Black Eyes, Green Thumbs: Roller Derby Gardening
Black Eyes, Green Thumbs: Roller Derby Gardening

I’m convinced that if there’s ever an apocalypse, you really want a roller derby girl on your side. Not only do they have rough and tumble skills and mighty muscles for fighting off the zombie hordes, derby girls tend to be some of the most ambitious, multi-talented people I know. Case in point: Suzy Hotrod — professional photographer, guitarist in a punk band, speed demon on a flat track, horchata aficionado… and urban gardener.

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Food Gaming a National Sensation. Who Knew?

Despite the fact I live in one of the world’s largest cities, I somehow wonder if I’m not simultaneously living under a rock. Case in point: The pack of popular food and restaurant-based video games that have apparently surfaced over the last five years. Somehow, thousands and thousands of people are loving food-related games, and I’ve missed the whole thing. I was just reading an article at Forbes.com about women’s increasing interest in gaming.

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Why Sci-Fi Food Sucks OR In Space, Nobody Can Hear You Barf

Ever notice how disgusting the food of the future looks? Food that comes in pill form. Soylent green. Food that comes out of a replicator. It’s pure nutrition. Efficient fuel. And food love is apparently an antiquated notion to our descendants. With the exception of Captain Picard’s cuppa Earl Grey, there’s little to no enjoyment involved in sci-fi cuisine. The supposedly non-fiction news is no better. Consider vat meat. Bland packaged foods that won’t wreck the space craft.

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Introducing Mama 2.0

Mark, ever-watchful for weird cultural phenomena, writes from his west-coast post this note, entitled, “But where’s the Iron Chef head-to-head feature?” I just ran across this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooking_Mama For those who can’t satisfy their cucumber-slicing jones on a touch-screen, there’s apparently a version coming at Christmas for the new Nintendo Wii console, with its fancy motion-sensing controller. So then, Cooking Mama is either really sad (if you’re like me and believe that everyone should have a real, live person who’s willing to teach them basic life skills) or great news (if you see technology as a panacea for our cultural afflictions).

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Feeling Isolationist? On Making Your Own Rations.
Feeling Isolationist? On Making Your Own Rations.

Neighbors making you crabby? Problems with your boss? Just sick of the world in general? Maybe it’s time to hole up in an undisclosed location and make your own rations. Not sure where to begin? Fear not, neophyte. War reenactors and historical anachronists have maintained the ancient art of assembling flavorless food and that knowledge is now available on the internet for your weekend-project pleasure. Thanks to the wild, wild web, you can pay a quick visit to the World War Two Ration Technologies K Ration Page and there’s now a wikihow Hardtack Tutorial to learn you a few tasty nuggets of information designed to steer you from ration-building failure and public humiliation.

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Of Pizzas & Pac-Men

I visited Fornino, the new wood-fired pizza joint in tha ‘hood today to multitask: catching up with a pal, downing some pie and rooting for the NY Marathon stragglers tripping down the road just ahead of the sweeper busses, since I figure I’d be back there with ‘em … that is, of course, only if a spell of insanity inexplicably swept over my feeble mind and inspired me to sign up for such misery.

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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