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10.15.13 … Extreme Locavorism: I think I would like to dine at Gustu, in La Paz, Bolivia at 12000 feet …

 Gustu, La Paz Bolivia, 12000 feet, extreme locavorism: 

If you had asked me last year to guess where the next great destination restaurant would pop up, my answer would not have been La Paz, Bolivia. The second-largest city in one of South America’s poorest countries, La Paz is not on the tourism circuit. Getting there from New York City required a journey of close to 20 hours, and once I arrived, it took a few days to acclimate to the altitude. At 12,000 feet above sea level, the air there is so thin that, for my first 24 hours, I felt as if an invisible vise had been secured to my temples and was being slowly, mercilessly tightened.

And yet, La Paz is the city that Claus Meyer, the visionary co-owner of Noma in Copenhagen, chose as the setting for his next and perhaps most ambitious project: Gustu. Like Noma, Gustu is a cutting-edge restaurant that uses avant-garde technique in the service of extreme locavorism. But in Bolivia, Meyer is facing an added degree of difficulty. Here, he doesn’t just want to engineer a world-class restaurant. He wants to “combat poverty with deliciousness.”

Meyer didn’t pick La Paz at random: In collaboration with the Danish nongovernmental organization Ibis, he funded a two-year-long investigation to find the location. The process examined countries around the world in five categories: low crime, high poverty, political stability, biological diversity and a cuisine that didn’t effectively showcase the country’s incredible ingredients.

On paper, Bolivia was the clear winner. Poorer but also safer and more stable than its neighbors, the country has one of the most diverse ecologies on the planet, with three distinct climate zones that produce more than 1,200 varieties of potatoes alone, as well as an astonishing and exotic array of tropical fruits, fish, grains and herbs. There are hot pink papa lisa tubers, otherworldly fruits like the pacay (a large green pod filled with fluffy white flesh that tastes a bit like lychee) and lots of llama meat (which is surprisingly tender). In contrast to neighboring Peru, Brazil and Argentina, Bolivian cuisine is underdeveloped. Even in La Paz, most high-end restaurants serve bastardized Italian or French food in comically formal, Continental-style dining rooms. “The learning process of creating Noma, and the revolution that has changed the food culture of Denmark, was too important to keep for ourselves,” Meyer told me.

Meyer imported only a few things to Bolivia: Two chefs, Kamilla Seidler (who is Danish) and Michelangelo Cestari (an Italian citizen born in Venezuela), who both speak Spanish and have worked at some of the world\’s best restaurants, including England’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Spain’s Mugaritz. Also Jonas Andersen, a six-foot-seven restaurant manager and sommelier who’s a blond giant among the dark-haired locals, one American barista and a battery of high-tech gear, including a Thermomix and a Pacojet. Everything else—from the wine to the servers—is Bolivian. The staff was chosen from a pool of 600 low-income families, almost none of whom had serious culinary experience before embarking on Gustu\’s two-year training course. It’s the stuff of reality TV—watch newbie cooks run an ultra-high-end restaurant!—except this is actual reality.

via Is Gustu the World’s Best New Restaurant? | Food & Wine.

breakfast, eggs:  Let me get out the thermometer.

Most of us boil an egg for breakfast. Not Dave Arnold, director of culinary technology at The International Culinary Center in New York.

Arnold is cooking that egg in a circulating water bath at a specific temperature a couple of hundred times over and over to make magic for inventive chefs. His eggs may be elastic or creamy or melting. This inventor and culinary tech expert is the go-to man for the chefs on New York\’s innovators list. His egg-cooking chart appeared in Lucky Peach magazine.

via There’s more than one way to cook an egg. Dave Arnold has 11 | The Splendid Table.

Chinese food, lists8 Chinese Dishes You Need to Know – Zagat.

Pecan  Pie Cobbler, dessert, recipes:  I must be really hungry.

