One of the world's great sandwiches is making a comeback
- Which makes this the perfect time to celebrate the tuna melt, one of the most supermarket-driven of sandwiches.
- According to a Reddit spokesperson, there's been an increase of over 30 per cent in mentions of tuna melts across the platform, which includes an 18.7 million-member food community, compared with the same time period in 2019.
- Coincidentally, the sandwich is a highlight of the new The Tinned Fish Cookbook: Easy-to-Make Meals From Ocean to Plate by Bart van Olphen, published by The Experiment; $US19 ($29).
- His new book includes 45 recipes for different kinds of canned and tinned seafood, from anchovies and sardines to less conventional options such as mackerel.
- He, of course, advises buying sustainably harvested tinned fish, especially for tuna, which is heavily overfished.
- The former chef in van Olphen hacks the classic by making a homemade ketchup to serve as a dipping sauce for the tuna melt.
Did the Italians Teach the French the Art of the Vinaigrette?
- By the late 17th century, the word had come to mean something completely different, but was also completely appropriate for the food of its time: a light dressing for comparably lightly cooked vegetables, like haricots verts or artichokes.
- The town no longer figures in guidebooks (with the construction of the Fréjus Tunnel, Susa is almost always bypassed), and since the Maastricht Treaty of 1992, the borders have been effectively dissolved, but for me it was an unexpected miracle—to stand there, in front of the portal through which so much has passed, back and forth: hunter-gatherers, soldiers, salt, Hannibal with his elephants, black pepper, the Apostle Paul, Julius Caesar en route to conquering Gaul, Charles VIII hoping to conquer Italy, François Premier (twice), Rabelais, Montaigne, Leonardo da Vinci, manuscripts, merchants, popes, 18 centuries of monks, religious pilgrims, Charlemagne, Italian bankers, the Renaissance, the history of Europe, and, possibly, a salad dressing.
A restaurant in the Netherlands is using creepy robot waiters for social distancing
- A restaurant in the Netherlands has introduced new robot waiters as a way to reduce human-to-human contact in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Restaurants in the Netherlands have been closed for months during the pandemic, and many are beginning to reopen, but with limits on the number of guests allowed.
- It’s been a rough few months for the food service industry, with restaurants losing about 5.5 million jobs in April alone.
- It seems unlikely that robot waiters are going to catch on in American eateries any time soon (the cost alone probably makes them prohibitive for most small establishments), but they’ve been common in restaurants in China for several years now.
- And, it’s worth noting that the “machine people” that serve food in China’s restaurants are more of a novelty than a way to be more efficient; most of the robot waiters apparently suck at their jobs.
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- Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had finally managed to make their move from Vancouver Island to Los Angeles.
- I commented a few weeks back that if Meghan Markle and Prince Harry believed they had escaped the British media for a life of relative peace – but with the added bonus of publicity and media attention on-tap – they were in for a rude awakening.
- We’re not even at the stage where normal life has resumed, and already Meghan and Harry are facing problems.
- Harry and Meghan have reported at least five aerial intrusions, all of which they blame on members of the U.S. media complex.
- But don’t think Hollywood Harry and Malibu Meg plan to take this affront to basic decency lying down.
- It was made pretty clear that to finance that repayment, Meghan and Harry needed Prince Charles to cover their current security costs.
After 100K Covid-19 cases, it’s clearer where Californians are getting infected
- Smaller case clusters locally in the past week include 39 infected at Morgan Hill seafood wholesaler Lusamerica Fish, 12 at a Cardenas Markets store in Oakland, and four family gatherings in Santa Cruz County, including a Mother’s Day celebration, that together boosted the county’s case total 20 percent.
- For the same reason, California’s efforts to close down parks and other outdoor gathering spots may have been overkill, when the health officials should have been focusing more on controlling the spread in congregate living and work settings, experts say.
- But health officials don’t track COVID-19 outbreaks at private businesses like they do for elder care and correctional facilities, so what is known about them is only what the companies disclose or surfaces in news accounts.
US food prices see historic jump and are likely to stay high
- DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As if trips to the grocery store weren’t nerve-wracking enough, U.S. shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks.
- Overall, the cost of food bought to eat at home skyrocketed by the most in 46 years, and analysts caution that meat prices in particular could remain high as slaughterhouses struggle to maintain production levels while implementing procedures intended to keep workers healthy.
- While price spikes for staples such as eggs and flour have eased as consumer demand has leveled off, prices remain volatile for carrots, potatoes and other produce because of transportation issues and the health of workers who pick crops and work in processing plants.
- The Labor Department reports that the 2.6% jump in April food prices was the largest monthly increase in 46 years.
Covid-19's 'catastrophic' impact on Latino communities is driven by 'savage disparities,' leaders and lawmakers say
- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics shows almost 17% of Covid-19 deaths were among Latinos while the group makes up just over 18% of the US population.
- While the available numbers are grim, they are also incomplete because much of the state and federal data on Covid-19 deaths are preliminary and information on race and ethnicity isn't available for tens of thousands of cases, CNN reported recently.
- The CEO of LULAC, Sindy Benavides, believes the high number of Covid-19 cases and deaths within the Latino community is directly related to their jobs.
- New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who participated in the town hall, said the jobs many Latinos perform are only partly to blame for the disproportionate numbers.
- As of May 8, 39 states and the District of Columbia were reporting the race and ethnicity of Americans who have died from Covid-19.
Costco Is Cooking Up a Batch of Post-Pandemic Free Food Samples
- Costco is bring back free food samples in June.
- Despite lower foot traffic during the pandemic, the company beat earnings expectations.
- For shoppers who crave Costco’s (NASDAQ:COST) hotdogs, cheap food court finds, and free samples, there’s a reason to be excited.
- The membership-only retailer is bringing back free samples and reopening almost all of its food courts by the middle of next month, according to CFO Richard Galanti.
- Costco will revive its free food offerings after suspending the legendary customer experience in March over health and safety concerns.
- The free food sample is so popular among Costco members that many consider the in-store experience a part of their shopping routine.
- Costco relies on foot traffic to drive sales as the retailer has been slow to expand on the e-commerce front.
- The company beat consensus estimates after reporting earnings per share of $1.89 with $37.3 billion in revenue.
America’s meat shortage is more serious than your missing hamburgers
- The shuttered meatpacking plants have created a bottleneck in the system through which most meat in the United States must flow in order to get ground beef to Wendy’s, chicken breasts to your local grocery stores, bacon to the nearby diner now trying to run a takeout business, and so on.
- Tyson said “the food supply chain is breaking” and warned that “millions of animals — chickens, pigs, and cattle will be depopulated because of the closure of our processing facilities.” Two days later, President Trump issued an executive order, declaring meat processing plants to be “critical infrastructure” and attempting to keep workers on the line.
Costco's free samples are set to return in June, but with new rules - Business Insider
- The coronavirus pandemic has effectively put a halt to a quintessential Costco experience: snagging free food samples.
- But Costco CFO Richard Galanti told analysts on a Thursday earnings call that the chain's food sampling stations will begin returning in some capacity in June.
- In response to a question from Barclays managing director Karen Short, Galanti said the chain will instate new sanitary rules regarding samples.
- The coronavirus has proved catastrophic for sample servers working in the warehouse chain.
- Many Costco sample servers work for Club Demonstration Services, a third-party product demonstration company.
- The company temporarily shuttered on April 6, resulting in layoffs affecting thousands of sample servers working at Costco.
- The retailer said "limited service" in the warehouse chain's food court helped squash April sales, along with gasoline price deflation and closures of Costco's optical and photo departments.