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

Get ready to get lit on the literary. We’ve got the best culinary news and stories for your weekend consumption. + TIL: avocado toasts were an Aussie invention from the 1930’s. Who knew this popular millennial dish was so historic? But even in 1931, avocado toast wasn’t new. In 1920, in the Covina Argus, a newspaper from a town in the San Gabriel Valley, a writer named Martin Fesler gave his recipe for Avocado on Toast: “Remove the skin and mash with a fork. Spread thickly on a small square of hot toast. Add a little salt and pepper.” He called it one of the nicest ways of serving avocado. + People will milk anything these days – even bananas! + Restaurants are keeping their doors open all day  from morning to night because food-ing for a living is hard. It’s even harder if you want to be profitable. As formal fine dining takes a backseat to more casual fare, the all-day destination makes sense. Continuous dining lets restaurateurs tap into the same mores that are …

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

We’re scoured the best of the web for food lovers. From $25 per pound cherries to free roadkill, we’ve got food stories for every budget. + Good fruit will cost you a pretty penny. Good, fresh fruit will cost you one thousand pretty pennies. Head over to The Orchard in Brooklyn and you’ll get a sense for this specialty price tag at Brooklyn’s upscale fruit store. Produce is a challenging, low-margin business, even if you’re hawking cheap, last-off-the-truck, woody asparagus to clientele who don’t care much about quality. Selling perfect specimens of fruit, be they $25-per-pound cherries from Australia or $20-per-pound soursop from the Caribbean, requires the alignment of myriad unmanageable factors—weather, water levels, and airport schedules being just a handful. The product must be moved efficiently, and customers must be willing to pay a pretty penny (or one thousand of them) for it. + Looking for the best street food in LA? Head to this Guatemalan street market. + Interesting news: roadkill dinners are now (finally) legal in Oregon. + Smuggling food is just as …

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

Your long weekend deserves food reading boosts. We’re here to help you with just that. + What if you could drink your way to sustainability? Now you can with this new beer crafted from food waste. “[Bread] is one of the most wasted foods in the developed world, for sure,” Lizarondo tells SAVEUR. “Some of the bread, especially the packaged ones, have a longer shelf life but artisan breads frequently do not. We thought that turning it into beer would be a great way to not only save it from going to landfills but to start a conversation about food waste.” + To peel or not to peel – who knew kiwi consumption could be so controversial? + It took the Trump presidency, but it is now no longer a criminal offense to sell food on the streets of LA. Fearing a coming crackdown on immigrants under President Trump, Los Angeles City Council members Joe Buscaino and Curren Price vowed to stop punishing vending as a crime and to begin setting up a regulated system. + …

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, …

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 …