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Foodie Underground: Celebrating Midsommar

ColumnYour guide to throwing your own Swedish Midsummer celebration. This week marks the summer solstice, and if there’s any place that knows how to celebrate this time of year, it’s Sweden. Its northern latitude makes the winters dark and long and the summers light and short, which means there’s plenty […]

Foodie Underground: Corporate Food Cart Nation

ColumnAs the food truck trend grows, corporate chains like Jack in the Box are paying attention. It was only a matter of time. There was no way we could keep guerrilla marketing techniques and word of mouth culinary tips to ourselves. No, after several years of brief stints in the […]

It’s Time We Put up a Food Fight: Foodie Underground

 ColumnFrustrated with the food system? Be empowered to make better choices. Start a food fight. Feeling overwhelmed by the food system? That’s normal. In a world of big business and industrial scale food production it’s hard not to get overwhelmed. Food borne illness outbreaks, stories of animal abuse, widespread soil […]

Foodie Underground: A Near Death By Maple Syrup

ColumnDeep in the woods of Quebec, the realities of sirop d’érable. A year ago I came home to a package outside of my apartment door. In it was a can of maple syrup, marked in both English and French, indicating its bilingual Canadian roots. “This is liquid gold,” read the […]

Foodie Underground: Adventures With Chocolate and Sea Salt

ColumnBecause sometimes ingredients are meant to go together. To say that I am obsessed with sea salt could be an understatement. In fact I recently made a commitment to tweak any recipe that I come across to incorporate sea salt, because when it comes down to it, just like cardamom, food […]

Foodie Underground: Growing Your Own

ColumnAdventures in urban composting. “The worm compost bin is getting delivered next week, we can finally get the worms going again!” “Finally!” This is what we call a romantic Foodie Underground conversation. Let me take a few steps back. No wait, let me start from the beginning. As an only […]

Foodie Underground: 100 Things to Do With Your Summer Vacation

ColumnIt’s the season for eating outside with mason jars. Even if you’re not on an academic schedule, the longer days of the season mean that you have way more time on your hands than usual. Which indicates that it’s high time to stop drooling over blogs about backyard homesteading and […]

Foodie Underground: The Scandalous and Sublime World of Olive Oil

ColumnIs that oil extra virgin or a whore? “There’s a book you have to read.” My father was calling me, and with two very well read parents I take their recommendations seriously. “It’s called Extra Virginity.” I tried not laugh into the phone. I held it together. “Um, ok…” “It’s […]

Foodie Underground: The Wide and Wonderful World of Oysters

ColumnA book about oysters teaches the real meaning of farm-to-table. A month ago, a good friend put a copy of Shucked into my hands and said, “You have to read this.” I looked at the cover. A watercolor painting of an oyster and a fork paired with the title of […]

Foodie Underground: The Scandalous and Sublime World of Olive Oil

ColumnIs that oil extra virgin or a whore? “There’s a book you have to read.” My father was calling me, and with two very well read parents I take their recommendations seriously. “It’s called Extra Virginity.” I tried not laugh into the phone. I held it together. “Um, ok…” “It’s […]

Foodie Underground: Getting Friendly

ColumnA new website lets you scope out new restaurants…and friends. Running short on foodie friends? Not to worry, there’s always the internet. Dating sites have gone from fringe to norm, but in the social media age, the internet isn’t just being used for finding soul mates; it’s the perfect spot […]

“Why Am I Not a Vegetarian?”: Foodie Underground

ColumnEven if we’re not vegetarian we have to be thinking about our meat consumption. There has been a repetitive question in my brain for the last few months. “Why am I not vegetarian?” I consider myself a conscious eater. I am the kind of person that nowadays passes up fruit […]

From Bee to Bottle: What is Mead? Foodie Underground

What is mead? How an ancient tradition became the modern drink of choice. The elixir of the Vikings and then the Middle Ages, mead is as old as it gets when it comes to beverages. But these days it has regained a name for itself, as craft drinking culture has grown and […]

Is Being Gluten-Free Dumb or Not? Foodie Underground

Should you eat gluten-free or is gluten sensitivity a myth? Maybe it’s time we re-framed the conversation. The big headlines in the world of food media during the last couple of weeks were something along the lines of “gluten sensitivity isn’t a thing.” This was on account of new research […]

Foodie Underground: 5 Articles You May Have Missed

ColumnNew to Foodie Underground? Here are 5 of our favorite articles to get you started. If you’re new to EcoSalon, you might not be completely familiar with the weekly Foodie Underground column. Yes, it’s about food, but it’s about all those things that are helping to shape the underground food […]

Foodie Underground: Local Food, Local Community

ColumnWhen a fire hits a local farm, the community rises in support. Mondays are sacred. Since I came to Paris in January, they have been reserved as “veggie nights” – the night that we go and pick up our weekly basket of local food: Vegetables grown just outside of the […]

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How to Start a Podcast About Food: Foodie Underground

Love food? Love learning about it? Love talking about it? Then maybe you’ve been thinking about how to launch a podcast about food. We learn how from Emily Dilling of Paris Paysanne. While we live in an age where content is churned out faster than you can blend together a kale […]

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What If We Committed to Grow Food, Not Lawns? Foodie Underground

If you commit to “grow food not lawns,” you’re not just committing to better food security, you’re committing to a better community. “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution I’ve been thinking […]