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Robinsbite: April 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

And the Crowd Goes Silent.....

300-Pound Inmate Complains Ark. Jail Doesn't Feed Him Well

It's tough to comment on a story like this. Take a look and let me know YOUR thoughts..

Monday, April 21, 2008

10 MORE Things I Learned at IACP

In keeping with the theme from the post below...

10 More Things I Learned at IACP

1. The LA Times Food Writer Russ Parsons refuses to read another article with the word term agribusiness. In his words: Farming without "business" is called gardening.

2. 80% of all almonds are grown in California.

3. Recycled paper costs more to create than non-recycled due to the expense of collection, sorting and de-inking.

4. The Wisconsin Cheese Board has created a cheese pairing guide that recommends other foods with their tasty cheeses. For example, pair soft, fresh cheeses with candied red graperuit rind, honey and maple syrup, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and bread or edamame. for more info.

5. Noted Chef John Besh is a delight in person. Restaurant August is housed in a historic, four-story "French-Creole" building and has all of the charm and ambiance you might imagine. You may know Besh from his 2nd place finish in the Food Network's Next Iron Chef competition last

6. Besch is notably shy and yet was quite an extrovert as he chatted with our table twice and posed for photos. The entire experience was quite memorable!

7. Chef Paul Prudhomme is the darling of New Orleans. His Magic Seasoning Blends are sold in all fifty states and in more than thirty other countries around the world.

8., 9., and 10. Highlights of the exhibit hall included: the dishdrawer by Fisher and Paykel Appliances, Reynolds Wrap Vacuum Sealing System and the Focaccia with Grapes and Rosemary at the Grapes from California Table.

Great conference. Looking forward to next year.

Friday, April 18, 2008

10 Things I Learned Today at the IACP

The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) is a conference a foodie does not want to miss. Held in New Orleans, "Rhythm on the Plate" is a 5 day extravaganza for the senses. The stories people tell of the their experiences with regard to food evoke strong images through sight and sound and of course, smell and taste.

10 Things I Learned Today at the IACP Conference:

1. In New Orleans, Pre-K does not stand for pre-kindergarten. It stands for Pre-Katrina.

2. Malaysian Street Food vendors-or-Hawkers-use the end of a lemongrass stalk that has been smashed with a blunt object as a sauce brush to slather marinade on satay.

3. Heating banana leaves allows them to become more pliable and easier to roll or wrap without breaking.

4. is a website/blog site that I will be visiting often.

5. is another website/blog site that I will be visiting often. (note that the no "e" in kitchn is intentional)

6. Dickie Brennan of the famed New Orleans restaurant community is the Chairman of the Board of the new Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

7. "Media agnostic" is a phrase that is becoming popular among the blogging community.

8. Fresh peppercorns are impossible to find in the US. If you know of a purveyor, please contact me.

9. IACP created a Giveback Team that asked IACP committees and section chairs to create Giveback Projects to raise money for the city of New Orleans. Giveback Projects were created across the country in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the city of NOLA....ensuring that continues its slow, steady process of rebuilding.

10. The people of New Orleans are truly thankful that you are there to visit--and tell you that-often.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Stop Blaming the Food Industry for America's Obesity Problem

Guess what? It's time to take personal responsibility for our growing epidemic-Obesity. Food service establishments, while exceedingly prevalent, are not to blame for the problem. We are.

Eating out is a matter of fact. It's also a matter of fact that there are healthful, fresh and nutrient rich items on virtually every single menu out there. Don't believe me? Guess again. Check out your favorite restaurant's websites. Most have nutritional analysis available for you to review. Many also have done the work for you in terms of picking out a healthful option. You just have to make the choice. And that's the key--making the choice.

A great new resources for those who are serious about finding and making the best choices can look to Hope Warshaw's new book Eat Out, Eat Right. This takes you step by step through the menu and teaches the good, the bad and the ugly. Hope is a pretty cool lady who knows her stuff. She's also a Diabetes guru. Books can be found on or Check it out.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Have you heard about Snooty I was first introduced to them at the Savor Dallas Event a few months ago. Interesting concept and one of a kind. Highlights include recommendations for kids, dishes to die for and where to go for dinner on a Sunday night. All applicable topics for the folks I know. They use a 5 forkhead rating system and from what I've read, I agree with their fork assessments of some of the top notable restaurants in Dallas.

Here's a blurb from their site:

snootyfoodie is the first and only site dedicated solely to the finest dining establishments in Dallas (and a few lucky suburb spots), with a strong emphasis on chef driven restaurants. Snootyfoodie is actually a RECOMMENDATION site as opposed to a review site. By that we mean we are wholeheartedly recommending every restaurant on our site. We’ve visited all the top spots (and have the added pounds to prove it!) and if a particular restaurant didn’t meet our incredibly biased standards, they didn’t make the cut. Pretty simple.


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