Starting in 2020, many businesses must keep food out of the garbage

The Metro Council voted Thursday in favor of an ordinance that will require some types of businesses in greater Portland to separate their food scraps from the garbage.

This means that, starting in March 2020, businesses that generate 1,000 pounds or more of food scraps per week must collect their food scraps separately from garbage. The program will roll out over five years. Eventually, almost 3,000 businesses, including schools, will be required to separate their food scraps. Businesses that generate less than 250 pounds of food scraps per week will not be subject to the requirement.

Businesses in the Portland area already have to separate recyclables like metal, paper and glass from their trash.

So why add food scraps – stuff such as eggshells, bones and peels – to this list?

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5 foods worth making from scratch

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I’ve found it simply doesn’t make sense to make some foods yourself, even if they cost a little less to make them from scratch. Bagels would be at the top of that list for me. The time it takes to make them, along with the fact that many local bakeries do an infinitely better job than I can, makes it worth it to spend the extra money for bagels.

On the other hand, buying packaged taco seasoning seems like a ridiculous waste of money to me. When I use the spices I already have in my kitchen, it’s almost as if the taco seasoning is free.

Each home cook will feel differently about what makes sense to make from scratch and what makes sense to purchase pre-made (even if it costs a little more), depending on how much time they have and their cooking skills. With that said, here are some of the foods I think are perfect candidates to make from scratch to save money.

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San Francisco Bay Area cities are cracking down on free food at tech companies — here’s why …

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  • Mountain View, a city in Silicon Valley, will not allow a new office development where Facebook is set to move this fall to have a cafeteria with free food for employees. The restriction aims to increase business for local food retailers.

  • San Francisco, home to Twitter, is proposing a similar rule that would ban new workplace cafeterias for the same reason.

  • Harry Glaser, cofounder of the Silicon Valley-based data visualization company Periscope Data , says that the ban could be a good idea, arguing that tech companies have a responsibility to engage with and support their communities.

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Getting blitzed on vacay can void your travel insurance

Today, a piece from Travel Market Report draws our attention to the fact that alcohol consumption can nullify travel insurance, meaning you might not be covered for injuries from falls after drinking or being refused seating on a flight due to intoxication. Policies vary, but as the report notes, “for most insurers, intoxication is an exclusion for all plans.” As a writer currently traveling for work, isn’t it funny I’m currently shifting uncomfortably as I type this sentence, thinking of the six-pack she has in her hotel mini-fridge?

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Channel your inner Thor at this Viking restaurant in Australia


It might be thousands of miles from Scandinavia, but this Viking-themed restaurant offers a contemporary interpretation of Norse traditions Down Under.

Mjølner restaurant first originated in Sydney and there’s a recently opened outpost in Melbourne, named after Thor’s famous hammer.

Of course, Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, is a proud Aussie and featured in a recent Crocodile Dundee-themed tourism ad for Australia, so it’s only fitting the feasting halls of Asgard are being recreated in Oz.

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How Southern Food Has Finally Embraced Its Multicultural Soul

Oscar Diaz of the Cortez in Raleigh, N.C., which has become an exemplar of new Southern cuisine

The signs of a Nuevo South are impossible to miss at Jose and Sons, a buzzy restaurant inside a former train depot in downtown Raleigh, N.C. On a window on the side of a door, Hola Y’all flows in a jolly green script, while Hecho en Raleigh snakes across the bar in big block letters.

The slogans are a preview of a menu that seamlessly melds Southern and Mexican classics–think collard-green tamales, pork chops rubbed in al pastor spices, pimento cheese enlivened with chicharrones. “We’re not being ‘authentic’ Mexican, we’re not being ‘authentic’ Southern,” says the 32-year-old owner, Charlie Ibarra. “It’s just who we are.”

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Flavored Nation in Columbus features one iconic food from every state (can you guess Ohio’s?)


50 booths, 50 food items, one from each state
If you had to pick one food item to represent Ohio, what would it be?

Cincinnati chili, pierogi, corn on the cob? Good answers all, but Richard Gore, a native New Yorker, came up with a sweeter choice: Buckeyes, the chocolate and peanut butter concoction made to look like a nut.

You’ll get to sample Ohio buckeyes – plus a food item representing each of the country’s 49 other states – at the inaugural Flavored Nation food event, coming to Columbus next month.

There will be 50 booths with 50 chefs creating one iconic food dish from every state.

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FDA, producer release few details about recalled whey powder

It is not known how many food companies used potentially contaminated whey powder in their products; it is not known how many pounds of the whey powder have been recalled; it is not known how many foods will be recalled because of the whey powder — that is, the public doesn’t know.

Federal officials and the producer of the whey powder know most of those details, though.

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Rich-people food has changed radically since the early 90s

The cover of The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Cookbook—Recipes and Entertaining Secrets from the Most Extraordinary People in the World, is like a hidden pictures game from Highlights magazine imploring you to circle the signifiers of wealth. Lobsters flank a platter of canapés. A silver bowl mounded with caviar rests on a bed of ice. In the foreground a plate appears to be sauced with a gold leaf purée. White chocolate-dipped strawberries and a classic Charlotte Royale peek out from behind a dinner jacketed Robin Leach, holding a glass of Champagne. Crystal glasses and heavy silver abound, daring you to guess which to use first.

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