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In ten days, Ireland will come to Boston at the iFest, a three-day festival that celebrates Irish culture, cuisine, heritage, hospitality, and entertainment. The festival will be held from Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28 at the Seaport World Trade Center.
Americans have boring tastes. In general, they tend to stick to a limited amount of choices, rarely venturing out to explore the possibilities. For example, when considering wine consumption in the U.S., a small number of grapes dominate the market, with Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon leading the pack.
When selecting a restaurant, how much do you value its cleanliness? Are you willing to dine at a dirty restaurant if the cuisine is "authentic?" It seems that many people are willing to make that trade-off, and that disturbs me on a certain level.
Across the globe, we've heard the tales of "pirates" who capture endangered fish or violate fishing regulations. Often referred to as Illegal, Unregulated & Unreported (IUU) fishing, it poses a dire threat which needs to be stopped, and there have been a number of international efforts to prevent such crimes.
Does Yelp penalize businesses that refuse to advertise with them? Though a number of businesses claim this is the case, Yelp has vehemently denied these allegations. A recent ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has brought this issue to the forefront once again, and their written decision provides fascinating food for thought.
I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting wine and food items that are upcoming. ********************************************************** 1) Boston, more than most other cities of its size, is chock full of talented home and professional cooks who have had cookbooks published in the past year or two.
"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." --Desmond Tutu As September begins, I recommend that you drink a glass of Hope. You'll find that glass of Hope coming from Japan via Oregon. SakeOne, a Sake kura ("brewery") located in Forest Grove, Oregon, also imports Sake, from Japanese breweries including Hakutsuru and Yoshinogawa.
My favorite food magazine is Lucky Peach, always a fascinating collection of well-written and intriguing articles about all things food. Each issue generally has a special theme, and if you love seafood, then you need to check out their latest issue, which is all about the Seashore.
Last Monday, Camille "Frenchie" Babine, my father-in-law, passed away. and would have turned 96 years old in October. However, no matter how old you are when you pass, life is still too short. For the last twelve years, Frenchie and Marjorie, his wife, have lived in my home and I've never once regretted opening my doors to them.
Although the endangered nature of numerous fish species often take front and center in the news, they are not the only aquatic creatures which are in peril. Consider the vaquita (Spanish for "little cow"), a rare species of porpoise, which is in dire danger of becoming extinct.
The second week of Dine Out Boston has started, and it seems that less restaurants are participating this year. BostInno recently noted that about 172 restaurants are participating, down from 194 last year. During this time, some of the restaurants which are not participating are running their own dining specials, such as AKA Bistro in Lincoln. AKA Bistro has a special Lunch Menu ($20.
Last week, it was reported that Chef Mario Batali spent $410,000 to purchase a liquor license for Babbo, his new Boston restaurant. Maybe he should have waited a little bit longer and bought one of the new liquor licenses that will soon be available. He could have saved at least a few hundred thousand dollars.
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