Tag: Food

Eola General

Eola General

Today I got a chance to experience the soft opening of the Eola General that was once the Handy Pantry. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was a fantastic experience. I purposely arrived on an empty stomach to hopefully try something that would…

Whole Foods Market Halts GMO Labeling Promise

Whole Foods Market Halts GMO Labeling Promise

Five years ago, Whole Foods Market announced they would require brands to inform consumers of the presence of GMOs by mandatory labeling on food packaging. Unfortunately, the health-food chain has put the mandatory GMO labeling program deadline of September 2018 on pause. I am hoping…

Tasty Classic Guacamole

Tasty Classic Guacamole

Sublime Lip-Smacking Summer Dish

Photo By Xavier Lee

Recipe By Charles Brockman

We all love and enjoy the taste of guacamole, but there is nothing that beats fresh homemade guacamole made within minutes. The ingredients are basic but it’s the technique that can make a world of difference.

You just can’t go wrong with serving this guacamole at your next spring or summer party. Store-bought just doesn’t come close to homemade quality filled with all the classic flavors that make guacamole a party staple.

ACTIVE TIME: 15-20 MINS

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons white onion, minced

3 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped, plus 2 tablespoons

4 teaspoons jalapeño seeded, removed ribs, and minced

1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt

3 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed

3 hass avocados, halved and pitted

2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced

DIRECTIONS

1. In a mortar & pestle crush onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and salt until liquefied with no big chunks. Add lime juice to mortar and then crush until completely combined.

2. In a medium prep bowl, mash avocados until slightly lumpy. DO NOT OVER MASH.

3. Gently stir in crushed ingredients from mortar. Add diced tomatoes, then stir in remaining chopped cilantro. Serve with your favorite tortilla or corn chips.

BONUS | Guacamole Spread

Follow step one, mash avocados until completely smooth using a potato masher. Gently stir in chopped cilantro and plum tomatoes. Spread on breakfast toast or a favorite summer sandwich.

Originally published in the premiere issue of Organicboi Magazine.

R.I.P. Wild Oats

R.I.P. Wild Oats

Wild Oats, Walmart’s low-cost organic food brand will soon vanish from the retailers shelves. Which is no surprise to me as most Walmart consumers are probably not thinking of purchasing organic, but just to keep food on the table to feed their families. Low income…

Chef at Work

Chef at Work

Brian Collaro, a prepared foods coordinator at Whole Foods Market Altamonte Springs explains the features of the prepared foods department or what this location calls “Chef at Work”.  This is one of my favorite departments, especially after a long day of work and I don’t…

Why America Needs A Sugar Tax.

Why America Needs A Sugar Tax.

 There is no debating about whether America has a problem with diabetes & heart disease. Now, whether sugar is the cause for such high rates of these particular health problems is questionable. The topic of having a sugar tax seems to be picking up steam, but no one likes the term tax, especially when the term is a clear indication of government involvement.

Normally I wouldn’t support yet another tax, but I do think by implementing a sugar tax consumers will think twice about purchasing such vast amounts of sugary drinks. I’ve worked in the supermarket industry for years and still today I’m blown away how often and how many people consume not just soda, but juices that are marketed as healthy with 40 grams of sugar or more.

Some consumers go as far as pairing a sugary drink with a doughnut every morning adding more grams of sugar per day. I start to ask myself just where does this cycle stop, and at what point did we become like zombies, that seem to be nearly on a sugar-ONLY diet.

Unfortunately, there is no current bar or regulation stating the recommended daily amount of sugar one should consume. Public health organizations like the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association both seem to agree that “added sugars” is what we should limit and consume more of naturally occurring sugars that are found in foods such as fruit and milk. Sugary drinks are not the only root cause of consumers gathering piles & piles of sugar daily. There are so many sugary products on the market such as cakes, cookies, ice cream, candy, and the list can go on and one. I’m not in any way implying don’t consume any of these foods at all but just monitor intake of added sugars.

