Food & Food Culture


Mon February 11, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: Mountain Dew A.M.

They're not kidding.

Look, I know this isn't a sandwich. And it barely even qualifies under the Sandwich Draft Principle. But when we heard Taco Bell was selling something called Mountain Dew A.M. — Mountain Dew mixed with Orange Juice, as a breakfast drink — we felt duty-bound to drink it.

Eva: It's hard to tell if mixing Mountain Dew and Orange Juice together ruins the Mountain Dew, or the Orange Juice, or my entire day.

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Mon February 11, 2013
Under The Label: Sustainable Seafood

Is Sustainable-Labeled Seafood Really Sustainable?

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 11:19 am

Capt. Art Gaeten holds a blue shark that was caught during a research trip in Nova Scotia. Scientists are studying the impact of swordfish fishing methods on the shark population.
Dean Casavechia for NPR

Part one of a three-part series by Daniel Zwerdling and Margot Williams.

Rebecca Weel pushes a baby stroller with her 18-month-old up to the seafood case at Whole Foods, near ground zero in New York. As she peers at shiny fillets of salmon, halibut and Chilean sea bass labeled "certified sustainable," Weel believes that if she purchases this seafood, she will help protect the world's oceans from overfishing.

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Mon February 11, 2013
The Salt

Icelandic Herring Had A Tough Winter, But There's Still Herring Ice Cream

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 9:34 am

Lack of oxygen probably caused this mass herring die-off on Feb. 3 in an Icelandic fjord.
Brynjar Gauti AP

Icelandic herring have been having a very bad winter. But that may be just a blip in the fish's reinvention as a trendy Nordic nosh.

On Feb. 1, an estimated 22,000 tons of herring were found dead in West Iceland's Kolgrafafjordur fjord. Even more fish — as much as 30,000 tons — were found floating in the same shallow fjord last December.

According to Gudmundur Oskarsson, a senior scientist at Iceland's Marine Research Institute, this accounts for about one-eighth of the total population of Icelandic herring.

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Mon February 11, 2013
The Salt

Gastro-Nomics: Hunting for A Good Meal In Puerto Rico

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 1:27 pm

You'd think tropical fruit would be everywhere on a Caribbean island. But we had to search fairly hard to find these beauties.
Coburn Dukehart NPR

To be clear, the trip I took a couple of weeks ago to Puerto Rico with an NPR team was not about food. We headed down to the island to report on the economic and crime troubles that are driving people off the island and to Florida in record numbers. And though we did tons of advance research about census figures and crime statistics, none of us really looked up good places to eat.

In a tropical, Latin land, we assumed we'd be practically stumbling over savory local meals and exotic fruits.

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Mon February 11, 2013
Around the Nation

Romance Can Be Tricky For Fortune Cookie Messages

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 9:41 am



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