D.c. Food Truck Operators Feel The Pinch Of A Government Shutdown

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“That would be so fun,” said one chef. So there you have it: according to chefs, Jonathan Gold is Americas smartest, most talented, and most likeable critic or food writer. Fourth place in perceived integrity, Jonathan? Slacker. CULINARY KNOWLEDGE: 3.47 stars, 1st place (2012: 3.12, 1st) PROSE STYLE: 3.5 stars, 1st place (2012: 3.064, 2nd) INTEGRITY: 3.36 stars, 4th place (2012: 2.97, 1st) LIKE TO SHARE A MEAL?: 3.43 stars, 1st place (2012: 2.7, 1st) 2Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 3.2875 Stars Tom Sietsema/The Daily Meal Last year, criticism about The Washington Posts restaurant critic Tom Sietsema spilled over onto the food scene over which the critic has purview. “Too much drama,” noted one chef. “A very formidable palate stuck in a town that should have better food,” said another. But overall, Sietsema rated very high and chefs comments were fairly positive. This year, none of the chefs commenting this year took to D.C.-baiting and beyond a few comments that “everyone can recognize him” and that he is part of the “D.C. ‘club,'” they were overwhelmingly positive. Called a “good man,” a “great old-school gentleman,” “adventurous and broad in scope,” and “one of the best,” Sietsema climbed two spots with chefs overall in 2013. “I like Tom’s sensibility,” explained one chef, “He is an intelligent writer in a genre that can be difficult to make exciting (rutabagas, anyone?)” CULINARY KNOWLEDGE: 3.13 stars, 3rd place (2012: 2.92, 2nd) PROSE STYLE: 3.09 stars, 3rd place (2012: 2.7, 7th) INTEGRITY: 3.6 stars, 3rd place (2012: 2.9, 2nd) LIKE TO SHARE A MEAL?: 3.33 stars, tied at 2nd place (2012: 2.34, 8th) 3Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune, 3.2825 Stars The Daily Meal There are few more respected food writers or critics in America than The Times-Picayunes Brett Anderson (he was even a heavy favorite for The New York Times restaurant critic position before Pete Wells was appointed). So it was surprising last year (though less so than The Times-Picayune firing and then rehiring him) that Anderson only rated 12th place in the survey. Chefs fixed that this year, sending him up nine spots, with not a gripe among them. “Very knowledgeable about wide variety of cuisines adventurous and curious,” offered one chef.

Food Prices: One Year After

Shutdown talks sputter as focus turns to U.S. debt Zachary A. Goldfarb A meeting between the president and congressional leaders fails to yield a deal, and Obama warns of a potential default if the debt ceiling is not raised. Lawmakers declining pay during government shutdown Ed OKeefe Dozens of members of both parties and chambers say theyll donate to pay the debt, or to charity. Michael E. Ruane and Mark Berman Barricades around memorials on the Mall werent doing much to keep veterans and other visitors out. The shutdowns unexpected closures Stephanie Merry, Fritz Hahn and Maura Judkis If you had plans to golf at East Potomac Park, bike along the towpath or see a show at Fords Theatre, think again. In fact, if one thing has become clear to District food truck owners since the government shutdown began Tuesday, its that they rely heavily on federal workers to keep their businesses afloat. Some of the trucks most popular locations LEnfant Plaza, the Navy Yard, Federal Triangle and streets surrounding the State Department are near federal buildings full of workers who go out to lunch. Carl, 48, put his situation into sharp relief: He and Jacob, 34, were married in March, and about a month later they launched Carolina Q, a business into which they sank all of their savings. The truck had just started to break even and prove that it could become a moneymaker for the couple. But until this month, neither Jacob nor Carl had taken cash out of the business, and theyve only taken small amounts.

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But, in 2012, these elements were generally controlled and good sense prevailed in markets. The importance of linkages between food and energy markets has been recognized and the costly biofuel policies implicated in pushing up food prices in recent years are being questioned in a number of countries, including the USA. In another change, widespread public outrage over excessive speculation with food prices led many banks to review their positions and made some of them publically renounce that practice. In fact, today, speculation on futures markets seems to have diminished and played little role in recent price volatility. It could, however, re-emerge depending on financial and monetary conditions, so we need to ensure that these markets are transparent and suitably regulated. Different ways to avoid excessive price volatility and to guarantee availability of food are also being discussed, with the setting up food reserves as an option. Does the current situation mean that our food price problems are over? No. International prices are still higher than their historical trend — higher than the peak in 2008, for example. On the other hand, regardless of price levels, excessive price volatility presents additional challenges, especially for small-scale farmers in developing countries with restricted access to financial mechanisms to contain the impacts of low or negative returns. The G20 Leaders’ Declaration at the St Petersburg Summit was right to recognize that the agricultural market situation still needs close attention. It is important to recall that the rise in food prices that started in 2006 came after three decades of falling prices that brought the agricultural sector in many poor and developing countries to its knees. High prices offers an opportunity to rebuild the livelihoods of small-scale producers, however, this is not happening yet. And, if high food prices are the new normal, then governments need to adapt to this situation by increasing resilience of the poorer populations and by strengthening social protection programs, including cash transfers. Discussions of all these issues are usually prompted by new episodes of soaring food prices and take place against a background of turmoil in international markets.

VIENNA, VA, JANUARY 9, 2013: Winter salad of shaved cucumber, radish and endive with lemon vinaigrette. Dishware courtesy of Crate & Barrel. (Photo by ASTRID RIECKEN For The Washington Post)

Some markets have been around for hundreds of years, like Enfants Rouges in Paris, which opened in 1615. Other markets are new, like Torvehallerne Market in Copenhagen, which celebrates the culinary diversity in the city by offering traditional dishes like duck sandwiches alongside foreign options like sushi. Many markets on our list are wholesale fish markets, like Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, which handles more than 2,000 tons of seafood a day. Other smaller markets, like Mercato Centrale in Florence, provide fresh produce, meats, cheeses and prepared foods that reflect the traditional cuisine of the area. We ranked the 45 best markets around the world based on their critical acclaim, how reflective they are of the local region, and the importance of food and drink at the market. The requirements for the markets that made our list are that they are not strictly farmers’ markets or seasonal, but instead a market a visitor can stop at to enjoy a snack or meal while experiencing the culture of the city. The result is a list of culinary destinations that invite guests to explore all of their senses and indulge in authentic, traditional foods. Whether you are looking for souvenirs to take home, a quick snack or a full traditional meal, these markets offer a delicious taste of culture. 1. La Boqueria Market, Barcelona Formally known as the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, this market tops our list at number one. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona and one of the best-known markets in Europe. Located on the popular La Rambla boulevard, the large indoor market sells everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to seafood and spices. The first mention of the market dates back to 1217, when tables were set up near the old door of the city to sell meat. After years of the area changing its purpose and structure (it was originally an open-air traveling market), in 1914 the metal roof that exists today was constructed. Now, the market is home to vendors selling produce, seafood, meat, cheeses, dried fruit, olives and preserves, and ready-made meals.