On tap for this week’s Lunch Buffet: all Jamie, all the time; a dose of reality from a school food reformer; and a word of warning to Lunch Tray readers carrying a few extra pounds — and with plans to emigrate to New Zealand (all one of you.)
Three Jamie Oliver-Related Items
First, the Guardian ran this candid interview with Food Revolutionary Jamie Oliver, who’s quite forthcoming in his answers. [Hat tip: Spoonfed.] Second, here’s a short video of Jamie in his chicken nugget costume as part of the Chipotle Boorito contest. (It wasn’t until I saw the video that I realized that Jamie’s “hat” is a little dollop of dipping sauce. Pretty cute.) And third, just a heartfelt thank you to the Lunch Tray readers who took the time to plug TLT on the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Facebook page this week!
Blog Post Title of the Week
From the What’s Cooking blog, a post called “School Lunch Reform – Stick a Spork in My Eye.” That pretty much sums up how I feel much of the time. Read the post for the author’s honest assessment of the progress she’s made and setbacks she’s encountered as she tries to improve school food. [Hat tip: The Yummy Mummy]
If You Want to Become a Kiwi, Eat Fewer Fries and More . . . Kiwis?
My friend Laurie tipped me off to this bizarre bit of information: if you’re overweight, don’t try emigrating to New Zealand. Apparently, in an effort to lessen demand on the nation’s health resources, fat people are barred at the door. This article reminded me of a story I heard recently, in which a person I know was advised not to start a business in Texas because the workforce. over time, will be crippled by health problems stemming from obesity. I don’t endorse discriminatory programs like the one in New Zealand, but it’s naive to assume that the real-world costs associated with obesity are going to be blithely overlooked by businesses (or nations) out to protect their bottom line.
Have a great weekend! More Lunch Tray on Monday . . .