Food as art is an overwrought concept; so is food as therapy. But food as art and therapy? Now, that's more fun. And so, we created a little quiz similar to the inkblot test you might have taken during one of your early therapy sessions: Take a look at each photograph, consider what you're seeing an ... More >>
With all the talk in our culture of locavorism, sometimes the noise of that discussion can have the odd effect of drowning out one our region's signature wild food sources. We do live in a coastal city, after all, and stretching back millenia inhabitants of the Los Angeles area have sustained themse ... More >>
"Let's go the aquarium!" my uncle said to me once, when I was 6. Off we went, into an amazing display of enormous crabs, colorful fish, and slimy eels. We bought a crab, which they were nice enough to steam for us before we left. As it turned out, this was 99 Ranch, not the aquarium, but I was im ... More >>
No more shark fin soup in California.Now that the sale of shark fins for commercial purposes is illegal under both state and federal law, we'll likely see more incidents like this: A Mexican woman was stopped at the border in San Ysidro, California allegedly trying to smuggle shark fins into ... More >>
Courtesy of the Monterey Bay AquariumFaux shark fin soup.Now that the California Shark Protection Act, a bill that would prohibit the sale, consumption and trade of shark's fin -- and with it shark fin soup -- sits on Governor Jerry Brown's desk, waiting for his approval (probably), here's a ... More >>
Kathy A. McDonaldAbalone and kelp thrive at The Cultured Abalone, Santa BarbaraDining on sea snail may sound less than appetizing. Dining on abalone sounds luscious. But abalone's white, delicately flavored briny flesh is essentially that of a sea snail: a muscled mollusk, which consumes alga ... More >>
Oh no you did notSay it isn't so! The California sea otter, our No. 1 draw to water zoos and aquariums for as long as we can remember, has flippered its adorable little way to the environmental danger zone in a recent California Department of Fish and Game count.
There's only 2,711 left in e ... More >>
Here's something new to add to your phone if you're a seafood lover. No, not a bluefin tuna version of Angry Birds, although that would be kind of fun. Slightly more useful is Project FishMap, a new feature of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch app, which lets you tag any of more than ... More >>
It's been a strange summer all around, what with record-low temperatures, spring-like conditions along the coast and several shark sightings. The latest great white shark sighting happened off La Jolla Shores in San Diego over the weekend.
A lifeguard spotted one of the beasts with high-powe ... More >>
When great white sharks were spotted off the Southern California coast in June it seemed a little unusual, but experts say it's not: It turns out that -- hold on to your boardshorts -- great whites often call Los Angeles coastal waters home sweet home.
Indeed, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has t ... More >>
Monterey Public Library, California History Room1943 storm hitting Monterey Harbor, pushing the sardine fleet onto shore
Today the last big sardine cannery in America is closing its doors. The Stinson Seafood plant, located in Prospect Harbor, Maine, is closing after a century of operation, ... More >>
SapphireBlue22stack of newspapersWhat's the country reading today food-wise? Here's a roundup of some of the food-related stories from other newspapers, many of which print their food sections on Wednesday. And remember, even if you don't actually buy papers these days (or not; this paper is ... More >>
File this under Good Stores Doing Bad Things. The environmentally sensitive consumer's dilemma is embodied in Four Story blogger Nathan Walpow's recent post, "My World Is Coming Down Around Me," about charges that Trader Joe's is not green enough when it comes to protecting fish.