It’s been a busy week, and while I haven’t spent nearly as much time in the kitchen or out in the eating world as I like, I’ve been reading about it. Here are a few tidbits I found and a couple local food-related events happening in the upcoming week:
You probably don’t want to know
A new Web site called What’s on My Food lets you search your favorite foods — from almonds to winter squash — and see how often toxic pesticides have been detected on them. Let’s see, I’ll have a dash of Piperonyl butoxide, Chlorpyrifos and Boscalid on my almonds, please …
Sometime in the past few years the cupcake has exploded on the scene as the dessert of choice, moving from papered kiddie party staple to an adorable, delectably delightful dessert of choice. In Seattle, one shop, noted this week by the Tasting Menu blog is Trophy Cupcakes of Seattle. They deem the cakes at the Wallingford adorable, creative and I assume tasty, though they really focused on the adorable.
For the Love of Sandwich
Restaurant reviewers over at The Stranger this week compiled a list o Seattle’s best sandwiches in case you find yourself in need of a noontime pick-me-up. Their vote for best sandwich in the city happens to be my favorite kind, though from a place I’ve yet to try, a Reuben from I Love New York Deli on Pike Street. Mmmmm … corned beef and rye.
Rolling in Rhubarb
For those of you, like me, trying to figure out what to do with the armfuls of rhubarb either growing in your garden or gifted to you by family and friends, there will be more on that in this blog. In the meantime, the Amateur Gourmet blog has a quick and easy recipe for roasted rhubarb to serve with yogurt. And a little more than a week ago, Anne from the Small Potatoes blog offered up a recipe for strawberry rhubarb muffins
The annual Taste of Tacoma kicked off Friday and runs through Saturday (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.). The event features 32 restaurant booths (though some are repeats) each with options for $6 or less. A wine-tasting area also is set up with 10 wineries to choose from with a set of 5 tastes costing $15. You also get music and comedy while you eat.
Also this weekend, Sustainable Bainbridge will host two food-related matinees for $9 at the Lynwood Theatre on Bainbridge Island. On Saturday, they will show “Food Fight,” an 83-minute documentary about agricultural policy and food culture in the 20th century and a counter-revolution against agribusiness. Afterward, Lari Setlzer of Real Foods in Winslow will lead a discussion. Here’s a trailer for “Food Fight”:
On Sunday, they’ll show “Homegrown Revolution”, a 16-minute film about a Pasadena, Calif. family who began growing their own organic food, using solar energy and biodiesel. A post-film discussion will be lead by Anne Willhoit, a volunteer with Sound Food.
Your hunger Wednesday could help support The Kitsap Food C-Op if you satisfy it at Hi-Lo’s 15th Street Cafe. From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., a portion of the food sales will go to the co-op to help them raise funds for things like a feasibility study. Folks from the Co-op effort will be there to answer questions.