The Breadipus Effect

“If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences.” — Robert K. Merton

Fearmongering?  Or yet another sign of the times?  From the pages of today’s New York Sun, we find the following article:

Food Rationing Confronts Breadbasket Of The World

Major retailers in New York, in areas of New England, and on the West Coast are limiting purchases of flour, rice, and cooking oil as demand outstrips supply. There are also anecdotal reports that some consumers are hoarding grain stocks.

I can provide one of those anecdotal reports, come to think of it.  My colleague’s family (specifically, her parents from the Old Country) has taken to stockpiling bags of rice as a hedge against future shortages.  She came home from work the other night to find that her parents had piled fifteen bags of rice in the garage.

“Where did you get all this rice?  And why?” she asked, incredulous.

“Don’t you pay attention to news?  Rice will be gone soon!” they answered indignently.  “We save up now!”

“But fifteen bags?  It takes us, like, two months just to get through one.  You’ve bought two and half years’ worth of rice, Mom.  Really.”

“You’ll thank us when all your other friends are complaining they have no food!  You’ll thank us when everyone coming to you saying, ‘You so smart to buy rice when you still can!'”

To me, this story doesn’t say “ZOMG, we’re all running out of food tomorrow!!!!11!1!  Must stockpile cans of soup!!!!” as much as it says “self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Which brings me to ask the question: are we really, truly, honestly facing the prospect of Soviet-style bread lines, as The Independent erroneously tried to lead people to believe earlier this year?  Or is this simply another scare tactic employed by the media to sell more papers and generate more interest in the doom-and-gloom, apocalyptic scenarios that people have always so readily bought into?

Your call…

…and KUDOS to you if you caught that pun in the headline.  We’re officially best friends now.  Just FYI.

Quiere Algo, Cabron?

I wish my local Jack In The Box had horchata

Courtesy of everyone’s favorite Latin King of Comedy, George Lopez.

In tangentially-related (but not food-related) news, how hilarious is it that there’s an entire Wikipedia entry on “Spanish profanity“?  Oh, the places you could go with your new vocabulary…

10th Annual Best Taste In Town

If you like to eat and you’re looking for something to do this Thursday night, then look no further:  the 10th Annual Best Taste In Town is being held Thursday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at the Grand Houston Plaza Hotel on Kirby.

According to their website:

The popular Best Taste event is simply a “must-do” experience for all foodies. With a mouth-watering selection of tastes from numerous restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, and other food and beverage providers from the Greater Southwest Houston area, the 10th Annual promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The event will feature around 25 great restaurants and stores (well, “great” might be a little subjective, considering the inclusion of Aramark on the list).., including local favorites The Bombay Brasserie, Berryhill Tamales, Hungry’s Cafe & Bistro (a childhood favorite of mine that’s transferred nicely into adulthood) and the Texas Tamale Company.  Also present will be local brewers Two Rows and the multiple-award-winning Saint Arnold.

Tickets to the event are $30 and can be purchased at the Best Taste website.  Your ticket nets you the opportunity to sample food to your little heart’s delight and then vote for your favorites at the end of the evening.

Unfortuately, I won’t be able to attend since I have sinfonietta rehearsal that night (odd as it may sound, I do actually do other things besides eating…), so I’m counting on some of you social foodies to make it out there and report back.

Happy eating!