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The Grillwalker Is Big Business In Berlin

Posted in Food & Drink, International, Videos with tags , , , , , , , on September 28, 2009 by TheDiversePurse


The New York Times reports of a popular new service taking the streets of Berlin by storm – The Grillwalker; a portable cooking system that grills up sausages for consumers on-the-go. It’s a trendy invention that no doubt catches the eyes of potential customers especially since they’re found roaming commuter heavy sites like train stations. I personally couldn’t carry 44lbs of propane tank, metal grill, sausages, bread, and condiments.

(Image courtesy of Flickr user mac42)


Mark Menjivar’s You Are What You Eat Photography Series

Posted in Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

Is that a snake?! (Photo courtesy of Mark Menjivar)

Is that a snake?! (Photo courtesy of Mark Menjivar)

Photographer Mark Menjivar allows us to take a glimpse into typical American refrigerators and, in turn, take a look into their own personal lives.

You Are What You Eat is a series of portraits made by examining the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the Untied States.

For three years I traveled around the country exploring the issue of hunger. The more time I spent speaking and listening to individual stories, the more I began to think about the foods we consume and the effects they have on us as individuals and communities. An intense curiosity and questions about stewardship led me to begin to make these unconventional portraits.”

The subjects come from all walks of life and a lot of the times that is reflected in their palates and the contents of their fridge. Some photos display bountiful meats and vegetables belonging to successful business owners while others show sparse interiors belonging to the struggling, or working poor, of society.

I think the photographer draws on something that people don’t think too much about, yet is very intimate. It almost feels voyeuristic like looking into someone’s bathroom cabinet (Ooh, that could be your next photo series Mr. Menjivar).



A Complaint To Richard Branson

Posted in Entertainment, Food & Drink, International, Travel with tags , , , , , , on February 3, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

This has got to be the best complaint letter ever. It’s addressed to billionaire owner of Virgin, Sir Richard Branson, from an aggrevated passenger en route from Mumbai to London on a Virgin Atlantic flight in response to being served a less-than-appealing meal.

“Anyway, this is all irrelevant at the moment. I was raised strictly but neatly by my parents and if they knew I had started desert before the main course, a sponge shaft would be the least of my worries. So lets peel back the tin-foil on the main dish and see what’s on offer.

I’ll try and explain how this felt. Imagine being a twelve year old boy Richard. Now imagine it’s Christmas morning and you’re sat their with your final present to open. It’s a big one, and you know what it is. It’s that Goodmans stereo you picked out the catalogue and wrote to Santa about.

Only you open the present and it’s not in there. It’s your hamster Richard. It’s your hamster in the box and it’s not breathing. That’s how I felt when I peeled back the foil…”

CLICK HERE for the full letter

Via The New York Times


Discarded Chewing Gum As Art

Posted in Arts & Crafts, WTF?! with tags , , , , , on December 10, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

European artist Ben Wilson has taken to the streets literally and turned those ugly gobs of gum people spit out everyday and turned them into works of art.

Wilson can spend up to 10 hours hunched over heating, lacquering, and then finally painting these tiny “canvasses”. Link for the full gallery! (via The Daily Telegraph)


Andrew Zimmern Tastes Hawaii

Posted in Entertainment, Food & Drink, Television, Travel, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

I caught the episode of Bizarre Foods last night where Andrew Zimmern visited Hawai’i. I really didn’t know what to expect since I’d previously viewed fellow chef Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations show where he visited the islands as well. I was left a little disappointed with Bourdain’s tour.

On Bourdain’s show, which I like as well, he didn’t eat any Native Hawaiian foods nor did he have a Native Hawaiian on his show. He did have locals, however, but as most should know that oftentimes doesn’t mean the same thing. The locals, comprising of Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos, mostly showed Bourdain local favorites (including spam masubi, chicken long rice, and some newer Pan-Asian dishes) that were introduced to Hawai’I after the mass influx of foreigners and World War II happened. It was an enjoyable show overall, but I felt it didn’t give a real perspective on Hawaiian culture that Bourdain often showcases in other episodes from his travels around the world.

However, I was pleasantly surprised when I tuned in to Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods. Not only did he sample the post World War II recipes of Hawai’I (which he didn’t care for), he also had *gasp* actual Hawaiian/Polynesians on the show! Zimmern was invited to a luau, hosted by a Hawaiian/Maori/Caucasian/Asian family where he tried traditional favorites such as kalua pig, he’e, and poi. (His faced turned into a disgusted grimace when he ate the poi though. I was laughingly perplexed as this guy will voraciously eat lamb testicles with a side of jizz yet can’t stand stuff made from a taro root. :-)). He also went on a wild boar hunt where they skinned the animal and ate the internal organs before they spoiled. Unsurprisingly, he gobbled those right up! Then he went to the island of Moloka’I where he munched on fresh ‘opihi with some laid back locals.

