Food & Food Culture


Wed July 16, 2014
Craft Beer

Craft Beer Reaches New Depths As Mainers Brew A Batch From Seaweed

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 10:14 am

A glass of the seaweed beer created by Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. in Belfast, Maine.
Jay Field MPBN

More craft breweries are using exotic ingredients in their creations these days. There are ales made with all kinds of fruit, beers infused with coriander and other spices, stouts brewed with oysters — even beer made from yeast scraped off 35 million-year-old whale bones. But what about a beer made with seaweed?

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Tue July 15, 2014
The Salt

U.S. Customs Seize Giant African Snails Bound For Dinner Plates

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 10:21 am

A single snail from an air cargo shipment of 67 live snails that arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on July 1. Officials said that the 35 pounds of snails arrived from Nigeria along with paperwork stating they were for human consumption.
Greg Bartman AP

Oh no! Snails are getting a bad name in the U.S.

I'm not talking about the delicate garlic-and-butter escargots that the French favor and savor.

It's giant African land snails, also known as Archachatina marginata, banana rasp snails or a number of other names they go by.

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Tue July 15, 2014
The Salt

Will Camu Camu Be The Next Amazonian 'It' Fruit?

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 2:13 pm

Camu camu berries grow wild on trees alongside flooded rivers in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil and Peru.
Ronaldo Rosa Courtesy of EMBRAPA

Editor's Note: Here at The Salt we get a lot of pitches from companies extolling the virtues of a new "superfood."

Recently, a company called Amazon Origins wrote to us about its supplement made with camu camu berry, "the Amazon's latest superfruit." According to Amazon Origins, World Cup fans were discovering the berry in Brazil and getting hooked. Camu camu, they claimed, would soon dethrone açai — another Amazonian berry that's earned a place in the crowded U.S. health food market.

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Tue July 15, 2014
The Salt

Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 10:51 am

A model of General Electric's automatic calorie counter, fitted over a plate of food.
Courtesy of GE

Part of losing weight boils down to making tweaks to the simple equation of calories in versus calories out.

Americans spend over $60 billion a year on diet and weight loss products, according to market research, but the weight often comes right back. That may be because it's such a hassle to count calories — tracking everything you order or cook at home.

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Mon July 14, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Teriyaki Tofu Burger From Gabutto Burger

"Slightly healthy."

Here at Sandwich Monday, we love exploring the many varied cuisines of the world. So when we found ourselves in the food court of the Mitsuwa Marketplace Japanese supermarket just outside Chicago, we went directly for the burger stand, Gabutto Burger.

We ordered the Tofu Burger, marinated in teriyaki and deep-fried, which the menu describes as "slightly healthy."

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