times] Fried pickles are cropping up on menus around the country. In New York, you can find f ... More >>
Two people were killed in an explosion at a North Carolina food plant known for producing Slim Jims. More than 40 people were taken to the hospital, including three firefighters who inhaled ammonia gas during the aftermath of the blast. [NY Times] Gordon Ramsay continues to piss off the Aussies, ev ... More >>
New senator Kirsten Gillibrand hasn't been able to do much lately besides get in and out of trouble about her guns. Such is the lot of a senate noob even in the best of circumstances. But, perhaps aware that all politics is local, she's going outside the U.S. senate, teaming with state senator Darr ... More >>
Yesterday they found the missing jet engine from Flight 1549 at the bottom of the Hudson River. Even more exciting: on the other engine, they found a feather. So we guess pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger wasn't lying about that flock of geese after all! Just to make sure, they're sending DNA found ... More >>
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