Bring the Winter Olympics to Your Table with These 5 Foods

By Jane Poretsky

The 2014 Winter Olympics are here! No worries if you can’t make it to Sochi because we’re going to bring the food of the Olympic countries to you while you watch the games in the comfort of your own home. Here’s a look at 5 Winter Olympic countries and their foods. And remember, when you get hungry, get #FoodtoEat

Russia: Oladushki (Yeast Pancakes)

It’s no surprise that Russians have taken over 90 medals at the Winter Olympics through the years. What do they call it…genetic adaptation? The athletes are practically born inside of a freezer chest. Cross-country skiing has helped the Ruskis take home 13 gold medals. Don’t forget about effortless figure skaters like Irina Slutskaya who gracefully glide across the ice, making all of us look like giant klutzes. Although we’re pretty certain that figure skaters don’t dine on fried carbs often, we know that on the rare occasion… they do eat Oladushki! Oladushki are a Russian pancake, often made with yeast and given time to rise. We fry ours with a little sunflower seed oil and smother them with sour cream and jam for the most delicious treat around. Watch our how-to video!

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Russian Oladushki

China: Scallion Pancakes

China is a huge competitor this year, especially in short track speed skating. They have taken home 24 medals in this category alone! Our favorite Chinese dish to munch on while watching the games is Scallion pancakes. Order flavorful, fried scallion pancakes from Red Egg.

Chinese Scallion Pancakes
Chinese Scallion Pancakes

Canada: Poutine

Another frozen tundra of smiles and amazing athletes is good old Canada. Whether it be ice hockey or speed skating, sledding or curling, Canada has a proven track record of success. Overall, they hold the title for 146 medals at the winter Olympics over the years. Poutine is a classic Canadian dish that is sure to fill your belly fast. French fries, gravy and cheese curds; can you say “Yum, eh”! Order the American version of Canadian Poutine, Chili Cheese Fries, from Fatty Burger.

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Canadian Poutine

Germany: Bratwurst

The Germans know their stuff when it comes to snow and ice. A whirlwind of political changes and 145 medals later, we are ready to see what they have in store for us at Sochi 2014. To celebrate German-style, cook up some juicy bratwurst and wash them down with a Hefeweizen.

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r German Bratwurst

South Korea: Japchae

Japchae: one of the million reasons to love south Korea. Springy, light glass noodles sautéed with wood ear mushrooms and tons of vegetables are one of the few guilt free dishes on our list. Slurp these up while watching Korea’s finest (like Chun Lee-Kyung) race away on the ice. Order Japchae from Koso Fresh

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South Korean Jap Chae

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Competitive Eating & Lost Potential

By: Parth Mukhi

Competitive eating is one of the most gruesome, nauseating events to witness. Yet Major League Eating (MLE) continues to makes millions of dollars, holding around 80 events every year. Unfortunately, the sports greatest rivalry of Joey Chestnut vs. Takeru Kobayashi has been stalled since 2010.

Between the two, Kobayashi & Chestnut currently hold 29 world records with the MLE. The latter of which owning 25, but this is due to the to the ongoing contract dispute between Kobayashi & the MLE. This dispute is the reason Kobayashi has not competed in an official eating contest since 2010, but his own competitions, either by himself or with subpar competitors. Meanwhile, Chestnut has been tearing up the ranks of competitive eating. He’s won the granddaddy of eating events, the Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, a record seven straight times. Thus surpassing Kobayashi’s record of six straight.

The rivalry between Kobayashi (left) & Chestnut (right) was just growing into greatness

The main issues standing in the way of the contract between the two sides is that Kobayashi believes that, “the organization that produces the event cannot be the same agency that also owns the athletes.” Meaning, the MLE is the main body which contracts all their eaters, rather than the competitors having their own separate agents, like in most other sports. Kobayashi’s wish was for more freedom. He asked to be let go of the other three events he was set to compete in, and only enter the Nathan’s events. From what Kobayashi has said, the MLE countered with a $40,000 contract for the July 2010 & 2011 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, and stated that he could not compete in any other eating events for the year in the U.S. or Canada. His sponsorships were also limited to only MLE sanctioned companies.

For the sport, this dispute is a shame. The two top ranked eaters in the world, both in the prime of their careers. MLE President George Shea remains adamant that Kobayashi was offered $100,000 for 4 events, with $25,000 guaranteed whether he won or loss. While, Kobayashi feels like he’s fighting for the future of the sport and its competitors, Chestnut continues to dominate. Upon eating 68 hot dogs at Nathan’s in 2012, he declared, “I will not stop until I reach 70. This sport isn’t about eating. It’s about drive and dedication, and at the end of the day hot dog eating challenges both my body and my mind.” The following year he would break this record by eating 69 hot dogs. This was impressive, but it had already been done. Kobayashi ate 69, two years prior, at an off-site event, with independent judges there to establish the record.

Chestnut (left) has been making light of his competition due to Kobayashi’s (right) absence

Event by event, this sport is missing out on what should be it’s “Golden Era.” This should be the time period in which competitive eating rises among the ranks, starts to hold more and more televised events, begins to make more sponsorships, and attract new fans. The rivalry between Kobayashi & Chestnut could have the equal affect on competitive eating that Magic Johnson & Larry Bird had on the NBA. Potential being wasted due to this contract dispute is heartbreaking. Hopefully either Shea or Kobayashi will eventually come together, and put the sport above their beliefs, and realize the potential for greatness that is right in front of them.

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A Political Debate: Canadian Food Trucks vs. Restaurant Owners

Blogged by: Anjali Kapur

In recent years, food trucks have been springing up across major cities throughout Canada. Restaurants in Vancouver, Ottawa, Ontario, and Montreal, to name just a few cities, have felt threatened by the rise of the food truck business that has become popular amongst locals.Each area varies in the municipal regulations placed on these mobile kitchens, primarily dealing with parking permits and hours of operation. Food truck owners are upset by the stringent laws they are subject to, and the Canadian foodies who venture out to these food trucks for lunch on a regular basis seem to be pushing for more lax regulations.

Will the regulations be re-evaluated and turned over in favor of the food trucks? Or will their business be halted by additional restrictions?

In case you happen to be in Canada anytime soon, here’s a link to the Top 10 Canadian Food Trucks.

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Listeria Cheese Recall in Massachusetts

A few months ago news of a listeria outbreak originating from tainted cantaloupes from select farms in Colorado caused a stir after approximately thirty deaths in the U.S. Dubbed one of the largest food-spread epidemics of the decade; listeria is still causing a stir with the latest news about certain cheeses that may be contaminated.

Massachusetts health officials are urging people to avoid cheese from the brand Fromagerie Marie Kade because such cheese may be contaminated with a potentially fatal strain of listeria.

The cheese is made in Canada, and was sold in markets in Norwood and Worcester. The cheese can be identified by an 1874 stamp with the company’s establishment number.

So far there have not been any illnesses reported in connection with the cheese, though the tainted cheese still has not yet expired, so there’s a chance it may still be in people’s homes.

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