Texas & Tea
Before I list off my favorite food and health articles of the week, I have a few announcements to make.
First, I’m leaving today for Austin, TX for the South By Southwest conference. If you’re going to be out there feel free to email or tweet me, I’d love to meet you. While I’m gone we’ll have a farmers market update from a good friend of mine in Portland, OR. I hope you enjoy it!
Also, I’m thrilled to announce that Samovar Tea Lounge is offering a special 20% discount for Summer Tomato readers on all online purchases from now until March 31. If you are familiar with Samovar, you know how awesome this is. If you don’t know about Samovar but love tea or are looking to explore it further, this is a great opportunity to indulge a little. They also have some great gift sets if you’re looking to get your Mother’s Day shopping out of the way early.
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Links of the week
- Salty, sweet: study says fat is the sixth “taste” <<To a neuroscientist this is really exciting news. Taste really happens in the brain, ya know. This means our taste element tally now includes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, umami (protein) and fat. Maybe this explains why we all love bacon so much. (Reuters)
- Women Who Drink Gain Less Weight <<Um, happy Friday! (New York Times)
- Obesity: Food kills, flab protects <<BS of the week. The reasoning in this article is very specious. Just because body fat may not be a direct cause of (it is certainly correlated with) heart disease doesn’t mean it might not play a direct role in other diseases (like breast cancer). I left a comment on this article expressing my frustration. (New Scientist)
- Study Finds Link Between Red Wine, Letting Mother Know What You Really Think <<Hahaha, it’s funny because it’s true. (The Onion)
- My Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet and Low-Carb Eating: Six-Month Summary <<Dr. Steve Parker had been doing a low-carb, ketogenic experiment on himself and has now published his 6 month summary. If you haven’t followed along I highly recommend going back and reading through his experiences on his blog. Thanks for the shout-out Steve! (Diabetic Mediterranean Diet Blog)
- Breast-Milk Cheese ― The Ultimate in Local Sourcing? <<Why? Just why. (SF Weekly)
- For a long sex life, stay healthy <<If the promise of avoiding heart disease isn’t enough to get you to the farmers market every week, maybe this will help motivate you. (Los Angeles Times)
- Aloo Gobi <<Cauliflower is exquisite right now, which means I will be making this Indian recipe for cauliflower and potato from [No Recipes] as soon as I get back from Austin.
- Colbert Warns of Contaminated Pringles <<This is a must watch. The video is pretty short and Stephen Colbert makes a brilliant point about how many flavors of pressed potato dust sweepings you can make if you set your mind to it. (The Colbert Report)
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- Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish <<Now that I have your attention, please do yourself and the world a favor and watch Dan Barber’s TED talk. Personally I like it a lot more than Jamie Oliver’s talk (though I enjoyed his very much). This video makes it perfectly clear why farmers, foodies and environmentalists are (or at least should be) all on the same team.
Enjoy and have a lovely weekend.
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