Food Day Chicago 2013 Thoughts While Completing The Chicago Marathon

Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg/Getty Images Walmart has no regrets about allowing a wild shopping spree at two of its Louisiana stores when an electronic glitch lifted the spending caps on the cards of food stamp recipients. “We know we made the right choice,” Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg told today. The chain has no regrets even though Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services said food stamp recipients should have been limited to $50 each during the emergency and that Walmart will have to pay the difference. Lundberg declined to comment about how much the company may have lost or why it did not follow the emergency $50 limit. Read More: Walmart to Get Stuck With Most of Food Stamp Shopping Spree Courtesy Shelves in the Walmart store in Springhill, La., were cleared Saturday, when the store allowed purchases on EBT cards that didn’t show limits. Another Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said, “Our focus was to continue serving our customers.” Food stamp recipients jammed into Walmarts in Mansfield and Springhill Saturday when word of the glitch spread. Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said some customers were buying eight to ten grocery carts full of food. The store in Mansfield temporarily closed because of overcrowding and Mansfield Chief of Police Gary Hobbs said some shoppers left with up to eight carts of food and then went back for more. The food shelves were left bare and all the meat was sold as well, Lynd said. The shopping frenzy was triggered when the Electronic Benefits Transfer system went down because a back-up generator failed at 11 a.m.

Photo: Gina Scialabba Some of them were kind of quiet and secretive about their recipes, Surabian says, but I was a little devil. She was also keen on learning how to feed her young family the traditional way after a childhood of desperate poverty. Surabians family fled their homeland at the turn of the last century. They moved to Massachusetts, and then to Fresno. Times were so hard then, she remembers some Armenian mothers made pants for their children out of flour sacks. Surabian herself started working at age 14 or 15, canning peaches for Del Monte in Oakland. She settled in San Francisco in 1938. After peaking under numerous dish towels, Surabian eventually became an expert at making phyllo dough, as well as pie crusts, soups and meat fillings: all the labor-intensive staples so key to Armenian cuisine. There are the manti, tortellini or wonton-like dumplings, filled with minced lamb and served in chicken or tomato broth. There is kufta A meatball inside of a meatball, which is great, says Elise Kazajian in the kitchen. Some version of this basic concept is found throughout the Mediterranean ,typically involving ground lamb or beef mixed together with onions, parsley, salt and spices. Manti Beet salad Lahmajoon One of my personal favorites is lahmajoon, perhaps best described as an Armenian thin crust pizza, topped with minced meat (most commonly beef and lamb) and spices. Ive eaten more than my fair share growing up in Los Angeles County, home to numerous bustling markets in Hollywood and downtown Glendale. The pickings are slimmer the further north you go.

Food & Spirituality: Fall Feast with Armenians in San Francisco

A lot will be going on at Daley Plaza here in Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 24 in the name of Grow Real, Cook Real, Eat Real, Live Real . Building A Healthier Chicago ,The Red Meat Market, Artizone Chicago , SaveAntibiotics , Slow Food Chicago , the USDA FNS, the Illinois Hunger Coalition will all be involved among others. The events will be focused on raising people’s awareness as well as the school children attending of the value of a vegetable grown with good seeds. Come to Daley Plaza between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see butchering demonstrations, raw food, Indian food, learn how to cast a fishing rod, learn about good versus bad seeds. As I kept to my mantra of one foot in front of the other, just keep moving, I was appreciative of the fact that I could at least participate and that I wasn’t in a hospital undergoing chemo or in a hospice like my mother who has since passed away. This year’s Chicago marathon taught me humility and showed me how so many different types of people from all walks of life and countries could get together and share a unique activity, running/walking through the neighborhoods of Chicago and be supportive of one another in the race. Good food, like running, brings people together. This year’s Chicago marathon (fantastically executed and thank you, Mother Nature!) was a step after step race for me. No matter my time as some of the banners along the race stated, “enjoy running, some day you won’t be able to.” I learned humility this year and the fact that no matter my slowness I was healthy and able to complete the course and that it’s okay to be a charity runner.