Is this still good: blog posts that passed our smell test

July 19, 2011|By Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

These posts and articles were interesting when I starred them. Now I'm not so sure. What do you think? Hey, if you send an email to I'll put you in my Google Plus Baltimore Diner Circle and then you can see these fun and intersting articles when they're at their peak. Of course you'll have to sign up for Google Plus. If you're so inclined, please put Google Plus Baltimore Diner Circle in the subject line. (This is something you have to tell Millennials.)

A few good trend pieces:

Nation's Restaurant News tells how restaurants can cater to the tastes and habits of the Millennial generation, ages 16 to 34, a group that likes to snack, eat out a lot and socialize, according to a new consumer research report titled" Deciphering the Enigma Generation.” Nation’s Restaurant News. I just want them to use the subject lines in emails. 

How restaurant remodeling pays off, also from Nation's Restaurant News, an industry site

The Wall Street Journal on two Los Angeles purveyors of "what is frequently described as "dude food, the kind of indulgent, meaty fare favored by hungry, bearded, shorts-and-baseball-cap wearing young dudes..."

Food Trucks continue to make news:

Kim Severson in the New York Times Review on how different cities are trying to regulate the progress of food trucks. There are folks in my own newsroom pod who disagree with me, but I think that Baltimore, right now, has one of the most progressive food-truck policies of any major city in North America. At least, we're in an era of good feelings.

An editorial in the New York Times doesn't quite say that food trucks were cool up until the moment when you noticed them but that's how you might take it.

Minx Eats had a full report from the Gathering, the July 8 food-truck rally (I told you some of these links were old

Closer to home:

Eli reviewed Prigel Family Creamery in Glen Arm on Adventures of a Koodie (Actually, he reviewed it for the creepily named but not sinister -- or is it?? -- Cool Progeny site.

A review of the GrrChe, the gourmet grilled cheese food truck, on the Taste of Baltimore site

A review of the Crate & Barrel's Chesapeake Bay Crab Mix on Serious Eats that neglects to mention, even in passing, how important one's choice of crab meat is to any recipe.

Food health and safety:

Borrowing from Ring Posts: the food industry abandoned its ill-fitting face role and returned to playing heel again. Bristling at the government's attempts to restrain its marketing to children, the food giants promised to self-regulate, and attempted to put the Federal Trade Commission into its finishing move, the millions-of-jobs-airplane-spin. Media observers hissed and booed, including:

William Neuman in the New York Times

Eddie Gehman Cohan has a great piece on Obama Foodorama about how the food industry's efforts were being coordinated by Anita Dunn, Obama's former White House Communications Director. The group was evilly calling itself the under the Sensible Food Policy Coalition.  

Also, drinking 8 glasses of water a day is nonsense, Eater reports

And there was a commentary in the July 13 JAMA that appeared to equate childhood obesity with child abuse, or some people thought so. I'm still trying to get my hands on the full text. Scientific American reported on the piece by scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Restaurant chains unveiled their One Healthy Meal campaign promising healthier meals for children, as reported on in Food Safety News and found wanting by the Center for Science in the Public Interest


Harry Potter-themed cakes on Cake Wrecks, a website usually devoted to atrociously executed professional cakes. But I think the website is saying that these ones are cool. I think.

Adam Roberts tells you the 10 things you're doing wrong hosting a dinner party on the Amateur Gourmet -- No. 8 : Pointing out everything that's wrong

Subway is featuring a pulled pork sandwich, for a limited time only.

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