As you can probably guess, I prefered Zimmern’s Hawai’I show to Bourdain’s as I think it gave the viewer a more well-rounded perspective of the foods and cultures there. As Native Hawaiians are a minority in their own lands, I’m glad Zimmern (or his producers) decided to not forget us and showcase some of the more exotic fare that might not show up at a typical touristy luau.

Below is a clip of Zimmern about to bust-one eating all that ono-licious food.


Eat Slower To Gain Less Weight

Posted in Fitness & Health, Food & Drink with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

A study out of London showed how fast people ate their food and what their waistlines were like. People who tend to eat quickly until full were three times more likely to be obese than volunteer participants were said they ate slowly until full.

Scientists claim that with the availability of cheap, fast food, and a more sedentary lifestyle a lot of people aren’t actually paying attention into what goes into their bodies. Environment is also a factor with most of the obese participants eating quickly while watching television. Researchers say the solution would be to eat slower in a calmer environment.

I’ve found that it’s worked for me because it takes a while for the brain to get the message that your stomach is actually full. So, take the time to enjoy your meal and relax! Link! (via Reuters)


Kebabs And A Dead Body, Anyone?

Posted in Food & Drink, International, Uncategorized, WTF?! with tags , , , , on October 17, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

This is so nasty, but police found Jaswinder Singh making kebabs in a filthy kitchen where a worker was spitting on the floor, a defrosting chicken covered with flies, and a dead body on a sofa! Not surprisingly, the cook has been banned from managing a food business. This isn’t Singh’s first time being warned about the unsanitary conditions as reports stated in previous inspections rat droppings and a dead rat amongst the pots and pans was discovered.

The corpse was first reported after police received a call about a “sudden death”. A post morten was taken and found no suspicious evidence towards the persons death. Link! (via Reuters)


Badass Of The Day

Posted in Entertainment, Food & Drink, Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

I just watched The Chef Jeff Project and I’ll definitely be tuning in for more of his inspiration and courage towards the young people on his show. If you’re not familiar with the premise: Award-winning chef Jeff Henderson was once in the same shoes as the people whom he tries to help on his show; a man raised by a single mother in the inner city of San Diego. When he was a teen he started making and selling drugs for which he was convicted and served 10 years in jail. He found his passion for food and cooking when he was assigned to work in the penetentiary kitchen. After his release, through very hard work and determination, he rose from being a dishwasher that no one wanted to hire to an acclaimed chef in Las Vegas. He wrote a book about his life titled “Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras” and he’s also appeared on Oprah to tell of his journey.

The Food Network picked up on this and now he has his own new show where 6 young people from troubled backgrounds (single mother, ex-convicts, ex-drug addicts) are brought to work for Chef Henderson where they will learn what it’s like in the culinary environment. If they pass his rigorous course, they will receive a 2 year full scholarship to a culinary school.

Even though he’s been a little hard on them at times, he only does it because he wants them to succeed in the work world and that’s the type of behavior they might receive in the kitchen and I think the students genuinely appreciate it as his views are coming from the heart and they can really relate to him.

Below is a clip from the teams first assignment: catering lunch for the actors of the soap opera ‘General Hospital’.


No More Mother’s Cookies!

Posted in Food & Drink, R.I.P. with tags , , , , , on October 12, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

Noooooo!!!! Now how will I satisfy my nostalgic cookie cravings?! After 92 years, Mother’s Cookies has filed for bankruptcy and will officially close Monday. After uprooting it from its baking and distribution base in Oakland, CA to Ohio and Canada a couple of years ago the owners felt they weren’t making a profit and abruptly told their workers of the sad news. 59-year old Frank Makely, one of the company’s drivers, was angered at the decision. “I’m too old to get a driving job. Who would hire me?” Link!

I can still remember the fragrance of freshly baked cookies coming from their warehouse in East Oakland. Or an after school treat of Taffy’s, Chocolate Chip, or Circus Animals with milk. Damn! Damn! Damn! 😦


Andrew Zimmern Visits Samoa

Posted in Diversity, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Television, Travel, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

Andrew Zimmern, from one of my favorite shows “Bizarre Foods” on the Travel Channel, will be making a stop in Samoa for tonights episode so I’ll definitely be watching. It’s a good thing he has an adverturous spirit because I would never eat 99.99% of what he has. Some people can’t stomach the food being shown, but I find Zimmern’s display of his voracious appetite in his host country to be more disturbing. Here you have folks from third world countries making him a feast that took them a while to make and prepare and he just dives into it all the while talking with his mouth full. UGH! Link!