Archive for February, 2010

Food most Foul: Food Politics

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Damn, Skippy. Extra chunky, low fat. Just kidding. But seriously, folks. Here’s a little tidbit that was brought to my attention last week by a certain little local/slow food foodie. And it involves our fair city and our fair city’s schools. In an effort to combat the evils of childhood obesity the New York City schools have gone and done something very stupid. After initially banning all bake sales or any fund raiser where students sell food, the city went back on its word.

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(bye, bye, guys!)
Now, students are allowed to sell food but only fresh fruit and vegetables and a predetermined list of prepackaged foods, including but not limited, to blackberry Nutrigrain bars and low fat Doritos. You may think this is reasonable. If it were about allergies, maybe, yes. But no, this is a calorie and fat content battle. Evil cupcakes, fudge and all species of sweet treats are the culprits here.

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Yeah fucking right. Because who knows what the hell is in Nutrigrain bars that makes the filling that consistency, it’s sure as shit not just pectin! Hrmmm… upon further investigation I’ve found out what all IS in fact in these miraculous Nutrigrain bars that are the little knights in shinning armor that will defeat the evil homemade baked goods. Annnnnnnd…. drumroll please…. the very first ingredient in the filling is…. HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!!! Surprise, surprise. In fact, just to show that I am not manipulating any of the facts, here’s the complete list of ingredients from the horse’s mouth. I quote the Kellogg’s website here: “FILLING: HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, GLYCERIN, BLACKBERRIES, SUGAR, WATER, APPLE PUREE CONCENTRATE, SODIUM CITRATE, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SODIUM ALGINATE, CITRIC ACID, METHYLCELLULOSE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, MALIC ACID, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, CARAMEL COLOR, RED #40, BLUE #1.”

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(get it? fake fooood)
Mmmmm, I love modified cornstarch in the morning! Not to mention my daily dose of red #40. Puh-leaseee. You know what goes into homemade chocolate chip cookies made with organic ingredients? Flour, baking soda, salt, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, chocolate chips and eggs. One of these things is not like the other. One is food and one is not. And let’s not even get started on the low fat Doritos- here’s a tip, they have MSG in them. Good God. Let’s just pump these kids full of corn, shall we? Read anything by Michael Pollan and you’ll know why I’m pissed about this.

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Besides what it is that they are actually selling, I get it. I am all for combating the childhood obesity epidemic and I’m all for selling fresh fruit and veggies but to masquerade name brand corn filled fakeries as “healthy fare” for school kids is awful. And as far as avoiding mystery ingredients in homemade goodies like some Crisco-filled-something-or-other, I get it.

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But how about these ideas: either limit the number of treats each kid can buy or make the parents or older kids who’ve made the items post up the recipe next to them. And the worst of it is, like anyone who has ever been a kid or teenager knows, what you want the most is what you are denied. Dad doesn’t like the new boyfriend? You make dates with him even more frequently. Mom won’t let you wear that top? You but it in 5 colors. Your school teacher won’t allow iPods in study hall? You turn that shit UP when you’re riding home on the train. This is the same idea. Without teaching self control, portion control, decision making and simple nutrition when it comes to food, when kids are on their own they will go bananas and here’s a hint, no actual bananas will be involved. Snoballs, Cheetos and Big Macs will be involved and it will be ugly. And potentially deadly. Let’s not fuck around. This is dumb and the school system needs to work this out before they are just plain working against themselves (not to mention bowing down to corporate “food” suppliers like Kellogg’s and Frito Lay).

Think before you eat.

xoxo

-Pebbles van Peebles


Wang Wang!

Friday, February 26th, 2010

70’s porno ‘esque movie style + rap+ Filipino midget = “Wang Wang”!!!


“We’re all mad here”

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
I am a HUGE fan of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. The story as we all may know is about a young girl who is transported into an alternate world where Cheshire cats guide, White Rabbits are important advisors on strict time schedules and large caterpillars lay back and smoke hashish. How can you not love it? But the story is one of those that are much more appropriate for adults that can see a little deeper and grasp the satirical undertones and the insightful nonsense.
Anyhoot in (high) anticipation of the movie by Tim Burton coming out March 5th I decided to round up some unique images pertaining to the story, including a beautiful editorial shot by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue. And remember…. “Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.”
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yes, that is Karl Lagerfeld
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45 King + Swedes? Oh yeah…

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Well since it’s snowing, I figured I would bring all you lovely rabbittos a little snippet from my snowy homeland- Sweeeeeden!! That’s right, kids. The Swedes know what they’re doing and not just when it comes to smoked fish and licorice. We happen to be a hip hop loving people and this Swedish video found on the ever reliable Turntable Lab’s blog is the reallllness. Not just lots of awesome breaks and footage of the elusive and genius 45 King doing what he does best but also a strangely nebbishy Jay Z talking about the making of Hard Knock Life. Any man this amazing who’s doing the illest shit with 25 cent records from the Salvation Army is the truth. Click away for the video here. And remember “don’t mess up my drums.”

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Also, here’s the Jay Z music video just to take you back. Enjoy, kiddlets!

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-Pebbles van Peebles

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*special thanks to Neil Nice*

The Godzilla of Bunny’s!

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Check this out rabbittos, just when you thought your girl Roxy was the only record-breaking bunny out there, we found ANOTHER. Rabbitas and rabbitos, check out the biggest bunny in the world coming from across the Atlantic in the land of Britain!  Ralph, a 40-pound, 4-foot RABBIT (all-caps for a reason, this monster should not be subjected to the lowercase, ya hear?) is about to shatter the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest BUNNY in the world!  Homeboy must have Thanksgiving feasted on acres and acres of carrot fields.  Click here for the TV interview.

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SHOCKER: He’s faster than most “house rabbits”! You all know he’s got that 40-pound Nasty Bounce, too! Eating a Michael Phelp’s breakfast everyday, this Godzilla eats water biscuits, huge bowl of rabbit food, a cabbage, two apples, brown bread, celery, half of a cucumber.  Holy Moly, bunnies!

While we’re on the subject of bunnies… when are we not, I mean really? I was in CVS the other day and lo and behold, it’s PEEP SEASON, bunnies!  Check out some mouth-watering shots of these delectable goodies, which hopefully our friend Ralph is also munching on…

The bunny always wins… trust me.

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For all you Trekkies…

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The Cottontails putting on a show for the Chickie Peeps…

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Happy hopping, ya’ll!

-xoxo-

Ryan Rabbit (…name change! ya’ll like?)