WASHINGTON: Every year, nearly five million breeding pairs of ortolan buntings - a type of tiny songbird classified as endangered in several countries - migrate from Europe to Africa for the winter.About 300,000 of the birds pass through southwestern France, where they fall prey to hunters who for decades have defied bans on harvesting them in the name of gastronomic tradition.You see, the ortolan bunting is seen by elite chefs and foodies as a rare culinary treat - one that is consumed whole, bones and all, with a napkin over one's head, for privacy and to better inhale its aroma.Late French president Francois Mitterrand was a noted fan. And even though his country listed the species as protected in 1999 after his death, the hunt has gone on.Now, European experts say in a study published on Wednesday (May 22) in the US journal Science Advances that illegal hunting is precipitating the demise of the ortolan bunting (Emberiza hortulana), which is already suffering due to … [Read more...] about Illegal hunting threatens songbird prized as delicacy: Study
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As unlikely as it may seem, many Filipino writers have a special affinity for Scotland, that northern country (yes, it is one) bound up into the United Kingdom with England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. That’s not only because of our passing familiarity with the likes of Robert Burns and Walter Scott, but because, over the past three decades, more than a dozen Filipino writers—among them Krip Yuson, Eric Gamalinda, Ricky de Ungria, Marj Evasco, Rofel Brion, Danton Remoto, Mia Gonzalez, and myself—have been fellows at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, about half an hour by bus in Midlothian, just outside of Edinburgh. That was where, in 1994, I wrote much of what became Penmanship and Other Stories, including the title story, which came out of a serendipitous purchase of a 1938 Parker Vacumatic at the Thistle Pen Shop in Edinburgh. Indeed, two literary anthologies have emerged from the Pinoy-Scottish connection: Luna Caledonia, a poetry … [Read more...] about A Scottish sortie
Model-cookbook author Chrissy Teigen is to team up with American restaurateur David Chang, who is famous for establishing Momofuku restaurant group, to host a cooking show that marks the birth of streaming platform Hulu’s first food-focused program. Independent reports that the content of the show will be co-created by Vox Media Studios, Chang’s Majordomo Media and Teigen’s Suit and Thai Productions. Chang was quoted by Independent as saying that he hoped to keep integrating new perspectives into the content, sharing stories about culture and bringing change to the current idea of a food television show’s capability. Since opening his first Momofuku Noodle Bar in a no-frills East Village storefront in 2004, David Chang has become renowned as a chef who shakes things up. (Bloomberg/-) “I think there’s an audience out there that understands and celebrates the world through food, and they’re hungry for shows that feed their sense of … [Read more...] about Chrissy Teigen, David Chang to host Hulu’s first cooking show
WATCH: Where is the best lechon in Cebu? Rosette Adel (Philstar.com) - April 30, 2019 - 9:29pm MANILA, Philippines— Cebuanos are often asked where to get a good lechon or roasted suckling pig as it is one of the city’s most popular delicacies. The dish is not just known in Cebu but is also a staple in Filipino celebrations. In 2018, late celebrity chef and award-winning host Anthony Bourdain praised the lechon for its exceptional taste. “The best pig, ever!” he was quoted as saying. The Cebu lechon was also recently featured in Netflix’s original series “Street Food.” The show highlighted the lechon of Leslie Enjambre in Talisay. Her family’s lechon business started in the 1940s and was dubbed as the best in the city. READ: Who’s who: Cebuano chefs featured in ‘Street Food’ Cebuano food writer Jude Bacalso and Chef Myke Tatung Sarthou, who were part of … [Read more...] about WATCH: Where is the best lechon in Cebu?