Thursday, September 11, 2008

CHG Favorites of the Week

Food Blog of the Week
One Dollar Diet Project
Definitely check this one out. Christopher and Kerri are two American social justice teachers attempting to survive on $1 worth of food per day (each), for an entire month. Since billions (not millions) around the world live on less, you’d think it wouldn’t be such a big deal. Think again. Today is Day 10, and Christopher has already dropped seven pounds. (Thanks to Epi-Log for the link.)

Food Comedy of the Week
“Corn Chowder” from Human Giant
Many, many years ago, in the back room of a darkened Chelsea theater in New York City, I got to watch the men of this sketch (minus Aziz Ansari) perform in an improv group called Respecto Montalban. Without exaggeration, it was the 20 funniest minutes I’ve ever seen live. I wouldn’t shut up about it for weeks. Now, they have their own gig on MTV, and the big guy (Rob Riggle) is a regular on The Daily Show. There is justice in this world. (Rated PG-13 for language.)

Food Find of the Week
Pop vs. Soda map
Forget ethanol, Iraq, and what kind of animal you'd rather put lipstick on. There is no argument more hostile in this great nation than “soda” vs. “pop." In this meticulous map, we see where, geographically speaking, the sides stand. (Thanks to my friend Dan for the link.)

Food Organization of the Week
ONE Campaign/Encinitas Community Resource Center
The folks attempting the aforementioned One Dollar Diet Project aren’t doing it for kicks (hopefully). Oh, no – any money they raise goes directly back to their communities, both local and global. If you dig Kerri and Christopher’s efforts, check out their sponsored charities.

Food Quote of the Week
“I have no hostility to nature, but a child's love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.” - Emerson

Food Video of the Week
The Vegetable Orchestra
Okay, this is ten kinds of neat before you even get to the carrot clarinet. (Clarrotnet?) After that, it’s merely incredible. In their words: “Worldwide one of a kind, the Vegetable Orchestra performs on instruments made of fresh vegetables. The utilization of various ever refined vegetable instruments creates a musically and aesthetically unique sound universe.”

Totally Unrelated, Extra-Special Bonus of the Week
The opening to Woody Allen’s Manhattan
In memory.


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