· January, 2008

Stories about Food from January, 2008

Japan: Whale as Food Culture

  31 January 2008

Lee from Toyko Times blogs about Japan Prime Minister Fukuda's defence for whale research while public discourse is about food culture.

Trinidad & Tobago: On Not Eating Meat

  29 January 2008

“I am not the preachy sort of vegetarian,” declares Trinidadian Nicholas Laughlin, as he links to an article that “summarises so succinctly the good reasons to stop eating meat–or at least reduce the amount one eats…”

Ghana: Eating Waakye

  29 January 2008

Fran blogs about eating a local dish, waakye, in Ghana: “Last night I cooked up some waakye (pronounced “WAAchi where the “i” sounds like the “i” in “in” and made from rice and beans or black-eyed peas), fried some ripe plantain slices, made a little gravy (oil, onion, tomatoes, hot...

EU, Mauritania: Faraway Fishing

  23 January 2008

Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian fishers are robbing Mauritania of its fish – all because “the EU has methodically depleted fish stocks in its own waters, and now, it is buying fish quotas from poor countries in the third world,” Jonathan Newton reports.

Argentina: Patagonian Lamb

  22 January 2008

Juan Pablo Meneses of Cronicas Argentinas [es] is now in the Patagonia region of Argentina looking for a good place to try the famous Patagonian lamb, cooked as “a rustic, delicious alternative, over an open fire.”

South Africa: Cape Town food blog

  21 January 2008

Andrew invites readers to his Cape Town food blog: “As a child sitting at my mother's feet as she baked pies for the tuisbedryfe of the Peninsula (the first word out of my flour dusted head was ‘pie’), I learnt to be an unashamed foodie, and this blog is going...

Armenia: Pay-Per-Sachet

  20 January 2008

Kyle’s Journey in Armenia reports that Peace Corps Volunteers and other expat workers in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, are delighted by the opening of the country's first ever Kenty Fried Chicken franchise. However, the blogger remarks, not everybody is happy that ketchup is sold by the sachet.

Introduction to Somali Blogosphere

  16 January 2008

The first roundup of Somali blogs, a small but steadily growing segment of the African blogsphere. Most Somali bloggers, predictably perhaps, are young, based outside Somalia and write in English.

Peru: The Year of the Potato

  15 January 2008

The United Nations recently named 2008 as the Year of the Potato. Alejandro of Peru Food provides a bit of a historical background of this staple food for much of the Andes.

Serbia: “Elegy For a Swine”

  12 January 2008

Many Serbs traditionally celebrate Orthodox Christmas by firing rifles and pistols, and consuming lots of homemade plum brandy and pork. Serbian bloggers have been writing about their Jan. 7 feasts for days now, but one of them, instead of composing her own sentences about it, posted an 1887 satirical poem by Serbian poet Vojislav Ilić. The poem is dedicated to the chief victim of Serbian Christmas celebration - a pig.

China 2007: Part2

  11 January 2008

Here is a personal roundup of what marked mainland China's 2007, a year of controversies, changes, desperation but also hopes.

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