Food.

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I'm currently reading the Omnivores Dilemma, which is a far cry from my standard reading list of reference manuals and api documentation. I use to think I knew a little bit about food, I generally try to buy organic and local foods if I can. If I've learned one thing from this book it's how little I actually know, both about processed and organic foods. If anything, it's solidified my belief that buying local is the way to go, for several reasons. I was briefly chatting with someone about the book the other day and he brought up the 100 mile diet (the 100 mile diet, is a diet that permits eating any food grown [and processed] within 100 miles of where you live). I guess that triggered something for me, because since then I've been all like "dang. i should get on that 100 mile diet bandwagon".

So, to the point of my post... I'm going to try and do a [somewhat half assed] hundred mile diet this summer. I'm not sure of the best approach to get started, but for the sake of my sanity, and health, going cold turkey off non local food might be a bad idea. Some of my thoughts...

  • I'm gonna start with trying to just do 2-4 days of "100 mile" food.
  • As I get into it I'd like to do full weeks, but I still want to be able to eat out occasionally and have dinner at friends' places. So I'll need to make some provisions there... and find some good not-to-crazy-expensive restaurants that serve local food.
  • On the topic of restaurants though... even to start with (on non-100 mile days) I'll be trying to support restaurants with a more local food selection (even if it's just the lettuce, beer, and wine).
  • Foods that I can't "live" without... olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chocolate, etc. I think that perhaps if the food can't be grown in this climate, I can probably make an exception for it :). My only restriction here is that it needs to be (animal and human) cruelty free.
  • Beer, bread, and other locally produced food (yes, beer is food). While it is possible to get wheat and barley within 100 miles of Vancouver... there's not much, and I would imagine that 99.99% of all bread and beer made within 100 miles of Vancouver is using prarie grain. For my sanity... locally made beer and bread are OK. Of course, this means one of my favorite breweries as of late, Nelson, is out. But Russell, R&B, Phillips, Red Truck (i.e. Yaletown), Storm, and of course Granville Island, are all a-ok.
  • Okanagan fruit. I don't know what to do about this one yet. I guess I'll see what's available in the lower mainland first.

So I think that's my plan for now. I'm pretty sure the condiments are gonna get me though. It should be pretty fun though, especially in the summer. Vancouver's hundred miles has a ton of variety.

Peanut Gallery

"My only restriction here is

"My only restriction here is that it needs to be (animal and human) cruelty free."

Quit being redundant. Humans are animals.

ok. it's faster this way.

carla

ok. it's faster this way. for me.

i don't get it.

Scott Hadfield

i don't get it.

You know, Carla. If you'd

Scott Hadfield

You know, Carla. If you'd just use the same email on your posts I wouldn't have to keep approving them.

Quote " My only restriction

Quote " My only restriction here is that it needs to be (animal and human) cruelty free."

LOL... So I like the idea that you are going on the 100 mile food thing but to turn into a hannibal is insane Scott...

Nate

Some humans are aliens who

carla

Some humans are aliens who can't spell.

Some humans are aliends.

carla

Some humans are aliends. Weird, eh.

haha. btw, if you didn't

Ariane

haha.

btw, if you didn't already know, Raincity Grill (at Denman and Davie) serves a hundred mile menu.