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Monday, December 31, 2007

Some culinary news of the weird

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If you didn't hear, you can still stop and shed a tear for Robert Cade, who died at 80 on Nov. 27. Cade was the University of Florida researcher who invented Gatorade, an incomparable blend of water, sugar and salt with a heady Kool-Aid-like bouquet and a mouth-feel resembling diluted motor oil. But it will keep you hydrated at the gym or in the club while you're doing Ecstasy. ...

I find this strange. Jim Romenesko runs the newsiest journalism page on the Internet. If you want to dish the media dirt, it's the place to go. It turns out, he also runs a site called StarbucksGossip.com. Its role is "monitoring America's favorite drug dealer." Although unaffiliated with Starbucks, it includes plenty of insider gossip from baristas. The Seattle Times recently interviewed Romenesko about the site. Check it out here. ...

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Ugh. USA Today recently reported the latest gourmet delight in Lima, Peru. It's deep-fried guinea pigs. The paper reports:

"It was delicious. Marinated whole overnight in orange juice and garlic and spit roasted over an open fire," Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel series "Bizarre Foods," said in an e-mail interview. He sampled the delicacy in neighboring Ecuador last year. "Cuy should be popular in the USA once we adopt a different attitude about alternative foods, especially ones that some people keep as pets."

This is nothing especially new, according to USA Today:

Guinea pigs are native to the high Andes, and have been an important source of protein for millenia. Today, they are common in rural Andean households as a sort of savings account — they are so easy and cheap to breed, that when a family needs money, they can sell a dozen or so.

I'm not eating guinea pigs. Would you?

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