Food & Food Culture


Wed October 22, 2014
The Salt

Glow-In-The-Dark Treats To Light Up Your Halloween

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 4:35 pm

Glowing tapioca pearls accompanied by spiders (made of chocolate drizzle), just in time for Halloween, by Luma Bites
Martina Zupanic Luma Bites

This Halloween, what better way to one-up your friends than mixing up some batter, swapping out your light bulbs for ultraviolet replacements, and showing off some glowing baked goods?

And, if you follow the advice of Steven Johnson and Martina Zupanic, these treats won't leave you feeling regretful the next day about your eating choices.

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Wed October 22, 2014
The Salt

More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 2:30 pm

The homeless and others in need enjoy lunch at the Los Angeles Mission on Nov. 23, 2011, in celebration of Thanksgiving. Legislation to ban organizations from serving food to homeless people in public places has been proposed in Los Angeles.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

If you don't have a place to live, getting enough to eat clearly may be a struggle. And since homelessness in the U.S. isn't going away and is even rising in some cities, more charitable groups and individuals have been stepping up the past few years to share food with these vulnerable folks in their communities.

But just as more people reach out to help, cities are biting back at those hands feeding the homeless.

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Tue October 21, 2014
The Salt

From NFL To 'Scandal,' Whole Foods Buys TV Ads To Boost Its Brand

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 2:34 pm

Whole Foods' new ad campaign is part of its effort to brand itself as America's Healthiest Grocery Store.
Whole Foods youtube

If you tune into Game 1 of the World Series tonight, you may catch this ad for Whole Foods Market.

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Tue October 21, 2014
The Salt

Can Hand-Cut, Artisanal Ice Make Your Cocktail That Much Better?

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 2:41 pm

Joe Ambrose of Favourite Ice holds one of his crystal-clear artisanal cubes.
Jessica Sidman Washington City Paper

Now that we've entered the "craft cocktail" era, drinks with double-digit price tags are just par for the course. And in many cities, there's a decent chance that your fancy craft drink now comes with a large, crystal-clear cube or rectangle that melts unhurriedly in your glass. That's right: Artisanal ice is a thing.

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Mon October 20, 2014
The Salt

Climate Change Has Coffee Growers In Haiti Seeking Higher Ground

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:57 pm

A Haitian woman holds cherries from a coffee tree. Haiti's coffee trade was once a flourishing industry, but it has been crippled by decades of deforestation, political chaos and now, climate change.
Patrick Farrell MCT /Landov

Haiti once produced half the world's coffee. The lush, shade-covered mountainsides provided an ideal environment for imported Arabica trees.

Today, Haitian coffee barely registers in global surveys. Trade embargoes, deforestation and the rise of global coffee powerhouses such as Brazil and Indonesia are just a few of the reasons. And now, there's climate change.

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