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Two quick reviews from this past weekend:

Looper’s Grille & Bar in southside Bethlehem
We checked out the First Friday festivities in Bethlehem and the top item on the agenda was dinner. Looper’s on 3rd caught our eye with a huge white tent out back and a big specials board visible just inside the front door. We were disappointed to find out that there was a one hour wait but we spotted 2 seats at the bar and quickly grabbed them. I grabbed a Shock Top and my wife got the excellent house margarita. There were a half-dozen entrée specials which all sounded great. My wife ordered the fish tacos and I had the pulled pork tacos. The fish tacos were topped with purple cabbage slaw and came with chips and salsa. The pork tacos were topped with diced watermelon and had cornbread on the side. It was all great – and watermelon is my new favorite bbq pork accompaniment.

On The Border in the Airport Center shopping plaza off Rt.22
We were starving on our way back from a visit to the Lehigh Valley Mall and decided to try On The Border for a quick bite. The crowd was spilling out the door and my hopes for a speedy meal were dashed. Luckily most of the parties were 4 or larger and they had a table for 2 readily available. The menu wasn’t too different from Don Pablo’s or Chili’s and the quality was about the same as well. I had a combo platter of a pulled chicken taco, a pork tamale, and a guacamole tostada with rice and beans for only $9. Our server, Cory, was really on top of things so we were able to get in and out as quickly as I’d hoped. Nothing amazing but it worked for what we needed.

Nice little slideshow on HuffPo highlighting the best and worst seafood choices. I get so mixed up about which farmed species are safe and which aren’t.

U.S. farmed catfish= OK

Farmed salmon= very bad

Lately, we (and Jeremy Piven) have become much more conscious of the fish we order and the health implications to ourselves and the planet. There seems to be a lot of info on the web to help you make smart choices. This tool provided by the Blue Ocean Institute allows you to search your favorite species and gives you detailed info on its status and safety. For example, searching for salmon told me that Alaska salmon were a good choice (with caveats) and that farmed Atlantic salmon should be avoided for numerous reasons. You can even download a printable guide or order the wallet version.

I’ve learned that many farmed species have to be fed wild-caught fish as a source of protein, essentially using perfectly edible species to feed a different edible species – so there’s a net loss of protein! Just plain silly. And now I know that Atlantic cod (which i thought was a good option) are extremely overfished and the bottom-trawling method of capture destroys the sea floor.

It’s nice to know we can keep ordering calamari though.

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