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The Smirnoff Smokey Mary (1977)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 16/09/2021 - 12:59am in

I am living for the Smirnoff Vodka magazine ads from the 1970s. Today’s drink is The Smokey Mary. We never dreamed when we first launched the Smirnoff Bloody Mary it would become a global classic. That doesn’t mean, however, that most folks know how to make a really good one, or even care to bother.Continue reading The Smirnoff Smokey Mary (1977) →

The Nine Cent Taxis of Rural South Korea

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 15/09/2021 - 6:00pm in

Three great stories we found on the internet this week.

Where ya headed?

Some taxis don’t want to pick you up if you live in the middle of nowhere. These cabs are meant for exactly that — and they cost nine cents a ride.

In South Korea’s Seocheon County, population declines have led to public bus service cuts, stranding residents who don’t own cars, many of whom are older. So, rather than subsidize the mostly empty buses to keep them running, the county government came up with a cheaper, nimbler solution: the “100-won taxi.” 

Seocheon County, South Korea. Credit: Insung Yoon

More a policy than an actual taxi service, the scheme lets rural residents of Seocheon call taxis and pay no more than 100 won — or about nine U.S. cents — per trip. The government pays the rest of the fare, and anyone who lives more than 2,300 feet from a bus stop is eligible for the perk, which has quickly become very popular. According to the New York Times, the policy is revolutionizing how people in South Korea’s small hamlets get around, and has been so successful that the national government is helping other counties copy it.

“The taxi now drives me all the way to my doorstep,” said one 85-year-old Seocheon resident. “You can’t imagine what it was like in older days when I had to haul my shopping bag all the way from the bus stop to my place. It killed my legs.”

Read more at the New York Times

Against the grain

In the U.S., school lunches are awash in tater tots, fish sticks and white bread — foods produced with cheap yet nutritionally deficient refined flour. Now, one California school is doing something unexpected: not just buying whole grain flour, but milling it itself.

RTBC contributor Hannah Wallace reports for Civil Eats that, with a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Shandon Elementary in San Luis Obispo County will become America’s first public school to make its own flour on site. For the next two years, every slice of pizza, taco shell and spaghetti strand served at the school will be made from nutritious whole grain. Until 2023, the grant will cover the cost of the mill and the ingredients, and training for the cafeteria staff, many of whom say they’re excited to try something new. 

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Additional grants will allow two neighboring districts to buy their own nutrient-dense whole grain foods from local farmers, ensuring that hundreds of central coast students will be eating healthier lunches for years to come. The broader goal is to adapt the kids’ palates to whole grains so they’ll make healthier food choices for life. “We know all about school budget deficits and challenges,” said one of the people involved. “But we also know what’s possible with a lot of creative thinking and community-building.” 

Read more at Civil Eats

Friends and family rate

Imagine if all that separated you from contact with your loved ones was the jacked-up price of a phone call you couldn’t afford to make. This is reality for many Americans in prison, where the cost of phone calls is often outrageous, topping $10 for a 15 minute chat in half of all U.S. states.

Now, an array of legislation — much of it spurred by pandemic lockdowns that prevented in-person visits — is allowing incarcerated folks to make calls for little to no money. The federal government recently capped long-distance call rates at 12 cents per minute from prisons and 14 cents from jails, and some states have chosen to go further. In June, Connecticut, which until recently had the highest per-minute rates in the country, joined New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles in offering free video calls and emails. Meanwhile, video conferencing startup Ameelio has signed contracts to pilot its free software for incarcerated people with the state prison systems in Colorado and Iowa.

For those in prison, the calls are more than comforting. Research shows that incarcerated people who maintain regular contact with friends and family during their sentences have better housing and employment outcomes after they’re released. “We’ve hit a tipping point,” said the founder of one group fighting commercialized incarceration. “The ball isn’t fully rolling yet, but we’re starting to roll.”

Read more at Bloomberg CityLab

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From humble to haute

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 11/09/2021 - 1:27pm in



This food timeline started as a way to explore the revolution in Australian food that has occurred during the baby-boomers’ lifetime, but has since expanded to include more about the previous decades (and century) as well. Also included are overseas events and trends that had an impact here. The entries are brief, but there are lots of links if you want more information.

The custom of enclosing a savoury (or sometimes sweet) filling in bread is probably as old as bread itself. But the modern sandwich has come a long way from a limp filling between two slices of white bread.

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‘Mere’ competition to Aldi and Lidl?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 11/09/2021 - 5:06am in


Food, Society

I am late to this – I confess I did not realise they had already opened – but MERE is a Russian discounter and the Grocer has interesting details. (Open the link in private mode if it doesn’t work initially). This is no frills with a vengeance and described as “amazing value for money”. The... Read more

Pieathalon 8: Mahogany Pie (1978)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 10:48pm in

Welcome to the 8th Annual Pieathalon! You all know the deal–the Pieathletes send me pre-1990 pie recipes and I randomly assign them to another Pieathlete. We make ’em! Then share ’em! My assignment is courtesy of Dr. Bobb of Dr. Bobb’s Kitschen. He submitted two different recipes and this is the one I chose, fromContinue reading Pieathalon 8: Mahogany Pie (1978) →

Wiener Wednesday: Mexican Franks & Eggs (1965) and Montezuma Bloody Maria (1974)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 02/09/2021 - 4:34am in

We’ve come to the end of the Summer of Franks! And let me tell you, it couldn’t come soon enough. Bring on fall! And bring on dishes that don’t include cylindrical-shaped foods! For the very last Wiener Wednesday, I turned to Click Americana and One-Dish Frankfurter Meals. I was feeling a little spicy, so IContinue reading Wiener Wednesday: Mexican Franks & Eggs (1965) and Montezuma Bloody Maria (1974) →

Going to Man City for the coffee – and the cup

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 29/08/2021 - 10:29pm in


Food, Society

I spotted this appealing story about edible coffee cups – apparently made from an ice cream wafer type material produced so as to withstand the heat – for the first half anyway…. An intriguing, original idea though while BioBite’s slogan may be ‘turn your coffee into a treat’, I confess I’ve never really felt that... Read more

Wiener Wednesday: Hot Dog Round-Up Sandwiches (1983)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 26/08/2021 - 3:41am in



Hello there! After so many weeks of weenies, it’s a surprise that I had not yet featured a dish from this cookbook, the 1983 reissue of Mettja C. Roate’s New Hot Dog Cookbook. I’m in. I want new and exciting ways to make hot dogs! The cover art is a bit of a let downContinue reading Wiener Wednesday: Hot Dog Round-Up Sandwiches (1983) →

Public Health Collaboration

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 25/08/2021 - 7:10am in


Food, Politics, Society

I’m delighted to report that my favourite Cardiologist (I’m sure we all have one…) has created, rather similarly to Independent Sage, an Independent Public Health England. According to the ‘i’ it is called Public Health Collaboration and chaired by cardiologist, Dr Aseem Malhotra – the article in the ‘i’ states: Public Health Collaboration chair Dr... Read more

Brexit just keeps on giving….

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 25/08/2021 - 2:57am in

A recent article in the Grocer points out that further border controls for incoming food and drink will be in place from October onwards. Yes Brexit is still not done. Indeed just a look at the titles of recent articles shows how very fragile food supply chains have become…. The article points out: Of all... Read more