food news

Did you know that the ties on a loaf of bread has a meaning?  Since I used to work in a grocery store, I once asked the delivery guys what the colors meant. 

The color of the tie means the day that the bread was baked.  Apparently, they don’t make bread on Wednesdays or Sundays. 

  • Blue = Monday
  • Green = Tuesday
  • Red = Thursday
  • White = Friday
  • Yellow = Saturday

Now when you go to the grocery store, make sure you get the freshest loaf!

Actually, they arrived last weekend.  I went to the grocery store on Wednesday (August 27th) and there were none.  When I went again on Friday (August 29th), there they were in the cookie aisle! 

Hydrox Cookies  Hydrox Cookies

Since they’re limited editions, I bought 6 boxes.  I figured an April 2009 expiration date gives me some time to enjoy.

I really like them better than Oreo’s because they’re not as sweet and they’re easier to break apart and eat the filling.


BTW, I went to the grocery store today (9/6/08) and they’re still there!  Also 9/13 and 9/20 — Hydrox are still available.

While this was originally published on August 27th, there are major updates today (10/2/08).  I made them below. 

It feels like it was just yesterday when Stephanie Izard won Top Chef in Chicago, but already the tips on Season 5 are coming in.  BTW, no air date has been set, but I’d guesstimate that it’s going to be March/April 2009 (since that’s when the last couple of seasons started).  Taping for Top Chef Season 5 was completed on August 26, 2008 and will be airing starting November 12th (so much for my guesstimate!). 

The next season will be held in NYC and here’s the real list of the 17 contentants. contestants rumored to be on the show.  There’s another list here.  So far, it seems these are the new chefs:

  • Absinthe’s Jamie Lauren
  • Danny Gagnon of New York
  • Jeff McInnis of Miami
  • CIA student Patrick Dunlea
  • Stefan Richer of Los Angeles
  • Carla Hall of DC (chef-owner of Alchemy Caterers)
  • Jill Snyder of Baltimore (chef of Red Maple)

I can’t wait for the new season…think anyone from DC will be competing???  Can you tell from these photos?  Should we start a rumor?  Also, if you heard Rickles’s private chef, Stacey Slichta is one of the contestants, it’s a lie

The other news?  Marcel from Season 2 (for those who don’t remember, he was the one who put foam in everything) was arrested for a DUI on Saturday morning.  But he did end up going to his O.C. cooking demonstration later that day!

Reuters is reporting the USDA is telling people to get ready to pay more for eggs, fruits & veggies, meat, etc.  This year, prices will increase by 5% and next year, it’ll jump another 5-6%. 

In other words, we are going to experience the biggest increase in food prices since 1990.  

FDR Memorial - Food Line

FDR Memorial food line

Seriously, who hasn’t wondered how the heck restaurants price wine?  In today’s WSJ, they crack the code and provide some good insight. 

The story is free, but if you’re looking for the highlights, here they are (directly copied from the story):

  • Sometimes, more-expensive wines are the better deals.
  • Wines from regions like Argentina and Spain are likely to be marked up less than ones from Napa or Bordeaux.
  • And if you’re looking for value, don’t order wine by the glass.
  • Go for lesser-known regions and varietals (they’re cheaper).

OK, so it’s only online, but who knows what can happen from there? 

Recipezaar, sister site to and the place where I get a lot of the recipes I test out here, is hosting a contest to find a host for their online video show about regional food.  This video show will be shot in NYC or in the winner’s home.

Interested applicants should create a two minutes or less video showcasing their talent.  According to the release, the video “should exhibit a distinct regional flavor, and must teach a little about the featured food. Most importantly, they ‘want to see passion and a unique point of view on home cooking'”.  

Entries are due by Friday, August 22nd.

For more information visit here.

If you do (and who doesn’t?), there’s news that your newspaper’s food section is in jeopardy.   With fewer people reading newspapers, advertising dollars are going down which means newspapers are cutting down on staff — and any unnecessary sections.

Unfortunately for those of us who love the food section, it’s usually viewed as an unnecessary section. 

According to Jill Silva, president of the Association of Food Journalists, there’s a push to get people to read the food section online and expanding their reach to include and target men. 


To read more about the declining newspaper food section, click here.

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