Waste free cafe to close over compost dispute
‘Melbourne's first zero-waste cafe will close its doors next week after a long-running stoush with the city's council over a compost bin. In a bitter end to the dispute, popular cafe Brothl was last month served with an eviction notice after it refused to pay the City of Melbourne more than $10,000 to store its composter outside.’
The idiocy of this boggles more than my mind. A Council with any vision would be looking at ways to bring in composters like this under Council’s insurance policies and spruiking this action when they did.
From Barbara Santich
Didn’t you have a posting about ‘Israeli’ food recently? Now they’re claiming shakshuka -
I have also recently read a terrific article in Gastronomica ‘Resistance is Fertile’ about two ventures in Palestine where food and drink are being used in overtly political ways. If I can work out how to scan it and put it somewhere on the interweb I will.
Custard tart fight: can the British version ever compete with Portugal’s pasties de nata
‘I’m in Lisbon listening to some live fado, the Portuguese folk music that expresses the sorrows and yearnings of ordinary people. Among these songs of love and loss is a hymn to the joys of Pastéis de Belém, the original version of the most traditional cake in Portugal, the pastel de nata, or custard tart. “Served with cinnamon or just as it is,” sings the lyricist Leonel Moura, “This beautiful delicacy has no equal in the world.”
So, natas are Portuguese, and there is apparently a British version which originated in East Anglia ‘as early as mediaeval times’. Whence then the Chinese egg tart, staple of yum cha?
‘ The egg tart eventually made its way to Hong Kong, where it was influenced by British custard tarts, which are a bit more glassy and smooth.’
Which sounds right. Anyone got any further insights?
For safety’s sake make food labels say what companies already know
Okay, I am as much a critic of transglobal food chains as your average aussie monocultural farmer, but I dunno, this whole incident I reckon is being hijacked in xenophobic and faux protectionist ways. No amount of labelling of country of origin is going to ensure that somewhere sometime some quantity of a product is not going to have greebies that will cause some people to get sick.
Sandwich Mafia let’s alleged Subway blackmailer go free
‘The Supreme Court subsequently found Mr Singhal was responsible for creating and releasing the materials, ordering that he pay damages to the company. But Subway last week decided to drop its claim for compensation. Victoria Police has also confirmed that no formal complaint has been made against Mr Singhal for blackmail. A spokesman for Subway said the company was "satisfied" with the outcome of the court proceedings.’
Well I am NOT satisfied with the outcome. In the first instance, I have not been alerted to viewing any of the Youtube videos that apparently gave away the ‘secrets’ of Subways creations. In the second instance I am disappointed that the ‘Sandwich Mafia’ chose to take the matter through legal process rather than encasing the offender in a very large roll, smothering him in special sauce, and feeding him to the sharks – though maybe they knew that even the sharks might balk at dining on a Sub.