Alicia's Food For Thought

Food Matters
January 8, 2010, 6:47 PM
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Hi readers,

Just got into NYC this morning and am heading to Istanbul, Turkey tomorrow afternoon! Super excited but my sleep schedule is already messed up!

While waiting for my flight tomorrow, I’m going to be watching this:

Enjoy the trailer! I will write a review when I get back from Turkey. BTW, my research paper in Turkey is going to be about the Halal diet so look forward to a post about that too!

So happy school is starting up again, but will be sad that there are so many of my friends missing studying abroad! :(


Alicia Kim
Food for Thought Resident Assistant


Super Chef Battle – Eating Locally

Hi readers,

Welcome to my first Food for Thought post for the 2010 year! I hope you are all starting off the new year/decade well. It is now day 4 of me not eating any meat (I still can eat fish – could not give up my sushi!). My mom is having a really hard time coming up with things for me to eat since I’m home over winter break. I will be leaving to NYC on Thursday however, and then going to Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday, January 9th. I am so excited to go to Turkey and to eat the food! (I’m sure I’ll be able to find plenty of veggie options.)

Anyways, if any of you are Food Network fans (which you all should be!), I’m sure you’ve been hearing some media buzz between Scripps Networks and Cablevision. I suggest following Food Network on twitter to hear more updates about the negotiation. I feel bad for my friends back in NYC that were unable to watch the Super Chef Battle yesterday, but luckily I was able to watch it at home in CA.

I really loved the message behind the show, and really applaud Michelle Obama for creating a program around the White House Garden. You can read my previous post about the article from The New York Times here. And you can also read more about the White House Garden on the Food Network website here. PS Michelle Obama: If you were ever looking for a coordinator/marketer or whatever for your Healthy Kids program… I am all yours!

I don’t think I’ve heard the word “local” used so many times during a Food Network program and it is great they are supporting local farms/farmers. Definitely up my alley! I really think I ended up rooting for Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali’s team although I thought White House Executive Chef Comerford looked pretty darn fierce in the kitchen. All the food looked amazing in the end and I’m sure it tasted even better because it was created using local ingredients.

The fact that the White House has a garden makes me really envious of the fact that they can eat food seasonally and cook food from their own backyard. There isn’t a garden in my residence hall at NYU… maybe that is something I can ask Therese/Travis about when I get back from winter break – something that could go into the Carlyle Courtyard? That probably needs to go on the list of things I need to advocate for over the summer. I’m planning on getting NYU Campus Cash accepted at the Green Market (Thanks BDUB for the idea).I’ve sent an email in already, but they have yet to get back to me! Typical NYU.

*Side Note: I’ve actually seen Mario Batali and Bobby Flay in real life in NYC! Sophomore year, I was walking by Mario’s restaurant Babbo with Alyssa (we were on our way babysitting) and he was talking outside with a man. I think I bugged out on Alyssa and was like, “DO YOU KNOW WHO WE JUST WALKED BY???” and yes, he was wearing his signature orange Crocs. I saw Bobby Flay this past summer on 5th Avenue near his restaurant Mesa Grill. He was talking on his cell phone and seemed to be on an important errand. I’m sure if my Food Network internship supervisors read this they will laugh out loud and realize how much of a fanatic I’ve always been of Food Network. :)

Back to the Super Chef Battle, it really reminded me of the book I am currently reading called  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingslover. The name probably rings a bell to my high school buddies –  we read her book Animal Dreams for AP Lit Senior year. The basic synopsis of the book is Kingslover and the rest of her family commit to eating only what they can grow out of their garden, and what they can’t grow themselves, they will buy from other local farmers/their neighbors. So far I’ve really enjoyed the book and I really REALLY want to work on a farm now (My other summer project). It was great articles from outside sources included and her daughter also has a couple excerpts with some recipes. They also have a website you can check out here.

Like Michael Pollan, Barbara Kingslover also points out how we, as a country, have lost so much knowledge about where our food comes from since the industrial revolution. I can be the first to admit how uneducated I am when it comes to how to cultivate, farm, nurture food. The migration from rural to urban has really caused such a loss in our culture when it comes to food, and I really want to become acquainted with it. I’m really looking forward to going back to school and getting food from the green market and I’m going to be experimenting with some recipes… probably will burn a lot of things and also not like the taste of a lot of things but this is the only way I’m going to learn.

I’m going to commit to you, reader, that I will vlog (video blog) about my adventures/research at least once a month during the school year and then vlog twice a month during the summer months. I will try to consolidate my research in the most concise way possible so we can both learn more about where our food comes from.

Next post I’m going to write about is a film review about The Future of Food (Thanks again for the tip BDUB!) which you can watch on Hulu for free right now.

So until next time, good (and local!) eats!

Alicia Kim
Food for Thought Resident Assistant