When it comes to culture, we’re interested in lots of it… music, art, sport, and most of all, food.
Here’s what we’re into this week:
1) Why Restaurants Now Pay Attention to Kids’ Menus | Bon Appetit
French fries, pasta, and chicken nuggets have long been staples of the standard “kids’ menu,” but restaurant chefs are finally starting to make a shift. Tony Maws shares his view as a chef and parent; he believes that by creating menus for children that contain similar ingredients to those on the adult menus, kids will start learning how to make healthy decisions early on. We have to say we happily agree.
2) How Giving Up Refined Sugar Changed My Brain | Fast Company
Refined sugar is in almost everything we consume on a daily basis; from soda, to “low fat” packaged snacks, to yogurt. So, what happens when you cut it out, cold turkey? Writer Michael Grothaus was cautioned by his doctor on the detrimental effects of a high refined sugar intake, something that can’t necessarily be read by a scale. So he embarked on a journey of removing all refined sugars from his diet; after a long two weeks, he found that not only did he lose weight, but his brain functioned better in many ways.
3) Beyond the Label | Bon Appetit
Twinkies, Cheetos, Doritos; we all snack on them, but do we really know what they are made of? Photographer Dwight Eschilman paired up with author Steve Ettlinger to pull together images and research creating their new book, Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products, which delves into the makeup of the processed foods we eat.
4) ‘The Roots of Organic Farming on Campus’ | New York Times
If the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz offered an actual degree in sustainable agriculture, it would arguably have the most graduates in the country overnight. Mark Bittman explores the innovative six-month apprenticeship program offered there and talks with the program’s executive director about the army of educated farming enthusiasts emerging from its grounds.
Summer might be on its way out, but that doesn’t mean we’re calling it a day on outdoor activities. Let’s spend this Saturday, September 19th with Capital Bikeshare at Yards Park as the bike-sharing biz celebrates its 5th birthday. Not only will there be a free outdoor screening of “Breaking Away” at 7pm; Bikeshare members will also receive a number of discounts just by showing their key fob.