New York harbor was once the oyster capital of the world. In fact, what lobsters mean to Maine today, oysters meant to New York just a few centuries ago. Archeologists have found middens — ancient piles of shells — dating back to 6950 B.C, suggesting that oysters thrived in the brackish waters around New York harbor for millennia, providing bountiful food to the Lenape people who lived in the region. Later, British explorer Henry Hudson found 350 square miles of oyster reefs when he sailed into the harbor in 1609 and as you would expect, it didn’t take long for European settlers to establish a booming oyster industry in the harbor shortly thereafter. Before long, immigrants began calling Ellis and Liberty islands “Little Oyster Island” and “Great Oyster Island.” The Dutch paved Pearl Street in New York City with discarded oyster shells; while other shells were crushed into mortar paste for construction. Trinity Church is one example of a place … [Read more...] about This Nonprofit Is Trying to Restore One Billion Oysters to New York Harbor
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On some future visit to your neighborhood supermarket, at least a few of the groceries you pick up for that night’s dinner party or the next day’s lunch will have been designed with artificial intelligence (AI) — or so thinks IBM. The Armonk, New York company today announced that it’s teaming up with McCormick & Company — the century-old purveyor of spices, seasoning, mixes, and condiments for industrial and home kitchens alike — to create new flavors and foods with machine learning. The collaboration — which IBM says was four years in the making — will see McCormick & Company tap IBM’s Research AI for Product Composition tech for AI-derived insights, which IBM claims has already enabled the food company’s Consumer and Flavor Solutions divisions to discover new herb, extract, marinade, and stock flavor combinations up to 3 times faster. The recipe-predicting AI, drawing on McCormick’s … [Read more...] about IBM and McCormick blend new seasonings with AI
Antoni Porowski, the food expert from Netflix’s Queer Eye reboot, is a polarizing figure. While his fellow host Bobby whips up massive renovations, and while Jonathan charmingly “yaasss queens” everyone to death, Antoni has earned the reputation for cooking... well, very little. His Season 1 recipes—guacamole, grilled cheese—left a lot to be desired, and he often straight-up made people cook for him, like when he made one subject’s mother teach him how to make banana bread pudding. Which is to say, people are still not sure if the man can cook. So when Antoni announced he was opening his first restaurant—a “fast-casual” spot inspired by his Polish heritage that would take over a shuttered West Village diner in New York City, with restaurateurs Eric Marx and Lisle Richards—we knew we had to go review it. When the three of us—all active Queer Eye fans— arrived, we found a small, minimalist space filled with pothos … [Read more...] about ‘Seems Like It Needs Flavor’: 3 Jezebel Queer Eye Experts Review Antoni’s Dry New Restaurant
It’s getting a lot easier to avoid getting violently ill from food poisoning, and to see just how divey your favorite dive bar is. Yelp announced today that the platform will start featuring hygiene scores of restaurants alongside reviews, photos, and other information. As of today, the feature is available in California, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Washington, DC, but Yelp says it intends to roll the initiative out in other states soon. Eventually, hundreds of thousands of U.S. restaurants should have their hygiene scores listed publicly on Yelp. This new feature is a part of Yelp’s LIVES (Local Inspector Value-Entry Specification) program, which the company started in 2013. LIVES relies on HDScores, a search engine for restaurant inspection reports covering 42 states, which built a special system for Yelp. In a blog post announcing the feature, Yelp’s public policy boss Luther Lowe wrote that cities have been doing restaurant inspections and providing the … [Read more...] about Yelp Will Now Show You Restaurant Hygiene Scores
Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we’re talking about the Masters, walking, goth girlfriends, steak, and more. Your letters! Kevin: In which sport do the athletes fart most frequently during the course of play? My gut instinct is that it’s tennis players, who have that wicked combination of twitch reflexes and quick moments of full body exertion that has gotta be leading to some serious wind; perhaps they’re grunting that loudly to cover up the noise. Yeah but tennis has so many quiet moments that are NOT conducive to farting. You’re out there all alone on one side of the court, with TV mics trained on you and everyone in attendance listening raptly. That’s horrifying. I would hold it in until the changeover and then fart into a towel if I could. There are a lot of other sports where you can not only get away with farting, but can actively deploy farting in the name of … [Read more...] about What Sport Causes The Most Farting?