It’s obvious to anyone who visits a U.S. supermarket — past displays brimming with Chilean grapes, Mexican berries and Vietnamese dragon fruit — that foreign farms supply much of our produce. Imports have increased steadily, but the extent of the change may be surprising: More than half of the fresh fruit and almost a third of the fresh vegetables Americans buy now come from other countries. Local, seasonal and farm-to-table are watchwords for many consumers, but globalization has triumphed in the produce aisle. It raises questions about what it portends for U.S. consumers and farmers and what it means for Americans’ health. “I had no idea that more than half our fruit is imported, and it shocks me that this has happened so quickly,” said Michael Pollan, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, whose bestselling books have analyzed the tensions between local and global food systems. The surge in imports, mostly from Latin America and … [Read more...] about Half of the fruit we eat is imported, but is that bad?
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Restaurant Scene: Hokkaido offers a taste of Japan Diners with a taste for sushi, miso soup or tempura will find all of that and more at Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar.The restaurant, located on quaint Franklin Street in Michigan City, features a menu starring Japanese favorites such as specialty rolls, teriyaki entrees, desserts and other dishes. Chinese BBQ items also are on the menu.We visited Hokkaido on a recent Monday night for a late dinner. The eatery features colorful decor starring red and white hues, seating at both booths and tables and other Asian-inspired decorations.Piped-in contemporary music played during our dinner. We also watched as two chefs crafted sushi rolls at the bar.Our dinner choice that night was the Seafood Pineapple Fried Rice ($15.95). The entree came with a choice of soup or salad. We decided to try both and ordered the Miso Soup with the dinner and the Green Salad ($1.95) on the side.The rice entree was indeed an out of the ordinary dish. … [Read more...] about Restaurant Scene: Hokkaido offers a taste of Japan
TASTE TEST: Top level crepes at Top Notch HIGHLAND — Breakfast dishes are often on the salty side, populated with eggs, meats, potatoes, etc. However, sometimes one may have a sweet tooth in the morning, which brings a whole different set of options.Enter Top Notch, 8813 Indianapolis Blvd., and the choices won't disappoint to give you something sweet and sugary at the top of the morning.A worthy selection can be found in the restaurant's crepe offerings. The Greek delicacy can be served with a fruit choice, including strawberries, blueberries, apples and more. These puppies are massive when they're served, and they're wonderfully decorated with a heaping line of whipped cream that spans across all three. Each bite is incredibly sweet, and the crepes are cooked to a perfect crispness. Add some syrup on top to enhance the flavor even more.Top Notch also has a plethora of other breakfast options, which include skillets, omelets, pancakes and more. The hearty servings and agreeable … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Top level crepes at Top Notch
TASTE TEST: Barton's Jumbo Stuffed Tater Kegs loaded with flavor Barton's Pizzeria at 7201 Calumet Ave. in Hammond is a no-nonsense old-school joint where it slides pizzas fresh to order into a massive oven right behind the counter, and even sells it by the slice.The only seating is for those waiting on their takeout orders. There's a few arcade games and a pinball machine to pass the time.People have praised Barton's pizza as excellent, complimenting the dough and crust, saying it tastes the same as they remember it tasting decades ago. You can get your choice from a wide selection of toppings, and Neapolitan-style pizza or deep dish if you prefer.It's got the standard array of appetizers. A standout is the Jumbo Stuffed Tater Kegs, which are so huge they carry a "warning" that's posted on the counter: "The flavor in a Jumbo Stuffed Tatter Keg has been known to cause a state of emotion so intense that some have been carried beyond rational thought and self-control."That might — … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Barton’s Jumbo Stuffed Tater Kegs loaded with flavor
TASTE TEST: Get wrapped up in love for breakfast at The Wheel HAMMOND — All of one's breakfast favorites can come served in different ways — spread out on a plate, stacked between slices of bread and, probably best, wrapped in a tortilla.The Wheel, 7430 Indianapolis Blvd., provides a nice variety when it comes to choosing a satisfying breakfast wrap. From a standard selection with eggs, and vegetables to a larger mix of cheeses and meats, there's something for everyone.If you're looking for something to power you through the day, the Meat Lover's option is a great choice. This sizable wrap comes with three eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, onions and a blend of cheeses. It is heavenly. The cooks keep everything at a nice texture so all is tender without any crispiness. The egg and cheese flavor blend especially sticks out with each bite. The wrap also comes with a side of potatoes, which also are cooked to a perfect style. All comes out to an agreeable $8.49.The Wheel keeps … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Get wrapped up in love for breakfast at The Wheel