Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Gold Zombies

July 28, 2011

You cannot eat gold when hungry,

Nor drink strung pearls when thirsty.

                     From “The Clay“, a poem by the Lebanese American poet Elia Abu Madi reminding the self-glorifying rich that they actually share more than what they think with the layman.

Little did he know!

Even a poet’s imagination falls short of appreciating how outrageously decadent humans can be.

From $1000 bagels to $25000 Frozen Haute Chocolate Sundaes,  infusing 23-karate and 24-karate edible gold  leaves into food is giving a whole different meaning to rich taste.

What is next? Drinking strung pearls when they’re thirsty?

In a recent article in Huffington Post, Christopher Cocca suggested that “[The] Church could end poverty, scarcity, sickness and famine without a dime from the rest of the world.”

Yeah dream on! I mean how are then Christian nations  going to pay for their $25000 Frozen Haute Chocolate Sundae?

As far as our poet is concerned, may be Abu Madi can take solace in this:  In  Manhattan, a gold serving restaurant got a dose of poetic justice when the health department had to close the store as the mice somehow developed an expensive  taste for the shiny metal leaves


The mystery of food labels

July 24, 2011

What is on your dinner plate?

Wild-caught salmon or wild salmon?

Free range chicken or cage free chicken?

Are there no nitrites/nitrates in the processed meat you’re eating or is it sodium nitrate/nitrite-free?

Is your bread slice whole wheat or is it made with whole wheat?

If you feel confused, well may be for a good reason. The EWG prepared a list solving  the mysteries and uncovering the chicanery the food corporations are throwing your way.

One has to wonder though: Why is it easier to do algebra than actually decipher food labels? Why do food labels have to be so convoluted that they may as well be written in hieroglyphics or  dictated by Allen Greenspan? Why do they lack transparency more so than the Obama Administration? And why do food corporations get away with it all?

Whatever it is, it is certainly not  because corporations  are known for altruism or they’re inherently a force of good in our lives.


Meatless-less burgers and veggie lies

April 19, 2011

When I became a vegetarian it was a moral decision first and foremost. Life looked more harmonious and peaceful to me that way. 

I felt  much admiration for the magnificent  creatures that ended up on people’s dinner plates and a deep understanding (at least in my opinion) of what life is all about.

Eating meat came to represent the arrogance of our species, the signature of its brutality, the gluttony of its soul,  and the hypocrisy of its culture.

So you can imagine my frustration and feeling of betrayal when one of “our own” supposedly,Vegnews, doctored photos of meat burgers and beef chops and claimed them to be vegetarian meals.

Shame on you. I thought it was  supposed to be all about humility and honesty.