Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
A recent wave of articles has revealed just how wasteful Hong Kongers are when it comes to food. “The Food Chain,” in an April edition of HK Magazine, brought the appalling food waste levels in our city to public attention, and highlighted various local efforts to reverse this trend. And just last week, Friends of the Earth (HK) did an exposé of the magnitude of the food waste generated by major HK supermarkets. The FoE (HK) article revealed that the weight of the food supermarket chains throw away in a year is equivalent to 2,000 double-decker buses; and much of what is tossed out is undeniably edible food—food that has not expired and could have gone to those in need.
As a city, we pride ourselves on our vibrant dining industry—its diverse selection of cuisines, high standards of quality, and constant stream of new offerings. But it’s clear that when it comes to the issue of food waste, we have nothing to brag about.
Have no fear carnivores! Today, as you are probably aware, is Wednesday; so if today's post inspires you, you have plenty of time to gear up for once-a-week vegetarianism. Meatless Monday is an international, non-profit campaign that encourages people to go one day a week without meat or meat products. The initiative was begun in the US in 2003, by ad man (and philanthropist) Sid Lerner, in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and has now spread to 23 countries around the globe. Here in Hong Kong, the movement's most visible advocates are our fine friends at Green Monday.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Note from the Editor: Every Tuesday, TFT HK will bring you a post or article from/about one of our local or global food heroes. These are people who inspire us, and whose visions align with the values that TFT espouses and promotes. This week's post is a reprint of a November 2011 article from the LA Times, detailing sustainable dining pioneer Alice Waters' experience catering a banquet in Beijing for the US-China Forum on the Arts and Culture. Waters is the owner of Chez Panisse (established in in Berkeley California in 1971, Chez Panisse is often listed as one of the best restaurants in the US), the founder of the Chez Panisse Foundation (a foundation that creates programs like The Edible Schoolyard Project, which teaches children about the importance of supporting local, sustainable agriculture, and engages them in the process of growing their own food), an author, and one of the world's foremost food activists. Alice, we at TFT HK salute you!
Alice Waters brings Chez Panisse experience to Beijing
Alice Waters brings Chez Panisse experience to Beijing
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Photo by Erin Gleeson
If you're like the members of the TFT HK team, you're always looking for new cooking blogs and sites to stalk! Here are a few of our current favorite resources for healthy, delectable eats:
This gorgeous blog (see above photo!) is the creation of illustrator and photographer Erin Gleeson who, “inspired by local, seasonal ingredients in her weekly CSA box, has created a series of photographic recipe illustrations that are mostly vegetarian and laid out visually."
The Eating Well site is about as straightforward as it gets: simple, easy-to-follow recipes and menu plans that include full nutrition information.
Heidi, this blog's creator, places heavy emphasis on the use of natural foods (be sure to check out the "Build a Natural Foods Pantry" link!), and includes lots of beautiful pictures.
Post Punk Kitchen
Fresh, tasty, fun recipes from vegan chef Isa Chandra Moscowitz.
Table for Two HK's Healthy Recipes from Celebrity Chefs
We'd be remiss if we didn't mention the tempting, guilt-free recipes supplied by TFT HK's celebrity chef friends!
Happy Friday and happy (healthy) eating!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Most of us are aware, by now, that obesity has become a global epidemic. More and more of us are overweight and obese every year--and not just in the Western world. Rates of obesity are rising at an alarming rate in Asian countries as well, and are especially high in Hong Kong.
This past weekend, the 38th annual "Group of Eight" (G8) summit was held in Camp David, Maryland. Food security was among the topics discussed at the summit--a forum during which representatives of eight of the world's economic powers (the current G8 core members are the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the UK) strategize toward the resolution of pressing world issues--and members of the G8 pledged their support of US President Obama's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Food Hero Tuesday: Eddie McDougall, of the Flying Winemaker, teaches us about sustainable viticulture
Note from the Editor: Every Tuesday, TFT HK will bring you a post or article from one of our local or global food heroes. These are people who inspire us, and whose visions align with the values that TFT espouses and promotes. This week's post is from Eddie McDougall, creator of The Flying Winemaker (wine store and education center in Lan Kwai Fung). Eddie has partnered with TFT HK, to bring TFT supporters a sustainable wine tasting at The Flying Winemaker tonight, and he generously shares more of his knowledge with us here today. Many thanks to Eddie and the fine folks at The Flying Winemaker. We can't wait to sip and learn tonight!
Myth Buster: Organic, Biodynamic & Conventional Wines
Still to this day I get asked several questions about the integrity of organic and biodynamic wines. Most of these questions revolve around the value-added taste benefits and the notion of healthier drinking.
Sustainable viticulture which is what biodynamic and organic practices falls under, is a farming method used to preserve the natural environment with minimal intervention. Farming under these practices generally implies, minimal use of chemicals, building the natural population of micro-organisms in the soil and the use of natural composting fertilisers.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Hi there world!
This is the official Table for Two Hong Kong blog, and I'm your blog editor, Miya. This blog is a way for the TFT Hong Kong team to stay connected to you, the TFT supporter (thank you!) or person interested in the TFT mission, global and local food systems, and food and nutrition in general. We at TFT HK want to be a source of food and food system news, and to keep you updated on our progress and events here in Hong Kong.