Category Archives: food and drink

London 5: Food, Entertainment, Music

Post-Ireland, post-Lake District, post-visitors, some regular living in London weeks.

Last night after the show at Royal Albert Hall, I experimented with the time-lapse functionality of my iPhone camera. I held the phone during the 40′ trip from RAH to home (via 3 different tube trains). Ended up being 23 seconds long and liable to give someone motion sickness (YouTube link).

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an idea worth supporting: an innovative, well-designed, and community-sourced Food Atlas

New to me: the current project being undertaken by “guerrilla cartographers” to create a food atlas. I love the premise, I love the process, and I know I’ll like the product. Go mappers!

another reason to pay attention in your statistics classes

Media Oversimplifies New Study Linking Alcohol and Breast Cancer.  Cabernet may be the smoking gun, but it may not. Is there anything the media doesn’t over-simplify?  Isn’t that what we pay them to do?

Can the human body’s reactions to what it ingests and what it’s exposed to over its lifetime be linked to its responses with any certainty?  You could spend a bunch of time looking up diseases that you or your neighbor might possibly one day contract, or you could rely on statistics to tell you what’s more likely.  Know what I love about this graphic from the National Safety Council?  That “Total, Any Cause” is still 1 in 1.  Hah, I knew it!  Pass the cabernet.

Like my friend Phil always quotes, “If the brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t. ”  Emerson Pugh.

French Wine map, ala Underground style

A “Metro Wine Map of France” done by David Gissen. Nicely designed and reminds me that I’d rather be there than here.

from Edible Geography.

dinner at the Wine Cask

Two phenomenal meals at the Wine Cask in Santa Barbara last night.  Braised short ribs with whipped yams and a melt-in-your-mouth sauce whose descriptive name included “marshmallowy” but definitely didn’t really have any whipped corn syrup in it.  And a cassoulet in three parts.   Coupled with a Happy Canyon Vineyard 2008 Piocho.  Lovely.  Thanks for the recommendation, Mike.

the meat man

Chris’s brother, Alex Sinton, is visiting for a week. Tonight he and Chris are cooking LOTS of beef on the parilla. Alex is in his element.

Argentina 2, Day 60

Our stay here is winding down and we’re doing those things we’ve been meaning to do for a while. Like ordering a lasagna from the homemade pasta place down the street. Over 60% of Argentines have Italian heritage (immigration to here was huge in the 1800s and through/after World War II), and Italian food (pastas, pizzas) are second only to BEEF in consumption.

 

So there are a lot of homemade pasta places. My favorite (so far) are sorrentinos (round and tall raviolis) filled with riccota, ham and walnuts. Mmmmmm. We’d been curious about lasagna, which was on the list but never on the shelf. Took us a little while to figure out that you have to give them 24 hrs notice (1st visit) and that you have to bring your own pan (2nd visit). So by visit #3 we finally ordered: one lasagna, with meat and vegetables. Visions of ooey, gooey mozzarella. Mmmmmm. We picked it up with much anticipation, especially considering it weighed 3.15 kilos (almost 7 pounds!) and, at 18 pesos/kilo, was a whopping 56 pesos (over $18 dollars!).

 

Reviews: Thumbs down. From a sample of one, we conclude that Argentine lasagna is lousy. It had no tomato sauce and no mozzarella cheese. The pasta layers themselves were wonderful (delicate, tender, numerous), but it was too much of a bland green/white filling (spinach, chard, ricotta), and a little bit of ground beef and ham, and none of the red/melty filling. Disappointment. The next day (it took us 3 days to finish the behemoth) we doctored it up with our own tomatoes and cheese. Vast improvement.

 

From now on I’ll stick with the sorrentinos. Mmmmmm.