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Thursday, July 22, 2004

pork filettino is a winner

ormally, i avoid chain restaurants in general, and most particularly on trips – why would i travel hundreds or thousands of miles to eat the same thing? just seems silly to me. besides, the conversation and people are so much more interesting in places that don’t get hammered out of cookie-cutters.

Italian expert turns nose up at fare [usa today, july 17, 2004]

Fourth course: Pork Filettino. Grilled pork tenderloin marinated in olive oil and rosemary, served with roasted potatoes.

Marcella looks distraught, unable to go on. Reluctantly, she turns to the pork. She takes a bite and suddenly brightens. “This is not bad. The meat is very tender. The potatoes are sautéed, so they catch the flavor.” She stops to weigh the importance of what she is about to say. “This is a winner.”

maybe… maybe i’ll have to drop in and try the pork filettino at olive garden. anyone hungry?

posted by roj at 1:11 pm  

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

taboon, new york

i don’t know if i’ll really keep up with this, but i do appreciate good food when i find it, and i do have this thing for just that sort of thing. so i’d like to direct your attention to taboon (773 10th ave, 212.713.0271). i can’t vouch for much of the real food (i had a long drive ahead of me), but i can say that the desserts i sampled are different and wonderful. and if you’re into the best of chocolate, it’s all about valrhona, so chocoholics are safe, but don’t limit yourself.

posted by roj at 2:48 am  

Thursday, February 12, 2004

maybe it’s the flavanols

if you’ve been with me a while, you know it’s all about the polyphenyls – so you know that chocolate and red wine will save your life. those polyphenyls are just amazing. really.

but wait. maybe it’s the flavanols! the seattle times has the details.

flavanols or polyphenyls, tj knew chocolate was it. and when it comes to chocolate, i know that valrhona is it.

posted by roj at 12:54 am  

Sunday, December 28, 2003

the walmartization of food that will kill us all

alton brown said it first.

alton brown

We are to blame because our culture has come to value two qualities above all else: “cheap”, and “more”. How else can you explain the cancerous creep of Wal-Marts across our landscape, or the ever swelling American waistline?

check your values, people. realize what you’re doing.

update: quote in effect, with a nod to crysflame.

posted by roj at 6:48 pm  

Sunday, December 28, 2003

shareware food at one world cafe

evidence that non-traditioal business models are alive and well in america, i present for your consideration, the restaurant with no menu and no cash register.

inspired or crazy, denise cerreta jumped into a model that spurns every conventional concept of running a restaurant (except maybe the location thing).

they’re making news (well, made news, i’m picking up on this late), apparently making money, and got my attention. next time i’m in salt lake city… they might just get some of my dollars.

read more… tell me what you think

deseret news
salt lake tribune
charles herald
free republic

is it a non-profit model in a for-profit business? liberal pricing? conservative production? interesting? crazy?

posted by roj at 5:45 pm  

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

drink your epigallocatechin gallate

japanese researchers have evidence that chemicals in green tea may prevent hiv binding to human t-cells.

so, between cups of hot cocoa slip in some green tea.

of course, green tea doesn’t fit into my “brown food group,” but i’ll let that slide for now.

(this green tea stuff is amazing – even on prostate cancer)

posted by roj at 12:06 pm  

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

cocoa is the stuff

this bbc article shares some research on the antioxidant content of chocolate, and just in time for winter, suggests hot cocoa is the better option (less fat).

this is just more continuing evidence that the “brown food group” is good for you, so enjoy your chocolate.

posted by roj at 11:52 am  

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

tj knew

Thomas Jefferson, 1785, correspondence with John Adams

The superiority of chocolate, both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain…

posted by roj at 9:23 pm  

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

polyphenyls again

fresh off the chocolate, i think i stumbled into this bbc story following a link from pseudorandom.

the common thread here is the polyphenyls. live forever with low blood pressure on the chocolate-and-red-wine diet. maybe.

posted by roj at 9:56 am  

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

<3 chocolate

the boston globe (among many others – this one is just to sweet for news outlets to pass up) is
reporting that chocolate may help lower blood pressure.

the skeptic in me notes that it’s based on a two-week study of 13 people. but hey, any excuse for some good chocolate. i recommend valrhona.

posted by roj at 8:33 am  

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