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The Local Food Report: Monday, January 10th

Local food news happens all the time, and it’s unbelievable how much you miss if you don’t check out local publications. Recently read something worthwhile? Link it at the bottom!

Oh, Cookie Monster. I really did think it was your year to prove to the world how eloquent you really could be. But as reported by several news outlets, Associated Press being one, 2010’s “Word of the Year” according to the American Dialect Society is “app,” with the delicious, onomatopoetic “nom” (from the sound Cookie Monster makes while eating) finished second. A really interesting article on a year’s worth of current events and culture effect on language and basic communication.

The Tribune-Review gives me further reason to try Sababa Middle Eastern Grill in Squirrel Hill, thanks to a great little feature on the restaurant, its owner, and the details, concerns, and responsibilities of kosher cooking. Plus a recipe for Shakshuka!

– Breaking news from the Trib: Apparently, Pittsburgh is the 5th best city to open a fast food chain. Ew. “The high ranking is a reflection of area’s relatively stable economy and main-street culture,” said Al Beery, a client manager for Pitney Bowes Business Insight, the Troy, N.Y.-based group that created the report. That’s one way to look at it.

– More food-business from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Allegheny County Health Department is proposing a revision to the way they review restaurant cleanliness. A grading system of A-B-C (with anything scoring lower than a C issued a “consumer alert” or shut down entirely) and working out of a point scale of 100 seems practical, but critics argue that the proposal is essentially making it more difficult for restaurants to fail.

– Okay, this really only matters to those of us living in Dormont, but PopCity has a great little news feature on the Sugar Cafe, opening sometime late-January/early-February on Potomac Avenue. [Kelly] James and her husband have been hard at work decorating the 1,200-square-foot space, which now features a blue, black, and white color scheme and seating for 24.  In addition to serving La Prima coffee and all the sweets to go you could ever want, Sugar will be an inviting spot to hang out, have lunch, or grab a quick post-work sandwich.

Speaking personally, they couldn’t have picked a better spot. Last year, while briefly unemployed, I considered how to open up a coffee shop in that very same storefront. It’s space is unique and attractive, it’s location is prime (next to the Potomac T Station, as well as a bunch of apartment buildings), and the growing amount of twenty-somethings in this area insure the need of a neighborhood place that can serve as both eatery and hang out spot. Sweet!

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The Local Food Report: Thursday, December 16

Local food news happens all the time, and it’s unbelievable how much you miss if you don’t check out local publications. Recently read something worthwhile? Link it at the bottom!

– Nice Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on Aldo Coffee in Mt. Lebanon. China Millman gives us a little history of the independent cafe, thoughts from the owner, Rich Westerfield, and the ups and downs of in-house coffee roasting. “The change is not without risks. ‘People are attached to brands,’ acknowledged Mr. Westerfield.”

The PG food writing staff offer their picks for the best of the year’s cookbooks. I can never wholly get behind a list that features a Rachel Ray title, but there’s a nice variety here for cooks of any caliber. (And before you call me a snob, it’s not that I don’t think her recipes and approach to cooking have a use. They certainly do. I just don’t think her cookbooks are anything special, even as far as food television personalities go.)

– From NPR: Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University release a fascinating study on how imagining food consumption can limit actual desire to eat. “So we think what the imagining consumption is doing is leading people to habituate to a food. And what I mean by habituation is it’s a basic process that we see towards light, towards income, towards all these different kinds of stimuli, and it’s basically people become less responsive to anything that they’re exposed to repeatedly.”

Good, quick little feature in PopCity on Thai Suan Thip, the buzzed-about Thai restaurant in Bellevue. Also in PopCity, a revamp for the Children’s Museum’s eatery, now the Big Red Room Cafe. Nothing kids like more than an “emphasis on healthy eating and efficiency”!

– Fun article from Pittsburgh Tribune Review‘s Michael Machosky, planning out a day spent in the Strip District. Nothing surprising for those well acquainted, but a nice introduction nonetheless. Nice of the writer to give shout outs to several Public Market vendors, including Pittsburgh Marshmallow Factory and Four Paws.

– Finally, if you haven’t caught the first of the PG series on the founding of Notion, definitely check it out. It’s a story driven by an intriguing character, Dave Racicot, with great talent and an even greater ego.