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Schwartz’s Deli, Montreal

Very tasty, indeed. It’s Canadian Pastrami, eh? Pretty much. I was concerned that this was a tourist trap, but an experienced visitor reassured me that it wasn’t, so I went and was not disappointed. The sandwiches are normal-sized, so if you’re expecting some kind of Carnegie Deli thing, order two. They can be a little fatty, but the staff, took care of getting us something leaner. Amusing highlight: one of our party asked about getting the smoked meat versus something else (and there is very little of anything else) and the response was, quite simply: “That’s why you’re here.”

Schwartz’s – Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen
3895 St Laurent Blvd
Montreal, QC H2W 1L2, Canada
514-842-4813

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“That’s why you’re here.”

Also, they have a musical. Who knew?

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The World According to Monsanto

I just discovered that this disturbing documentary is available on YouTube: The World According to Monsanto. It’s a tough, but worthwhile view.

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Seedling Sales at Waltham Fields Community Farm, 5/19 and 5/20, 9a – 4p

Organically grown seedlings. Plus, it’s a really cool place and worthy of support. See http://communityfarms.org/images/photos/WFCF_Program_Calendar_2012.pdf for a full calendar.

good stuff (as usual) from Michael Pollan

If you’re not on his mailing list (and it’s worthwhile and very low volume), you might not have heard about this: he answers questions (and is accepting more questions) at the New York Times. It’s http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/10/02/magazine/29mag-food-issue.html?ref=magazine&ref=magazine#/pollan

If you ever have the chance to hear him speak live, it’s well worth the effort to get there. He’s a good speaker with a real depth of knowledge about food issues, and he’s very funny, so the whole affair doesn’t have the potentially pious tone it could have when talking about all the food issues. He’s also willing and able to say that he doesn’t know the answers to questions, which is itself refreshing.

Chacarero

It’s a restaurant in downtown Boston. It used to be a sandwich stand in downtown Boston. Their sandwiches are really good.

Back in the day, the line for their stand might have lots and lots of people in it for much of lunchtime (hence the restaurant now), while other nearby places had few customers. There was a reason. A friend of mine introduced me to them and explained that their secret ingredient is love. I don’t know if that’s what it is, but whatever it, it’s working.

Chacarero
101 Arch Street
Boston
617.542.0392

 

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA)

I regularly receive mail from and sign petitions or write letters at the behest of the Organic Consumers Association, so I wanted to give them a little more publicity. Their mission is pretty broad, so if you go to their web site, you’ll have a lot to look at and perhaps do. One of their biggest projects is taking on Monsanto, always a daunting task, but the success of reducing the amount of rBGH in the food supply is heartening (as mentioned here). Some of their content is a little too diatribe-y for me; maybe it helps sway some opinions.

Diet for a Poisoned Planet

I wanted to mention this book because it’s an incredibly useful resource and not very well known. It talks about lots of different kinds of foods and rates their relative safety. It’s eye-opening, off-putting, and really good to have around. The original edition is from 1990, and there’s an updated version from 2006 (“The Twenty-first Century Edition”).

It was one of the first food books that caught my eye, along with Fast Food Nation. I first read about it in Toxic Sludge is Good for You (a book about PR and marketing), and the story about it told there is just as shocking as the book itself.

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