Food and drink

Restaurant Review – Homa Cafe Whangaparaoa – Crap food, rubbish service, don’t eat there

We had the pod out visiting yesterday and were up at Whangaparaoa when we decided to take the family out for dinner,  we were visiting the area and so thought we would give Homa Cafe a try.

Spanish Bride is Lebanese and the family enjoys Middle Eastern food, so we are particular about it.

Homa Cafe was a disgrace.

It was the most disgusting meal I have ever encountered.

Apart from fighting the flies for what resembled food but tasted like muck there wasn’t much else to recommend the place.

The service (if you could call it that) was perfunctory and mostly wrong. Even though it was empty when we arrived we were ignored. I asked him if we should just sit down at a table and he appeared to not hear me even though we were only a metre away. I had to ask for cutlery as the four chair table had only two sets of cutlery on it.  Read more »

Why didn’t Shearer do this when he was leader?

I like David Shearer, he is a thinker…and sometimes he really says some very good things.

Why on earth he didn’t do these sort of thing when he was leader.

The impression that the Labour caucus and union movement had David Shearer’s balls in a rat trap when he was leader grows stronger by the day.

He is showing a streak of independence now.

There’s no doubt that New Zealand has a poverty problem and many of our children go to school without breakfast. That hinders their learning.

At the moment, charities and corporate sponsors are stepping up to deliver free food to poorer schools for those children.

Is this the best way to address the problem? I used to think it was.

But last year I visited Yendarra School. It serves a decile 1A community in Otara, making it one of the poorest primary schools in the country – yet they have said ‘no’ to government food hand outs.

Why? Because Yendarra has worked hard, in partnership with their families, to develop a school culture that values good nutrition. And, they’ve achieved healthy lunches for 100% of their children: fruit, vegetables, sandwiches and milk.

You can see the wellness in the children’s faces. Obesity levels are down, and the ability of the children to concentrate on their work in class is up.

If they can achieve those results in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in New Zealand, I believe any school should be able to do it.

That’s why I’m looking for all political parties to support my Food In Schools Bill that will come before Parliament in the next few weeks. Through many conversations with parents, doctors, teachers, school principals and schoolchildren themselves, I have become convinced that free food solves nothing.

I now believe that each school community should be resourced to find and deliver its own long-term food solutions.

We should be supporting schools to teach children the lifelong skills of self-sufficiency, nutrition and gardening that our parents and grandparents knew well. Somehow those skills seem to have skipped a generation, but our children deserve to have a chance at self-reliance.

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Food Nutters Aotearoa, Ctd

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Following on from the post outlining the fawning over anti GMO activists by Green Taliban MP Steffan Browning, I thought I would have a look at the other ‘guest’ speakers.

Key note speaker at the Food Matters Aotearoa conference and speaking tour is discredited International Scientist of the Year 2011 activist researcher Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini.

Another key note speaker is Professor Don Huber. Another international anti-GMO activist, he travels the world warning about a mysterious organism, so scary and disease causing that he’s refusing to share it with the scientific community… even after eight years of no publications or any signs of progress.

The Green Taliban will no doubt call for an urgent Ministerial Inquiry after listening to Huber. But before doing that, they may like to look at the following.

Here’s a hat-tip to a site that has Seven Warning Signes of Bogus Science.  These are;

  1. The discoverer pitches the claim directly to the media
  2. The discoverer says that a powerful establishment is trying to suppress his or her work
  3. The scientific effect involved is nearly impossible to detect
  4. Evidence for a discovery is anecdotal
  5. The discoverer says a belief is credible because it has  endured for centuries
  6. The discoverer has worked in isolation and in secrecy
  7. The discoverer must propose new laws of nature to explain an observation.

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Food Nutters Aotearoa

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This coming weekend in Wellington a bunch of food activists nutters will gather at Te Papa.

And the reason? A “controversial conference” to “address all aspects of food security, production and safety to help inform future policy around food production”.

That’s code for anti-GMO, anti-corporate, alternative health and we know best.

It will be a wet dream for the Green Taliban, particularly MP Steffan Browning – who is still trying to redeem himself after signing a petition wanting the WHO to use homeopathic remedies to fight Ebola.

Browning is so excited he’s even spending taxpayer funds to escort them to the Parliamentary Library on Thursday night.   Read more »

NZ Junk food manufacturers in for tough 2015

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Companies making ‘junk food’ look as though they’re in for a tough year.

If it wasn’t the Aussie council seeking to ban chips, chocolate and sugary drinks from parks, it is now UK ‘experts’ calling for a ban on junk food adverts.

The usual health experts suspects are calling for bans on junk food TV ads, saying they shouldn’t be aired before 9pm in the hope that parents will stop getting pressured by their kids wanting ‘unhealthy food and sugary drinks’.

The British Heart Foundation is saying ‘seven in ten parents with children aged four to 16 have been pestered by their children to buy junk food they have seen advertised on TV.’    Read more »

Some people really don’t understand what halal means

A restaurant in Western Australia is copping a flogging for serving halal meat.

The dopey owner thinks that halal just means that the animal was blessed without realising that there is actually a prescribed manner in which the animal must be killed.

A WEST Australian cafe owner says she was horrified to cop abuse from strangers on social media for selling halal meat, but has also been swamped by messages of support.

