December 5, 2013 |
China already consumes half the world's pork. But to ensure it has a steady supply of hogs, it's struck a deal with Britain to import $73.5 million worth of premium pig semen. The agreement was brokered with the help of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who just completed a three-day visit to China. “We're doing all we can to ensure that businesses up and down the country reap the rewards from our relationship with China. And that includes our pig farmers,” said a statement from Cameron's office, according to the Financial Times . “This new deal to export pig semen will mean Britain's best pigs will help sustain the largest pig population in the world.” The pig semen, both frozen and fresh, will reportedly be flown in starting early next year.
October 23, 2013 |
The number 168 sounds a little like a phrase meaning "fortune forever" when you say it in Mandarin, which is why the San Gabriel Valley is littered with establishments named things like 168 Market and 168 Garden. In Old Town Pasadena, 168 is a fusion restaurant in the patio where Villa Sorriso used to be, which is to say it serves populist, if routine, takes on California rolls, gyoza , kurobuta ramen, miso cod and Thai fried rice, accompanied by imaginative, if watery, soju-based cocktails.
October 13, 2013 |
We Americans like to think of ourselves as animal lovers. But is this claim true? One way to answer this question is to follow the money. According to government, industry and interest group stats, we spend about $50 billion on our pets annually and donate another $6 billion to animal-related and environmental charities. This sounds like a lot until you compare it to the amount we collectively devote to killing members of other species: $72 billion on hunting and fishing, $60 billion on animal research and $240 billion on meat, poultry and seafood.
July 20, 2013 |
On summer nights, who doesn't love a beer garden? Sitting outside at long communal tables, tucking into juicy sausages, hoisting a stein of beer. Though you can now buy your own traditional beer garden tables and benches, somehow having six or eight people in your backyard doesn't a beer garden make. You need a boisterous crowd. Draft beers in big mugs. Sausages and wursts. Definitely fries or slaw. Strings of lights. Maybe an oompah band. Standard Biergarten You can't beat the campy rooftop Biergarten of the Standard hote l at 5th and Flower for its wide-angle view of downtown skyscrapers.
May 30, 2013 |
Food and volunteers continue to arrive in Moore, Okla., where last week's tornado killed 24 people and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes. Volunteers nationwide have packaged and sent essentials such as lentils, rice and dehydrated vegetables and pallets of water. They've sent paper goods and diapers and blankets. But some folks showed up at the storm-ravaged region with one thing on their minds: barbecue - for the tornado victims, for first responders, for just about anyone who was hungry.
May 30, 2013 |
Of course you are familiar with the phrase “bring home the bacon,” but did you know it now has an international meaning? Seems that a Chinese meat processing company has agreed to pay $4.7 billion to buy Smithfield Foods Inc., a U.S. firm that is the world's largest pork producer. As my colleagues Ken Bensinger and Tiffany Hsu wrote Wednesday: The deal, the largest-ever purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm, underscores the rapidly evolving taste of China's growing middle class, which is demanding more high-quality protein in a nation that has been beset by food safety scares.