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FILM: Food Inc.
DIRECTOR: Robert Kenner
REVIEWER: B. Beamer
SUMMARY : “In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.”
My reaction to this documentary was similar to how many are affected by a placebo. It hit “home” right away and then fell away from my thoughts just as fast as it had entered. Immediately following the film viewing, I made a personal pact to buy from local farmers and visit a local farmer’s market. But, I was quick to find myself eating at McDonald’s during a road trip over the holidays and I still haven’t bought anything from a local farmer – yet. My excuse for now is the winter months.
On the other hand – I did buy organic milk this morning. Maybe the movie did make me think twice about what I’m putting in my body and who I am supporting with my purchase. Over all – I found this movie extremely easy to watch. It was just well done – creative, interesting and fast paced. I didn’t fall asleep once. I also didn’t find it “preachy” which could have easily been an issue for this type of program.
4 out of 5 Cheers.
DRINK: The “blush” or “red” wine offered at your local Chuck E. Cheese
Let me set the scene. It is my birthday but, not just any birthday, I am turning 30. And as I enter the dirty thirties I am nostalgic about birthdays of past. I immediately thought about the fun of Chuck E. Cheese. Yes!!!! Tokens !!! I always loved a good game of skeetball and who doesn’t remember the fun of counting tickets, pizza, and hitting defenseless groundhogs. The deal was sealed when I found out that this great establishment also served alcohol (beer + wine).
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Drink of the Week : The Becks
Reviewer: becky b
Imagine mixing the beautiful Vodka Sweet Tea with the refreshing Raspberry Lemonade – doesn’t that sound fantastic?
Indeed it does.
I tried over the weekend and it quickly got dubbed “The Becks”. It’s really not hard to make ….. 1 part vodka to 1 part ice tea, throw in some ice and Walllll-la!
Beware – before you know it – you’ll be loving the floor.
If you want to check out Vodka Sweet Tea try either :
4 out of 5 Cheers.
DRINK OF THE WEEK: oops – Cabernet Franc Carmenere
The wine was a steal at less than 10.00 at Target. I am most definately going to grab a few bottles to have as my “beamer table wine”. It’s a nice simple taste that goes with everything. I’m not a wine specialist but I do know what wine I can drink on a regular basis – this wine makes the list. I would bring it to a dinner party or drink a glass alone on my roof.with dinner any night of the week. Tasty!
The “oops” website suggest that we pair this wine with ” full-bodied meat and game dishes, and other hearty fare such as gratins, baked pasta, ragouts, vegetable strews, and soups”. BUT, Katy and I paired this wine with dark chocolate and strawberries – fantastic. I thouroughly enjoyed the wine and the food.
On a side note – the packaging is brilliant and fresh.
5 out of 5 Cheers