Aquaculture was originally looked to as the salvation of wild fish stocks. By taking the pressure off of a wild fishery besieged by a fleet of trawlers and long liners seeking to satisfy an exploding global population, the wild fisheries could only benefit. Or so we thought. Salmon farming now has many detractors, but a newer, more environmentally friendly process is about to change their minds.
Efforts to increase pay for restaurant workers are being promoted in two different but complementary initiatives: increasing the minimum wage for tipped and non-tipped (fast-food) workers, and also by eliminating tipping by substituting a service surcharge embedded in menu pricing , and allocating that surcharge among the entire restaurant staff, including the “back of the house”. I like one idea, but I’m concerned about how the other would play out in upstate New York restaurants.
Twenty years ago I was staying at a fishing lodge in Labrador fly fishing (catch and release) for Atlantic salmon. There was a fascinating couple staying at the lodge with me. After college they had taught the native Inuit children, following the migrating caribou herd on snow mobiles. After they got tired of doing that […]
On this site we often mention the reasons that restaurants make it onto our list of favorites. We have particular things that make us happy, that make us want to come back again and again. It is usually a combination of good food and a welcoming atmosphere, the latter being provided by a staff that […]
Last weekend I heard a guest on NPR speaking about martinis, and discussing the many variations that are now available on cocktail menus – espresso martinis, chocolate martinis, apple-tinis. The commentator was Bonnie Wolf, who did not appreciate the current proliferation of martini wannabe’s. I totally agree. A martini is quite simple – gin […]
Why a restaurant reviewer’s “stars” mislead readers. I’m still having a difficult time trying to explain the difference between “the best”, and “my favorites”. It gets even more complicated when I am asked to “rate” a restaurant with stars. Lets start there. Last week I was posting a comment about a restaurant on ChowHound, and […]