Kageno put out its most recent newsletter this week following a recent trip to Banda Village, Rwanda. TFT’s Masa Kogure, Dan Goldstein and others joined to witness the progress of the school meal programs, which now reach all 308 students in the SL Nursery School and 35 other severely malnourished children.



“Fo(u)r Two” Bike Ride Across Japan

Yuya Kamimura – former rep for TABLE FOR TWO’s University Association (over 800 members across 79 universities and high schools in Japan) and current intern at TFT’s Tokyo office – embarked this past weekend on his “Fo(u)r Two” bike ride, a 42-day trek across Japan.

The plan is to visit the various universities that are part of “TFT UA” during these 42 days.  Good luck Yuya!  Can’t wait until we have enough partnering schools and restaurants to go on a road trip across the U.S. (in one of those RVs)!

For those that read Japanese, his blog is here: http://eijipress.co.jp/chicken/

His route:

A Crisis

The crisis in the Horn of Africa continues.  According to CNN, over 29,000 Somali children under the age of 5 have died from hunger in the past 3 months.

29,000.  That’s over 10 times the death toll from the September 11th,2001 attack on the Twin Towers (2,752).  And it’s only the beginning.

29,000 dead also means a much greater number are on the brink of starvation.  Many of them will be spared from death, but malnutrition during the first 5 years of a child’s life can have irreversible negative impacts on cognitive and physical development, affecting an entire generation of Somalis.

It’s a crisis of massive scale, however you look at it.  Why aren’t people talking about it more?

It could just as easily have been you or I that was born in southern Somalia, with little food, unable to escape from the Al Shabaab, and with no help from whatever exists of the government.

These are the types of issues we need to confront.

The Man Behind the Logo

TFT New York had a small informal happy hour last night.  I reconnected with some old friends, saw the usual faces, and then there was one face I didn’t recognize.  I thought he must be with a different party.  At least he wasn’t associated with TFT.

Turns out he’s the one who came up with the TABLE FOR TWO logo 5 years ago, long before I got involved and a few years before TFT USA even existed!  His name is Matt, and I’m glad I finally got to meet him.  Matt was also surprised to hear that his logo is now in restaurants and corporate cafeterias in seven countries across the world, and quickly expanding.

It was a fun night.

One Solution to Obesity – Thin Slices of Meat

The Japanese diet is well known for its abundance of fish, but many Japanese have a love for red meat as well.  Instead of hamburgers or steaks, though, we usually eat beef and pork cut up into very thin slices.

Here are just a couple popular dishes:

Sukiyaki: a Japanese hot pot.  Add super thin slices of beef with tofu and veggies, and boil in a soup made of soy sauce, cooking sake, and mirin.  A perfect meal for the winter months.

Pork and ginger: thin slices of pork cooked with grated ginger, some soy sauce, cooking sake, and mirin.

A mere 100-150 grams (roughly 4 to 5 ounces) with some veggies and carbs is enough to fill most people up.  With so many slices you feel you’re getting your money’s worth too.  Maybe this is one solution to the obesity epidemic in the U.S.?


Super Size Me showed us what McDonald’s French fries look like after 10 weeks (answer: the same).  An anti-obesity advocate takes this further, carrying around a 4 year old burger and 3 year old fries.  Amazing.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IGtDPG4UfI&feature=player_embedded

While we’re on this topic, what about Chicken McNuggets, you ask?  Well, some of the ingredients include:

  • TBHQ: “a petroleum derivative… used as a stabilizer in perfumes, resins, varnishes, and oil field chemicals.”
  • Dimethylpolysiloxane : “a type of silicone… used in caulks and sealants, as a filler for breast implants, and as [a] key ingredient in Silly Putty.”

Other ingredients include things like sodium aluminum phosphate and autolyzed yeast extract (Microsoft Word flags “autolyzed” as it doesn’t even recognize the word).


And the Launch!

TFT officially launched in Salt Lake City as Thai Garden opened its doors yesterday with two TFT options.  Thanks to Rocio (our representative in SLC) and Ben (the restaurant owner) for their enthusiasm and help to get this started!