I’m old enough to remember when most street food vendors sold their chow out of carts with limited menus consisting primarily of fetid delicacies like over-boiled hotdogs aged to perfection in a caldron of used bath water, or pretzels coated with enough salt to cause instantaneous cardiac arrest. Well, how times have changed. Today’s street food movement/fad is lead by state-of-the-art food trucks selling all manner of morsels: from delicious crepes to countless varieties of burgers, tacos and confections.
Many food trucks use only locally grown produce, meats and breads and are run by individuals that revel in the independence and creativity that their mobile restaurants afford them. One shining and successful outfit is L.A.’s Green Truck, which has been doing their ‘green’ thing for a few years now. Their menu is totally (more…)
Swedish designer Elin Sagen’s lovely jewelry is created from discarded china and porcelain. The nostalgia and elegance inherent in the designs and patterns of the recycled porcelain evokes feelings of things both old and new. Inspired by fond memories of family dinner gatherings, they have a nice homespun quality and appeal.
Bluefin tuna is one of the most coveted varieties of fish in the world. Their meat goes for outlandish prices and is exported daily all over the planet. The high demand for wild bluefin tuna has led to overfishing of the species, particularly in Japan — as a result, the tuna population is greatly threatened. It does not help the tuna population that restaurants all over the world, including right here in the United States, are putting constant pressure on local fish markets to provide daily fillets and bluefin steaks.
Japanese scientists have developed a new method of hatching bluefins from eggs and farm raising the fish as a way to reduce overfishing and slow the destruction of the global bluefin population (traditional bluefin farming involves raising captured juvenile fish). One might think replenishing the tuna population and providing tuna for consumption via ocean fish farms might prove beneficial to both consumers and the dwindling wild bluefin numbers. Unfortunately, this might not be the case. (more…)