DooD: Dogs and Humans Do a Taste Test

Fraternity brothers, truth-or-dare players, crazy hoarders with weird eating habits: These are all people whom we’d expect to dabble in dog-food munching. So, it came as a surprise recently when we found a dog food that was tempting to try.

DooD is a delivery food that’s so much more than your typical Alpo or Eukanuba — and at $2.50 per day and up, depending on the size of your dog, it’s also a lot more expensive. But with New York foodies’ obsession with all things local, organic, and CSA, and the plethora of pampered urban pooches (do you know that doggy day care costs as much as sending your child to preschool?), it was only a matter of time before a service like this reared its fluffy head.

A combination of the words “dog” and “food,” DooD is a newish company that has already had a sold-out Gilt City sale (one of today’s modern economic indicators?) and a slew of articles written about it. But have any humans tried to eat the veterinarian-approved fare? In the name of fun food stunts, we set about tasting the beef flavor.

Delivered in a vacuum-sealed pouch, the initial opening is extremely off-putting as it lets off a huge puff of, well, dog-food smell. The mashed mix is studded with discernible veggies (carrots, green peas) plus flecks of parsley and some flax seeds. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get over the mushy texture. Yes, it’s dog food. No, it doesn’t taste like dog food per se (more like a mushy burger). But it’s not human food, either.

The dog testers on the other hand, a Havanese and Lhaso apso-poodle mix, loved it. They practically snorted this stuff, not removing their heads from their bowls until every last rice bit was licked clean. Like they hadn’t been fed for years.

So is DooD worth the investment? Well, it’s cheaper than a day’s worth of groceries from your local Whole Foods, but it won’t satisfy in the way a hunk of meat loaf does. This one should probably be left to the dogs.


Though the Streets are Bad for Food Trucks, They Are Good for Food Trucks Offering Dog Food

It’s been yet another … interesting week for food trucks.

In the wake of the police crackdown on trucks parked in Midtown West, many drivers migrated east. Unfortunately, things haven’t been much better there: As Midtown Lunch reported earlier this week, members of the East Midtown Partnership BID have greeted the trucks with maps showing them that they will no longer be allowed to park from 48th Street to 63rd Street between Madison and Second avenues. Welcome to the neighborhood!

But Midtown is facing some stiff competition for the Miss Hospitality title: According to The West Side Rag, things aren’t much better on the Upper West Side. That’s where City Councilwoman Gale Brewer has been trying to convince Mayor Bloomberg that food trucks should install GPS systems so that their comings and goings can be better monitored by the Stasi.

Brewer is also pushing for a requirement that would force trucks to implement “whisper quiet technology” and green generators. It’s not the first time someone has dressed up their bully tactics in green clothing, and it likely won’t be the last. If Brewer were to succeed, her environmental initiative would effectively put out of business anybody who couldn’t afford to update their trucks, which is certainly one way to make the streets “whisper quiet.”

But perhaps we should take comfort in the fact that, even in the face of such ominous tidings, some people will not be deterred from hitting the road. “Some people,” of course, are large companies who can afford to pop a truck out every now and then to pimp their wares. And that’s just what Freshpet, a natural pet foods company, has been doing. As the New York Post has noticed, Freshpet has dispatched a truck to tour the city with samples of its wares. The truck has a walk-up doggie window, water bowls, a fiberglass fire hydrant, and, obviously, a Twitter feed.

And it’s not the only one: Best Friends Pet Care also embarked on an East Coast truck tour earlier this summer, and, according to their Twitter feed, will be back on the road this fall. Given the way things are going here, they may find more than a few two-legged takers for their biscuits-and-yogurt ice cream.


Paula Deen Responds to Anthony Bourdain; Chipotle Addresses Bacon in Beans

It would appear that dogs are the final frontier when it comes to gourmet food trucks. Bocce’s Bakery launched its Biscuit Bike this summer, offering organic dog treats, including cupcakes.
[NY Post]

Paula Deen shot back at Anthony Bourdain after he called her the “most dangerous person in America” by touting her own charity work.
[NY Post]

Burger King’s new ad campaign debuts this weekend, featuring beauty shots of fresh ingredients being prepped and not a King in sight.
[USA Today]

Chipotle warns vegetarians of the bacon content in its pinto beans on its website, but not on menus. After the CEO got a letter from a Maxim editor, the policy is changing.
[Huffington Post]

Ramadan will coincide with the 2012 Olympics, meaning certain athletes will be fasting, which could affect their performance.
[New Scientist]


McDonald’s to Add Fruit to Happy Meals; Now Even Our Dogs Have Fancy Butchers

McDonald’s is changing its Happy Meal to include a serving of fruit or vegetable and fewer french fries. The new meals will begin to be rolled out in September and should be implemented nationally by April.
[LA Times]

Dickson’s Farmstand is one of the high-end butchers providing grass-fed and locally raised meats to pet owners as dog food.
[NY Times]

The latest food recall is for papayas imported from Mexico that could be contaminated with salmonella.
[Chicago Tribune]

A recent study draws a link between eating meals that are prepared commercially outside the home and increased childhood obesity rates.