Imagine my surprise the other day when I opened up a six-pack of eggs to discover that they had come all they way from Massachusetts–not too far from the Mr’s hometown in fact.
And it’s not just the eggs… in fact many things you buy at the grocery stores here (not at the wet markets obviously) are imported from the States and Australia. Lettuce, for example, seems to go bad the day you bring it home–and I’m guessing it’s because it’s already over a week old. Imagine all the flights it’s taken to arrive here!
People here are still very afraid of food from China and certainly don’t trust the government to keep them safe, much less make legitimate “organic” claims. And for good reason, given the recent melamine milk scare at the beginning of this year when 170 tons of contaminated milk powder that had been ordered to be destroyed was instead redistributed. Back in 2008 at least six babies were killed and 300,000 sickened from the milk contamination.
We ran into this again in a pretty blatant way at the Peak Cafe, which despite being a total tourist trap actually had great ambiance and good food–plus it’s only a walk (or 2 min tram ride) from our new apt.
In case you can’t read the above, the tagline is “Jet Fresh, imported from all around the world… Seafood is sourced internationally and we do not serve seafood from local waters.” Such a far cry from the locovore movement that has over taken our beloved Bay Area!