This week Good Food put together a long “bucket list” for foodies in Australia. Apart from great dining locations, the list features some amazing experiences that include food from all around the country. Be sure to check out the comments and the many contributions using #foodiebucketlist on Twitter!
The winners of this London-based food photography competition were announced last Thursday. A gallery of all finalists is available online and is a real feast for the eyes. The photos span not just food, but the people and places from which it originates. Personally I love the “Food in the Street” category.
Via @NotQuiteNigella.Original Photo: Craig Lee.
The Wall Street Journal interviews Cecilia Chiang, a pioneer of Chinese food in America. Chiang will receive a well-deserved lifetime achievement award from the James Beard Foundation next month for her contribution to Chinese cuisine in the US. My only criticism of this interview is I wish it was longer! It was interesting to hear why Chiang feels Chinese food is being held-back today: because the top chefs are not paid well enough relative to what they can earn in China. I do feel Chinese restaurants still have some preconceptions to overcome to compete at the fine-dining level in Western countries. It’s hard enough keeping top restaurants afloat without your diners having a set idea of what Chinese food should cost!
This is why serious competitions use blind tasting. The Guardian reports that a cut-price gin from Aldi won a silver medal at the International Spirits Challenge 2013, beating out several more-prestigious rivals. You can have a bottle of the award-winning Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin for less than £10 at UK Aldi stores! So next time remember: don’t judge a gin by its bottle.Original Photo: Max Silvestri
The idea of an ocean cruise is, in my mind, scary enough. But how about one themed around popular cooking show Top Chef? Max Silvestri from Eater braved the four day adventure around the Gulf of Mexico and relates his experience in entertaining fashion. From the sound of it the cruise was enjoyable enough, but the Top Chef angle appeared to be a gimmick rather than anything substantive. For the former contestants that came along, in fact, it sounded more like an ordeal than a holiday!