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February 7, 2011

Morning Reading -- wine smuggling, Nutella and Let's Move

From the Washington Post, via Baltimore Crime, a story on how Maryland's current wine-shipment laws have created smuggling routes through D.C. and Virginia. Maryland wine-lovers who work in the district are having wine shipped to -- their offices -- and then driving the wine across the state/district border!

My pal Dara Bunjon at Dining Dish reminds us that today is World Nutella Day.

Nutella has been messing with its basic formula, at least in the U.S. The classic recipe used an oil that fell into the partially hydrogenated category. I remember Whole Foods didn't sell Nutella (it may now?) because of this, or maybe because of the artificial vanilla. Anyway, Whole Foods Market used to promote this other kind of chocolate hazelnut spread that was a much better-made product -- not hydrogenated oils, nothing artificial. And it was completely without appeal.

Nutella is so good because it's bad.

The old U.S. formula, which I think was much closer to the European formula, was also good/bad. The European original is good/bad, too, although it's easy to find comments on blogs about how the U.S. version is artificial and synthetic while the European version was authentic and artisinal.

And Obama Foodorama talks about the impact of Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign on the occasion of it first anniversary. The post talks about the criticism of the campaign, too, as well as the public-awareness campaigns of former wives of presidents and manages to omit Nancy Reagan, which is just tacky.



Posted by Richard Gorelick at 8:41 AM | | Comments (6)


Some of us didn't realize Nutella had hydrogenated oils in it. Thank you for alerting us to this fact. Strange! I thought I always read the ingredient label on everything I buy. I don't know how I missed this one. I think Nutella had a spell on me. Good thing I have a fabulous recipe for my own chocolate and hazelnut spread. I'll opt for that from now on.

what I think, and I'll work on confirming this, is that Nutella used to have hydrogenated vegetable oil but that the formula was changed a few years back.

best to select dark chocolate and also make sure it is from fair trade, organic sources, as well as the related ingredients like sugar to avoid exposure to GMO, as Hershey seems to be using these days.

re: Post article on crazy MD liquor laws. The state comptroller's office is missing an easy location for enforcement of the criminal importation of liquor into MD by private individuals. Just set up outside international arrivals at BWI and the cruise port terminal in Baltimore. Come one guys we need the $$$ for our deficit! ;-)

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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