On March 30th, 2009 the FDA released a nationwide recall on pistachios.
The pistachio processor used by Santa Barbara Pistachio Company "is NOT INVOLVED with this recall". Please see attachment.
This Turnkey, Stand Alone Restaurant With Type 47 Liquor Licence Is Located In A High Traffic Area Of Goleta And Can Be Converted To Virtually Any Type Of Restaurant Theme. Recently Remodeled, The Current Southern California/Island Décor Complements The Centralized Bar And Ample Rear Patio Seating. The State-Of-The-Art Kitchen Features A Very Efficient Floor Plan. This Very Clean Restaurant Reflects Pride Of Ownership. Fully Equipped And Ready To Operate From Day One. Size: 2,925 SF. Seating: 141. - BizBen
The Earth Day Food & Wine Festival is a collaboration of over 100 purveyors of award-winning foods and wines plus exhibitors highlighting innovative products and services. Local chefs and farmers will be serving delicious one-of-a-kind dishes based on locally sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, olive oils, and more.
This event provides an opportunity for visitors to enjoy unlimited samples of local cuisine, while meeting the growers who grow great wines and foods and nurture a healthy environment.
Complimenting the great food, wine, and exhibits will be live entertainment and dancing, a silent auction, a commemorative wine glass, and a tote filled with earth-friendly products.
Come and enjoy a unique and intimate celebration held at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. Ticket sales are limited to 500 and advance
reservations are highly recommended.
The Earth Day Food & Wine Festival is a benefit event to support farmworker outreach and sustainable ag research conducted by the Central Coast Vineyard Team.
California's bees perked up last year, producing 35 percent more honey than in 2007, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report issued this week.The resurgence is one of several signs
that the health of the state's commercial bees is improving.
But beekeepers and researchers say it's not yet clear the threat known as colony collapse disorder has passed. The still-mysterious condition, which causes bees to abandon their hives, thrust the insects into the media spotlight in 2007. The nation's 2.4 million commercial beehives help to produce nearly one-third of U.S. food. - Sacramento Bee
Kroger supermarkets is recalling 10-ounce packages of pistachios sold in Oregon and 30 other states over fears of possible salmonella contamination.
The recall covers its Private Selection brand with sell-by dates of Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, 2009.
They were sold in 17 Kroger-owned stores including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, Smith's, Dillons, QFC, City Market, Foods Co., Jay C, Scott's, Owen's, Baker's, Gerbes, Hilander and Pay Less. - ktvz
This is the second recall associated with pistachio nuts this week....- oregonlive.comwhat..didn't hear of the first recall, either?
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.
In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday. - EarthHour
We started Chino's with one thing in mind, Great Fresh Mexican Food with a Chicano flare. Think Nacho Libre meets Night at the Roxbury. Punk meets Mariachi. Chino's loves cars with curb feelers, ostrich boots and lowriders. - Chino's Rock & Tacos
In his years exploring the depths of the ocean, free-diver Tom Powers has seen all manners of beasts, including great white sharks and black sea bass as big as a Volkswagen Beetle. But he had never seen a monster like the one he snatched off Santa Rosa Island near Santa Barbara a few weeks ago.
The Santa Cruz man landed an 11-pound lobster that will be the main character of a fishing tale for years to come. And if you don't believe it, you can see it at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. - Mercury News.com
or perhaps soon to be. OffLeash, my favorite shop on State Street is up for sale.
Stop on by and shop their delightful doggy (and kitty) gifts...and say hello to "the kids"...the whippets who "run" the shop..and occassionally "test drive" the toys.
A Contemporary Retail Pet Boutique Is Located In The Heart Of Downtown Santa Barbara On State Street. This Cozy Little Store Sells An Array Of Pet Apparel, Toys, Pet Accessories, Organic Pet Foods & Other Treats For Dogs & Cats. Great Local Clientele And Walk In Impulse Buyers.Very High Foot Traffic Part Of Downtown With Old Navy, Anthropology, Longs Drugs, LA Arcada Shopping Arcade, The SB Museum Of Art And Other Retailers On The Same Block.Easy To Manage Store Has Real Growth Possibilities With Not Only Retail But Website Sales.
