Spam Seen As Boredom-Busting; Hot Dogs as Diplomatic Protocol


New Yorkers have barely recovered from the President dining in the West Village and already he is off to thrill Parisians with the experience of dining in their fair city. This time, date night was at a traditional French bistro with red-and-white checked tablecloths near the Eiffel Tower. A similar security setup blocked traffic around the 7th arrondissement, a neighborhood that could be characterized as Paris’ West Village.

Have hot dogs become diplomatic protocol? Ever since the King of England was served a frank during a visit in 1939, it would seem that offering foreign officials a dog is part of our welcome strategy. Now that Iran will be invited to Fourth of July celebrations, they’ll be getting their hot dog welcome, too.
[NY Times]

A new ad campaign for Spam is positioning the canned pork product as a way to relieve boredom at the dinner table during these difficult economic times. The “Break the Monotony” campaign includes both TV and radio ads. Sales of meat-in-a-can products have risen since the recession started because they cost less than fresh food.

Murder Burger is a gourmet burger joint in New Zealand where the meat-is-murder concept has been turned on its ear. The staff wear meat-is-murder T-shirts, but the restaurant proudly offers no vegetarian options.
[Daily Telegraph]

The Times takes a look at Food, Inc., the documentary that exposes the seedy underbelly of the food industry, and which is a major departure from the type of food films that used to grace the big screen. It ain’t no Babette’s Feast, friends.
[NY Times]