(Crickets…)

If a blog falls in the forest, does anyone trackback?

I know, it’s been a while. For the .34 readers of this blog, you’ll be ecstatic to hear that rumors of its death have been greatly exaggerated. I’ve been very busy with work and traveling this month. I promise to implement a pre-fall solstice resolution and pick up the pace of content creation on this erstwhile blog.

Why has happened since my last post? The Middle East has exploded into…well, business as usual, I suppose. It’s just that everyone’s punching in early for work, skipping lunch and putting in overtime.

The United States continues to inch closer towards Einstein’s definition of clinical insanity. Mel Gibson has confirmed our suspicions that he is officially batshit crazy.

On the food front, the War Against Carnivores™ remaines unabated, and threatens to wage another trans-fat battle in Chicago (which incidentally is the central front, what with the foie gras ban and what not…we fight them there so we don’t have to fight them here).

So instead of actual, original content, here’s a rundown of some of the culinary trees falling around the Net that are indeed making a sound.

Pok Pok, everyone’s favorite Thai love shack, is officially closed. Check out the thread at Portlandfood.org (and get a lesson in Restaurant Econ 101 from Mr. Pok Pok himself) and get Hungry T’s recount of his Last Supper.

There’s a lively discussion at Food Dude’s place regarding the aforementioned Great Chicago Trans-fat Parade.

Chez Pim and the Amateur Gourmet make a cute couple (if only the AG wasn’t taken (and gay)).

Extramsg is close to finishing his Portland tip sheet, and has a particularly great line in his writeup on the American Cheese Society’s Festival of Cheese.

Gastronaut finds evidence of the world’s best branding. I think this has “What the Pho?” beat hands down.

Chubby Hubby celebrates the simple shrimp cocktail. Except he calls them prawns cuz that’s what they do in Singapore.

There’s lots more happening out there…have fun exploring the interwebs!