Priced To Sell - Only 59,000 (Includes Inventory.) - BizBen
A Spanish restaurant grappling with hard economic times is wooing diners by letting them pay whatever they want for its daily special.
Barcelona restaurateur Eledino Garcia said Monday he introduced the honor system three weeks ago in his 32-seat bar and eatery to bring back loyal customers, many of whom lost their jobs as Spain's unemployment rate soared to 13.9 percent over the past year.
And the idea is actually working: Garcia says his daily take is up.
After a midday meal, diners who opted for the euro10 ($13.56), three-course daily special get something other than a check."I give you an envelope, and you pay what you think it was worth, or whatever you can pay," said Garcia, the 50-year-old owner of the small restaurant called Mireya. - AP
at the Los Angeles Festival of Books.....CHEF CURTIS STONE! (the everyone wants to Take Home Chef!)
I've also noticed some of his kitchenware is at Williams-Sonoma. I'm still waiting for him to appear at our local Gelson's or one of our fabulous Farmer's Markets.
Chef Cat Cora and Disney are joining together to open an exciting new family dining restaurant at Disney's BoardWalk Resort. Kouzzina by Cat Cora will feature a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to the chef's Greek roots.
....As a Mississippi native born to a family of Greek restaurateurs, Cora
grew up immersed in two different and flavorful cultures, and has taken from that unique background the kitchen "know-how" handed down through generations. The cuisine at Kouzzina (Greek for "kitchen" and pronounced "koo-zee-nah") will showcase Mediterranean cuisine and Chef Cora's philosophy to create simple yet sensational meals.- PRWire
Mobile food trucks are tweeting their locations. Local chefs are posting photos and descriptions of new menu items. And it's even possible to find recipes (that would be "twecipes" in the ever-expanding Twitter vernacular).
For those more interested in what's being served at A16 tonight than they are the latest Paris Hilton gossip, Twitter's amorphous question of "What are you doing right now?" has essentially been recast as "What are you eating?" or "What are you cooking?"
...By following your favorite food "Twitterati" - as users like Stewart, Mark Bittman and Reichl have been dubbed - you can watch a conversation take place (the most socially acceptable form of voyeurism) or, better yet, join in. Simply begin a post with, say, @gachatz (the handle of Chicago's highly regarded Alinea restaurant chef Grant Achatz; the @ sign before the name is how users communicate on Twitter), and you can chime in
on his philosophical and often abstract questions that relate to his
experimental cooking: "Did the '80s crush the opportunity for smoked
strawberries?" - sfgate
Property Description: This flexible property consists of a divisible retail/industrial building consisting of approximately 3,835 square feet currently leased short term to Orena (sic) Wine Company, LLC. This property is located less than one block off State Street and two blocks from Sterns Wharf in the heart of the Funk Zone. With four roll up doors, a retail portion and good visibility, this property can accommodate many types of owner/users. Two adjacent properties can also be purchased:
23 E. Yanonali Street - $2,000,000
131-137 Anacapa Street - $6,000,000 - Loopnet
I rescued a little renegade turtle who decided to runaway from Alice Keck Park Park. He crawled out of the pond and through the bushes ultimately taking a diver 3 feet off a wall to land on his back on the sidewalk.
I heard his thud. Picked him up...dusted him off...and carried him back home. If only someone could do that for me.
is up for sale.
One of Southern California's most notable landmark properties located on the cost of Santa Barbara. The 7,618 +/- square foot building is situated on the largest commercial parcel in Summerland totaling .51 acres. Dramatic views ocean views, patios, old world detailing, an abundance of natural light, this Victorian/Craftsman style property presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase this unique property. Development of Summerland revolved around the Big Yellow House built by Summerland's founder Henry Lafayette Williams in the late 1800's. - LoopNet
GoodGuide, a Web site that rates the impact of a wide range of consumer products on health and the environment, is adding more than 30,000 packaged foods to its database today in response to user demand.
"The No. 1 request from users was food information. People wanted us to rate food on: What is in it? Is it safe? Where is it from?" said GoodGuide founder Dara O'Rourke, an associate professor of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley.
