Last week, Ray’s and Stark Bar, located inside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, introduced a 43-page water tasting menu that spans 10 countries and prices bottles anywhere from $8 to $20. The menu is listed in alphabetical order by country of origin and rates the water on a scale of sweet to salty, smooth to complex.
If 43 pages of water is too much to wrap your taste buds around, don't fret, there is an in-house water sommelier to aid in the selection process.
The restaurant's general manager, Martin Riese, serves as the first and only water sommelier in the United States. Riese hails from Northern Germany, close to the Danish border.
“Where I’m from, it’s the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. There’s a lot of water there. For me, it was always what I loved because this is the element that everything starts with," he said. "Without water - and everybody knows that, as well - we couldn’t live. Water is the most important element in our life, and it’s responsible for life.”
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Hit the hydration station - March 22 is World Water Day.
Water: It makes up 60% of our bodies, and yet most of us don’t get enough of it on a daily basis.
However, not everyone has access to clean, fresh, readily available drinking water. The United Nations estimates that as many as 783 million people lack clean water. Access to clean water is important for sanitation and farming, but it’s also integral to a healthy way of life.
Natural sources of water, like rivers, know no boundaries and often wind their way through multiple countries; controlling the flow of those rivers can cause serious political conflict. To help raise awareness to these problems and more, the UN has designated 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation. With 85% of the world’s population living in the driest half of the globe, it’s important not to take water for granted on this World Water Day.
On this, Israelis and Palestinians can agree: 95% of the water on the war-scarred Gaza Strip is not potable, and without water - crops suffer.. Engineers work toward a desalination solution to benefit both sides of the West Bank, but it's a long way off. Paula Hancocks reports.
Get more Middle East News