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Nation’s best ice cream; farm-to-table boom; “oyster” eating contest; and some local yak sausage

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff (www.JohnLehndorff.com).

Reported by John Lehndorff:
USA Today recently asked me (and 49 other “experts”) to name the best ice cream parlor in their respective states. The results appeared today. Here’s my contribution:
Colorado
Some of the flavors at Sweet Action Ice Cream in Denver might sound odd (brown bread molasses, salted butterscotch), but they’re inspired and amazingly good. They also do a wonderful chocolate and vanilla. 52 Broadway; 303-282-4645; sweetactionicecream.com.
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Find out which ice cream joints made the cut in other states:
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/2010-08-26-best-ice-cream_N.htm?csp=34

Reported by John Lehndorff:
It’s one of those events that’s better imagines than actually seen because of the potential for, uh, ugly visuals. The Lady Luck Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado hosts the World Rocky Mountain Oyster Eating Championship on Aug. 28. The person who eats the most deep-fried calf testicles in the allotted time wins $5,000. Details: 303-279-3000.

Reported at http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/travel/29choice.html?pagewanted=1&ref=dining:
“An increasing number of hometown chefs are not only celebrating Colorado’s farmers, ranchers, cheesemakers and foragers, but also growing produce and other food themselves. Their restaurants, many of which opened in the last few years, are bringing Denver in line with the farm-to-table ethos already consuming so many American cities. And the ambitious chefs are taking advantage of the urban gardens multiplying all over town.”

Reported by www.eatdenver.com:
“Visit Beatrice & Woodsley in Denver for a Harvest Week menu including local summer squash soup served chilled with marinated “Ugly Goat” feta or the galantine of Colorado heritage turkey with grilled Olathe sweet corn bread, smoked Colorado yak sausage and creamed bitter greens. The Harvest Week menu from Denver’s Jonesy’s Eat Bar includes chicken-fried Colorado sirloin steak with mashed potatoes, green beans, and a truffle Hazel Dell mushroom gravy topped with a fried local farm fresh egg.”

An excerpt from “The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It” (University of California Press) by Julian Cribb:

“The well-off part of humanity has largely forgotten what it is to go hungry and is awakening to an unpleasant shock: starvation and the wars, refugee crises, and collapse of nation-states that often accompany hunger have not been permanently banished after all. Indeed, they are once more at our doorstep. Food insecurity and its deadly consequences are again a pressing concern for every nation and each individual.”

Reported at http://www.thestar.com/living/food/drinks/article/851916–brewmaster-combines-two-loves-beer-and-tea

Mill Street Brewmaster Joel Manning has come up with Mill Street Lemon Tea Beer. “During my time as a brewer, I’ve had a lot of wort (unfermented beer) to drink, and it really reminds me of iced tea,” says Manning. “There’s some sweetness from the malt, there are some tannins from the hops, and depending on what kind of hops are used, there can be some citrus there, too.” After his initial spark of inspiration, Manning turned his home fridge into a brewing lab. He took several bottles of Mill Street’s least hoppy beer home, then popped them open, dropped in some tea leaves, and recapped them before putting them into the fridge. The result was a beer that looks, smells and even tastes a whole lot like iced tea. There’s a bit of sweetness (thanks to a touch of cane sugar), some lemon flavour and aroma (thanks to the natural lemon pulp obtained from France), and, of course, a distinct black tea flavour.

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Nibbles column: http://yellowscene.com/2010/08/18/going-round/

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