Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Eat, drink, be merry

Police reporters have more fun. A Minneapolis teenager told police his breath smelled of booze because he had been kissing a drunk female. Nice try kid. Here’s your citation.

A guy in Connecticut is helping save a breed of cattle that may have helped with the Revolutionary War. The herds’ ancestors likely pulled the cannons from Ticonderoga to defend Boston way back when. The bovine heroes nearly went the way of the dodo with only 15 remaining on the planet. Today, there are some 300-400. Don’t ask. OK, you asked. The cattle are slaughtered at eight months and sold as Randall Lineback rose veal. It can be found in only six restaurants. Best served slow-cooked with smoked peaches.

While we are on the subject, the Dexter is an Irish breed of cow that has a big future in England. The little cow stands no taller than a large German shepherd dog, gives 16 pints of milk a day that can be drunk unpasteurized, keeps the grass “mown” and will be a family pet for years before ending up in the freezer. Let’s mooove on. Sorry.

A British food and wine writer slicked The Wine Spectator into giving its prestigious award to a place that did not exist. The Osteria L'Intrepido di Milano was the figment of the imagination of wine writer and author Robin Goldstein, who invented its existence in order to expose what he regards as the lack of rigour in the granting of many food and drink awards. Cheeky.

Dave Freeman, co-author of “100 Things to Do Before You Die,” dead at age 47.


Jeff Hebert said...

I've heard of a number of species being saved by someone selling them as meat to specialty restaurants as "heirloom species". Kinda ghoulish to think that the best way to save something is to eat it, but it seems to be working in some cases.

Ross said...

Somebody has to do this: How many of the 100 Things had he completed?

George Phenix said...

A little more than half. Now go to your room.

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