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Josh Karpf

Member Since 27 Aug 2006
Offline Last Active May 19 2019 01:55 AM

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How sausage, I mean sushi, gets made

06 April 2019 - 01:24 PM

Great little thread on students recently sequencing various fish DNA (sushi; store-bought filets), as reported by their TA.




My favorite result: "It was escolar. THIS IS DANGEROUS. Can cause extreme gastrointestinal distress."


My second-favorite result: "BODY LOUSE. Think about how much there must be in that sample to override fish DNA!"



Newfoundland chow mein, Thunder Bay bon bons, and Albertan ginger beef

31 January 2019 - 10:23 PM

CBC Radio: These Dishes from Chinese Restaurants are Uniquely Canadian



Popeyes hagiography ("Mysterious, Stubborn Appeal of Mass-Produced Fried Chicken")

10 January 2019 - 04:54 PM

The Mysterious, Stubborn Appeal of Mass-Produced Fried Chicken




"A fast food fried chicken restaurant is starting with something a lot closer to what the fanciest kitchens might use: raw ingredients. . . . [But] fast food chains have, by virtue of their scale, a capacity for exploratory food science that independent restaurants cannot typically compete with. This sort of inquiry allows them to trim the (sometimes literal but mostly figurative) fat and optimize every aspect of their processes."


On a less meta note, I enjoyed learning that "a restaurant was busted for serving Popeyes chicken and ostensibly passing it off as its own."

Download the Books That Just Entered the Public Domain (w/ food books filter)

05 January 2019 - 03:27 AM

How to Download the Books That Just Entered the Public Domain




"2019 marks the first time a huge quantity of books published in 1923—including works by Virginia Woolf, Agatha Christie, and Robert Frost—have become legally downloadable since digital books became a thing."


I don't know if this link will work, but here are the unforgettable 1923 works categorized as "cooking" or "food and beverages":




If that URL's indigestible, try: https://bit.ly/2F8Dsu4

Aaron Padwee, fellow winemaker, doored to death in Queens

04 June 2018 - 01:42 PM

My fellow basement winemaker of many years, Aaron Padwee, was killed last week when a driver doored him into the path of a truck. He's the sixth cyclist killed in NYC this year.
One closer to him describes it best:
“The car was not just parked, but double parked, which people forget, is illegal. It was on 21st Street in Long island City, Queens, next to PS1, and just across from the post office. The driver flung the door open without looking, and my friend Aaron Padwee, riding his beloved bicycle in lawful manner, was doored. He was thrown into the path of a box truck, and was run over. The truck was driven by an unlicensed operator. Aaron sustained massive head and chest trauma. EMS responded quickly, but he was declared dead at hospital. The truck driver was charged, but other than operating a vehicle without a license, he is only indirectly responsible. The Queens district attorney refuses to charge the driver of the car, whose carelessness triggered the event which led to Aaron's death. Forget double parking, DOORING someone is a crime. If this law was enforced, people might be made aware, and future senseless deaths could be avoided. I think Aaron would be onboard with this. Aaron was the kindest, gentle man, whom everyone loved. Rest in Peace, Aaron Padwee, 1973-2018.”
On Twitter, the local politician who boasted of telling local TV news that there should be charges is, instead of being thanked by constituents, chided for not having done enough to make streets safer for bikers in the first place.
On the politician's comparable Facebook post, the comments are more victim-blaming.
Tonight I'll raise a glass of slightly vegetal vino to Aaron.