Friday Fun with Chattering Kitchen: Culinary Tid Bits from Around the World

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It is Friday Fun time again. Here is a recap of what delicious and off the beaten track bits of news you may have missed this week.

CULINARY PICKS

YOUR FOIE GRAS OPTIONS FOR AFTER FOIE-MAGGEDON

LAS VEGAS – Foie-maggedon is almost upon us. Eight years Arnold Schwarzenegger, then California’s governor, signed a statewide ban of foie gras; the law’s grace period ends July 1, after which the delicacy will no longer be available in the state…. http://www.thestreet.com/story/11583495/1/your-foie-gras-options-for-after-foie-maggedon.html

PALAK PANEER TO TANDOORI, INDIAN FOOD A HIT IN HELSINKI

HELSINKI: But this capital city of Finland boasts of at least two dozen Indian restaurants that serve mouth-watering palak paneer, chole-naan, kadi-pakora, butter chicken and other delicacies….. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/food/food-reviews/Palak-paneer-to-tandoori-Indian-food-a-hit-in-Helsinki/articleshow/14463871.cms

PRIDE-THEMED OREO UNLEASHES COOKIE CONTROVERSY

On Monday evening, Kraft Food posted a picture on the U.S. Facebook page devoted to its normally uncontroversial Oreo brand. The photoshopped image showed a six-layer, rainbow-themed version of the sugary snack, below a caption that read: “Proudly support love!”….. http://www.thestar.com/living/article/1217644–pride-themed-oreo-unleashes-cookie-controversy

THIRST-QUENCHERS

WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE WINE: PENFOLD’S DEBUTS $168,000 BOTTLE ENCLOSED IN GLASS

Have a spare $168,000? Well Australian wine producer Penfolds has got you covered. The winery debuted today its “2004 Block 42,” a wine entirely enclosed in glass….. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/28/worlds-most-expensive-wine_n_1634523.html?utm_hp_ref=food

TRAVELOGUE

CHINA’S MOST TERRIFYING THEME PARK

At China’s Chimelong Paradise theme park, there is a designated “vomit bin” positioned helpfully at the exit of a giant roller coaster….http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20120621-chinas-most-terrifying-theme-park

SINGAPORE AIRLINES GOOD FOOD GUIDE TO THE SKY

As travellers prepare for the busy holiday period, Singapore Airlines reveals the best menu options for customers to feel refreshed and relaxed on arrival. Advice is offered on how to prevent bloating, fatigue, jet lag, travel sickness and indigestion through Singapore Airlines’ global selection of on-board menus….. http://www.etravelblackboardasia.com/article/84939/singapore-airlines-good-food-guide-to-the-sky

 ODDS AND ENDS

PAKISTAN CRACKS DOWN ON POT-BELLIED POLICE

ISLAMABAD: The plump police, responsible for safeguarding the most populous province, were warned in letters to trim their waist-lines to the regulation 38 inches by the end of the month…. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/22/us-pakistan-police-obesity-idUSBRE85L09V20120622

ALL-ROBOT STAFF SERVES, COOKS AT CHINA’S ROBOT RESTAURANT

The robot overlords continue their steady ascension to the top of the food chain: Haohai Robot Restaurant in Harbin, China is staffed entirely by robots. 18 robots cook, serve, and even entertain diners….. http://eater.com/archives/2012/06/28/allrobot-staff-serves-cooks-at-chinas-robot-restaurant.php

HAPPENINGS

FOOD HOLIDAYS THIS WEEKEND:

  • June 29th: National Almond Buttercrunch Day
  • June 30th: National Ice Cream Soda Day
  • July 1st: National Gingersnap Day

EVENTS:

June 29 – July 1, 2012: Taste of Tacoma,  North Pearl Street

Tacoma, WA

June 29 – July 1, 2012: 22nd Iowa City Jazz Festival, University of Iowa

June 30, 2012: Food Bloggers Meet arranged by FoodPanda, 3-5pm at Paper + Toast, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

June 30 – July 1, 2012: Plentitude Penang International Dragonboat Festival, 9am-6pm at Teluk Bahang Dam, Penang, Malaysia