Virgil on August 29, 2012

From Food Democracy Now! Dow Chemical is back at it again! Last week Dow Chemical donated $1.2 million to defeat Prop 37 to label genetically engineered foods, which will appear on the ballot in California this fall. At the same time, they happen to be petitioning the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the approval of […]

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Virgil on August 26, 2012

Turkey, as compared to Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq, uses a lot more “loaf” bread. In the aforementioned countries one sees mainly leavened flat bread (nan) made in a circular oven (see Afghan Flat Bread – Nan-e Afghani Made Traditionally for one type of oven in use by the Afghan National Police at a very remote […]

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Virgil on August 23, 2012

One would expect to find Turkey relatively devoid of alcohol, it being an Islamic country. But it is not. Lots of people drink here. I knew Islamic fundamentalists 30 years ago in Turkey and they all drank. I am not sure how they justify it as it is against Islam, but many certainly do. They […]

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Virgil on August 16, 2012

I ran across a little tidbit today that is too good not to pass along. Kind of like the “apple a day keeps the doctor away,” here we have “a handful of walnuts a day keeps the fertility doctor away.” At least that is what some recent research published in the journal, Biology in Reproduction’s […]

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Virgil on August 15, 2012

Lynn and I recently spent a couple of weeks in Turkey. I had spent some nine months there in the late 70s-early 80s. Turkey has some of the best food in the world and there will be a number of posts about the trip. Let’s start with Turkish pides, what I call their pizzas. You […]

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Virgil on August 14, 2012

At Tanor Al Deera Five Maudies – highly recommended One of the traditional foods found in the Kuwait souks, in addition to the ever present schwarma, is manakish, or what I call Kuwaiti style pizza. It seems that many places in the Arab and Mediterranean world have something that resembles what Americans would call pizza. Turkey has […]

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Virgil on August 11, 2012

Three Maudies – good I wrote a previous article about how many fast food places there are in Kuwait City, Fast Food Hell.  And, indeed, there are. It seems that the main street food one sees in Kuwait is schwarma, minced meat kebabs, and manakish (like a pizza). Right now, I will discuss a Kuwaiti […]

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Virgil on August 9, 2012

Well, at least California has something right. While the federal Senate overwhelmingly voted against GMO labeling in June, California voters will get the opportunity to vote on this issue for their state, in November. Even very liberal senators, like Al Franken, are in the pockets of big agribusiness companies, as is the USDA. The California Right to […]

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