World’s most vomit-inducing foods go on display in Los Angeles

admin   •   December 19, 2018   •   2238

 

 

Grasshopper in Disgusting Food Museum | Reuters

A selection of some of the planet’s most stomach-turning foods, including maggot cheese, fish sperm sac sushi and Chinese mouse wine, are on display in Los Angeles as part of a new exhibition which aims to delight and disgust in equal measure.

The “Disgusting Food Museum” displays dishes from around the world in a bid to challenge stereotypes about what ingredients one would consider to be disgusting.

“We wanted to have a conversation about what food was and the history that food has, how it becomes part of our tradition and how we grow up around it and we’re not aware that it changes our taste, the way we look at the world,” said Chief Curator Anthony Morey.

“We start to realize that if what we find disgusting is somebody else’s delicacy then that’s going to be vice versa the same situation and they’re going to look at us the same way,” he added.

After museum visitors make their way through the exhibition, which includes dishes and delicacies from around the world, they pass a tasting bar where they can sample some of the items, including Iceland’s cured shark, Hakarl, and Sardinia’s Casu Marzu cheese, which is riddled with insect larvae. There is also Sweden’s smelly Surstromming fermented herring.

“I couldn’t try all of them, there were only three things on that bar that I wouldn’t try. It was the ‘hakarl’ which is the fermented shark, a cheese which is described as smelling like a corpse I believe, and I wouldn’t try the century egg, which is just a fermented egg which apparently wasn’t as bad as it looked but I’m not going to try that,” said 24-year-old Wes Hauptman after bravely sampling a number of the offerings.

Amelia Kuranda Stone, who was visiting the Los Angeles exhibit on her 25th birthday, said it made her think about the sustainability of food sources.

“In America everything is very sweet, very salty, we only eat muscle meats, so I think it would be a lot more sustainable to try and spread out and like find other things that you can add to your palate,” she said, after sampling a spoonful of crunchy Mexican crickets.

Others were not so fearless.

“I would lick a couple of things … there was no way I was putting anything in my mouth that I had to chew, forget it,” said Victoria Lautman, who was visiting the museum with a friend.

And if the strong smells and tastes get too much for visitors, there is no need to panic as a vomit bag is included in the price of admission.

Disgusting Food Museum runs at Los Angeles’ A+D Architecture and Design Museum until February 17. — Reuters

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Senate questions P39 meal allowance of inmates

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 3, 2019

Filipino jail guards salute as inmates sing the national anthem during a peace accord event to stop violence amongst gangs inside the New ‘Bilibid’ Prison’s maximum security compound in Muntinlupa city, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 December 2018. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Senators on Thursday (October 3) questioned the P39 meal allowance of inmates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) which was supposed to be P60 per meal a day.

In 2018, more than P1 billion was allotted for the Food Subsistence Allowance of persons deprived of liberty (PDL). However, during the bidding, the allowance was cut to P39 per meal a day.

Senator Panfilo Lacson also said the meal allowance had been increased to P70 per day in the 2019 national budget.

Hindi ko ma-reconcile bakit papakainin mo lang ang preso ng P39 worth of meals, when bina-budgetan na ng gobyerno. Saan napupunta iyong balance?” he said.

(I could not reconcile why you would give P39 worth of meals to inmates when the government has an allotted budget for it. Where does the balance go?)

Former BuCor Officer-in-Charge Rafael Ragos has revealed in the Senate hearing that the BuCor director receives P1 million from catering services.

Caterer, Angelina Bautista, recalled that they won the bidding for the provision of catering services to the Correctional Institution for Women in August 2018.

However, she said, they were disqualified after refusing to give “kickbacks” to officials.

Another catering service provider said they were also blacklisted in 2017.

“We cannot participate during the bidding because of the politics na nangyari nga po (that was happening),” according to Lisa Dizon of Mang Kiko Catering Services Inc.

However, former BuCor Chief Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa said that no one offered him any ‘kickbacks’ during his time as the BuCor Chief. He also said he did not accept any bribes.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

Actor Kevin Hart injured in Los Angeles car accident

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 2, 2019

Actor Kevin Hart suffered major injuries in a car accident in Los Angeles early on Sunday morning (September 1), the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said.

Hart, 40, was being driven in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda shortly after midnight on Mulholland Highway when the driver lost control of the car and it tumbled down an embankment, the CHP said in a statement.

CHP did not elaborate on the nature of Hart’s injuries, but TMZ reported that he injured his back.

The driver, Jared Black, also suffered major injuries in the accident, the CHP said. He was not under the influence of alcohol at the time, the CHP added.

Hart, who is known for his stand-up comedy and comic roles in movies including “Ride Along,” was able to leave the scene of the crash with a second passenger, who was not badly hurt, and head to his home nearby to get medical attention, the CHP said.

Hart was eventually taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center and the driver was taken to another hospital. (Production: Kia Johnson)

Striking teachers rally in Los Angeles

admin   •   January 15, 2019

Aerial view of rally outside City Hall in Los Angeles, California, United States on January 14, 2019 | Reuters

More than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers demanding pay raises and smaller classes walked off the job in America’s second-largest school system on Monday (January 14), marching downtown in the rain after negotiations over a new contract broke down.

Students arriving for classes at some 900 campuses across the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) were met by their teachers carrying picket signs in the city’s first teachers’ strike in three decades. The system educates some 640,000 students.

Some 20,000 teachers, union members and supporters gathered outside City Hall, carrying umbrellas in a rare Southern California rainstorm and chanting as they prepared to march toward district headquarters. No end date has been given for the strike.

Officials for the district, which serves mostly working-class families who would struggle to find child care if classes were canceled, kept schools open, staffed by administrators and substitute teachers. — Reuters

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