On 19th Century Food Trucks and Finding Where All the Fish Have Been Hiding

Scout’s weekly compendium of food and drink-related news stories and oddities sourced from home and around the world. Curated by Talia Kleinplatz.

With early seasons primarily focusing on the work of white men, Chef’s Table is attempting feature women and people of colour in their fifth and sixth seasons.

A new Vancouver restaurant that’s all about the biscuit? Sign me up!

Turns out the #ryanneedsgrinder social media campaign was rather effective judging by the fact that Ryan Gosling actually showed up to the Toronto coffee shop responsible the marketing stunt.

Hawksworth Somm Jayton Paul shares his picks for favourite BC wines and a few under-the-radar wineries to check out.

The Georgia Straight rounds up a list of recently opened and soon-to-open spots around the city catering to our insatiable appetite for fresh, health-conscious foods.

While she loved the nostalgic feel, the food at Pepino’s left Vancouver Sun food critic Mia Stainsby wanting.

Four chefs share their thoughts on how kitchens can become more inclusive and equitable for the queer community.

“There has to be a commitment to professional development and creating accountability systems for those who are bent on making the workplace an unsafe space for others. An orientation or training isn’t enough.”

Shira Blustein of The Acorn shares her favourite spots to eat and drink around town.

Yaletown welcomes Milssam Tacorea, a new addition to Vancouver’s vibrant taco scene with a Korean take on a local favourite.

The story of a cellar master taking the reins at one of the most celebrated producers of Spain’s famous Jamón ibérico. (Also, she just happens to be a woman!)

Eating via Instagram honours this week to go @therealdumplingking and an extreme close up of said real dumplings:


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This week in strange food news: The two New Orleans WWII bunkers that contain a combined 7 million fish. This is the largest collection of preserved fish in the world!

I can’t say the thought of a cinnamon raisin bagel with lox is appealing but this whole Cynthia Nixon bagel-order drama was taken too far when former New York Times critic Mimi Sheraton knocked Montreal bagels. You crossed the line, Mimi!

The story of five acclaimed chefs embracing sobriety and joining forces at Feast Portland to share the kitchen and create a meal.

Recently released cookbook Feed Your People explores ideas of community and how food brings us together and keeps us together.

With 40% of women in the fast food industry reporting that they have been sexually harassed in the workplace, McDonald’s employees are planning to strike as company managers continuously refuse to address the issue.

Discussions around plastic straws, the environment and ableism continue to unfold as bars confront their role in implementing waste reduction.

The curious story of Boston’s night lunch wagons — a late 1800’s predecessor to our modern day food trucks.

This week in food and politics: elections have gotten weird enough that taking an anti-tofu stance can now be part of your platform (although Ted Cruz may have had a bit of a foot-in-mouth moment with that one….).

And speaking of politics, halt all confirmation hearings right now! Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh puts ketchup on his pasta. Seriously though…

“This is not the best reason to protest the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The best reason is his frighteningly punitive record on women’s reproductive rights, or his ability to protect the president from criminal investigation. But it’s not not a reason. And it’s fucking gross.”

PS: The above article came out prior to the news that the Supreme Court nominee is now facing allegations of sexual assault, but I’m going to assume the author of the Esquire piece would have included this in their list of concerns…

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