Archive for August, 2010

24
Aug
10

Nanotech Tea = Insta-Purified Water

As a tea drinker (over coffee) I definitely appreciate a sip of good tea. I liked tea so much I thought of opening a tea shop, but that has come to fruition yet. In the meantime, I like reading about the history of tea. It has definitely been an important beverage to humanity over the years. The heating of water to brew tea definitely helped population growth, as the heating would kill harmful things in the water.

Nowadays, with our fancy modern technology, South African researchers have created a tea bag that purifies water. It works by using nanotech fibers to filter harmful contaminants. Meanwhile, carbon is activated inside the bag to kill bacteria.

The best part of all this is the bag costs only a half a cent. This cheap little tea bag may just save tons of lives for a few cents. Check out more information about here.

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24
Aug
10

Food Trucks Go Gourmet

Skillet looks like an awesome food truck . . . too bad I'm in Honolulu and it is in Seattle.

It looks like that a lot of chefs are heading out of the restaurants and into the trucks. This NPR article talks about how a lot of fine dining chefs are setting up their own food trucks rather than a regular brick-and-mortar store.

I definitely am behind this all the way. Living here in Hawaii plate lunches from trucks are some of the best finds for eats. Then living and going to school in Philly I could not get enough of the crepe truck that parked near the gym at the UPenn campus. I know, crepes after gym equals awesome diet . . .

From a business perspective, I really think that this is a show of innovation and creativeness on the part of the chefs. The mobile food keeps costs down and the like or dislike is definitely felt more immediately. Therefore, there is a lot of creativity going on. Despite the higher prices compared to cheap food trucks, these gourmet ones are still more bang for your buck. Especially, for workers in office buildings who can afford the prices. They know where to get a restaurant meal without having to go to a restaurant. Plus it still comes out cheaper because the chef can offer a meal without all the costs associated with a restaurant.

Anyway, enough of my analysis, I’d also like to share these other finds for Honolulu food trucks.

Some Other Noteworthy Food Trucks

First up, is the Soul Patrol by Chef Sean Priester. Chef Sean used to work at Top of Waikiki before he set out on his own. Now he has his own restaurant, but still finds time to keep his soul food service on wheels. I myself have not tried his food, but several people have suggested it and Chef Sean definitely has a following. (Future Lunch Review!) From what I hear, best place for soul food on the island.

Next up, Shogunai Tacos. Never heard of it here on Honolulu? Well, that’s because it isn’t here yet. Shared to me by a Facebook post, I checked the link and it definitely sounds interesting and fun. I definitely think this will be a cool one to check out. I like Sapori and Moroccan food, and I think that Chef Kamal will bring some new flavors, which I think makes it a great concept.

16
Aug
10

Don’t Look at this Post While Eating

From CBS News. These guys will be visiting your digestive tract with your next can of mushrooms.

The FDA tries to strike a balance between the safety of the food supply and the reality that the collecting and packaging of food is an imperfect science, and that things will always find its way in. Still it doesn’t really comfort you knowing that rat hair, maggots, parasites, dirt, fecal matter, and even cigarette butts might be in your food.  The FDA feels that a small amounts of these things won’t hurt you, which may be the case, but it may slow your appetite.

You can thank CBS News for letting you know what may be in your food here.

Despite, the fact the FDA allows these small amounts of “uck” stuff into our foods I still can’t get into the Raw Foodists arguments that no regulation is a good thing and that we should have a “raw” food supply chain. For more on that subject check it out here.

16
Aug
10

McDonald’s Menu Items of the World

Surprise, surprise, I’m posting another infoodgraphic. Anyway, this one is pretty nifty if you love McDonald’s or need reasons to flee from eating there. So I found this image showing different menu items served at the various chains around the world.

