What to read for this week.

It's Friday!

As with last week, I am trying to make a Friday reading list happen every Friday.  These following links and reads are things that I thought were pretty good in terms of thoughtfulness, crafty, and fun.  Check them out. 

At Kickin Crab with family about to dine on a crab and clam roast.  Photographed in May with a canon 5D3 and 50mm zeiss.

At Kickin Crab with family about to dine on a crab and clam roast.  Photographed in May with a canon 5D3 and 50mm zeiss.

Why Americans Stopped Eating their own seafood.

I saw this on yahoo food about a book, that I will soon pick up, called "American Catch" by Paul Greenberg.  It reports that 91% of our seafood comes from over seas from places like Thailand and around South East Asia for the majority of the more commonly eaten seafood like shrimp. 

It’s a great line. But Greenberg’s question also underpins the central issue plaguing the national seafood industry: Americans aren’t eating from their own waters, and it’s hurting us on both environmental and economic fronts.
— Rachel Tepper, Yahoo Food
Hand made and rolled dumpling wraps.  Shot with a 5D3 and 50mm zeiss

Hand made and rolled dumpling wraps.  Shot with a 5D3 and 50mm zeiss

Can you ever have too much dumplings?  What if you went to a dumpling eating competition?  This youtube channel, Off The Great Wall, hosted such challenge.  Check out the video and subscribe.  My own personal dumpling best is 12 soup dumplings.

Crab and Clam roast from Kickin Crab.  Shot with a 5D3 and 35L

Crab and Clam roast from Kickin Crab.  Shot with a 5D3 and 35L

Another youtube video to check out, and subscribe, Ann made a video about making your own drinkable red white and blue drink.  Remember those rocket popsicles?  You do, don't you?  Those are so very nostalgic for all of us, in the US, growing up.  Especially since July 4th is next week!

At Griffith Park in LA.  Shot with a 5D3 and 50mm zeiss

At Griffith Park in LA.  Shot with a 5D3 and 50mm zeiss

I am not sure about this one, but something worth watching.  Well if you aren't squeamish.  From AsapScience, on youtube, vlogs about should we all be eating insects?  While I am pretty squeamish about eating insects, I mean just read the last blog entry on the weird things that I have ate, it is something to consider and watch.  Sustainably it does bring up some really good points.

Tim, Weckerly's Ice Cream, helping Andy, one of the owners of the shop, with their camp fire ice cream smore ice cream sandwiches.  Shot with a 5D3 and 35L

Tim, Weckerly's Ice Cream, helping Andy, one of the owners of the shop, with their camp fire ice cream smore ice cream sandwiches.  Shot with a 5D3 and 35L

On Fstoppers, there is an article about going back to living simply that is told through photographs.  Check it out.  Antoine Bruy Documents Individuals Who Have Abandoned Society for the Simplicity of Wilderness.  While I think of just living off the land and without trinkets, I personally would think it would be tough considering that modern photography needs cameras and a computer to create those images.  But, I am not romanticizing this, the individuals in these photo series dropped modern world for simplicity and peace. Check it out. 

On the beach on Isla Mujeres.  Shot with a 5D2 and 35L.

On the beach on Isla Mujeres.  Shot with a 5D2 and 35L.

On the same lines of freedom and living off the land, this photographer, Sebastian Dahl, has a photographic series in where he has hitchhiked from Oslo to Beirut. 

I hope you enjoy this weeks reads and videos! 

Things around the net. Food guide in Saigon?

Interesting food, culture, and travel links.

I share a lot of links on my facebook and twitter pages and thought to myself that I should start a Friday post that have links and sometimes summaries on my blog.  Starting off is something that I am quite excited over....

Out at a market in HCMC/Saigon one day when it started to rain.  Shot in 2011 with a Canon 1D3 and 35L.

Out at a market in HCMC/Saigon one day when it started to rain.  Shot in 2011 with a Canon 1D3 and 35L.

I have been following Jodi Ettenberg for quite some time now from being introduced to her amazing food blog: Legal Nomads.  Actually I am quite envious that she has been able to stay in Vietnam for some time.  That time she spent researching the street food and where to eat.  Okay more than that, but the point is... she has accumulated a lot of knowledge of the food there.  Totally go read her blog (and buy some t shirts from her). I know that I will reference her guide when I head back to Saigon (or HCMC). 

From her guide:  The Legal Nomads Guide to Saigon Street Food

The focus is, of course, food. One specific soup, a sweet-and-sour canh chua (photo in the “street food” section below), was what initially led me to the city. I was lured in by the complicated tastes and unfamiliar sting of the rice paddy herb on my tongue. It might have been one soup that brought me to Saigon, but it was the rest of the food that kept me there, and keeps me coming back. It is not just taste of food that makes Saigon so enthralling, but the act of eating as well, and all of the craziness that eating comprises. The swirling noise, the families all sitting and enjoying a meal on the street, smiling at you fumbling with your condiments. The beauty of food being not just a necessity but also a sight in and of itself: a window into culture, and a source of endless wonder.
— Jodi Ettenberg, Legal Nomads
At Dim Sum Garden in Philadelphia.  Shot with a Canon 5D mark III and 35L

At Dim Sum Garden in Philadelphia.  Shot with a Canon 5D mark III and 35L

Bon Chon Korean Fried Chicken is set to open in Philadelphia this coming fall.  -Philly Mag

Making Tempura on Saveur.  - Saveur

Making your own clambake at home.  -Food & Wine

Lexicon of Sustainability on youtube.  An online PBS special giving you a closer look at our food, the food process, food culture, and issues with producing food for our world population.  Give it a watch. 

Water usage: Do's and Don'ts of Water Usage.  Water is, and has been, an issue in our growing world.  More specifically water shortages.  Modern Farmer has some tips to save water.  -Modern Farmer

Gear Envy.  One photographer's experience with the Phaseone MF camera.  -Fstoppers.com

Back on the home front.... I am thinking of what to make this weekend, and hopefully I can write up a recipe to go along with whatever I cook.  If the rain holds on Saturday I am also planning to check out some soba noodle shops in Philadelphia.