Food Quote of the Day

We’re bacon people

Michelle Obama on ABC and "The View"

Despite Obama apparently expressing an appreciation for Michael Pollan's Open Letter to the president, Michelle Obama reaffirmed the family's" Joe The Plumber" sensibilities. Ahhhhh bacon, now elevated to the level of "every-man" political discourse


    That is an interesting counter-point to the kerfuffle during the campaign over arugula. It was mentioned during a speech and immediately seized as evidence of Obama's fancy non-plumberness.

    From coverage of the arguula comment at

    "Again, the crowd applauded and laughed. One line that landed a little flat, though, was when Mr. Obama sympathetically noted that farmers have not seen an increase in prices for their crops, despite a rise in prices at the supermarket.

    “Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?” the senator said. “I mean, they’re charging a lot of money for this stuff.”

    The state of Iowa, for all of its vast food production, does not have a Whole Foods, a leading natural and organic foods market. The closest? Omaha, Minneapolis or Kansas City."

    I should also add that some years ago, a lot of arugula was produced in Iowa. Though they called it "rocket."

    If you want more on salad and American politics, check out:

    It turns out that endive has gotten people in a political pickle too.


    calling them 'foodies' because they like bacon and healthy food at the same time is quite amusing.

    everybody wants to put their food stamp on those Obamas...

    There was a similarly plaintive article in the Times lately about Hawaii's plate lunch:

    "It is probably unrealistic to expect aloha-infused cuisine in the White House kitchen, given Mr. Obama’s clear fixation with staying trim and healthy. But he has made no secret of the fact that when in Hawaii he likes to indulge in the culinary treats of his youth there.

    “The cultural significance of the plate lunch is that it illustrates Hawaii as a special place where all of our mixed cultures share their foods with one another,” said Matthew Gray, who runs Hawaii Food Tours, which ferries tourists to Oahu’s plate lunch outlets and other lesser known haunts. “Instead of referring to Hawaii as a melting pot, I prefer to call us a salad bowl, where we all get to share and showcase the individual flavors, aromas and histories of our food.”

    Life was stricter back on the campaign trail:


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