Sunday, January 14, 2007

Bay Area Blogger of the Week #58

Chew The Right Thing

Bay Area food ethical food reporting by the Ethicurean
Image property of The Ethicurean

The Ethicurean is a fascinating and informative group blog with a group of writers, several of whom are based in the Bay Area, who enjoy and respect their food more, by knowing where it comes from:
"...dedicated to thinking about food. Not just thinking about how to prepare it, or how it tastes — although those things are very important to us — but to pondering where and how it was grown and by whom, the distance that it traveled to our plate, and the less obvious effects of our consuming it."
Read more about their mission statement here. Regardless of their locality, these foodies with a conscience are a must drop in the RSS reader for anyone, anywhere in the world, who is concerned where their food comes from. I particularly like their regular news round-ups of interesting and relevant articles from press all over the globe and I love the amount of research they put into their articles too, like actually putting in calls to butchers during the San Francisco Chicken crisis of 2007*. You also get great tips from The Ethicurean - like this one for the locals - John Mackey (Wholefoods) is set to face off with Michael Pollan (Omnivore's Dilemma) and The Ethicurean tells you how you can get tickets. Head over to The Ethicurean and discover that everything you eat will be even more enjoyable for knowing where it actually came from.

*Looking for other chicken sources to investigate in the Bay Area? A couple more have come to my attention, but I havent had a chance to look into them properly yet:
Fulton Valley Farms (as eaten at Campton Place)
Eating With the Seasons
Please share in the comments, if you have any further information or points of view on either of these two chicken sources, thanks.

PS. My most humble thanks to everyone who voted for me in the Recent Food Blog Awards where I won the Best City Category. It is one of my aims to try and represent the best of everything food and drink the Bay Area has to offer, from market produce, through artisinal products, restaurants, charities to other local food bloggers in a way that will also appeal globally. To be recognised for that achievement means a great deal to me, so thank you all. I was up against some tough competition, please check out these other blogs with great city coverage: NYC Nosh | Blue Lotus | Kitchen Notebook | Londonelicious. To find out who the winners were in other categories please visit The Well Fed Network for the announcement.


More new My Bay Area Food and Blog Finds:
Brokedamouth | The Art of Tasting Chocolate | San Francisco Sweet Tooth | Corkheads | Tokyomango | The Frugal Foodie | Yumsugar | the fifth flavor | Rancho Gordo | Bits & Bites

2006 | Mighty Foods
2005 | Ok, You probably don't really want to check this post.

Previously Featured Bay Area Food & Drink Bloggers & Friends:
The Grub Report | Food Notebook | Give me Some Food | Restaurant Girl Speaks | Savory San Francisco | Civic Center | Meathenge | Jennifer Jeffrey | Sex & The Kitchen | Eating Surburbia | Cocktails with Camper English | Bullpen Baker | Cooking With Amy | Knife's Edge | Culinary Muse | Hungrig in SF | Mary Ladd's Food Finds | 2 tasty Ladies | Dessert First | Ms Glaze's Pommes d'Amour | Hedonia | Dive | Sweet Napa | Cupcake Bakeshop | Tea & Cookies | Albion Cooks | Blogher | Bay Area Bites | Hungry Hedonist | Mighty | Chez Pim | The Blue Bottle Clown College | The Novato Experiment | Amuse Bouche | Feeding Fashionistas | All In | Dr Five Pints | SF Gourmet | Small Farms | In Praise of Sardines | Life Begins @ 30 | Gastronomie | Confessions of a Restaurant Whore | Bunny Foot | Sweet & Savory | I'm Mad and I Eat | Yummy Chow | Nosheteria | Vivi's Wine Journal | Epicurian Debauchery | Food Musings | Pfiff | Marga's Food Blog | Where the Wild Things Are | Eggbeater

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Bay Area Blogger of the Week #58


  • At 14/1/07 11:27, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've been waiting for an appropriate spot to give my congratulations on your win. Heck, I already voted for you for next year, so you better keep being good.

  • At 14/1/07 11:31, Blogger Sam said…

    but you might guess I am not really comfortable with the awards, so I tried to make the type face for that bit of news tiny so no one would be able to read it. I just wanted to thank everyone for the votes though, since I didn't ask anybody for any votes, I was amazed that people gave them to me of their own accords, and for that fact alone I was really touched.

  • At 14/1/07 12:04, Anonymous shelly said…

    Congrats on the award!
    Thanks for writing about the continuing chicken saga. Sadly, I've yet to buy and cook my own Hoffman chicken, but I hope to remedy that soon. I was at Ver Brugge's yesterday, and they say they don't carry Hoffman chickens, but they could order it specially. I wonder if they haven't started carrying yet, or if they changed their minds?

  • At 14/1/07 13:40, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well done Sam you have loyal followers so keep up the good work.

  • At 14/1/07 14:38, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Congrats Sam! And don't be silly, food bloggers read everything!

  • At 14/1/07 17:28, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Nice pages here. Great information. Will visit again and recommend.

  • At 15/1/07 12:28, Blogger drbiggles said…

    Hi! Keeping warm?

    Hey, that first word there, Ethicurean? It's linked to some fancy hotel er restaurant, Camptonplace.


  • At 15/1/07 18:01, Blogger wheresmymind said…

    Umm...what is that little critter on the logo?

  • At 16/1/07 11:41, Anonymous Brett said…

    I got a chance to meet 2 of the folks behind the Ethicurean last month. They're good people and their website is great.

    Congratulations on the win! No need to feel uncomfortable. You deserve it!!


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