Make the heart of New York a healthy one. Forbes magazine calls those who care about doing what is healthy and right "Food Fascists".
Many of New York’s restaurants and street vendors serve foods loaded with artificial trans fat, the cause of over 30,000 premature coronary heart disease deaths each year in the US. The New York City Department of Health is holding public hearings to consider banning trans fat from restaurants.
Today, Monday, October 30th, from 10am-1pm, at 125 Worth Street, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to show politicians and the restaurant industry that we want to rid our restaurants of these hidden manmade toxins. For directions and details for the hearing, go to www.transfatfreenyc.org.
Trans Fat Free NYC will be holding a public outdoor event to coincide with the hearing. The event will take place in picturesque Thomas Paine Park, directly across from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, from 12pm-2pm on Monday, October 30th.
Trans Fat Free NYC will bring together exciting speakers to educate the public on the dangers of trans fat, as well as the benefits of eating a natural diet. Speakers include:
* NYC Councilmember Peter Vallone, Jr., Chair of the Public Safety Committee * Walter Willett, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health * Anna Lappe, cofounder of Small Planet Institute and the author of Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet * Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest * Earl Ellis, CEO of trans fat free oil company Whole Harvest * David Shea, Chef-Owner of Applewood restaurant * Joshua Rosenthal, Founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Trans Fat Free NYC
Trans Fat Free NYC will present a Trans Freestyle Circle including dancers from New York City's finest b-girl crew Fox Force Five, as well as some of the city’s most dynamic house dancers, with phenomenal music by the legendary DP One of the Turntable Annihilists crew.
Trans Fat Free NYC will be also be giving away delicious trans fat free treats from some of the city’s finest purveyors to prove once and for all: trans fat free tastes just as good. For more details on enjoying a lunch hour of education, demonstration, and celebration, please see TransFatFreeNyc.org.
If you would like to take a very brief moment to let the Board of Health know your thoughts regarding the proposal to limit trans fat (§81.08) or the proposal to have calorie information for fast food restaurants posted on menu boards (§81.50), have Trans Fat Free NYC send a letter for you, just go to www.transfatfreenyc.org.
Please pass this on those you care about. Information from: Jenn Breckenridge, Trans Fat Free NYC Coordinator, via Sugar Shock Blog.
Whole Foods, started in Austin, Texas in 1980, is now the world's largest retailer of natural and organic foods. When my Texas-born father came to NYC to visit in early October, his favorite place to eat was... Whole Foods!!! We made multiple trips to the Whole Foods on Columbus Circle.
I've used their catering services in other cities... glad to pick up the menues here.
Forbes magazine labels those concerned for healthy food "fevered food fascists" and "prissy New York-style food police" in an article, Diet Dictators (October 30 issue) --- the story is
hydrogenated vegetable oils (transfats) and the big issue now is banning their use in NYC restaurants with a hearing on October 30. It is a poisonous apple, this feeding of toxic substances to unsuspecting customers.
Dr. Walter Willett, the Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and an extremely credible source, says: "Trans fat from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is a toxic substance that does not belong in food."
Chicago is considering a similar effort and Forbes calls Chicago a City of Nannies
- the headline of an October 30th article that calls banning trans fats
"putting reins on restaurants." Hold your horses, there.
The use of unhealthy
hydrogenated vegetable oils - trans fats - should be disclosed on
restaurant menus at minimum, considering Americans get 38% of their calories from restaurant food.
The New York City Department of Health says artificial trans fat is an unnecessary and dangerous ingredient in food and New Yorkers are consuming a hazardous, artificial substance without their knowledge or consent.
Two years ago Denmark made it illegal for any food to contain more than 2% trans fat.
As long as you don't know, it can't hurt you, right?
Either Ms. Branch didn't eat an apple a day or the doctor was needed, anyway. Ms. Branch had knee surgery Monday and while helping her out, we both agreed that a trip out of the city to upstate areas for apple picking in October would be a grand idea. We will both go and we'll blog about it. Ms. Branch will be doing a little guest blogging here.
Going apple picking is a huge deal around here. The dental assistant talked about it with more excitement than I've seen anyone here talk about anything. New York is the No. 2 apple-producing state after Washington. According to a Yahoo! News article, early varieties such as Ginger Gold and Paula Red start to come in around the end of August. Most of the New York state's apple-picking begins in September when McIntosh apples ripen. The harvest runs through November. Hudson Valley orchards host thousands of day-trippers from New York City and its suburbs each weekend throughout the fall and information about orchards can be found at the NY Apple Country website.
That old saying about eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away has more than a few grains of truth to it. Eating apples is good for one's health. Studies have shown that eating apples may prevent breast, lung, prostate and other cancers, improve brain function, be good for the heart, helps build bone and is a good food for weight loss/control. Are you a malophile? Book Kitchen used that term in writing that this Saturday is National Eat An Apple Day.
There are so many great restaurants in NYC! Thanks to my friend, M, who has Book:I:Kitchen, a fun culinary blog, I found the link to Wine Sediment's advice for how to become a regular at a restaurant, such as returning frequently, using nice manners (please and thank you), and -- what I find to be MOST important -- getting to know the names of the waiters, maitre d's and chefs. My grandmother taught me that when you can name something, you own it. It is true, whether it is the name of flowers, streets or people. You establish a connection through naming.
The flavor of a place is often something you don't find until you've dined there a few times but the flavor of the people and those who run the establishment is not something you osmos. You have to put a little effort into the relationship, like stirring the garlic in the oil to spread the flavor.
I like to find my favorites and return to them again and again and again. In this way I make the big city small. How to become a regular is good advice.
This is something I have to keep working on. I miss green chiles and I have yet to find a really yummy restaurant that has good northern New Mexican cuisine (even fusionistic would be ok) and Mexican...
There is one place and they have plantains on table with salsa. Where are the corn chips?
When you are used to having a Mexican food fix, this can be a problem and I will keep trying to put together a good list of where to go.
Most interesting item found by this NYC Newbie at the Greenmarket in Union Square: Berkshire Berries
New York City Rooftop Honey and Berkshire Berries Dandelion Jelly.
Mary and David Graves have been producing their own jams, jellies and
maple syrup from their own recipes in their rural haven in Becket,
Mass. Their NYC Rooftop Honey is truly harvested from city bees in
rooftop hives. You can order these items, most of which are
distributed regionally, from their website catalogue.