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Phfeast founder Dan Napierski at Mass Foodie Night

Phfeast founder Dan Napierski at Mass Innovation Nights Foodie #7

As someone who loves growing, cooking, eating, and sharing healthy local food, I’m always looking for ways to pass along my latest and greatest find. So I was excited to meet Dan Napierski at the recent Mass Innovation Nights Foodie #7 and learn about Phfeast, his innovative new food philanthropy program. (Get it? Philanthropy + food = Phfeast!) Continue reading

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Paris Pastry and My David Lebovitz Obsession

Paris Pastry AppIf the coming of September has made you start daydreaming about your next fabulous trip (I’m talking to you, Julia S.), here’s a little app to help feed your fantasies: the Paris Pastry Guide. Available on the iPhone App Store, it’s only $.99 (there’s even a limited free version).  The descriptions will make you drool. Continue reading

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Tasting a Bite of Barcelona

 

 

La Boqueria Market

Garden of delights at La Boqueria Market in Barcelona

Barcelona is known as a foodie paradise. I expected to love the food there, but my eating experiences on a recent vacation were decidedly mixed. Continue reading

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New Crop of Food Entrepreneurs Are Hungry For Funds

Greater Boston Slow Money Entrepreneurs ShowcaseSlow Money Boston logoSlow Money Boston showcased another exciting crop of food-related entrepreneurs in Cambridge on April 29, 2014.  As always, the entrepreneurs seeking funds were an eclectic bunch, including two farmers, a fermented beverages coop, a grass-fed beef jerky producer, a compost company, and a group building a meat processing facility. Continue reading

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Not Whooping for Wegmans Yet

wegmanslogowtag_largeColorEast coast supermarket chain Wegmans opened its first Boston-area store this morning in Chestnut Hill, Mass., to the ecstatic delight of many shoppers. While I’m intrigued by what they offer,  I’m not ready to sign up for the Wegmans cult just yet. Continue reading

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Wrap-up: Traceability is the New Black

I promise, I won't leave a trace.

I promise, I won’t leave a trace.

As I wandered through the aisles of this year’s Seafood Expo North America, I was surprised but encouraged to see the word “traceable” displayed alongside the word “sustainable” on many booths. Continue reading

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Doing Aquaculture Better

Regal Springs TalipiaAs a pescovegetarian, fish is a huge part of my diet. While I try to eat locally caught fresh fish whenever I can, I know that the oceans cannot sustainably produce enough seafood to supply the escalating demand for protein around the world.  Fortunately, a growing number of farmed fish producers are developing more environmentally and socially approaches to aquaculture. Continue reading

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Candied Salmon Strips, Salted Herring, and Seafood Pasta

Intercambio Smoked Salted HerringAs a seafood-eating vegetarian, I usually have to be very careful about asking if foods contain any meat. So one of the many things I love about coming to the Seafood Expo is being able to eat almost anything displayed! (I do have to watch out for bacon-wrapped scallops and the odd bit of alligator here and there.) Continue reading

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Scenes from Day 2: Seafood Expo North America 2014

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Patrick McMurray Teaches Me about Oysters

Patrick McMurray demos oyster shuckingI’m a relatively recent oyster lover. Growing up in a Kosher home in the Chicago area, oysters weren’t common fare.  My first taste of a raw bivalve was a quahog someone slipped me when I worked as a camp counselor in Massachusetts; I found its slithery texture disgusting. I didn’t indulge in raw fish again until I discovered sushi.  From there, all it took was a single slurp to graduate to oysters. Soon, I was even enjoying my mother-in-law Doris’ delicious oyster dressing. Continue reading

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