Category Archives: Food Culture

Food Report: Sakura Season 2014, Part 3

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I didn’t mean to turn this blog into a tribute to cake and sakura sweets, and yet here we are with another sakura pop-culture chain-food post. I do have a curried stew recipe in the works, and I swear it’s sugar free.

Back to that sakura food for a moment: one of my readers alerted me to McDonald’s sakura burger a few posts back, and I’d be remiss not to share this fast-food phenomenon.

Image courtesy of Super Happy Awesome

Image courtesy of Super Happy Awesome

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Food Report: Sakura Season 2014, Part 2

Part 1 here.

At the risk of being all doughnuts all the time lately: While Mister Donut may not be bringing back the sakura donut for 2014, Krispy Kreme is! (But only until March 31, so  you’ll have to hurry!)

Image via Krispy Kreme.

Image via Krispy Kreme.

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Food Report: Sakura Season 2014

Part 2

First, I’m very jealous of you all in Japan enjoying or about to enjoy the sakura food! I like to follow food trends, so, for posterity, here are some foods from cherry-blossom season 2014. Most of these are from international brands and chains that localize their products for Japan.

Delicious yae-zakura (八重桜) Photo: マリマリ on Wikipedia.

Delicious (too) fresh yae-zakura (八重桜) Photo: マリマリ on Wikipedia.

Just a heads up: I’m not sponsored or compensated by any of these brands (or any brands at all), so if you’re reading my review of a product, it’s either my opinion or FOR SCIENCE.

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Bainbridge Organic Distillers

After an ad in The Stranger peaked our interest for Bainbridge Organic Distillers, we finally had a chance to visit the distillery on Bainbridge Island a couple weeks ago. Up until my visit, I don’t think I had ever had vodka or gin straight and enjoyed it. “Common knowledge” holds that gin is gross on its own, and as a friend put it, “doesn’t vodka taste like burn-y water?” (For more on good gin and how to enjoy it, check out “Banish the Tonic: Why to Drink Straight Gin.”)

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That’s Mr. IPA to You: Making Sense of Responses to “Mouth-Raper IPA”

Warning: I’m going to write the word rape so many times it’s going to not sound like a word anymore. Also, there will be some discussion of beerbro comments and attitudes about rape culture.

Image via RateBeer.com

Image via RateBeer.com

If you’ve been following my social media, especially twitter, lately, you’ve seen the Rebecca Rose piece “Dude, ‘Mouth Raper’ Is Not What You Should Call Your Beer” on Jezebel, in which Rose recaps Beervana’s piece on Hop Valley’s “Mr. IPA” and whether the beer is actually called “MR IPA,” as in “Mouth-Raper IPA”; or “Mr IPA,” as in “Mister IPA, old sport.”

Hop Valley finally responded yesterday (17 Jan. 2014) to say that the proper name was “Mr. IPA”:

"We have a series of draft beers named Mr. Orange, Mr. Black and Mr. IPA. It has come to our attention that an urban myth and street name has emerged surrounding Mr. IPA. We take this very seriously and are sensitive to these issues. Accordingly, we have pulled the product and are instructing our distributors to replace any remaining kegs with other offerings. We apologize for any harm or misunderstandings this has created."

Text: “We have a series of draft beers named Mr. Orange, Mr. Black and Mr. IPA. It has come to our attention that an urban myth and street name has emerged surrounding Mr. IPA. We take this very seriously and are sensitive to these issues. Accordingly, we have pulled the product and are instructing our distributors to replace any remaining kegs with other offerings. We apologize for any harm or misunderstandings this has created.”

While the apology and action to correct the issue are appreciated, there are several points in this case to consider: Hop Valley’s slowness to act and uphold its online reputation, Beermongers’ (a Portland bar) attitude of patriarchal nonchalance, and the overall “boy’s club” attitude that exists not only in craft beer, but in gaming, academia, geekery, STEM, and anywhere that women are perceived as “lesser” consumers and producers.

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Image via Powerful Yogurt. No, this is really on their "about" page.

Brogurt, “Check-Out Shame,” and Other Tales of Pointlessly Gendered Food

Today’s adventure in  Pointlessly Gendered Products  and the People Who Sell Them is brought to you by the Wall Street Journal via Anne Marie Chaker’s piece “Groceries Become a Guy Thing: As Men Shop More, Packaging Aims to Win Them Over; ‘Inner Abs’ Appeal” (16 Oct. 2013).

Can cookies, whole-grain bread and frozen yogurt be manly? Food makers are changing their products to signal, quietly, to men that they should eat them. Anne Marie Chaker and father of three Jeremy Alinder discuss.

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Source unknown.

First of all, I wasn’t aware that the proper bread- and delicious frozen treats sections of the grocery were barred off from anyone on account of their gender identity/expression (even though we know the reporter is really talking about cisgendered straight-identified men who are probably also white, middle-class, and able-bodied for good measure, because “default”). By “discuss,” Chaker means “shame a father of three who seems like a decent guy into saying that somehow gender plays into food when he basically tells her the opposite.”

Let’s get ready to rumble!

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“The Boys Club with Also Some Icky Girls in It Ew Gross This Club is Hereby Disbanded.”

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For some on-point snark about women being left out of narratives about chefs and restaurants, check out “Amanda Cohen on Time Magazine and Female Chefs” on Eater.

Choice quotes:

The most boring story in the food world is this one: magazine puts together a list of the most important/best/most influential chefs, which doesn’t include any women. Or it drops in one as a token, and people react with incredulity and/or outrage. An editor of a magazine does an interview to say that they are not to be blamed, they are simply holding a mirror up to nature, just like Shakespeare. Even I’m bored of this cycle.

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Mister Donuts' Jack-o-Lantern Hello Kitty Pumpkin

Mister Donuts Halloween Donuts 2013

Last year’s Halloween-themed pumpkin-flavored Mister Donuts doughnuts were delicious. This year, they’ve added a ghost and Hello Kitty shapes, and it appears that the batter is normal but the icing is kabocha-chocolate flavored.

Mister Donut Hallowe3n Doughnuts 2013

Mister Donut Hallowe3n Doughnuts 2013

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