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Category Archives: Food Culture
1 cup of Buckwheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
In a bowl, mix the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and maple syrup. Combine the buckwheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into the mixture. Stir until mixed.
Follow the same in cooking instructions above
The Brinery Kickstarter
Today was my first day eating completely vegan. I have been looking into going Mostly Vegan for a while and when I found Ann Arbor’s vegan meetup group was hosting an all vegan meal at Zingerman’s Road House, I jumped at the chance.
The meal was great. The soup was rich and satifying. And the beans and rice were excellent, smokey and flavorful with local shiitake mushrooms.
Ann Arbor Vegan Meetup host dinners out once a month to a local restaurant.
Chef Alex came out before the meal and talk to us about the menu offerings. Many items came directly from the restaurant’s garden. You can’t beat that. I can eat like this everyday.
Alex said something that really stood out. He said that he had wanted to cook an all vegan meal for some time, but until now there was never a group large enough to do it.
Most restaurants will not go out on a lim to offer many vegan choices because the number (dinner tickets) are not there to make it worth while.
With that said, chef are a creative lot and many would jump at the chance to challenge themselves to export vegan. Showing up with 60-70 vegan dinners ready to eat might be the best strategy to get a great vegan meal from an award winning chef.
So here is what we had. (Soup or salad, choice of entree and dessert $25)
This the second season for the Mark’s Carts and the first season for A2 pizza Pi.
Nick got help starting his business by running a successful Kickstarter.com fund raiser raising over $10,000. I contributed to his fundraiser, which include a pizza for my support.
Nick strives for locally sourced organic ingredients for his pizza including local flour, sausage, fresh herbs and veggies.
He features seven different pizza, but will customize.
The pizza I tried was a Margarita with the addition of sausage.
The heat of the oven gets around 700-800 degrees, which makes for a thin crust pizza cooked in a little over a minute.
An interested feature to his oven is that he uses wood, which has been infected by the Emerald Ash Borer. The wood can not be taken outside of the area and it can only be disposed of by burning.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Price Range $ (0-10)
Tue – Sat: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Good For Groups
Good For Kids
Phone 1 (734) 834-9775
The is something alien about Jello. If I was on a spaceship, the first thing I would expect to see is some form of Jello Food.
Still have some ticket available for my Tugg.com Movie:
COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE- a film by Morgan Spurlock (of Supersize Me, 30 Days) explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010
Today is Groundhog Day, which will be forever remembered by the Bill Murry comedy with the same name.
This Movie has a certain appeal for those on weight loss program.
The movie is about weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murry) who find himself in a time wrap, repeating the same day (Groundhog Day) forever.
One of the iconic scenes in the film is when Phil’s pig out at the diner. Phil had come to terms with the reality that he will repeat the same day, day after day, which meant that he could eat whatever he wanted, as much as he wanted and have no impact on health, weight gain etc…
Maybe, many people on a weight loss program would love to repeat the same day, day after day and eat what they want with no consequences.
The reality is that food choice and the quantity of consumption do have consequences.
For people in the foodie world, the news is out about Paula Dean, the queen of fried and southern comfort food.
The News: Dean has type 2 Diabetes…and she had been hiding it for three years, while selling her brand of high calorie, fried, EVERYDAY FOOD.
She announce a big money drug endorsement deal to boot and has her son playing a little cover with his new show “Not My Mama Meals,” which is supposed to feature healthier food.
Of Mouselike Bites and Marathons, by Frank Bruni, NYT
What’s more, she [Dean] had waited three long, greasy years since her diagnosis to come out. During that period, she promoted the deep-fried life without acknowledging her firsthand experience of how a person can be burned by it.
That’s a profound, unsettling act of withholding. But it’s mirrored by many smaller, less calculated, more innocent ones in the world of food celebrities and food celebrators, including those of us who have written orgiastic accounts of sumptuous dinners. Deen’s revelation jolted me in part because people in the business of peddling gastronomic bliss rarely draw such a bold connection between indulgence and its possible wages.
So are the food celebrities the food gluttons that we tend to believe they are or are they good at hiding it like a skilled under cover cop on a drug beat?
The issue I have with Dean, having never made any of her food and found her recipes and show more of an outrageous food laugh line than cuisine, is her lack of damage control.
She should have fessed up after her diagnosis.
But the larger issue is that the whole industry of food TV/publishing/Media.
People are cooking less and these food writers are running marathons and going on juice fast to have made-for-TV bodies that do not come from the food and indulgent lifestyle they promote.
We can point to Dean, but it did not start with her.
But what gets me about Dean is that she promoted her food as everyday, not special occasion fare.
Maybe more food celebrities should out themselves about how they eat and then maybe we can have a food media that reflects a lifestyle that will not promote obesity and Diabetes.
I am a big fan of promoting local Michigan Food related kickstarter.com projects.
Allen Torres is a Senior at U of M who is making a documentary about Michigan Beer called Beer People.
His needs and funding request is minimal at $750 and he is already half way to his goal with 10 days left.
If interested, please check out this Kickstarter.com Fundraiser Page