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Ok, so beyond running, drinking coffee and writing, I keep up the site Foodie Underground. And it’s currently on the nomination list for The Kitchn’s Favorite Health & Diet Cooking Blog.

I would of course make me ever so happy if you went and gave it a vote.

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Written by Anna Brones

February 19, 2014 at 15:54

Can a Non-Vegetarian Still be a Conscious Eater?

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This is something that I have been thinking a lot about lately, and is the subject for this week’s Foodie Underground column on EcoSalon. An excerpt:

There has been a repetitive question in my brain for the last few months.

“Why am I not vegetarian?”

I consider myself a conscious eater. I am the kind of person that nowadays passes up fruit and vegetables because they are out of season. Certainly, I still drink coffee and eat chocolate, and by no means am a 100% locavore, but I constantly think about what I consume and what I eat.

I am however, not a vegetarian. There, I said it.

Sometimes, ethically, that makes me cringe. In fact being a person that writes about conscious eating, publicly acknowledging that I am not a vegetarian puts me in a vulnerable spot; I get nervous about the response. The internet loves to hate, after all.

But I have watched too many under cover factory farm videos and read too many investigative reports about the state of affairs for mass produced meat to be able to avoid asking myself this question.

And so my personal policy to eating has evolved. I eat very little meat (in the past month I have eaten it twice), and I try very hard to think about it when I do.

What’s so bad about factory farmed meat? A lot of things. From environmental to human health to animal rights, there are a variety of things that are wrong about factory-farmed, cheap meat. Nearly 80 percent of the antibiotics consumed in the U.S. go to livestock farming. To make one hamburger, it takes more than 50 gallons of water. Around 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from the global meat and dairy industry. The list goes on. And despite our awareness of how bad the situation is, we continue to become more carnivorous.

Read the full column here.

Written by Anna Brones

December 18, 2013 at 07:31

New Project: Foodie Underground

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For those of you that have followed along, you know that for the last 2.5 years I have written a column called Foodie Underground. Over time it has morphed into a space where I try to make the idea of good food less elitist. That takes many forms, from interviews with people in the food movement to snarky exposes on sauteed kale.

Well today marks the launch of FoodieUnderground.com, an entire website devoted to the idea of “good food, from good places with good people.” Read the Foodie Underground Manifesto for an idea of where it’s headed.

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Written by Anna Brones

October 15, 2012 at 13:53

Quick Fixes to Pretending You’re a Foodie

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The scene is starting to feel familiar. You’re eating a dessert out of a mason jar and you have spent the last 15 minutes listening to a conversation about the merits of mezcal in cocktails. “I just really can’t stand the taste. Put a drink in front of me and I can definitely tell you if it has it in it or not,” you overhear, and you internally swear for not having a good comeback.

A comeback that was just a little more…in-the-know.

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Written by Anna Brones

April 18, 2012 at 04:01

Parking Space Turned Cafe

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Park(ing) Day is this Friday — props to those who will be converting parking spaces into mini urban parks — so I figured a mention of this super cool looking pop up cafe in New York was fitting, pulled from this week’s installment of Foodie Underground:

Sponsored by two neighboring eateries – Bombay and Fika – and the New York City Department of Transportation, the pop up cafe is composed of a wooden platform that houses 14 tables and 50 chairs. An attempt at solving the problem of cramped sidewalks which don’t leave much room for outdoor seating, the pop up cafe is part foodie attraction and part public space improvement. In fact, Bombay and Fika don’t offer table service, and anyone who wants to take advantage of the space is allowed to take a seat.

Taking the place of several parking spaces, the outdoor seating doesn’t conflict with the sidewalk traffic, and it’s a project that the DOT is more than happy to support. “Every time we put down just an orange barrel, people just materialize out of nowhere,” said Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan to Streetsblog. “If you build it, they will sit.”

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Written by Anna Brones

September 15, 2010 at 12:17

Kombucha: Love it or Hate it? Love it.

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So yeah… I’ll acknowledge that it looks gross, but there’s just something about brewing your own kombucha, and if you haven’t already jumped on the fermented tea train, it’s time to do it. Check out the latest installment of Foodie Underground to find out how (and why you should).

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April 29, 2010 at 07:00

New Column: Foodie Underground

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My very first official column just debuted today over at EcoSalon. Pretty excited about it; going to give me the chance to all of the crazy, cool, avant garde things happening in the food world. Think taco trucks meets super clubs meets homebrews.

This week’s topic is “Amateur is the New Black,” taking a look at how you no longer have to have a fancy diploma to take part int he food movement. A sort of “democratized gastronomy.” Here’s an excerpt:

Maybe it’s the result of an economy that requires a skill for penny pinching or maybe it’s just a renewed love of food, but whatever the reasons behind it, amateur involvement in culinary culture is happening big time, bringing the power of being a foodie into the hands of everyone who wants a taste. Call it indie, call it DIY, but this trend is simply expanding on something we’ve done for centuries: create sustenance.

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Written by Anna Brones

April 9, 2010 at 13:11