Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.
1. The NYT looooooves Mission Chinese Food. Mark Bittman at the New York Times writes a lovely rave of Mission Chinese Food. The piece came on top of an "Edible Selvy" feature on MCF that appeared last month in the Times' T magazine. Bring on the television cameras and national magazines. San Francisco food media: Our work here is done.
2. The Economist vs. Regulations. The most infuriating story I've read this morning is this piece in the Economist (it came out last week, but I just learned about it via Twitter today). The article profiles Homa Dashtaki, an Iranian American who decided to start selling her father's amazing yogurt at farmers markets. The California Department of Food & Agriculture immediately shut her down; the regulations she needed to comply with dated back to the 1940s, required re-pasteurizing the milk, and would have necessitated automating much of the traditional processes that made the yogurt so good. Infuriating, no? But the author uses the piece to bash California's regulatory environment, over and over again, comparing our state unfavorably to Texas -- without bothering to find out whether the same yogurt would have been illegal to make in that state, too.
3. Food trucks and schools. In San Francisco, many of us are used to thinking of food-truck owners as the good guys. The Wall Street Journal tells another side of the story. In Novato, snack trucks and ice cream trucks started parking outside local schools after the schools banned junk food from the premises:
The school's principal, Rey Mayoral, said fights have broken out between drivers over choice parking locations, forcing him to call the police on more than one occasion. And the scores of students flocking to the trucks sometimes snarl traffic, he said. "These trucks are contradicting everything we are trying to teach the kids" about nutrition, said Mr. Mayoral. "And what makes matters worse is it's getting dangerous."