Among the companies and products examined are Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Nabisco, Heinz, Hains, Celestial Seasoning, Yoplait, Kashi and even Boca Burgers.
....Other factors taken into account include whether the product includes genetically modified organisms, trans fat or fructose. Information is available on how far packaged foods were shipped, whether the animals used to make them were treated humanely and if products are Fair Trade or organically certified.
"We rate the additives, colors, etcetera, and ask if they are hazardous," said O'Rourke, adding, "We have colors used here that are banned in Europe."
Shoppers with an interest in corporate behavior also will find useful information. Users will see, for example, that Horizon milk was purchased by Dean Foods, a large corporate dairy that has been criticized for the treatment of its cows. - SFGate
Test-tube meat is also known as in vitro meat, cultured meat, victimless meat, vat-grown meat, hydroponic meat and, finally, shmeat. (Note to self: Be sure to apply for inevitable X Prize to rename this stuff.) Shmeat is grown from a cell culture (hence the in vitro or cultured prefixes), not from a live animal. These harvested cells are taken from an animal, such as a pig, and placed in a “nutrient-rich medium” that mimics blood. Once the cells multiply they are attached to a spongy scaffold or “sheet” (sheet + meat = shmeat) that has been soaked with nutrients and stretched to increase cell size and protein content.
This shmeat could, in theory, be harvested in vast quantities and used in minced meat products: burgers, nuggety things, or potted meat-food products, etc. While scientists (they call themselves “tissue engineers”) admit that growing a pork chop with a bone without a real pig attached is not likely, they also say that affordable, palatable minced shmeat might be available at a grocery store near you within a decade.
So… is this news great? Or gross? If it’s hard for you to tell, I assure you, you are not alone. - whole life times
The Government on Saturday permanently banned the slaughter of cows too sick or weak to stand on their own, seeking to further minimize the chance that mad cow disease could enter the food supply.
..Obama called the country's food inspection system "a hazard to public health," citing outbreaks of deadly food poisoning in peanuts this year, peppers and possibly tomatoes last year and spinach in 2006.- ap
This class is all about appreciating our local seasonal food and the people who grow it. Each week we will visit a farm and walk for about 30 to 60 minutes with a farmer to learn about fruits and vegetables: how they are grown and harvested, how to cook and enjoy them as well as learn their nutritional value from a cook who is a registered dietitian. Participants will receive weekly recipes and experience tasting an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables. First class will meet at the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens (598 N Fairview, Goleta). Limit 50.
Georgia’s food inspectors had rules for butchering alligators. But only since last month has the inspectors’ manual told them specifically how to ensure the safe processing of a more everyday fare: peanuts. Atlanta Journal Constitution,
With government inspectors overwhelmed by the task of guarding the nation’s food supply, the job of monitoring food plants has in large part fallen to an army of private auditors like Mr. Hatfield. And the problems go well beyond peanuts.
An examination of the largest food poisoning outbreaks in recent years — in products as varied as spinach, pet food, and a children’s snack, veggie booty — show that auditors failed to detect problems at plants whose contaminated products later sickened consumers. In one case involving hamburgers fed to schoolchildren, the Westland/Hallmark Meat Company in California passed 17 separate audits in 2007, records show. Then an undercover video made that year showed the plant’s workers using forklifts to force sickly cows into the slaughterhouse, which prompted a recall of 143 million pounds of beef in February 2008.
“The contributions of third-party audits to food safety is the same as the
contribution of mail-order diploma mills to education,” said Mansour Samadpour, a Seattle consultant who has worked with companies nationwide to improve food safety. - NYTimes
While we’re still mourning Carla’s loss to Hosea in the season finale of Top Chef: New York, we have delightful news that was confirmed to us by the man himself yesterday.
Fabio is getting his own show.
That’s right, Season Five’s breakout star, the Italian Stallion, Fabio Viviani, is coming to a TV screen near you.
Do you hear that?
It’s the faint sound of mouths watering and panties dropping.
Dead mice and rodent droppings were found throughout a Texas plant run by a company whose peanut products caused one of the biggest food recalls in U.S. history, food inspectors reported on tuesday. - Reuters