weekly round-up of our favorite finds from the front lines of food
- We're so excited about this retail-focused photo shoot (above) we did for a client, that we had to share. The full gallery is on our site.
- Sure, it's a bit gossipy, but Eater's Airing of Grievances, Parts One and Two is hard to resist. New York food writers dish on both the new and established, from David Chang, to Le Bernardin and Cronuts. Preach. (Eater)
- Food columnist Mark Bittman braved locavore wrath by stepping out to say that Not All Industrial Food Is Evil, like canned tomatoes, for example. "The issue is paying enough for food so that everything involved in producing it — land, water, energy and labor — is treated well. And since sustainability is a journey, progress is essential. It would be foolish to assert that we’re anywhere near the destination, but there is progress — even in those areas appropriately called 'industrial.'” (New York Times)
- Opportunity alert: sea buckthorn, which grows wild along the Scottish coast, could be the next super food. Its bright orange berries are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Not much has been attempted commercially yet, although the Scottish company Cuddybridge is producing an apple and sea buckthorn juice blend. (BBC)
- It's hard to pass up a headline like Sommelier turns water into cash. The 43-page water tasting menu at Ray's and Stark Bar located in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art sounds a bit more like performance art than an epicurean experience, but it wouldn't be the fist wacky idea from LA (see avocado beer). And then there are great phrases, like how one comes to "drink water professionally" and the new branded water Beverly Hills 90H20. (CNN)
- More problems for pollenators as monarch butterfly numbers drop from drought and herbicide use, particularly in fields of GMO herbicide-resistant corn. (Central Illinois Pentagraph)
- Want to catch more food and environment news on twitter? The Society of Environmental Journalists has compiled a handy list of foodie handles and hashtags.
And as summer comes to a close, we find ourselves wondering "Are those real legs, or are they hot dog legs?" now that hot dog legs has gone viral in a new Tumblr. Even your lunch is now taking selfies. (LA Times)