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  • simonathibault 9:51 am on September 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Read Up On It For September 21st, 2012 

    This week’s Read Up On It delves into the wonders of fermentation, Nova Scotia wine, and “microwave popcorn lung”. Check out this week’s tasty tidbits.

    • First, something a little absurd. A man in the U.S. has been awarded $7 million USD for damages caused by inhaling the fumes from microwave popcorn. He was diagnosed with “microwave popcorn lung.” And of course, this story comes from Gawker.
    • Maclean’s is putting out a special edition issue all about “Canada’s best restaurants”. Check out a sneak peek.
    • Finally, if you haven’t seen this all over social media this week, you probably live under a rock without 3G coverage. Nick Offerman, a.k.a. Ron Swanson from Parks & Recreations, doing slam poetry about bacon.
  • MB 8:20 pm on September 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Chef’s Congress 2012 

    Chef's Congress

    This summer I decided I wanted to open a camp—a Crystal Lake-minus-the-murders style camp—called Camp Firewood. Ok, so I decided I wanted to pretend that I wanted to open a camp. I’m not going to open a camp. But if you spend any time driving around rural PEI, you’ll understand why my fancy ended up with a bit of a tickle: basically every single roadside sign advertising firewood for sale has “CAMP FIREWOOD” on a piece of plywood in a hand-painted all-caps scrawl. They may think they’re just selling logs, but what they’re selling is the wet, hot Canadian dream of a rustic campground franchise.

    Camp Firewood came to life for me a little bit this week down at the Land of Evangeline Campground in Grand Pré, not far from Wolfville. The 2012 Canadian Chef’s Congress rolled into town only to unroll dozens of sleeping bags, pitch a village full of tents and basically go nuts. A flag for the Congress was planted at the top of the campground. The stiff, wrinkled sheet was taped awkwardly to a spindly pole looking for all the world like a project taken from a summer camp arts and crafts cabin and thrust into the ground to declare the birth of a new nation in some kind of a Lord of the Flies fit. Luckily for everybody involved, the only Piggy in sight was the one that they roasted for tonight’s dinner.

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  • simonathibault 3:51 pm on September 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Read Up On It for September 14th, 2012 

    This week’s Read Up On It includes everything from coffee to salmon, sustainable seafood, minerality in wines and how to make your own salt.

    • Speaking of seafood from our region, you might want to skimp on the shellfish for a while, or so reports the CBC.
    • And finally, for the coffee hounds out there, a book for you.
  • simonathibault 7:40 pm on September 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    There really always is room for a certain gelatin product 

    I’m pretty lucky that I get to write about food. I don’t do resto reviews (that’s another person’s game) but I do view eating and reading about food as research. It’s important for me to know the difference between beurre monté and beurre manié or how tripe can be made into a delicious meal. If a writer who deals in politics didn’t know the significant differences and intricacies between the various political parties, would you trust them?

    I didn’t think so.

    So when people ask me what are some of my favourite things to eat, they often expect me to come up with some hoity-toity dish served in some obscure place.  My own aunt likes to joke with me, “You cooking a pig head again for supper?”

    But if I had to chose one of my favourite things to eat, it’s not something delicate or obscure, or costly. It’s actually cheap, both in price and in character.

    I fucking love jell-o*.

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  • simonathibault 3:48 am on September 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Read Up On It for September 7th, 2012 

    I don’t know what happened, but this week there were some pretty amazing stories about food posted online. Everything from the serious (studies on organic farming) to the trends (home canning, temperance cocktails) to the surreal (ice cream nachos, McDonalds going vegetarian in India). It’s Read Up On It!

        – Baskin Robbins is either sick or smart. I haven’t decided yet.Ice cream nachos? Gawker asks, WTF?
    • Finally, I don’t even live in Los Angeles, but I read/follow Jonathan Gold’s reviews all the time.  Believer sits down with him and talks about food criticism and snobbery, and eating live octopus is perhaps a bit more fucked up than you think it is.
  • simonathibault 1:38 pm on September 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Organic vs conventional: Is it enough? 

    A recent study put out by Stanford University was all over the news this week.  The study posited that organically grown foods are nutritionally equivalent to those grown by conventional means.

    The conversation in much of the media soon became an all too easy vilification of organic farming and farmers, specifically around the cost of the items produced in these manners. “If it’s the same thing, why should I pay more?” was the predominant question/comment.

    The thing is, it’s not the same thing.  And that’s not the question that should be asked here.

    The questions should be, “Does it matter if the foods are nurtitionally equivalent?” No. It doesn’t.  Nutrition isn’t the key ingredient in this equation. Ecology and ethics are.

    First, the ecology.

    Is organic farming the right way to grow food? That depends on what organic farming is.

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    • The Adamic 3:41 am on October 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great article man. What are your thoughts on a more wild food based diet?

  • MB 8:34 pm on September 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Battle: Bánh mì 

    banh miOn the left: Indochine Banh Mi’s sate pork sandwich.

    On the right: Fid Resto’s backdoor banh mi.

    Two sandwiches, one neighbourhood. Can we handle it? Can both survive? SHOULD both survive? I mean, imagine having two options for one niche food item in this city, let alone within two or three blocks of one another. That is just not the Halifax we live in, you guys. Will we stand for this? I don’t think so. So which one is the best and which one should we chase out of town with pitchforks and torches?

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    • Hannah 11:04 pm on September 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Does Fid have any good vegetarian options? In my opinion, I do not find the meat dry, although I don’t eat red meat, the chicken has never been dry.

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