Wednesday, September 30, 2009

GourmetGrrl Bites

GourmetGrrl Bites Food with 'tude
September 30, 2009

Short and Sweet. This week we're all about quick and easy. With life in full swing, sometimes we need a few shortcuts.

Cin Cin!
GourmetGrrl, aka Laura Holmes Haddad

Grrl with Corkscrew
One Stop Vino. We love to peruse wine magazines and check out the wine blogs, but sometimes you need something good and something quick. If you live in New York City you're lucky enough to visit Chambers Street Wines in person (it's in Tribeca), but for the rest of us we have to visit their website to get a wine fix.
Chambers has one of the best wine selections in the country, with a large selection of small-producer wines from all price ranges. (Their lineup of French wines will blow your mind, and they have a large selection of organic wines.) They deliver locally and ship nationally, and both the web site and the store are great spots to browse. Owned by David Lillie and Jamie Wolff, the staff is amazingly helpful and love to talk wine, and they'll get you what you need when you need it. (And they have free tastings on most weekends if you're in the area.)

Grrl with Knife
JasmineRice Insta-Rice. We love rice - brown, white, steamed, fried. But frankly, we don't always have the time to cook it. So our new favorite shortcut is frozen rice. Forget burned pots of rice and sad undercooked kernels. Both Whole Foods and Trader Joe's carry frozen jasmine rice (and sometimes brown rice) that cooks in minutes in the microwave or in boiling water and is perfectly fluffy and delish. It's the little things that make us oh-so-happy.

FatWitch Mix It Up. We love a good brownie, and we love it even more if we don't have to spend hours chopping up chocolate.
Which is why we are flipping over the Fat Witch Brownie Mix from the famed New York City bakery. We've raved about Fat Witch before, and now you don't have to mail order the actual - just get the Fat Witch Original Brownie Mix and make 'em yourself. These intensely chocolatey, not-too-sweet brownies are the bomb. You can also choose from Snow Witch (white chocolate) or Blonde Witch (a cross between a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie). $8.99 per package

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Some of you who’ve been tuning in for awhile might remember the Whole Grain Challenge on Culinate last year, when our food editor, Carrie Floyd, vowed to eat whole grains at every meal for a month. The challenge was a great way to generate ideas for eating grains, and Carrie’s whole grain glossary remains a fabulous resource on the site.

Now we’ve come up with a new challenge — the Naked Grains Recipe Challenge. This time, we’re asking each of you to submit a recipe you’ve created for a grain-based salad. How you interpret that is up to you, but we’re thinking something that satisfies both taste buds and bellies (with bonus points if it looks good). That’s the thing about whole grains; not only are they nutritionally sound, they have a stick-with-you quality we all can appreciate.

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Social media immediacy hard to beat Restaurants and grocers that built their online presence with websites may have thought their heavy lifting was done, and that regular content updates would suffice. But the social media phenomenon says differently.

The winners in the battle for customer traffic will be those who bring a sense of immediacy, savings and satisfaction to audiences that are very much connected and highly responsive to motivating messages. In Orange County, California, for instance, Baja Fresh promoted a one-day free burrito offer on Facebook, which migrated to Twitter and various food blogs, according to an account in the Orange County Register. By two o'clock that afternoon, demand for 50,000 burritos far exceeded the 1,800 the chain planned to dispense, and it issued an apology.

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    Where is the outrage over water quality?|Pledges to Reduce Unhealthy Advertising to Kids Work

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    Where is the outrage over water quality? What good is the nation's Clean Water Act if polluters have violated it more than half a million times in the last five years alone, if they continue to go unpunished, and if citizens suffer needless harm to themselves and their property?

    Concerns over toxins are great enough that Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency regulate more than 100 pollutants through the Clean Water Act and strictly limit 91 chemicals or contaminants in tap water through the Safe Drinking Water Act, reported The New York Times, which recently reviewed water pollution records and came up with a damning report that should be raising alarms from coast to coast.

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    Pledges to Reduce Unhealthy Advertising to Kids Work The EU food industry has significantly reduced advertising to children over the last two years, says a report from the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA). The recent report is the first to monitor the results of a 2007 pledge taken by 11 food manufacturers in Europe outlining their plan to change the products they advertise to children under the age of 12.

    Results of the study, conducted independently by Accenture Marketing Sciences, show a 93% decline in television advertising for products that do not meet nutritional criteria and that air during shows for children. Additionally, there was a 56% decline in advertising for these products across all programs on all channels at all times. Out of the 414,553 spots that aired during the studied period, only 480 were found to be non-compliant. Compliance was almost 100% for print and online media.

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