Watts (chipotle) wrote,

Slow Food

I'd first heard of the "Slow Food" movement years ago, but rediscovered it through this excerpt from a current issue of Mother Jones. Unlike some of MJ's stuff, this isn't a politically strident article--which is of course the point of Slow Food, which makes its points about environmentalism and globalism in ways greens and libertarians alike can appreciate. (At least ones who don't take themselves too seriously, which is a too-small subset on both sides.)

Since I'd first heard about them, the Slow Food USA group has been organized, and perhaps not surprisingly the movement blossomed first in the San Francisco area. That led to the Slow Food Silicon Valley group, which led me to look at the restaurants run by its co-chairs: JZ Cool's and the Flea Street Cafe in Menlo Park, Emile's in San Jose, and Chef Chu's in Los Altos. I went to JZ Cool's yesterday (and while the name sounds oh-so-hip, the owner's name actually is Jesse Ziff Cool) and found it to be an aggressively organic deli. I don't say that as a bad thing, just an amusing one: you can get a bacon cheeseburger if you want, it'll just be Niman Ranch beef with organic cheddar, bacon and even organic ketchup for the fries. Ms. Cool is apparently also a nationally known chef.

I gather Chef Chu is also a nationally known chef, and at some points in the last few decades his restaurant's been considered one of the best Chinese places in the Bay Area. (I gather that like other "landmark" restaurants everywhere, this is subject to fierce debate by locals. In Tampa the arguments were always over Bern's Steakhouse and the Columbia, the nation's oldest Spanish restaurant.)

This of course puts a few more restaurants on the list to eventually get to.

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