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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Doggy Bag: Today's Odds and Ends

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 5:45 PM

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Our favorite morsel from the food blogs.

An inconvenient lunch: At Grist, Lou Bendrick builds a Dagwood of a case against eating tuna. Like, we all know about the taint of mercury, but, well, you see those cans of Tongol at TJ's, and you think, How bad can it be?

It can be bad. Really bad.

Happily, Bendrick offers up a hemp shopping bag chock-full of tuna bullet points. But in answer to a reader "desperate for a tuna melt with some chips on the side, but ... living in fear for my insides with the possibility of mercury in the fish," Bendrick goes all sardine loopy, getting busy in the kitchen with the frankly fishy little critters. "In the name of science, I made two batches of melts using [a] classic diner recipe for my tuna-loving friend, Kim. One batch contained tuna; the other skinless, boneless sardines packed in water. While Kim admitted that the sardine melt was fishier tasting, she said it was close enough to tuna to convince her to make the switch."

Nice try, Lou, but we're not totally convinced. Sardines are one of those things we like the idea of more than the actual thing, no matter how you dress them up. Doesn't a deteriorating ecosystem just suck?

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