Pecan Pie Cobbler

1 Box refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

2 1/2 cups light corn syrup

2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

4 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

6 eggs, slightly beaten

2 cups coarsely chopped pecans

Butter-flavor cooking spray

2 cups pecan halves

Vanilla ice cream, if desired

1. Heat oven to 425°F. Grease 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with shortening or cooking spray. Remove 1 pie crust from pouch; unroll on work surface. Roll into 13×9-inch rectangle. Place crust in dish; trim edges to fit.

2. In large bowl, stir corn syrup, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs with wire whisk. Stir in chopped pecans. Spoon half of filling into crust-lined dish. Remove second pie crust from pouch; unroll on work surface. Roll into 13×9-inch rectangle. Place crust over filling; trim edges to fit. Spray crust with butter-flavor cooking spray.

3. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until browned. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Carefully spoon remaining filling over baked pastry; arrange pecan halves on top in decorative fashion. Bake 30 minutes longer or until set. Cool 20 minutes on cooling rack. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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Bunny Chow, South African food:

This is actually a simple curry traditionally served in a scooped out loaf of bread and is a popular quick meal in South Africa.

The stories of the origin of how it became known as “bunny chow” are varied, however, one I heard more than once was that of Indian merchants that used to sell this meal under a banyan, or ‘bania’ tree.  It became known as “bania” chow, then eventually shortened to bunny chow.  Just know that if you go to South Africa and a group invites you to grab some bunnies for lunch, never fear, they’re actually inviting you to taste this popular delicious Indian curry dish.

Indian curries are popular in South Africa, especially in the city of Durban where the Indian population is the largest outside of Asia and their cultural influence is definitely evident in the foods and spices.  The Indian spice markets have been around in Durban since the late 1800′s and you can still experience the exotic scents at Victoria Street market where merchants have an array of seasonings piled in high pyramids and fragrant curry perfumes the air.  As a foodie, it was one of my favorite shopping stops in South Africa. I was in HEAVEN smelling all the options.  I picked up an ounce of saffron for the equivalent of $7 US dollars and one of the merchants at Madari & Sons helped me pick out my own “masala” spice mix that I used in this recipe below.

The market is located in the middle of Durban on the corner of Victoria Street and Queen Street.  If you go, I definitely recommend hiring a guide, such as Julnic Tours,  to show you around.

via Recipe: South African Bunny Chow.

Pairing Chocolate and Wine, Food & Wine: Someday I will try this … but really I am not sure wine could ever improve chocolate.  Pairing Chocolate and Wine | Food & Wine.


6.9.2011 … get to go to a sneak preview today … and happy LVII, big sis …

movies, sneak previews, film/lit: I’ll tell you about it tomorrow … but I read the book (hint).

google doodles:  You know I love a good google doodle!

When unveiling a classic Doodle, Google sure knows to pick ’em.

In terms of interactivity, Google has designed what is arguably its coolest home-page logo yet — surpassing even its Pac-Man banner and the colorful and initially mysterious “Google Balls.”

Today, the California company offers an animated Doodle you can strum and share — a gift of music entirely befitting a birthday celebration for the legendary guitarist and inventor Les Paul.

The pioneering designer of the solid-body, “rounded sound” electric guitar, who died in August of 2009, would have been 96 today.

Today, thanks to Google, the trill isn’t gone.

You can hit the record button (near the bottom of the second “g” in Google), pluck a tune — then send the URL of your recorded music to other people, who can even “duet” with your recording.

via LES PAUL: Today’s great Playable ‘Google Doodle’ Guitar marks legend’s 96th birthday (*Pluck it for yourself) – Comic Riffs – The Washington Post.

John Edwards, slime bags, Cate Edwards, family:  Blood is thicker than water … but I feel sorry for Cate Edwards, a very attractive, smart woman.  Her father has placed a horrible burden on her.

