Green Day Fair

Green Day Fair

Oct 20

The large corporation I work for has created a day called Green Day. It’s sort of the autumn counterpart to Earth Day, and in honor of it they host a “green fair” where local vendors brag about their eco-friendly products. This year, however, they decided to incorporate a farmers’ market with real live local farmers — among the many food vendors were Growing Synergy...

Eating Local in Italy

Eating Local in Italy

Sep 26

Our focus is and always will be the Central Florida area, but we recently experienced an incredible two weeks in Italy, where we saw a lot of art and ate a lot of food. In a sense, we were poor stewards of our own message, eating with respect for food, because we were not diligent at all about investigating where the food we were eating originated. The majority of restaurants in the three cities...

The Rusty Spoon

The Rusty Spoon

Aug 07

After much wishing and hoping (and a bit of drooling over the menu posted online), Laura and I finally made it to The Rusty Spoon, located in the ground floor of the 55 West building on Church Street. Owned and operated by the same good folks who make the delectable gourmet burgers at Pine Twenty2, The Rusty Spoon classifies itself as a “gastropub,” a new-ish term for a restaurant...

Eat Local Week 2011

Eat Local Week 2011

Jul 23

Are you interested in eating local, but not in doing all the work required? Well, this November, Slow Food Orlando will make it easy for you, by hosting a week of local dining November 11-18, 2011. We’ll be reposting news from Slow Food Orlando as we get it, but you can also check it out for yourself at...

New Labels for Raw Meat?

New Labels for Raw Meat?

Jul 22

The USDA just announced a proposal to make meat labels more clear by adhering to stricter guidelines. According to the Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen: “Consumers should be able to make an informed choice in the store, which is why we need to provide clear, informative labels that will help consumers make the best decisions about feeding their families.”...

Diamond P Ranch Chicken

Diamond P Ranch Chicken

Jul 21

This post is way overdue, but Laura and I have been very preoccupied buying a house! We are currently in the final stages of the purchase process (which has gone on for some time, due to short sale paperwork and approvals), so we have left our blog alone for the past couple weeks. Not too long ago, we drove to Diamond P Ranch to pick up our very first freshly-harvested chicken. (That means the...

From Dirt to Dinner course

From Dirt to Dinner course

Jul 15

Last month we posted about the Orange County Extension Center offering a 6-week course called From Dirt To Dinner. The course was said to cover starting seeds, growing them, pest control, the best time to harvest, preserving methods, food safety, and ultimately how to best cook the foods you grew. I currently have the luxury of having Fridays off, so I was quick to sign up for the course. I was a...

Patio Garden: Summer

Patio Garden: Summer

Jul 14

I feel a little like a first-time parent when I post pictures of our garden (see below for more), showing it off at all times of day, in all stages of growth. But I think it’s important because 1) it keeps a record that we can go back and review, and 2) it shows all our readers (that’s you!) that we are doing (read: trying) to do (some of) the things that we recommend to our readers....