Ch-ch-changes are a-happening in the food world. Amsterdam is saying no to some party bikes while pears are trying to upstage their super-popular friend the apple. An illustrator from Vancouver is showing off wine notes like you’ve never seen before.
Beer bike tours too much for Amsterdam
Amsterdam, the city of debauchery, has banned the drunken messes that are beer bike tours, according to City Lab. A 6,000-signature petition was drawn up as part of the move to ban the mobile bars. City Labs reports that some, like Els Iping, president of the Friend of Inner Amsterdam Federation, have found the beer bikes cause unwanted lewd ruckus.
“We find the beer bike a horrible phenomenon. It causes nuisance,” Iping told the North Holland Radio and Television. “They are often made up of hen [bachelorette] parties [or] groups of naked men or women with an inflatable penis. People are forced to flee when a beer bike with screaming people comes off the bridge. The city is turned into one big theme park.”
The ban takes effect in 2017 and will only be enforced in the city center.
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Get animated with wine
We at Food Republic love wine — we even have a column featuring our resident Wine Dads. And what could be better than sipping on some wine and having your kids join in on some coloring? That may not have been Zelda Sydney’s initial thought when she released the Wine World Colouring Book, but that’s where our heads are at. The Vancouvian illustrator is also animating tasting notes on Instagram, making wine that much more fun. Sydney tells Forbes that she started illustrating her wine notes as she was learning more and more about wine and wanted to “express my wine experience visually.”
Pears want apples’ spotlight
The apple has long been painted as the all-American fruit. One horticulturalist is trying to replace the round pie-filling favorite with the pear. According to The Atlantic, Amit Dhingra has been researching the pear at Washington State University for most of the past decade. The Atlantic reports that the pear has been lost in the dust not only in the produce section but also in dedicated research dollars. In 2016, apples have received over $1.7 million while pears got about $590,000. Even cherries received almost $800,000. The problem with pears is that they are harder to produce as a ripe fruit because they don’t ripen on the tree and take time to ripen post-harvest.
“Getting a nicely ripened pear is harder than winning the lottery,” Dhingra told The Atlantic. Dhingra is trying to up pears’ popularity with one simple concept: offering them in sliced form. This method worked well for the apple, increasing production from 4.9 billion pounds to 6.6 billion pounds between 1980 and 2005.