Wednesday, March 09, 2005

domino, motherfucker

Oh my total GOD! There's like these blog things? On the internets? And some are "about" "food"? How many of these fucking articles can there be? Considering that today's Times features pizza (in NYC? No way) and Priorat (OMG, did you know they make wine in Spain?) I imagine we'll be hearing about these crazy internets for long time. One might even say that it is "ironic" that we keep reading the same article about how many people are writing about food...

Congratulations to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, which finally persuaded Taco Bell to pay them an extra penny a pound for Florida tomatoes. Globalization kills Washington apsparagus. The Alaska salmon industry gears up for GM Salmon. Meanwhile, Alan W. Dove reviews the animal biotech state of the industry in the latest Nature Biotechnology [sub. only]:

Unfortunately, efforts to improve a breed's edibility often run into a literal chicken-and-egg problem: the definitive assay of meat quality renders the animal useless for mating, even if it was cooked rare. Biotechnology offers an obvious solution to this problem, in the form of somatic cell nuclear transfer cloning.

The same issue also reports that 2004 biotech crop area reached 81 million hectares [data from ISAAA, where you can probably find it yourself].

After all this news, I have no energy today to explain to you what's stupid about our nation's papers. I would, however, like to draw your attention to Carolynn Carreño's investigation of spigarello (see also Mariquita's mysterious "broccolocavolo"), part of the LA Times's exemplary Italian theme issue. And note David Shaw's appreciation of (the unjustly unnamed) Autogrill (also publicly extolled by the previously maligned Mario). In fact, Autogrill is so awesome that our military may have to kill some Italian intelligence agents, just to show them we're still the fucking boss.

German Pavilion ca. 1 million years ago

Finally, following a connection discernible only to me, I'd like to thank Sy Newhouse and the new Domino print ad for making me vomit in my mouth and ensuring that I will never again be tempted to fork over $5400 for a barcelona chair.

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