Posted on September 6, 2011 by spoutingoff
Shark fin dumplings: not a "luxury" item
On Sunday morning, our family schlepped out to Rosemead for my niece’s 17th birthday. The destination for Isabel’s festivities was Sea Harbor, one of my brother Jonathan’s favorite dim sum places in the county. After all of these decades of grubbing with Jonathan, I generally don’t even bother looking at a menu or making an order. However, since it was a seafood palace AND the big vote on AB 376 is scheduled for today or Wednesday, I decided to see what shark fin soup went for on the menu.
Much to my dismay, not only did I see three different kinds of shark fin dumplings on the menu, but now the taste of extinction is affordable for all. The myth of shark fin’s availability for weddings and banquets is just that. In today’s society where shark fin dumplings have become a staple at dim sum, everyone can indulge in the consumption of the ocean’s apex predators. Continue reading
Filed under: Environmental Conservation, Legislation, Seafood, Sharks | Tagged: Heal the Bay, Jonathan Gold, Legislation, Sea Harbor, Seafood, shark, shark fin dumplings, shark finning | 2 Comments »
Posted on August 7, 2011 by spoutingoff
Jonathan Gold: maddening but brilliant
For the last three months, I’ve been yearning to blog or write an op-ed on AB 376, the state bill that would ban the sale of shark fins in California. I haven’t been more excited about a marine conservation bill in nearly a decade. But to be honest, having an environmental biologist like me write about shark conservation wouldn’t add much momentum to get the bill passed.
After all, nearly every major environmental and animal rights group in the nation strongly supports the bill. Many of these groups persuaded globally known actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and January Jones to advocate for the bill via Twitter and op-eds. Even the Monterey Bay Aquarium, generally neutral on environmental bills, decided to sponsor the bill and hire well-respected lobbyists to fight for shark conservation.
The one person I know that could really make a difference in the fight to enact the shark fin ban is my brother, Jonathan. After all, there is no food writer more highly respected nationally than Jonathan. He’s the only food writer to earn a Pulitzer and he’s received seven James Beard Awards, the food industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.
Also, Jonathan’s writing delves into both the worlds of food and modern culture. His writing on Chinese food is particularly distinct and well respected, as nearly every significant Chinese restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley has a copy of one of his reviews plastered on a window or framed in the lobby.
Unlike my brother, I’ve never consumed shark fin soup. In fact, I remember threatening his physical harm at a Monterey Park Cantonese seafood palace that actually had a cart featuring the item for $30 a bowl back in the1990s. Jonathan eagerly called the cart driver to our table just to get a rise out of me. He thought it was hilarious. I wasn’t laughing.
Filed under: Environmental Governance, Heal the Bay, Legislation, Marine Life, wildlife | Tagged: AB 376, Jonathan Gold, shark fin soup, shark finning | 1 Comment »