Category: food and culture

Automatic is a brand new Brewery Cat, just reporting for duty at Creature Comforts Brewing. On Instagram, mais oui.

From Whole Foods to Red Lobster: Stores, restaurants sell shrimp peeled by slaves, AP finds

Chicago Tribune

slaves in the farming trades

What constitutes modern-day slavery is often seen as an accepted way of doing business in Thailand’s seafood export capital. Shed owners say they are providing jobs to poor migrant workers. Police may be paid to look the other way.

In the North of England there is a longstanding tradition of eating gingerbread on the anniversary of the attempt in 1605 to blow up the Houses of Parliament. the old foodie

Guy Fawkes Night Cake

Guy Fawkes Night Cake, plus more ideas of where Bonfire Night cakes came from. spoiler: not Christian tradition..

Brandon Katze is a Distillery Cat living at Parkside Café in Birmingham, AL (via Instagram)

Anti-Chinese sentiment was rampant in America in the early 20th century—and had been since the latter half of the 19th century, when as many as 300,000 Chinese miners, farmers, railroad and factory workers came to the U.S. Many non-Chinese workers felt threatened by these laborers, who often worked for lower wages. NPR Food

Lo Mein Loophole

Deeply embedded racism against Chinese immigrants in the early 20th century looks almost identical to today’s hatred of Mexican immigrants.

Jell-o: the Essential Appalachian Dessert

Along with 7Up, a cure-all tonic in my mother’s house, Jell-O was a healing food. It was my sustenance on sick days home from school

Why I Quit Ordering From Uber-for-Food Start-Ups

The Atlantic

The food was decent, but the vibes were dystopian

Josephine doesn’t prepare any meals itself. Instead, it screens home cooks and takes orders on their behalf. On the day I’m writing this, I can get carrot soup ($11) from Lisa in Oakland or pho ($13) from Hai in Emeryville. That’s it for tonight. Tomorrow, there’s chicken and dumplings ($11) from Suzie in Albany or veggie enchiladas ($8) from Afiba in Fruitvale. The menu extends out two weeks; Josephine is less “I’m hungry now” and more “I expect to be hungry on Thursday, so I’d better line something up.”

Change Isn’t Cheap

Lucky Peach

money in the world of food

Jason Hammel, who owns Lula, a mainstay here in our neighborhood, on the necessary changes happening in the restaurant industry that need to happen to stop the collapse of public food into a morass of cheap, shitty pizza and burger joints.

Distillery Cats bring you Egon, Ray, Gozer & Venkman from Chicago’s Empirical Brewery via Instagram

The Stark Racial Divide In Pay For Restaurant Workers

NPR's The Salt

food for thought

For one thing, Benner tells The Salt, Latinos tend to apply for certain types of jobs, like dishwasher, line cook and table buser. Likewise, such “back of house” positions are not generally targeted by Caucasian applicants, who more often seek higher-paying bartender and waiter positions. “We call this the self-selection bias,” says Benner, whose research involved interviewing owners and managers at 12 California restaurants, half of which were high-end establishments, and closely analyzing national industry data. “People may just not see themselves as working in a certain area.”

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