We spend a lot of our day talking about food, thinking about food or working our restaurant Loka. We’re going to try something new here and share the best of what we read each week and hope you share yours in the comments below.
This week it hit a balmy 15C in Toronto and we started wondering if El Nino was bringing Spring early this year. As much as we love squash and beets we can’t wait for Spring. If you’re interested in eating wild food check out our guide to foraging edible plants.
Truth be told when I met Dave I learned that I was keeping leftovers in the fridge for far too long, but hey I’m still alive. This is a fascinating post about the history of why we have best before dates and how they vary depend on where you live. Dave smells everything but also says when in doubt throw it out.
We’ve been taught that when it comes to seafood that farmed is bad and wild is better. But that’s not always true as we deplete wild stocks.
In Canada there are a number of sustainable seafood farms for fish and newly appearing shrimp farms. This is a great post questioning the definition of sustainable seafood, profiling Chef Ned Bell a champion of sustainability who once questioned why we want to know the name of our farmer but not our fisherman.
Although the Food Network glamorizes celebrity chefs going out to the farmer’s market and making gourmet meals at home the truth is most cooks spend painfully long days in windowless rooms under fluorescent lighting, sweating their shirts off, ironically not having time to eat while dealing with feet, leg or back issues. For chefs that run the kitchen, they bear the stress of creating dishes that win media and a fickle foodie community while paying the bills.
Sadly hearing a high profile chef has committed suicide isn’t completely surprising. In the past no one discussed mental health in the kitchen, but increasingly it’s becoming a topic in the industry.
Loka closes on Tuesdays and for some strange reason we decided to take a wine class on our only day off. I’ve become more interested in wine, it started after drinking wine in La Rioja but mostly because I’m tired of douchey wine people looking down at me. It’s an agricultural product, why do people need to be jerks about wine? Here’s an interesting post on why people like cheap wine.