May 18th, 2007

Bites: This week in food (5/14-5/18)

Talking menus

Today’s Herald features a creation by one of our very own residents. Susan Perry of Miami has created talking menus – literally, a device that tells you what’s on the menu – which she hopes to sell to restaurants that want to offer a service to visually impaired diners. Some think Menus That Talk is a good idea, others are not so sure restaurants will buy into it.

A changing wine map

Global warming affects pretty much everything, including wine production. The LA Times News Service reports that climatologists predict major changes in the locations where wines are produced. Will we eventually be after fine English wines?

Favorite Miami coffee spots

Want to know where to find good coffee in Miami? This week’s Stuck on the Palmetto’s Readers Favorite asks for Miami’s favorite coffee spots. Read on for some nice suggestions and more on the love-hate relationship some people have with Starbucks, ahem.

Two new additions to Miami dining

Two openings soon in Miami. Bonefish Grill, founded in St. Pete, will open June 25 in Coral Gables (2121 Ponce de Leon Blvd.). The restaurant specializes in “market fresh fish grilled over an oak-burning grill, which gives the fish a savory, even cook.” It will offer eight varieties of fresh fish each day. Also in June, Grimpa Steakhouse, a churrascaria or rodizio-style steakhouse a la Porcao, will open in Mary Brickell Village (901 South Miami Avenue). Rodizio will be priced at ($39.50). The restaurant will offer executive lunch specials Monday through Friday ($24.50 – $29.50).

Vegetarians, omnivores: En route to culinary apartheid?

Accidental Hedonist talks about a Seattle Times story that explored the question of whether omnivores and vegetarians can cohabitate. Of course they can, she concludes. The already do. There may be some extremists out there (like the ones in the Seattle Times story), but in general who would really drop a friendship over eating preferences???

Mini-chefs against child obesity

The European Union and the European Chef’s Association launched a website to promote healthy eating and cooking among children. More than 400,000 kids in the EU become overweight or obese each year. The website also promotes European Day for Healthy Food and Cooking, which takes place on November 8, when chefs around Europe will do demos and teach kids how to eat healthy at school and at restaurants. The site also offers tips, nutritional information, recipes – all very kid-friendly.

What happened to cooking for mom?

Via epi-log: The National Restaurant Association estimates that 6 out of 10 moms eat out on Mother’s Day. Come on children, let’s learn how to cook mom something and pamper her at home. You have a whole year ahead of you to practice. After all, who wants to be out there dining on the busiest dining day of the year?

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