Under the category of “we are all too stupid to know better, so will you please legislate anything we might do to harm ourselves out of existence”, KGW.news is reporting the City of Portland is looking at banning trans fat.
According to City Commissioner Randy Leonard, Portland is looking very seriously at banning trans fats this year.
“We have considered of exploring the possibility of doing something similar to what New York did,” said Leonard.
David McKay, owner of Halibut’s, is not happy:
“I think what you’re banning is the choice to have a choice,” said David McKay, owner of Halibut’s in NE Portland. The restaurant is known for its fish and chips, which are fried in trans fat oil.
“This is the finest fish and chips in Portland. Why would I want to mess that up?” said McKay. “So until I can find a zero trans fat that will make it taste like the best fish and chips in Portland, then I don’t see myself switching it.”
I’m all for getting rid of trans-fats, but do we really need another law? I say, Darwin’s law! If people are too stupid to realize that consuming large amounts of trans fats may shorten their lifespan, LET THEM EAT FAT! Besides, that way they can sue 20 years from now, saying they never knew fat might be bad for them. You can read the full story here (note: link no longer valid)
A SE Portland resident tells me that the chef at Assaggio has changed, and the whole menu has been revamped. Apparently, all the signature dishes are gone. Under the original owners, this Sellwood restaurant was one of my favorite places to while away a summer evening. These days I’m hearing two dynamically opposed opinions on the food: really good/really awful. Anyone care to throw in an opinion? Should PFD pay a visit?
We have noticed that food stories in print edition of the Portland Mercury have been conspicuously absent for the past couple of weeks. This, coupled with the small amount of food related news in the Willamette Week made us wonder if both of those publications have just thrown in the towel when it comes to food. However, in today’s issue of the Mercury, reporter provocateur Matt “Silencing the Lamb” Davis, is culminating his obsession with large cuts of meat, by printing a detailed and graphic step-by step account of his experience slaughtering a whole lamb. Sure to piss off lots of people, especially animal lovers, we are at least hopeful that he saved us a lamb chop or two. Meanwhile, don’t get drunk and pass out while in Matt’s company. He seems to be following a disturbing path. First a pig’s head, then a lamb… The Demon Barber of Fleet Street? Demons are prowling everywhere… now a days.
Dallas Food.org just finished a 10 part piece on Noka, a company that claims to sell the world’s best chocolate. In the end, they make a compelling case that all Noka sells is chocolate from a high-end French supplier, melted down and marked up by 2,500% to 7,000%. Good reading.
The Women’s Philanthropy Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland (whew) is hosting a speaking engagement called “Ask A… Food Critic – an Evening with Karen Brooks”.
From the PR:
Restaurant critic, award-winning journalist and cookbook author Karen Brooks is the Dining Out editor for The Oregonian.
Discuss restaurants, food trends and reviewing tactics with one of the most knowledgeable food lovers in the Rose City.
Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 – 9:00PM
The Janice Griffin Gallery
1301 NW 12th Avenue
Hors d’oeurves and wine will be served
$18 per person
Spouses, friends and adults over 18 are invited
Please RSVP to Rachel Halupowski by January 15
What? Of course we’ll be there! I want to find out what this food critic stuff is all about. It sounds like an easy way to make a buck. Speaking of which…