Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Food Day: Seasons Eatings

Happy food day all. Lots of stories about cookies and chocolate and gift giving, probably because it's almost Christmas.

Getting past that, here are some stories of interest for a health conscious Jewish boy such as myself:

So you're ready to move past the box: The LA Times has a very interesting article about the process of becoming a Sommelier. Not only is this process very difficult, requiring the passing of several tests (the final exam has a 97% failure rate!), it's also fairly pricey.

However, a top sommelier job in LA will pay around $100,000.

So again, I'll plead...Agatha, take the damn exam!

With a name like that: How can you go wrong with a fruit called Yumberry? Seriously? The NYT food section reports that Yumberry, a fruit popular in China for the past seven thousand years, will be available here in the U.S. in juice form.

The juice is purplish, and has a sweet-tart flavor, akin to, "a lighter version of pomegranate or mulberry" and is loaded with antioxidant compounds.

Fruit of my youth: I get a little sentimental when I think about grapefruit. My grandfather had a ruby red tree in his back yard, and there's nothing like being about to walk outside and pick those things right off the tree. It also made the yard smell incredible.

Even if you don't have a tree to pick from, you can probably get them at your local grocery store. The Miami Herald has some great ideas of what to do with them, aside from eating them with a couple spoon fulls of sugar.

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