When You Can’t Get Lost in Seoul Nightlife, ‘Love in the Big City’ Is the Next Best Thing

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An exuberant hunger drives the characters of Sang Young Park’s beautiful novel

There’s a blurry photo of me, taken on one of my last nights in Seoul, taken on a city bus as it sped past blinking Gangnam lights. I’m dressed sharp — no self-respecting Korean would ever leave their apartment looking anything but — and bundled in a glossy down coat. My head tipped back, eyes closed in euphoria, I’m drinking wine straight from the bottle. I’m guzzling shamelessly in public because I’m young and I’m thirsty and I’m feeling so good from a night of feasting with friends that I don’t care what anyone thinks of me on this bus, which is nearly empty except for us, in a city that I’ve called home for nearly seven years.

Almost eight years have passed since that wild night, and as I recall it now, back here in … Read more

Laboratory accreditation required by FSMA finally becoming a reality

A decade after the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law, the FDA’s final rule on  Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF)  for a laboratory accreditation program for the testing of food in certain circumstances is becoming a reality.

Under the LAAF program, the Food and Drug Administration will recognize accreditation bodies (ABs) that will accredit laboratories to the standards established in the final rule, referred to as LAAF-accredited laboratories.

Earlier this week,  FDA announced that the final rule specifies eligibility requirements that ABs and laboratories wishing to participate in the program will need to satisfy, as well as procedures for how the FDA will manage and oversee the program. In certain circumstances, owners and consignees will be required to use a LAAF-accredited laboratory for food testing.

The FDA will maintain an online public registry listing recognized accredited bodies and LAAF-accredited laboratories.

The establishment of the LAAF

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Would You Rather: Chef Mouth Cup or This Tongue We Wrote About a While Ago?

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If there’s one thing Michelin-starred restaurants seem to love, it’s uncanny mouth stuff

You there! Welcome, step right up, to the Michelin Guide’s first ever kissing booth! I know what you’re thinking, food is sensual and involves mouths but kissing is far beyond the purview of anything Michelin is in charge of. To that I say: You’re not my dad, get in the booth! You have a choice to make between two absolutely obscene dishes!

On your left, you will see an offering from Bros’, a one Michelin-starred restaurant in Lecce, Italy recently reviewed by Everywhereist author Geraldine DeRuiter to disastrous results. In it she details a nearly five-hour long meal of 27 courses, all of which barely amounted to an appetizer’s worth of food, and all of which were seemingly cold. The sentences “these are made with rancid ricotta” and “we’ve infused these droplets with … Read more

Arizona and California leafy greens organizations say they already ‘meet and exceed’ FDA’s proposed water rule

The Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements in Arizona and California, which exist to promote food safety for lettuce and leafy greens, report that they have conducted an initial review of FDA’s new rule for agricultural water and they’ve found LGMA’s current requirements “meet and exceed” what is in the proposed new rule.

LGMA growers in California and Arizona produce more than 90 percent of the leafy greens grown in the United States. Those growing areas, mostly from 2016 to 2019, have experienced outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 from their fields of romaine and leafy greens.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Dec. 2 announced the release of a proposed revision to Subpart E (Agricultural Water) of the Produce Safety Rule (PSR).  Frank Yiannas,  FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, told  Food Safety News  the proposed rule is a “game-changer.”

The proposed change in  the FDA agricultural water … Read more

The Best Sparkling Wine to Sip this Holiday Season

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The Lambrusco, prosecco, and pet-nat worthy of a celebration 

A wine with bubbles can soothe your troubles, or so the old saying goes. And while Champagne might get the lion’s share of the attention — from pink rosé de saignée to glorious old Champagne houses to indie grower Champagne — the truth is, the vinous wonderland of bubbly delight does not begin or end within the confines of the Champagne region. Indeed, there is an immensely pleasurable world of sparkling wine to explore beyond Champagne’s borders, perfect for drinking right now, headed into the holiday season (or any time the desire for bubbles strikes).

Sparkling wine not from Champagne represents a vast global category, with many styles and expressions. Some are household names, like prosecco and Lambrusco, while others are lesser known. “Sparkling wine that’s not from Champagne has kind of felt like it’s on the bench,” … Read more