Cuban Sandwich a La Flay

Right down the street from me, a Throwdown is shaping up. Bobby Flay is challenging Nick Vazquez, owner of Azucar, a popular Cuban eatery in the Newport section of Jersey City, across from downtown Manhattan.

Cuban Sandwich by Azucar. Image by Azucar, via Grub Street

From New York magazine’s Grub Street:

Jersey City has been getting some love from New Yorkers lately. A new sweets truck appeared outside of the Whitney Biennial, Robert Sietsema recently praised South Indian restaurant Sapthagiri, and now we’re told Bobby Flay paid a visit to Newport Cuban joint Azucar for a Cuban-sandwich Throwdown that airs on the Food Network next Wednesday. So why cubanos in Jersey City and not Miami?

Azucar’s chef-owner, Cuban-born Nick Vazquez, tells us that indeed, Flay originally wanted to fly his crew to Miami, but a Food Network producer who happened to be a regular at Azucar convinced him to keep it local.

There’s more…

A Silent Tsunami

Food aid is now at its lowest in 20 years:

Tens of millions of the world’s poor will have their food rations cut or cancelled in the next few weeks because rich countries have slashed aid funding.

The result, says Josette Sheeran, head of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), could be the “loss of a generation” of children to malnutrition, food riots and political destabilisation. “We are facing a silent tsunami,” said Sheeran in an exclusive interview with the Observer. “A humanitarian disaster is unrolling.” The WFP feeds nearly 100 million people a year.

When will we stop reading about this kind of misery?

Normal Eating Explained

What is Normal Eating?

I am a foodie and proud of it.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve adjusted my eating habits. Gone are the days when I could eat anything, and in any quantity, without it showing around my midsection. That privilege left me around the 35 year old mark.

I gave up soda, most red meat and fast foods. Also any ingredient on a label that had more than a dozen consonants or that I could not easily pronounce. Corn fructose syrup? Out! Organic anything? In! I love fruit and I eat it often. Veggies are also a welcome.

My main problem seems to be the quantity rather than the quality of the food. Sometimes — and I must emphasize sometimes — I find it hard to say no to a second home-made biscuit. If the first one was so delish, wouldn’t a second one be delisher? The answer is YES! according to my brain.

Which brings me to an article I read earlier on a site that is dedicated to the study of the brain: PsycheCentral, one of Time’s 50 Best Websites for 2008.

The article tries to answer the question What is Normal Eating? I’ve asked myself the same question at least a half-dozen occasions in my lifetime. Well, at least in the post-35 time of my life.

According to Ellyn Satter, an expert on eating and feeding quoted in the article:

“Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it—not just stop eating because you think you should. Normal eating is being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food, but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food. Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy, sad or bored, or just because it feels good.

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Mark your “Canlendars”

Image by Society for Design Administration/Canstruction
Image by Society for Design Administration/Canstruction

Canstruction is coming soon to:

the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center, 220 Vesey Street and the West Side Highway. All structures will be on view from November 12 – November 22, from 7am – 11pm. The exhibition will be open Monday through Sunday.

What is Canstruction, you ask?

Canstruction® is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors and students they mentor, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition all of the food from the New York City competition will be donated to City Harvest.

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