Remember when I answered all of Ami’s cooking questions and promised to put together a list of basic cooking tools and ingredients for beginning chefs the following week? Whoops, that was almost two months ago!
Some posts take me a while to write because I’m procrastinating or have some mental block about the topic. Some posts, like this one, take me a while to write because I’m having way too much fun brainstorming for them and I don’t want to put them down in writing just yet. Keep reading »
1. Feeding Frenzy, Part 1:
You’ve gotten a reservation at your city’s hottest, hardest to get into restaurant with a young, hipster chef who braises short ribs in Coca Cola and serves thrice cooked bacon over rice patties that look like scallops. The menu is so revered and so complex that you literally make a spreadsheet of what you plan to order. You consult others who have eaten there to find out what’s recommended. The day of the dinner, you send your fellow diners an email filled with GIFs which express your excitement about eating at this nearly-impossible-to-get-into restaurant where the folklore says that there is a Skid Row poster from the ’80s hanging in the lobby and a bathroom that pays tribute to “Twin Peaks,” which is your favorite show of all time. You will visit that bathroom later and wish that you had visited it before dinner, so you could have focused more on the decor and less on the urgency with which you needed to use the toilet.
When you finally sit down it’s nearly 10 p.m., but you just feel lucky to be sitting. Next to you, a party of six young men are inebriated and sweating profusely. They seem too good looking to have snot running down their faces in the manner they do. You ask them how it was. The guy closest to you blows his nose before answering. You notice there are tears coming out of the corner of his eyes. “I’m in a state of profound bliss,” he tells you, wiping another round of sweat off his face. “You must order the chicken wings, but prepare to sweat.”
You’re ready for the challenge. You can handle this. You revise your spreadsheet slightly to include the chicken wings. You consider crossing off the fried soft-shell crab with buttermilk ranch dressing dipping sauce, but you (wisely or unwisely?) decide you have room for both. Your table orders and you just wait for the ride to begin. Keep reading »
If you wanted to enjoy a 12-course meal that included culinary delicacies such as pickled kobe beef, ricotta ravioli, and halibut poached in truffle butter, you’d have to make a reservation at a fancy restaurant and shell out some serious cash to a talented chef to prepare it for you. Or you could, you know, pop open a can. Designer Chris Godfrey was able to pack 12 courses of decadent food made with mouthwatering ingredients into one unassuming aluminum can. After the jump, check out the can’s full menu and a close-up shot of this artfully layered meal. Then tell us: would you be brave enough to eat it? Keep reading »
You like hot guys. You like French fries. You are shocked and appalled that it’s taken the world this long to come up with a site that celebrates the two at the same time. And yet, here we are, in 2013 with Guys With Fries. A single-serving blog in which dude’s cell phones are Photoshopped out of selfie shots and replaced with a container of fries, this is either the most dirty snack food/sex combo, or the most brilliant underground marketing for McDonald’s. Click through to see a couple more fry guys (including one who’s trying to kill us by also holding a puppy). [Guys With Fries] Keep reading »
I’m absolutely tickled by food that looks like other food. I love burritos. And cake. So this burrito-shaped cake is totally hits my sweet spot (no pun intended). The cake was made by a Reddit user with the appetizing moniker parakeetpoop, for a coworker’s goodbye party. So what’s it made of? The burrito is a chocolate cake coated with fondant. The lettuce and cheese are both made from coconut, the tomatoes are fruit snacks and meat is a crushed chocolate bar. The whole thing looks totally dreamy. [Reddit]
Two Carolina men faced jail time the past week after allegedly assaulting their girlfriends with pizza in separate cases.
Cody Sebastian Parsons, 25, was charged with assault on a female Sunday evening after North Carolina police responded to a domestic disturbance call, WFMY reported.
According to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun, police say Parsons became upset after slipping on a wet floor and began to curse at his girlfriend while pelting her with pizza.
In an unrelated incident on Wednesday, a different South Carolina man was charged with criminal domestic violence after police say he assaulted his girlfriend with pizza. Read more on Huffington Post…
Imagine opening your fridge to find a couple boxes of chow mein from last night, but not much else (you probably don’t have to try too hard to conjure up this scenario, huh?). The only problem is you don’t feel like chow mein, so you snap a quick photo of last night’s noodles, post it to a new app called Leftover Swap, and start scrolling through other local leftover offerings to see if anyone might have some pizza or a sandwich to trade. Are you grossed out or intrigued? Either way, you’re not alone. “It’s obviously not for everybody,” Leftover Swap co-founder Dan Newman told NPR. “But for as many people who seemingly have a problem with it, there’s people who love the idea.” Keep reading »
After months of amassing NYC residents’ flavor preferences on a special website, Ben & Jerry’s has launched its new ice cream flavor, Borough Brew. And the flavor of New York City is (drumroll please): Six Point Brewery beer, 3BEANS vanilla ice cream, butterscotch from Spoonable Caramels, brownies from Greyston Bakery and caramel corn from Liddabit Sweets. Should they have waited just a couple more weeks to start getting our input on our favorite tastes, there’s no doubt there would have been some Cronuts mixed in there, even though most New Yorkers haven’t had the good fortune to taste one yet. Borough Brew, while delicious sounding, missed out on so many native New York flavor profiles. In my estimation, these other flavors would have been just as accurate a representation… Keep reading »
If there are two things in life I love, it’s donuts and pay-it-forward stories, so this epic donut pay-it-forward story out of Massachusetts is totally warming my heart. A couple weeks ago, a customer in the drive-thru line at a little donut shop called Heav’nly Donuts was apparently feeling generous and decided to pay for the order of the customer behind her in line. That customer, Eileen Taylor, was so touched by the gesture that she decided to pay it forward (well, technically backward), and paid for the car behind her when she returned to Heav’nly Donuts the next day. Taylor’s small act of kindness created a massive chain reaction: the next customer paid for the car behind them. And the next customer paid for the car behind them. The trend continued until the morning rush was over — and a total of 55 customers in a row had purchased a sweet breakfast treat for a stranger. Taylor can’t believe how far her kind gesture went, and even though she recently lost her job and is struggling financially, she doesn’t regret splashing out a little extra cash to make so many people’s days a bit brighter: ”It was the best $12 I ever spent.” [CBS Boston] [Photo of donuts via Shutterstock]
Okay we get it! Taylor Swift is like, the nicest person ever. After enjoying an $800 meal with her tour crew (which she obviously paid for) in Philly, the pop songstress left a hefty $500 tip. Taylor, don’t you know that’s like, 60 percent? But I guess if you have boatloads of money it doesn’t really matter. The restaurant manager, Ron Trombino, sounded a little nervy when talking about the whole thing‚ like Swifty’s PR team would take out a hit on him if he didn’t fill the “nice” adjective quota when describing the experience:
“Taylor was very, very nice.”
“It was a very nice experience, very easy.”
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