It appears as though the raw food craze—limiting your intake to foods that have not been heated beyond 118º—will continue to apply to food and not people. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted last week to ban nude public dining.
The legislation was introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener (you can’t make this stuff up!), who is reported as saying:
We did hear from folks in the neighborhood that these are actually tangible issues that are happening in the Castro and so the legislation is important for that reason.
I’m not a health expert, but I believe sitting nude in a public place is not sanitary. Would you want to sit on a seat where someone had been sitting naked? I think most people would say no.
I’m not sure why anyone felt a law was needed to clarify the inappropriateness of nude dining, but then again I never was much into the hippy lifestyle. If you’re hell-bent on eating naked, you can always visit the Eat Naked website, though—spoiler alert—the site’s comely proprietor Margaret Floyd never takes it off, at least not literally.
Gelato Pop Station
“Gelato pop station” sounds like a delicious stop on the subway, but instead it is a novel twist for your next party, affair, or shindig. The concept—a station featuring gelato on a pop, made customizable with dippings and “poppings”—is the brainchild of the “popologists” (OK, I’ll stop doing that now) at Popbar, in the West Village.
Popbar’s specialty, as noted here, is gelato, sorbetto, and frozen yogurt, all in pop form, on a stick. All flavors are preservative- and gluten-free and certified kosher. There are 26 in all, available on a rotating basis. Popbar, 5 Carmine Street, at Sixth Ave,212 255 4874.
It was in this very space at the end of October that I announced the return of McDonald’s McRib sandwich. Now a new report has surfaced suggesting that you may want to think twice before indulging.
Apart from the health concerns that confront consumers of the McRib are several regarding the circumstances in which the pigs whose flesh is featured in the sandwich were raised. A 2010 inspection of Smithfield Foods, McDonald’s chief pork supplier:
found crates covered in blood and crammed with female pigs…. It saw piglets falling through slats into manure pits and pigs being thrown into dumpsters while still alive.
If you must eat at McDonald’s, I recommend opting for the Chicken McNuggets, which— as far as anyone can divine—have never been anywhere near a poultry ranch.
‘Pig: A Restaurant’
Now that your mouth is watering for pork, be advised that “You’re invited to the opening party for Pig: A Restaurant, East Gowanus’ hottest new eatery.”
That invite is not from me—notice the quotation marks—but from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Despite references more than once to a party and a restaurant, much about the event, which is scheduled for November 17 at 8 p.m., suggests it is a play. The webpage mentions a director, writer, and cast. Then again, the “luminaries” in attendance (again their word) will include “supplier Ian (of Crown Heights’ preeminent household farm), and Top Chef quarter finalist Annie.”
If I had to guess, I’d say it’s a play that serves food. If curiosity has the best of you, it will cost you only $5 to find out (tickets here). Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W 26th Street, New York.
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