McDonald's
Via: Medical Insurance

I don’t know, but some of those menu items sound tasty and I might be inclined to order them. I’m glad that Hawaii made it on this graphic with Spam McGriddle, but I’m surprised the Taro Pie didn’t make it on. Speaking of which, who likes the McDonald’s Taro Pie? It just doesn’t look appetizing to me. On the other hand, and may be it’s because I was subjugated to it early on (weak, child’s mind) I still like the Portuguese sausage, eggs, and rice.

16
Aug
10

Amusing Food Pics of the Moment

Isn’t the internet wonderful? We can share pointless and ridiculous pieces of information with each other so that we all may be entertained for 3.7 seconds . . . possibly more. Anyway, I was digging around and found these two amusing pictures to share with all of you.

After traveling around the world and visiting several dive Chinese restaurants I love reading the badly translated menus that you are given. Real Chicken? So I’m assuming the Pork, Shrimp, BBQ Pork, and Beef fried rice are all fake? So is the meatless fake as well? Does that mean there is actually meat in the meatless fried rice?

Anyway, still does not beat the time I was in Spain at a Chinese restaurant (don’t ask why I would eat Chinese food in Spain). What I think they had down was translate Chinese into Spanish and then English, so the word “meat” had become “flesh.” Flesh and broccoli? Check please.

Do you like it when they serve pommes frites in a cone? I do too. It is so classy (you can read that as snobby).  Anyway, this place has decided to kick it up a notch and serve bacon by the glass. Either that or they have decided to skip the pleasantries of sweetness offered by the Coldstone Creamery PB&C shake.  Either way I think it definitely spruces up the bacon, don’t you think?

It is like a bouquet of meat. I think florists should take note, “I love you with meat” could sell to guys who would like something to share with their loved ones.

13
Aug
10

Let Go My Lung, Mr. Pea

Grow your own vegetables and carry them with you!

The pea is the seed of the legume Pisum Satvium, and generally is grown, as Wikipedia describes:

as a cool season vegetable crop. The seeds may be planted as soon as the soil temperature reaches 10 °C (50 °F), with the plants growing best at temperatures of 13 to 18 °C (55 to 64 °F). They do not thrive in the summer heat of warmer temperate and lowland tropical climates but do grow well in cooler high altitude tropical areas. Many cultivars reach maturity about 60 days after planting. Generally, peas are to be grown outdoors during the winter, not in greenhouses. Peas grow best in slightly acidic, well-drained soils.

However, as this AP story indicates, the pea can also grow in a man’s lung . . . I’m not quite sure how a man’s lung compares to the description above, but isn’t that a scary thought? Vegetables can live off of you! We already knew with large predator animals that it is hunt or be hunted, but now we have to worry about un-pasteruized peas?

I can see a B-rated Sy-Fy movie about this Attack of the Killer Peas (incidentally, I loved Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and then the short-lived Saturday morning cartoon). They can hire M. Night Shyamalan to direct it.

13
Aug
10

Vitaminwater, “vitamin” Should Not to be Taken Literally

When they say "hydrate responsibly" do they mean drink plain water without their "vitamins"?

Who do you think said this “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitaminwater was a healthy beverage.”? At a quick glance you may assume that some health group is suing Coca-Cola, which owns and produces the brand, and telling them that if you looked at the nutritional value of their vitaminwater product no one could believe it was healthy. You’d be half right.

A non-profit public interest group is suing Coca-Cola on the grounds that the company’s vitaminwater products make unwarranted health claims. Basically, the vitamins in the water is sugar, and may be some more sugar, oh yeah and a vitamin supplement.

However, that above quote has come from Coca-Cola’s defense team. This has got to be one of the most idiotic defenses. They are basically saying all that advertisement and the use of the word “vitamin” in the product line is crap (kind of like their argument),

I think this is sometimes why I have no desire to be a trial lawyer because you have to come up with some “creative” argument just to throw a roadblock to the other side. Also you must have an odd mix of self-confidence and no-shame. Why? Because you have to be bold enough to make these asinine arguments (and you know how dumb they are when making them).

For more insight into this moronic argument check it out here.




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