Snapshots of quirky and cool happenings from the world of food.india Updated: Jul 23, 2010 00:57 IST
It’s a dog’s world
The world’s first ice cream van for dogs will open for business at a “pet party” in London's Regent's Park on Saturday. The van will serve canine-friendly flavours such as ‘Dog Eat Hog World’ — a chicken and gammon sorbet — and ‘Canine Cookie Crunch’, a more traditional vanilla ice cream, albeit sprinkled with dog biscuits.
“The weather has been so hot, we thought dogs deserved a cooling treat as much as anyone else”, said Sally Bezant of event organiser Boomerang Pets Party. She said a team of pet nutritionists had been through a complicated scientific process to determine the tastiest and safest flavours for the dogs’ dessert. And although the unusual flavours were tested on a panel of dogs, they can be eaten by humans. “It’s safe for humans ... I’ve tried it myself”, she told Reuters, adding that doggie ice-cream tasted “different.”
20,000 bottles of wine set sail for the US
French wine majors Château Smith Lafite and Château de Cayx are using a classic sailing ship to transport their vintages to North America. The sailing ship — the 120-foot (36.5 meter) Bessie-Ellen — was built in 1904 in Portsmouth, England, and is one of the last vessels of its kind.
The ship departed from Bordeaux, France on a 21-day journey to Montreal on July 21, carrying 20,000 bottles. Frederic Albert, CEO of CMTV, the maritime transport company behind the voyage, explained that the reason behind using a sailing ship was to reduce carbon emissions and transport wine in a more eco-friendly way. Though the bottles have already been sold, Albert states that on the ship's arrival on August 26, a reception committee will be held in Montreal and visitors will have a chance to tour the ship and sample a glass of wine. Those interested in tracking the ship's progress will soon be able to follow the Bessie-Ellen online.
Japan sells its biggest tuna in quarter-century
A monster tuna caught off Japan turned heads at a Tokyo fish market Friday, where the 445 kilogram bluefin — the biggest caught here since 1986 — sold for 3.2 million yen ($36,700). “Many of the people who work at the market have never seen a tuna that big,” said an official of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which runs the Tsukiji fish market, the world’s biggest seafood market.
The fish, which was auctioned at 7,200 yen per kilogram, had already been gutted and cleaned of its gills, meaning it must have weighed more when it was caught off Nagasaki prefecture this week, the official said. “It is extremely rare to see a tuna heavier than 400 kgs,” he said. The biggest Japanese tuna sold at Tsukiji weighed 496 kgs.