But those in the Edwards inner circle knew that Cate, 29, was stepping into a familiar role, one that she has filled for half of her young life.
The night before the court appearance, Ms. Edwards, a lawyer like Mr. Edwards and her mother, Elizabeth, was at her father’s side as he planned his legal strategy with his defense team at their home near Chapel Hill. She and her father had just returned from her little brother’s baseball game.
“She’s a sounding board for John,” said a person familiar with the meeting that night.
“Cate sticks with her dad,” said Glenn Bergenfield, a close friend of the family who introduced Elizabeth to John when they were all in law school together and is godfather to their young son.
“Despite all the things that have happened, she wants her father to succeed and her family to stay together,” Mr. Bergenfield said. “It’s not any more complicated than that.”
At the courthouse, Ms. Edwards, a graduate of Harvard Law School, appeared composed. She has come by her strength the hard way, having coped with more than her share of pain, much of it on the public stage.
Fifteen years ago, when she was barely a teenager, her 16-year-old brother, Wade, was thrown from a car and killed on his way to the family beach house. For two years, her mother later wrote, Cate slept on two chairs pushed together in her parents’ room, but she emerged as the glue that would hold the family together.
That experience laid the foundation for her to face the cascade of crises that would follow: her father’s political losses, the revelations that he had an affair and a child with his campaign videographer while he was running for president in 2008, her mother’s public and prolonged battle with breast cancer, and then in December, her mother’s death.
via For Cate Edwards, a Recurring Role as Family Glue –

random, wedding gifts, lists:  This 1950s list was still pretty common into the early 80’s … now the couple just wants cash.


Crystal glassware 
Vacuum cleaner 
Steam iron 
Pots and pans 
Electric fry pan 
Pressure cooker 
Electric broiler 

Top Wedding Gifts –

recipes, eggs:  I am not so sure I want my dinner meal with a poached egg on top.  But I am willing to try it.

Basically, you can throw a perfectly poached egg on top of most any dish and we’re in. But on top of a creamy bowl of risotto, studded with chunks of bacon and sweet leeks? Forget it. Game over. That’s probably why the Bacon and Leek Risotto with Poached Egg from our April issue did so well in bloggers’ kitchens.

via Bacon and Leek Risotto with Poached Egg: BA Daily: Blogs :

Jane Austen, random, YouTubeYouTube – Pride & Prejudice in 100 Seconds.


action sports, Nike, marketing:  Action sports are a special niche … it will be interesting to see how Nike does?

MOVE over, Michael Jordan: here comes P-Rod.

In an attempt to leave no sport unmarketed, Nike, the sports apparel manufacturer, will begin the next phase of its current “Just Do It” campaign with a focus on action sports like skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing.

The new campaign, called “The Chosen,” is Nike’s largest effort at moving into action sports, and will feature athletes like the skateboarder Paul Rodriguez (or P-Rod), the surfer Laura Enever and the snowboarder Danny Kass.

“When we looked at action sports, we saw a unique consumer segment that was underserved in terms of product innovation,” Mark G. Parker, Nike’s chief executive and president, said at a shareholder meeting in May.

Action sports are a $390 million business for Nike, and executives hope that figure doubles over the next five years. Nike’s biggest competitors in the youth-oriented action sports arena include brands like Quiksilver, O’Neill, Volcom and Billabong.

Big brands that want to enter the action sports market have to contend with the somewhat insular culture of certain sports and with the athletes’ loyalty to smaller, edgier brands. For the last few years, Nike has been on a steady mission to penetrate the market by creating sub-brands like Nike 6.0 and buying smaller brands like Hurley.

And they seem to be getting it right.

via Nike’s New Campaign Focuses on Action Sports –

Paris, sewer tour – Paris, places, guides:  Anybody been on the Paris Sewer Tour?  Have a favorite guide?  I take recommendations.

