Whole Foods Nixes Live Lobsters
Last month, The Post's Walter Nicholls reported that Whole Foods Market had decided to stop selling live soft-shell crabs after complaints of animal cruelty. Yesterday, the Austin-based company went one step further on the animal rights front, announcing its decision to ban sales of live lobsters in its 183 stores in North America and the UK. There are 13 Whole Foods stores in the Washington metropolitan area.
Yesterday's World Cup match between England and Trinidad and Tobago apparently made Scotland hungry for mangoes (and rum drinks, of course). The recent outpouring of love for the tropical fruit is rooted in Scottish animosity for the English team. What do you think they'll chow on when England plays Sweden next week -- smorgasbord with shots of aquavit? Stay tuned.
Will Travel for Food
As you make plans for summer vacations, consider including a food festival as part of your itinerary. A hallmark of summer eats, food festivals of all flavors are taking place in road trip destinations, great and lesser-known. Here are a few fete-ing fruit:
I've got a hankering to attend the International Mango Festival, now in its 14th year, at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coral Gables, Fla. It's a two-day affair, July 8-9.
Michigan isn't just for blueberries; it's sour cherry country, too. The folks in Traverse City have been celebrating the pitty fruit since 1926, with its National Cherry Festival. The week-long festivities kick off July 1. About 75 percent of US sour cherry production comes from Michigan.
Hampton, S.C. is home to the Hampton County Watermelon Festival, in its 64th year. Watermelon-eating and judging of home-grown melons are among the highlights, next Saturday, June 25. Be there or be a pickled rind.
Know of other food-centric festivals coming up this summer? Please, share the wealth in the comments area below.
At about 2:25 this afternoon, I predict that radio host Sam Litzinger will fall into a coma of the ice cream variety. He will be sampling my chocolate/cinnamon/rum ice cream, just churned this morning. Join us for the icy hoopla on Washington Post Radio (107.7 FM, 1500 AM or give us a call (877/POST-107) with questions, comments or just to say hello.
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