In my usual “I forgot to put the 17 reusable grocery bags I have back in my car after the last market outing” stupor, I stumbled upon the FEED 100 bag I had read about a few weeks back and forgotten existed.
The brainchild of Lauren Bush, this hip, sustainably produced, fair-trade bag is made of organic cotton and natural burlap, has a few well-placed pockets, and zips into a pouch. The best part is that for every bag purchased at $29.99, 100 nutritious meals will be served to undernourished and hungry school-age children in Rwanda through the United Nation World Food Program’s (wfp.org) School Feeding Program.
Supplies had dwindled to about four bags in Wynnewood’s Whole Foods Market as of Friday evening (the 13th), but you can pick one up online at feedprojects.org. (The next time you’re at Whole Foods, stop at the seafood counter for a wild salmon teriyaki burger—great on the grill, with a bit of wasabi and soy on the side. They also have some pretty good roasted tomato gazpacho—a lively, seasonal combination that’s sure to help you beat the heat with its low-prep quality.)
If you’ve been paying attention, hunger is on the rise in many Third World countries as a result of skyrocketing commodity prices and natural disasters in such countries as China, which places more demand on emergency aid organizations. There have been several riots over the past few weeks, and as costs continue to escalate (and corn prices rise post the Iowa floods), the situation is only going to worsen.
Who Needs Air Conditioning When You’ve Got Water Ice?
I know this seems wholly inappropriate after the post above, but a little levity—and another tip on how to stay cool during these 90-degree afternoons—is in order.
I typically don’t stray from mango, lemon, tangerine or lime water ice, but Saturday, I sampled a few different flavors at Capri in Wayne. The vanilla chocolate chip was surprisingly good, but my favorite was the coffee white chocolate—refreshing and totally decadent when combined with a scoop of cherry Bordeaux loaded with cherry halves. It was like eating a big piece of cake with half the heft and calories (I hope).
Check it out: Capri Home Made Italian Water Ice, 238 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 386-1999.