News tidbits for foodies
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 | 01:22 PM ET
By Jessica Wong, CBCNews.ca
Ice cream for snack time?
Kids-at-heart Canadian pop band Barenaked Ladies is joining a small, but esteemed group of celebrities to be honoured with its own flavour of Ben and Jerry's ice cream (following in the footsteps of flavours such as Cherry Garcia, Phish Food and Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream).
The band appeared at Toronto's CN Tower Tuesday morning to unveil "If I had a 1,000,000 flavours" — the company's first-ever Canadian flavour and naturally, a spin on the band's hit song If I had a $1,000,000.
The BNL ice cream — sales proceeds of which are earmarked for literacy foundation ABC Canada — will feature a combination of vanilla and chocolate, with peanut butter cups, chocolate-coated toffee chunks, white chocolate chunks and chocolate-coated almonds.
Thank goodness it won't contain Kraft dinner.
Mr. Lee goes to Washington
Striking while the cooking iron is hot, Toronto celebrity chef Susur Lee is expanding his empire. Just six months after opening his Manhattan restaurant Shang, Lee has announced he will open a new venue called Zentan in Washington, D.C. It will be just steps away from the White House and eatin' out fan Barack Obama.
According to a release from Lee's NY resto business partners and the Thompson Hotel Group, the Hong Kong-born wonderchef's new venture will offer a menu of favourites from Lee's New York and Toronto restaurants as well as "sushi, sashimi and Asian crudos."
Mouth-watering flavours of pet urine and perspiring fruit
The next time you reach for a glass of New Zealand's famed sauvignon blanc, pause for a minute to try to pinpoint the flavours you're tasting. Do you note the cat pee?
According to a scientific study conducted over six years, the country's well-known wine is a combination of "sweet, sweaty passionfruit, asparagus, and cat's pee."
Lincoln University wine science lecturer Sue Blackmore says the expert panel is "talking about parts per billion, very tiny amounts to make the wine more complexing and interesting.... If you had a whole lot of the compounds that give you cat's pee it obviously wouldn't be great but it's amazing what a little can do."
That's some pig!
Following a similar event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa last week, a group representing Alberta pork producers is holding lunchtime rallies in Calgary and Edmonton this week to promote the industry amid the current worries about swine flu. Organizers are serving up free pulled pork sandwiches at the Alberta legislature on Tuesday and at Calgary's McDougall Centre on Wednesday.
After the H1N1 influenza A virus was found in hogs at an Alberta farm, about 10 countries banned Canadian pork products, despite health officials saying there is no risk of getting the swine flu virus from eating pork.
"The pork lunch rallies are about showing support for our industry and demonstrating to consumers they can be confident in the safety of Canadian pork," said Alberta Pork spokesman Roy Kruse.
Finally, what I had for lunch today
Nothing like a viral video to whet one's appetite. Here's a silly but fun little time-waster (first noticed on EatMeDaily.com): The Tabbouleh Song by American video blogger Remy.
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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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