Sunday #Longreads: Our Favorite Stories of the Week

Spend your sunday reading some exceptional food writing, recommended by the FWF team.

Photo: Liz Barclay

Photo: Liz Barclay

Each Sunday, the FWF team selects the most inspiring, enlightening, and fascinating stories from the previous week. Spend your day of rest reading some exceptional food journalism.

L.A. Tiki Restaurant Goes Belly Up, But Resident Fish Swim On [via L.A. Times]

The Times offers a sentimental look at recently-shuttered Rosemead tiki restaurant Bahooka, which drew crowds with its incredible aquatic menagerie of more than 1,000 sea creatures. The star of the show was Rufus, a huge pacu fish who greeted everyone that came in. The future of 37-year-old Rufus—who starred in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and 23 with Jim Carey—is as uncertain as the future of tiki culture. “[Rufus] is like the spirit of the tiki magic that we all want to save, that is quickly being taken away,” says Pasadena illustrator Tom Thordarson.—Erin Mosbaugh

The History of the Bloody Mary [via Esquire]

Did you know the Bloody Mary marks its 80th birthday this year? Celebrate by whipping one up and reading John Mariani’s fascinating mini history of the classic cocktail. Fun fact: Ernest Hemingway claims to have introduced the drink to Hong Kong, an act he said “did more than any other single factor except the Japanese Army to precipitate the Fall of that Crown Colony.”—Chris Schonberger

Meet the Man Who Tried to Warn Us About Sugar [via Telegraph]

Mayor Bloomberg wasn’t the first person to be concerned that we have too much sugar in our diets. This profile of British professor John Yudkin explains how his ideas in 1972 gave rise to the modern anti-sugar movement—even if it took others a long time to catch up.—Chris Schonberger

Searching for Saigon’s Best Banh Mi [via WSJ]

Robyn Eckhardt sets out to identify a few banh mi worth traveling for, and enlists the help of Saigon-born food writer and banh mi expert Andrea Nguyen. The pate and barbecued meat-filled sandwiches Eckhardt comes across are painfully delicious-looking.—Erin Mosbaugh

What Are the Origins of the Lazy Susan [via Smithsonian Mag]

Turns out the “Lazy Susan”—the spinning table that many of us associate with Chinese restaurants—is neither Chinese nor all that old. Smithsonian takes a thrilling trip down the historical rabbit hole to figure out where it was invented, and how it spread in popularity.—Chris Schonberger

Food and Loathing in Charleston [via R+K]

When writer Nathan Thornburg attended Cook it Raw‘s “Barbecue Perspectives” event in Charleston, he didn’t just get drunk off of goat and beer. Thornburgh calls the star-studded event, attended by Bill Murray, April Bloomfield, and Albert Adrià, “a full, public flexing of the group’s famepower.”—Erin Mosbaugh

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