• Posted by Califia Suntree on July 26th, 2012, 7:25 PM

    My response to this New York Times article on eating rats (for art) at a gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, in summary:

    * News you can use! “The rats were shipped from a United States Department of Agriculture-approved West Coast processor that supplies pet owners with humanely killed, individually flash-frozen rodents, in classifications ranging from ‘jumbo’ to ‘fuzzy.’”

    * What is “ratpork”?

    * The guests, who paid a whopping $100 per person (and were, no surprise, “mostly friends” of the artist)–had to sign a liability waiver. Bu those rats are USDA certified! What gives?!

    * Who is this Yuri Hart? Someone give him a real kitchen. He’s earned it.

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on May 24th, 2012, 2:39 PM

    What with being thousands of miles away and all, I had no idea that Brooklyn was experiencing a foodie clusterf…let’s say “clusterfair” called the Great GoogaMooga Festival last weekend. (Is it just me, or does saying that name actually suppress appetite?) Anthony Bourdain described the first day as a “goat rodeo,” and the Very Important People who spent $250 on an all-inclusive pass called ExtraMooga (god knows why they did that) will be given full refunds–apparently, they were basically starved. General Admission proles were treated to 200-deep lines and hotel minibar-like prices for small bites of this n’ that. ($9 pupusas, for instance.)

    In all the mayhem, a bit of hilarity. This faux restaurant menu was distributed, reportedly by members of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy group, to the foodie horde. Faint with hunger and thirst, some poor souls surely found themselves mapping FUDS on their iPhones and saying to their starving companions, “Boinkies-in-a-hat actually sounds really good right now.”


    Fucked in Park Slope – A Brooklyn Blog – Home – Who Handed Out These Hilarious Fake Menus At GoogaMooga Over the Weekend?.

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on July 12th, 2011, 10:12 AM

    It will come as news to no one that we Americans are a wasteful bunch. Research has shown that we throw out about 14% of the food we buy, and, due to supply-chain issues, about half of the food harvested never makes it to our tables. In all, says this excellent and thorough article on dumpster diving (the PC term is “freeganism”), “the United States generates 34 million tons, or 68 billion pounds, of food waste each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.” Obviously, a few tatty twentysomethings aren’t going to eat their way through this problem, but the article, by Arvin Temkar and published on Grist.org, is a fascinating portrait of some New Yorkers who subsist on what we throw out. (I would add the important work of City Harvest to this discussion, which “rescues” food from restaurants and farmers markets, and helps deliver it to New York’s 1.5 million hungry. They manage to keep thousands of tons of edible food out of the trash in the first place.) The freegans are admittedly at the fringes, but their approach does shine a light on an issue that is normally encased in black plastic, hidden from view. And you have to be impressed by anyone who can live in New York City for $800 a month.

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on April 24th, 2011, 4:43 PM

    This week, as part of the nonfiction reading series “True Story” at Manhattan’s KGB Bar, Gabrielle Hamilton and Cheryl Tan will read from their recently published memoirs. Hamilton’s best seller Blood, Bones & Butter A Tiger in the Kitchen is Tan’s story of rediscovery of her Singaporean roots, complete with recipes!

    When: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    Where: KGB Bar
    85 E. 4th St., 2nd floor


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