Friday Random 10: Food Allergies Edition

Pax Arcana

peanutsFood allergies are serious and occasionally deadly. They are also incredibly, ridiculously rare — affecting only about 2% of the population.

Curiously, those who patronize fine dining establishments seem to be victimized by severe food allergies at an alarming rate. Check out this passage from a New York Times article about a 20-course dinner served in tandem by culinary masters Thomas Keller and Grant Achatz:

Now the captains are on the floor, asking the guests about allergies and dietary restrictions, which will be mapped on to a grid showing the no-no’s for each position at each table.

“Table Four, P-Four. She can’t have grapefruit.” (P stands for position.)

“P-Five, no pork product, no spicy chiles.”

“Where are the no fennel guests?”

“Table Seven. One guest is no sweet peppers. Ms. Cowin is allergic to peppers.”

This is Dana Cowin, editor of Food & Wine and one of the members of the Fourth Estate in attendance.

The editor of Food & Wine is allergic to peppers? Isn’t that like being the third baseman on the Yankees and being allergic to women? Wait never mind.

The songs:

Target Heart — Blue Giant
No Speak No Slave — The Black Crowes
La Dame Et La Licorne — Shearwater
Chill Out Tent — The Hold Steady
Turn on the News — Hüsker Dü
Everything Will Be Alright — The Killers
Song #1 — Fugazi
Higher Ground — Stevie Wonder
Black Hole — The Silent Years
Fall From a Height — The Honeydrips

Bonus Video:

My Thin Sides & Saints — Army Navy

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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3 responses to “Friday Random 10: Food Allergies Edition

  1. I sorted my Itunes playlist by Album for this shuffle, typically its either Date Added or Artist, decided to throw it in a different direction.

    1. Coldplay – Life in Technicolor
    2. Jay-Z – Say Hello
    3. Cher – Tonight I’ll Be Staying With You (very interesting and surprisingly good – from “Dylan Goes Twang”)
    4. David Bowie – Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
    5. Marvin Gaye – Ain’t That Peculiar
    6. The Beatles – She Said She Said
    **intermission to go to the bank where Austin Legend Leslie the Transvestite was wearing a cheerleader outfit, keep austin weird.
    7. Rhymefest – Coolie High (ft Camp Lo)
    8. Bo Diddley – Don’t Want No Lyin’ Woman
    9. Mudcrutch – Lover of the Bayou
    10. Pacific Gas & Electric – Staggolee (almost as good as Mississippi John Hurt, almost)

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  2. Perry Ellis

    1 – Freedom Rider, Traffic
    2 – All Work and No Play, Hüsker Dü
    3 – Township Rebellion, Rage Against The Machine
    4 – New York, New York, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
    5 – Liquid Indian, Guided By Voices
    6 – Goodbye, Drive-By Truckers
    7 – Silver Bullets, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
    8 – Grinder, Big Black
    9 – Charity, Chastity, Prudence and Hope, Hüsker Dü
    10 – Careless, Drive-By Truckers

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