Author: Phi Tran

What We’re Reading: The Best of Food Writing From Around the Web

This week’d food news trend: dangerous and unhealthy things to avoid (coconut oil, airplane coffee/tea, whipped cream dispensers).  + The hottest trend in cooking is also one of the oldest. Read about how restaurants are serving up s’more smoky flavors. + There’s probably no better state than California to enjoy avocado and no better city than Los Angeles to have it on toasts. Here’s a photographic guide from the NYT to help you wade through LA’s best avocado toasts. + Looking to consume a lot of saturated fats? You might be already in the form of “healthy-ish” coconut oil. An AHA survey found that 72 percent of Americans considered coconut oil a health food. But coconut oil, it turns out, is shockingly high in saturated fats. And saturated fat ― even though some elements of its effects are up for debate ― isn’t good for you no matter how you slice it. + San Marzano tomatoes command a higher price tag, so it’s no wonder they’re considered “The Fake Rolex of Canned Foods.” Read more …

Weekend Reading: The Best of Food Writing From Around the Web

+ Only after one year in operation,  Locol’s original Uptown Oakland location has shuttered. Initial reports indicate that chefs Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi are planning moving the current burgers and fast food menu to their other Locol bakery and pizza location in West Oakland. + Fast on the tail of cat cafes: rat cafes. You heard that right – at the SF Dungeon, the tourist attraction is offering a popup cafe where customers can get museum admission along with tea, coffee, and pastry – and rats! They’re not letting any old rodent wander in off the street, either. According to a press release, Rattie Ratz, a Californian organisation “dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of domestic pet rats” is providing the animals. + 16.4 million. That’s the number of grown US adults who thinks chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Agriculture illiteracy is real: When one team of researchers interviewed fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders at an urban California high school, they found that more than half of them didn’t know pickles were cucumbers, …

Instagram Favorites of the Week

Our community of diners are avid food lovers with a great eye for beautiful imagery and so this weekly column celebrates great Instagram photos from Feastly events taken by you, our biggest fans. We’ll be picking one photograph from the list each month for a giveaway of a free seat to a Feastly event. Just tag your photos with #feastly for consideration.

Weekend Reading: The Best of Food Writing From Around the Web

When we’re not eating food, cooking food, or looking at food, we’re reading about food. Check out the stories and trends that got us hungry for more. + Tired of the same ol’ food news? Here’s a new magazine made for chefs, by chefs. + A peacock walks into a liquor store… and destroys $500 of champagne and booze: Still, the story ends with a happy ending for the peacock (though not so much for wine lovers who hate to see a good bottle go to waste). He’ll be released at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden – hopefully putting a swift end to his reign of terror at Southern California liquor stores. + What’s vegan bacon? Not actually bacon, according to European meat producers who are trying to stop the “deceptive” use of words we often associate with animal products –bacon, hamburger, and chicken nuggets to name a few. They might have a case: Labeling for milk and dairy products in Europe is already strictly enforced: words such as milk, yogurt, and cheese must refer …

What We’re Reading: The Best of Food Writing From Around the Web

SPAM Donut by Lorie Shaull Indulge in our favorite calorie-free summer treat: the best of the internet’s sweet and savory food reads. From savvy cheese moguls to rainbow bagel inventors – this list will certainly inspire your appetite. + Someone went to the world’s biggest Spam festival…so you didn’t have to. Here’s the photographic coverage of The Waikiki Spam Jam in its Spammy glory. The stories are good too: Spam Jammers travel far and wide for the occasion, like UK natives Mark and Anne “I Love Spam” Benson. In 2016, Mark made his love for the canned meat official by legally changing his middle name to “I Love Spam.” “I got the permission of the Queen, the Queen said yes,” Mark told me. “All of my documents now, passport, everything says that.” + We couldn’t agree with Munchies more: “Avocado lattes are the final nail in the coffin of human dignity.” And yes, it’s real thing. What started as a barista’s joke turned into something customers at an Australian coffee shop can actually buy…for now. +  Ever wondered …

Weekend Reading: The Best of Food Writing From Around the Web

This holiday weekend, celebrate with delicious reads.  + There are good reasons why avocado toasts are expensive. An Oakland restaurateur explains. + When in Romania, there’s a small chance your fowl is actually foul. According to supermarket investigators (these are my kind of detectives), a local grocery store in Baneasa found 154 pounds of expired meat, which also included chicken that went bad in 2011. In an ironic twist, Romania had actually juuuust passed a law requiring all food vendors to donate leftovers that haven’t been sold within three days of their expiration date. As reported by Romanian Insider, national retailers will now be “obliged to donate [the leftover food] to non-profit organizations or to city halls to support poor families, or to sell them to social enterprises at 3% of their acquisition or production cost starting Sunday, May 21.” + We think this medical history is bananas: before the discovery of gluten, those who suffered from celiac disease were subjected to a strange low-carb diet of mostly bananas. For some, the regimen saved their …

Instagram Favorites of the Week

Our community of diners are avid food lovers with a great eye for beautiful imagery and so this weekly column celebrates great Instagram photos from Feastly events taken by you, our biggest fans. We’ll be picking one photograph from the list each month for a giveaway of a free seat to a Feastly event. Just tag your photos with #feastly for consideration.

Instagram Favorites of the Week

Our community of diners are avid food lovers with a great eye for beautiful imagery and so this weekly column celebrates great Instagram photos from Feastly events taken by you, our biggest fans. We’ll be picking one photograph from the list each month for a giveaway of a free seat to a Feastly event. Just tag your photos with #feastly for consideration.

What We’re Reading: The Best of Food Writing From Around the Web

These are fun food reads about hot dog apps and paella emojis, not your summer reading list from AP English. But don’t worry, we’re also getting educational with science news that might impact your juice diet and economic news about declining modern milk sales. + Milk sales are curdling — got (alternative) milk? NPR’s got the dish on how young consumers are milking everything but the cows these days. Milk drinking has always been in part about habit and marketing, and milk alternatives capitalize on both. Even using the word “milk” has become a source of controversy… As a result, lawmakers from dairy states earlier this year called on the Food and Drug Administration to better enforce rules on what is labeled “milk.” + Food lovers who are also emoji lovers will devour this savory history about the new paella emoji (and the man who made it a digital reality). “I called up these guys. They are like the smartest guys in the world. But that was the easy part. They say ‘Ok, we will take a look at the paella …