July 16, 2008 at 9:30AM
by Anita Crotty
Over at Life Begins at 30, there's a doozy of a dialogue going on. Locavore Jen (who also edits the Eat Local Challenge blog) wonders: How do you walk the line between intrepid chowing-down at immigrant-run eateries while trying to live an organic-local-ethical life? She points out certification groups like the Bay Area's Thimmakka, but rightly wonders if it's a sign of watered-down, assimilated fare. Commenters' responses run a thoughtful gamut, from minimizing restaurant dining to choosing vegetarian options when unsure of the restaurant's meat sources. Many take a pragmatic approach: Eat ethically and locally when possible, but don't get hung up on perfection. And one reader points out a success story: Portland's Pok Pok -- a true-to-Thailand food stand (though, admittedly, run by a farang) -- began using more ethically sourced meats after diners asked.