L.A. is king of the delis, Quebec’s cheese war, Halloween candy buy-back program

L.A. is king of the delis, Quebec’s cheese war, Halloween candy buy-back program

Bowlful of money (Photo by Terren)

• Some dentist offices in the U.S. are offering a Halloween candy buy-back program to encourage trick-or-treaters to take it easy on sweets. The dentists pay around $1 per pound of candy, and some are giving away freebies, like toothbrushes. The bought candy will be shipped to U.S. soldiers serving overseas, who are presumably responsible enough to avoid any cavity-inducing overindulgence. We’re hopeful that dentists north of the border will eventually join the effort, lest American children gain an advantage in the field of bribery. [Baltimore Sun]

• The saga of a giant 70-year-old lobster that was meant to be sold for $275 (U.S.) and cooked for patrons at New York’s Oceana restaurant has ended happily—for the lobster, at least. The venerable crustacean, known as Peter, will not be eaten, thanks to multiple pleas urging the restaurant to spare the creature’s life. Upon hearing news that the septuagenarian lobster was on the menu at Oceana, a Bloomberg reporter queried, “Surviving to such an age, having dodged lobster traps all his life, doesn’t he deserve some sort of ‘get out of jail free’ card?” [New York Daily News]

• Toronto Life contributor David Sax has named Los Angeles—not New York—as the deli capital of the world in his new book, Save the Deli. “The [delis] that are most inspiring, the ones that people cling to, the ones that people enshrine for years and years are the traditional Jewish delis. And Los Angeles just happens to have more of them than any city I’ve been to,” he writes. In his examination of the state of the deli, Sax visited cured-meat hubs across North America and even ventured as far as Krakow, one of the birthplaces of the Jewish deli. [L.A. Times]

• A cheese war is going down in Quebec, the Star reports, as listeria-phobic government inspectors try to stop dairy professionals from using unpasteurized milk in their products. Cheesemakers, who say the milk makes more flavourful cheese, are also complaining of “severe” monthly inspections, saying the new government vigilance is more about “repression than development.” [Toronto Star]

• B.C.’s largest aquaculture farm lost an estimated 40,000 adult salmon last week, through holes in the fish’s pens. A representative from the farm said that the escapees—worth about $1 million—are free for the taking. “They’re really beautiful fish,” he said of the five-kilogram creatures. “Anybody who intercepts them out there, there are no restrictions on enjoying them.” [Ottawa Citizen]