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PORTLAND NEWS: "'No herb is safe' from weed-stealing sous-chefs, says apt. manager"

gastronomics Nov 4, 2013 12:47 PM

"The apartment manager of a Southeast Portland apartment complex says he can't get employees from local restaurants to stop climbing his fence and picking wild weeds from his property. Martin Connolly thinks random weeds and plants are going into dishes at nice restaurants because he lives around plenty of trendy restaurants at Southeast 16th and Hawthorne.

'You can always tell they’ve been here: There's beard nets. I found this recipe lying back here the other day,' he says.

Connolly says he can even recognize their scent: 'Sometimes smells like brisket.'"

Just saw this and as had to share. :)


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  1. drongo RE: gastronomics Nov 4, 2013 12:57 PM

    The reddit post that got this story started is a good read: http://www.reddit.com/r/Portland/comm...

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      gastronomics RE: drongo Nov 4, 2013 01:04 PM

      I tried using Reddit before, but it kinda scares me. Can be kinda overwhelming. O.O

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        gastronomics RE: drongo Nov 4, 2013 01:07 PM

        I'm a fan of foraging myself, so I found it pretty funny. Any other foragers here?

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          YAYME RE: gastronomics Nov 5, 2013 04:37 AM

          I'm a forager but I do it in the park.

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            tcamp RE: YAYME Nov 5, 2013 06:00 AM

            Same here, although I have knocked on doors to ask if I can harvest items (that look ignored).

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              Caroline1 RE: YAYME Nov 5, 2013 06:12 AM

              I'm not going to launch into an "agronomics" discussion intentionally, BUT foraging in a city park OR peoples yards is a pretty sure way to get maximum toxic (as in pesticides NOT FDA approved for crops for human consumption) waste into your food supply. Think about it. Oregon is a great area of the country for foraging, but NOT in areas where pesticides are in regular use such as peoples yards or city parks.

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                gastronomics RE: Caroline1 Nov 5, 2013 06:17 AM

                Run off could be an issue depending on the area, but it would seem to me that if there are weeds growing prolifically, the area probably isn't being chemcally treated.

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                  Caroline1 RE: gastronomics Nov 5, 2013 11:21 AM

                  It's been a while since my allergies allowed the use of pesticides inside or out, BUT... There are selective herbicides, such as Roundup, that are chemically engineered to attack plants by "classification, but that does NOT mean that the "good plants" do not absorb the toxins. It just means those specific plants have been "vaccinated" but YOU have not! Roundup is a serious problem in the human diet.

                  You might want to have a look at this: http://www.globalresearch.ca/monsanto...

                  or simply: http://tinyurl.com/mdqfkkk

          2. re: drongo
            sueatmo RE: drongo Nov 4, 2013 08:39 PM

            I read this and laughed. But I thought it was satire. No?

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              Palladium RE: sueatmo Nov 5, 2013 05:08 AM

              It reads like it's straight out of The Onion.

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                sueatmo RE: Palladium Nov 6, 2013 10:00 AM

                Yes. The over the top description of very odd behavior makes me think it is meant to be a send up of Portland's foraging restaurants. I really don't think it is a literal description of events. But it is funny.

              2. re: sueatmo
                tcamp RE: sueatmo Nov 5, 2013 06:02 AM

                Beard nets pretty much nailed it for me. He should be happy someone is weeding his property.

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                  gastronomics RE: sueatmo Nov 5, 2013 11:31 AM

                  It's possible that it's a hoax, but I don't think so. Time actually picked it up. (http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/10/29/n... )

                  1. re: sueatmo
                    gastronomics RE: sueatmo Nov 5, 2013 11:33 AM

                    Right, some plants are immune, but usually weeds like they were picking are the plants targeted by those chemicals, so if chemicals were used there, they probably wouldn't have much to forage.

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                      Leonardo RE: sueatmo Nov 5, 2013 05:49 PM

                      That's how we roll in Portland! And no this is not a hoax.

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                        sedimental RE: Leonardo Nov 5, 2013 07:45 PM

                        Also, people in Portland don't use pesticides, no worries ;)

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                    4X4 RE: gastronomics Nov 5, 2013 05:52 AM

                    We can pickle those weeds and plants!

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                      harryharry RE: 4X4 Nov 5, 2013 06:09 PM

                      Then put a bird on them….

                      I absolutely love the image of all the tattooed hipster bearded "sous chefs" leaving beard nets - and also, wouldn't it be the prep cooks doing all the foraging?

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