Saturday, May 5, 2007

Bits and Morsels

"Bits and Morsels" by Jordana Z, is an ongoing collection of information from the world of the foodies and foodblogs:

What’s more exclusive than The Waverly Inn? According to the editors of Gourmet magazine, secret supper clubs are all the rage. They are somewhere between a private dinner party and a restaurant, yet are outside 'the law' in that they are not inspected by the health department. Let's just say some clubs are known for their unusual ingredients. []

The business of food. It’s becoming more and more common to see food articles in the business section of newspapers. This week the New York Times applied mindless eating principals to economics. Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink, is in my eyes, the best diet book ever written. The premise of the book: You can eat less by simply being more mindful and changing certain behaviors, such as EATING ON A SMALLER PLATE. [NY Times & Mindless Eating]

The yogurt phenomenon at 40 Carrots in Bloomingdale's
How is this different from actual politics? This week in the New York Post, Steve Cuozzo brings to light the lengths that restaurants go to get Zagat voters. The Zagat guides are based on ratings that restaurant goers submit and so many restaurants are lobbying their customers through e-mail to vote for them. No such thing as a free meal. [The New York Post]

You wouldn’t think so (or maybe you would if you have a baby on the way) but the flavor combination of chocolate, garlic and coffee is simply divine. Khymos, my favorite molecular gastronomy blog, goes into detail about why this unlikely combination is a big hit. The pictures are also surprisingly appealing. [Khymos]

The James Beard Foundation is as controversial a foundation as there is. The award ceremony for the foundation takes place this week at Avery Fisher Hall. In theory, the JBF represents an outlet for the food community to celebrate and discuss culinary topics. However, Michael Ruhlman knows more about the food industry than any James Beard Award winner. [Ruhlman]

Earlier this week the Food and Drug Administration appointed Dr. David Acheson as the first official director of the Office of Food Defense. The tainted pet food put such a dent in our food system that the government created this position so the next time they will know who to go after. Law for Food is a blog which explores how food and specifically U.S. Law are connected. [Law For Food]

I am jonesing for the frozen yogurt at 40 Carrots in Bloomingdale's. Their plain yogurt tastes exactly like plain frozen yogurt. Before it was hip to serve tangy natural-style frozen yogurt, 40 Carrots was serving it in droves. Dozens of women flock to the basement café for the best frozen yogurt fix in New York. I have a friend who gets headaches if she doesn't have her yogurt everyday. And most people don’t even wait for a spoon, the yogurt is that good. Women devouring portions of yogurt that are bigger than their heads and handbags is worth the price of admission. Pinkberry has nothing on 40 carrots!

Till we eat again,
Jordana Z.

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