Pork! Pork! Pork!

Sad Mag's editorial board went out for dinner last night at the Irish Heather. We had Orchard Hill cider (DELICIOUS) with Braised Cabbage & Mashed Potatoes and (wait for it.....) Roasted Suckling Pig with Apple-Rosemary Sauce. It was "seeeew geeeewd," said this guy.

Our dinner reminded me of a bowl of ramen served at the legendary Momofuku Noodle Bar. It was a bowl of noodles and pork so delicious, I've written about it before, and I'll never forget. So it annoys me to read that the Pâté Police are protesting at this beloved downtown joint:
True to its “sustained presence” policy, the Animal Protection & Rescue League, the group that picketed Momofuku Noodle Bar back in May for serving foie gras, will hold another protest outside of the restaurant this Sunday from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m. Organizer Bryan Pease tells us, “We have sent lots of follow-up information to David Chang since the last protest months ago, and the Humane Society of the United States even sent him a letter, but so far no change.” Ya don’t say? Just to make things even more media-friendly, this will be a bicoastal protest, with picketers simultaneously gathering at Mille Fleurs restaurant in the APRL’s hometown of San Diego. We’re assuming the commenters who lashed out against the organization’s last demonstration will have something to say about this one (hell, maybe they’ll even show up), but know that the group isn’t just about shoving their message down the throat of restaurateurs — according to their newsletter, they’re also handing out free vegan bites at San Diego Comic-Con!
Get a life. P.S. Have you heard of a place called Au Pied de Cochon?


Other weapons of Martin Picard's insane culinary genius can be seen here.

Locally, PETA types can be found regularly picketing Fuel (and Gastropod, while it was still there) on 4th Avenue. Both are very lovely restaurants which source local, responsibly produced, and organic food, when are where possible. Still, Liberation BC shakes up the yuppy dwelling zone known as Kitsilano with obnoxious protests, which they have documented here. Back in the day, Gastropod issued a statement to their customers via facebook, claiming that the activist group reserved seats and left hem empty to make their protests look more effective.

Now, before you write to me and accuse of being a conscienceless glutton, do yourself a favour: just taste it. Then you can properly decide who's in the right. In Vancouver, foie gras can be found at the restaurants and shops marked on the map below, as well as these locations, according to LiberationBC.

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Also, here's an article that begins: "In some circles, admitting you eat foie gras is like saying you enjoy drowning kittens in your spare time." Anna Zakewska reports on "ethical" foie gras, made only in Spain.

with files from NYMag Grubstreet

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