Mahaini Taylor, owner of Bunbury’s Mots Cafe, which sells traditional Cocos Malay cuisine food, said one negative review on their Facebook page sparked a torrent of anti-Islamic comments. “It’s been really overwhelming. It’s been crazy online,” she told ABC radio on Wednesday.

“There were a lot of irrelevant things … that we’re supporting terrorism and all of that. It was a real shock. It’s horrible.”

She said it appeared many of the people who had posted the comments didn’t properly understand what halal meat was, so the cafe embarked on an online education campaign.

Sounds promising…but wait.

“Halal meat is no different to any meat anywhere around the world,” the cafe posted. “The only difference is how it’s been slaughtered. Halal meat is hand slaughtered. Halal is simply blessing the animal with words of appreciation, and the sacrifice of its life, to feed mankind.”

Yeah, nah.

Halal meat must be not only slaughtered in a prescribed manner it must also be prepared according to Shariah law.  Read more »

Why is it that Labour parties seem to have dud ideas?

Labour is dead set useless, they focus on retard policies and treat voters like their policies.

In the UK it isn’t much different, hell, they even share policies with New Zealand Labour.

Ed Milliband is proving to be just a savvy with the voters as David Cunliffe.

Junk food adverts aimed at children face being banned before the watershed, under proposals announced by Labour today.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said too many children were ‘exposed to adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt’ – particularly during popular Saturday night shows like the X Factor.

The proposal was contained in a raft of public health measures announced today aiming to tackle Britain’s obesity epidemic.

Yeah because the nanny state is always a vote winner.

Mr Burnham said Labour would impose ‘a time watershed for advertising of products high in sugar, fat and/or salt’ if measures cannot not be agreed with regulators to dramatically cut the number of junk food adverts aimed at children.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt took to Twitter to condemn the proposals.

He said that “banning and legislation not always the answer” and that “backing families to make better choices brings lasting change”.

But Mr Burnham accused the Government of being ‘too close to powerful vested interests’ to stand up for children.

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The poles aren’t melting, new report stabs Al Gore again

Al Gore said in his 2007 Noble Prize acceptance speech that the “Arctic ice could be gone in as little as seven years.”

Can we take back that Prize now…yet again a warmist prediction has failed.

A new report shows that the poles haven’t just not melted they have in fact grown in ice.

Last week, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reported:

“The North and South Poles are not melting.” In that report, oceanographer Ted Maksym noted that polar ice “is much more stable than climate scientists once predicted and could even be much thicker than previously thought.”

That Woods Hole study was confirmed by today’s NOAA  Arctic radar map which shows the Arctic Ice Cap at more than 4,000,000 square miles, larger than on any December 28 in the past five years. Reaching the North Pole requires either a dog sled or a nuclear sub; Al Gore’s cruise ship will stay in the tropics. At the South Pole,  Antarctic ice coverage is at the highest extent since radar measurement began 35 years ago.

NOAA’s Arctic Report Card; Update for 2014 provides similar data for the Earth’s other big ice sheet, Greenland. Data from the GRACE satellite and other sources has shown an annual average Greenland ice loss of more than 300 billion tons until 2013.  That loss has now dropped sharply by 98% to 6 billion annual tons since mid 2013. A loss of 300 billion tons adds about one millimeter to sea level rise.

All this frigid data parallels the 17 year pause in global land and sea surface temperatures as reported by NASA, NOAA, the UK Climate Research Unit, and the University of Alabama Huntsville Remote Sensing Systems program. That pause is occurring despite our annual release of more than 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide(CO2) from burning fossil fuels, especially coal. Half of that CO2 release stays in the atmosphere. But CO2 remains a trace gas, as the atmosphere weighs several quadrillion tons, and a quadrillion is a million times a billion.

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Japan should take a leaf out of our book

First, the background

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Three people have choked to death on New Year’s rice cakes in Tokyo, with the toll reportedly climbing to at least nine nationwide.

Sticky rice cakes, or “mochi,” are an essential part of the Japanese New Year’s holiday menu.

But the glutinous mochi, grilled or cooked in broth or with sweet beans, can turn deadly, by getting stuck in people’s throats and blocking breathing.

The Yomiuri newspaper reported last week that at least 128 people were rushed to the hospital after choking on mochi, and nine died.

The Tokyo Fire Department said today that 18 people were rushed to the hospital during the first three days of the year, and three males died.

It advises people to cut mochi in small pieces, chew slowly and learn first aid.

Nine deaths.  That’s almost as bad as our road toll.

So.

The solution?

Get the Japanese to set a “no tolerance” policy on mochi eating.   People who eat them without first cutting them into bite sized pieces will be instantly fined.

There.

You’re welcome.

 

– via One News

Cameron has his head in his hands

Cameron cannot believe that it has come to this. He pokes fun at David Farrar’s Travel Blog and now I have ruined Whaleoils reputation as a Political Blog by writing this post in response to a request by two of Whaleoil’s readers.

So it has come to pass. Whaleoil is now a recipe sharing blog ( wicked laugh ) Apparently my tale yesterday about my Uncle ending up in tears when his giant jar of Lebanese salad dressing was smashed on his way to the bach has got some of you wondering about a dressing so good it can make a grown man cry.

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