Some of the best sights in Paris are the ones underground- the catacombs of Paris, the Paris Crypt, and the Paris Sewers. The Paris Sewers provide people with something really different, and a little bit stinky, to see while in Paris.Paris is a big city with a very long history. From its early days as a Roman outpost though modern times, the city has had to deal with waste. How would they handle waste from millions of people? In ancient times, it wasn’t a problem. The population wasn’t large enough yet to create any real pollution, so everything went into the River Seine.However, as the city grew, more waste went into the Seine and, by the late middle ages, the river was simply too polluted, and something needed to be done. Beginning in 1370, the city started building sewers and drains. Back then, people just threw their waste onto the street where it just sort of stayed. This was a common practice all over Europe up until the 19th century. In fact, part of the reason women begin carrying those little parasols in the late 18th/19th century was to protect themselves from falling… debris.

via Unusual Place of the Month: The Paris Sewers – Nomadic Matts Travel Site.

Bas Bleu – City Cool Notes – Paris.

science, periodic chart:  Something new …

They exist for only seconds at most in real life, but theyve gained immortality in chemistry: Two new elements have been added to the periodic table.RSS Feed Get Science News From The New York Times »The elements were recognized by an international committee of chemists and physicists. Theyre called elements 114 and 116 for now — permanent names and symbols will be chosen later.Youre not likely to run into any of this stuff. Scientists make them in labs by smashing atoms of other elements together to create the new ones.”Our experiments last for many weeks, and typically, we make an atom every week or so,” said chemist Ken Moody of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, whos part of the discovery team.In contrast to more familiar elements like carbon, gold and tin, the new ones are short-lived. Atoms of 114 disintegrate within a few seconds, while 116 disappears in just a fraction of a second, Moody said.

via Two New Elements Added to Periodic Table –

shopping, marketing, Target:  I still prefer it to Walmart.

The chain that made it trendy to shop for low-priced designer clothing and mod lamps while picking up detergent and toothpaste has been struggling to gain back its pre-recession sales strength.

Target shoppers are stocking up on toilet paper and foodstuffs, but the stores are having a hard time enticing customers to spend money on stylish clothing and home goods—which are more profitable and make up more than 40% of annual sales. It was these apparel and decorating items—mixing mass with class—that set Target apart and allowed it to be one of the few discount chains to thrive against Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s relentlessly low prices.

via Has Target Lost Its Cachet? –

Apple, Steve Jobs, iSpaceship:  Well, it will be iconic.

Apple wants to build a new corporate headquarters that, in Chief Executive Steve Jobs’s own words, looks “a little like a spaceship.”

A day after the company unveiled its new Web-based service iCloud, Mr. Jobs spoke at a Cupertino, Calif., city council meeting to pitch plans for a new Apple corporate campus on 150 acres of land, much of which used to belong to Hewlett-Packard.

“Apple has grown like a weed,” said Mr. Jobs, as he explained how the company’s current Cupertino headquarters only holds about a quarter of the 12,000 employees it has in the area.

via Steve Jobs’s Latest Project: iSpaceship – Digits – WSJ.

YA fiction:  Too dark? Realistic?  I find it too weird … but maybe I better take another look.

 How dark is contemporary fiction for teens? Darker than when you were a child, my dear: So dark that kidnapping and pederasty and incest and brutal beatings are now just part of the run of things in novels directed, broadly speaking, at children from the ages of 12 to 18.

Pathologies that went undescribed in print 40 years ago, that were still only sparingly outlined a generation ago, are now spelled out in stomach-clenching detail. Profanity that would get a song or movie branded with a parental warning is, in young-adult novels, so commonplace that most reviewers do not even remark upon it.

If books show us the world, teen fiction can be like a hall of fun-house mirrors, constantly reflecting back hideously distorted portrayals of what life is. There are of course exceptions, but a careless young reader—or one who seeks out depravity—will find himself surrounded by images not of joy or beauty but of damage, brutality and losses of the most horrendous kinds.