I know some will look at the “Sugar Tax” as some sort of punishment, but that is not the intention of this surcharge. We have a major problem in our society that needs to be settled. I don’t want to see my generation or any generation dying so young, because of something we can fix by educating our society about health & nutrition.

5 Holiday Savings on Sustainable Brands

5 Holiday Savings on Sustainable Brands

The holiday season can be very expensive if you are not finding the best deals purchasing food to entertain your guests. Don’t worry, weekly during the most wonderful time of the year. I will be featuring coupon links and special promotions for organic & sustainable…

Cranberry Curd Tart

Cranberry Curd Tart

The holiday season isn’t complete without the sweet and sour taste of the ubiquitous cranberry sauce or, in this case, a cranberry curd tart. Last week, I was informed that a potluck would be scheduled at my workplace the Monday, before Thanksgiving so I had to…

FDA Approves GMO Salmon

FDA Approves GMO Salmon

 

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AquaBounty Technologies showcases GMO fish(Rear), conventionally non-genetically raised salmon(foreground)

GMO Salmon Report(Audio) | Music: Intercommission by Tyler Kennedy

Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration approved AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon. I think this decision is an all time low, especially for our food system in America. What concerns me is the safety of this genetically-modified fish for human consumption, despite what the FDA has decided. In a New York Times report, “The FDA said that to approve the Salmon, it determined that the fish was safe to eat, that the inserted genetic elements did not harm the fish itself, and that the company had adequately proved that the salmon grew faster.”

What I have a problem with is the lack of evidence to the public that the salmon is really safe to ingest. Consumers just have to believe what the FDA reports is right. Of course,  Aquabounty can showcase to the nation a larger salmon, that’s easy to prove, but how the GMO Frankenfish is going to affect our overall health and well-being, in the long run, is another issue. Although this fish product won’t be on the market for a while, I have plenty of questions to be answered, as I am a big time salmon consumer that loves and enjoys every single bite of what is supposed to be a healthy choice to reap my share of fatty acids.

I strongly believe the public should be highly informed, especially since the goal is to push this GMO fish to market, which means not only will the salmon be found in supermarkets across the country, but on dinner tables as well. The search for wild-caught salmon in restaurants is a challenging situation. Last month, I was in the midst of deciding where to dine for my birthday.  I contacted numerous restaurants searching for wild-caught salmon, even very high-end restaurants that pride themselves on serving high-quality entrées. I got the impression that since so many restaurants are serving farmed-raised fish, that farmed-raised fish has become, and possibility has been, the new standard for quite some time in the restaurant industry. Supply and demand are always the keywords in business when it comes down to determining price points for almost anything that is, or will be on the market at some point. I’m sure there are some companies that are just searching for the best bargain on the market, and sustainability goes right out the door.

I would also like to know all of the possible strategies to avoid AquaBounty’s Frankenfish from entering into our oceans. What we don’t need is for our wild-caught supply to start breeding with an Atlantic salmon that contains artificially-inserted growth hormone genes to get into our waterways. Our oceans are absolutely too precious to start contaminating the one supply we can count on for fish that is completely unaltered. What I strongly disagree with 100% is the FDA decision to not require mandatory labeling of the GMO fish, so consumers can make an informed decision whether to purchase the newly GMO Atlantic salmon or not that will present itself in seafood departments as the normal conventionally raised fish, as if nothing is dramatically different about this particular GMO fish product.

According to the blog The Salt by NPR, Friends of the Earth, a non-governmental environment organization, reported that more than 60 retailers have declined to sell AquaBounty’s fish, and I don’t blame them at all if retailers want to keep a good reputation with consumers. Sustainability is vital in the food community, and competition for stocking the best quality food is fierce.

Tweet me your thoughts on AquaBounty’s GMO fish Frankenfish @theorganicboi or leave your comments below.

 

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12 Reasons Whole Foods Market ROCKS!

12 Reasons Whole Foods Market ROCKS!

Despite what you’ve heard this year in the media about the nation’s #1 health food grocer Whole Foods Market, it’s still the best store with the highest quality, and possessing the largest selection in natural and organic foods. The epic shopping experience at Whole Foods…