So it may be that the book industry’s ever-more-appalling offerings for adolescent readers spring from a desperate desire to keep books relevant for the young. Still, everyone does not share the same objectives. The book business exists to sell books; parents exist to rear children, and oughtn’t be daunted by cries of censorship. No family is obliged to acquiesce when publishers use the vehicle of fundamental free-expression principles to try to bulldoze coarseness or misery into their children’s lives.

via Book Review: Young Adult Fiction –

Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal ran a piece claiming that fiction at least nominally aimed at readers under 18 — young adult or “YA” fiction, that is — is entirely too dark. Calling out the books about kids who cut themselves or suffer abuse right alongside the books with abundant profanity in them, it laments the fact that young readers will be “surrounded by images not of joy or beauty but of damage, brutality and losses of the most horrendous kinds.”

Unsurprisingly, the commentary has come under intense criticism — it’s not in any way a new complaint, and every response to it points that out, along with plenty of other problems.

But as easy as it is to tear the piece apart — for its complete failure to acknowledge V.C. Andrews, who was writing books with incest and rape themes in the 1980s and is the go-to choice for adults my age who want to talk about the screwed-up YA fiction they read, if nothing else — I’m more intrigued by the aspirational nature of the quaint but sad idea that teenagers, if you don’t give them The Hunger Games, can be effectively surrounded by images of joy and beauty.

via Seeing Teenagers As We Wish They Were: The Debate Over YA Fiction : Monkey See : NPR.

technology, security, cyber attacks:  We live in a changing world.

These jobs aren’t being pulled off by kids fooling around, or even by the criminals who steal credit-card numbers. “You’re looking at nation-state capability actors,” says Herbert Thompson, a computer-security consultant and professor of computer science at Columbia University.

With digital attacks becoming rampant, the computer nerds who work for the good guys to thwart such incursions have become the new Navy SEALs—elite commandos who can carry out sophisticated operations on the battlefield of cyberspace. The enemies they’re battling slip into computer systems to steal information or wreak havoc and then slip out without being detected. The services of these commandos, both to attack and defend, are becoming increasingly vital to top militaries around the world.

China just admitted it has organized a cyber-commando unit called the Blue Army. Officially its role is to defend China’s systems from intruders. Here in the U.S., a new report from the Pentagon warns potential enemies that the U.S. may consider cyberattacks to be acts of war and might retaliate with conventional weapons. “If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks,” an unnamed military official told The Wall Street Journal.

via Tech Report: The Hacker Wars – Newsweek.

Dr. Peter Gorman, CMS, Charlotte:  Bad timing, Peter.

Charlotte Mecklenburg School Superintendent Dr. Peter Gorman announced his resignation during a news conference this afternoon.

Gorman says he has accepted a position with News Corporation in a newly formed education division.  Gorman will be named Senior Vice President and work with school districts to implement the division’s programs, as well as review their integrity and effectiveness, according to a news release.

Gorman made the surprise announcementduring a scheduled meeting to discuss budget cuts at the Government Center in uptown.

“I’m thrilled to join News Corporation, and to work with someone of Joel’s caliber, and the rest of his team, to transform the educational system through digital technology and other means,” said Dr. Gorman said in a CMS news release. “News Corporation has a reputation for leading significant change across many industries, and I look forward to what lies ahead for the education sector.”

via Gorman resigns as CMS superintendent | Charlotte.

random, Happy Father’s Day, superlatives:  OK, this guy is nuts … I hope his 16 year old son has a sense of humor …

Dad Waving At The Bus

Meet Dale Price, a stay-at-home father of three from American Fork, Utah, who dressed up in 180 different, wacky costumes to wave to his 16-year-old son’s school bus every morning. For 170 days, he greeted the passing bus in almost every costume imaginable. He also wasn’t afraid to cross dress, pictured here on Day 160 as Batgirl. (Dale Price)

via Most Embarrassing Dad? Dad Waves at Son on School Bus, Dressed in 170 Costumes | Photos – ABC News.

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