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  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    02/23/2017 3:47:25 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 51 replies
    It’s more like May here today in Maryland, than February; and our thoughts are turning toward Spring. This King Cake that came in the Better Homes and Gardens email newsletter a few days ago is the prettiest I’ve seen. I like it because the ring is thinner than many that we see, which I think makes it very elegant. believe we’ve featured these ‘tartes soleil’ previously, but this Feta Tapenade one from Smitten Kitchen is especially pretty and the recipe looks good; easy-to-follow instructions/pictures are included: attended a function recently where I had Corn Ice Cream for the...
  • Wales Is Hosting its First Ever Alcohol-Free Beer Festival

    02/22/2017 9:02:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 22 FEB 2017 | MARK SMITH
    It will take place in Pembrokeshire on St David's DayWales is set to host its first alcohol-free beer festival in a bid to encourage the public to adopt a healthier relationship with booze. The free event, which will be held in Pembrokeshire on St David’s Day, promises to offer a wide range of alcohol-free and low-alcohol beers to sample. It will also be serving up free meat and vegetable curries to the sober visitors, as well as traditional Welsh cawl. Andrew Misell, from the charity Alcohol Concern , laid down a challenge to the drinks business in Wales to do...
  • UN: $4.4B needed within weeks to stop hunger 'catastrophe'

    02/22/2017 5:15:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2017 7:44 PM EST | Jennifer Peltz
    The United Nations needs $4.4 billion by the end of March to prevent catastrophic hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, yet just $90 million has been collected so far, Secretary-General António Guterres said Wednesday. With over 20 million people at risk of starvation over the next six months and famine already declared in parts of South Sudan, “we are facing a tragedy,” Guterres said. “We must avoid it becoming a catastrophe.” Convening reporters for a briefing at the U.N. headquarters, Guterres amplified concerns that U.N. officials and humanitarian groups have expressed in recent weeks about the...
  • Industry: Philadelphia soda tax killing sales, layoffs loom

    02/22/2017 3:15:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2017 11:00 AM EST
    Some Philadelphia supermarkets and beverage distributors say they’re gearing up for layoffs because the city’s new soda tax has cut beverage sales by 30 percent to 50 percent, worse than the city predicted. An owner of six supermarkets tells The Philadelphia Inquirer he expects to cut 300 jobs, and a soft drink distributor predicts a 20 percent workforce reduction. City officials expect business to rebound once customers get over sticker shock. …
  • MNfusion: Tullibee Chef Crowned Prince Of Pigs At Cochon555

    02/21/2017 6:48:44 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies ^ | 2/21/17 | Katie Fraser
    Where’s the beef? Well, it made way for the pork. On Sunday afternoon in downtown Minneapolis, Twin Cities foodies celebrated the pig in all of its glory at Cochon555. An event dedicated to all things pork, Cochon555 celebrates heritage pigs and sustainable farming of the animal. The competition featured five chefs, who compete head-to-head creating dishes using a whole heritage breed pig. The focus is on fine dining. Proceeds from the 14-city event go to Piggy Bank, a charity focusing on sanctuaries for heritage breed pigs and Open Access Agriculture.
  • French waitress drags huge lizard out of Australian restaurant

    02/21/2017 11:07:20 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 21 Feb 2017 | Helena Horton
    This plucky waitress is evidently not scared of trespassing lizards so big they are mistaken for dogs. She has since been dubbed "goanna girl" - the reptile is thought to be a goanna - and has been widely commended for her bravery. The waitress, who is originally from Normandy, commented: "I wasn't scared, I like reptiles so was a bit excited."
  • Fat-shaming columnist gets booted from Fergus Falls newspaper

    02/21/2017 6:35:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 51 replies ^ | February 20, 2017 — 9:31pm | By John Reinan
    Newspaper publisher says community response to writer's ouster has been overwhelmingly positive. Alan Linda's column about his experience sitting next to an overweight airplane passenger will be the last one he writes for the Fergus Falls Daily Journal. The newspaper last week expressed regret for printing the column and said it had parted ways with Linda, an unpaid community columnist who has written the paper's "Prairie Spy" column for 30 years. "I've gotten an overwhelmingly positive response over the decision," Tim Engstrom, the Daily Journal's editor and publisher, said Monday. "People say it's the right thing to do." In an...
  • First sign of obesity in Arctic people [snip] remote tribes are exposed to instant noodles and pasta

    02/21/2017 6:02:38 AM PST · by Daffynition · 41 replies
    DailyMail ^ | Feb 20, 2017 | Will Stewart
    The first-ever cases of obesity have been recorded among nomadic Arctic reindeer herders, after they became exposed to instant noodles and other junk foods. Russian scientists are warning about the dramatic change in the Nenets and Khanty peoples on the icy Yamal peninsula in northern Siberia, who for centuries had eaten only traditional foods. A diet based on venison and fresh river fish meant that obesity was unknown among these indigenous peoples, but now outside influences are changing everything.
  • Workmen's cafe overwhelmed with customers after it is accidentally awarded a Michelin star

    02/20/2017 5:48:18 AM PST · by bgill · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Feb. 19, 2017 | David Chazan
    A workmen’s café in central France was overwhelmed with phone calls from gourmet diners wanting to book tables after it was awarded a Michelin star — by mistake, it later turned out. Reporters, TV crews and prospective customers were astounded when they turned up at the Bouche à Oreille, in the small town of Bourges, to find a cheap and cheerful eatery with red and white polka dot plastic tablecloths. Many patrons wear high-visibility vests, it is often packed at lunchtime and the atmosphere is lively, with customers ordering beers at the bar. It serves its regular clientèle of local...
  • A Boycott of Wegmans for Selling Trump’s Wine Has Seriously Backfired

    02/18/2017 11:28:47 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 39 replies
    Grub Street ^ | February 17, 2017 | Clint Rainey
    Earlier this week, Wegmans became the latest company to face a backlash for carrying Trump-owned products. The supermarket chain sells five different Trump Winery wines at its ten stores in Virginia, where the vineyard is located, and a local chapter of the National Organization for Women called on its notoriously loyal fanbase to boycott Wegmans unless it agreed to remove the products from stores statewide. The company responded that it bases inventory “solely on how well [a product] sells,” and welcomed shoppers to “demonstrate their convictions.” Seeing that as an encouraging sign, a group called Stop Trump Wine materialized with...
  • Why Trump was right to make Chris Christie eat the White House meatloaf

    02/18/2017 2:23:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 78 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | February 18, 2017 | Quentin Fottrell
    Don't knock meatloaf. It's gotten a bad rap. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat had lunch with President Donald Trump on Valentine's Day and, according to Christie, Trump made him have the White House meatloaf. "This is what it's like to be with Trump," Christie said during a guest host spot on a radio show on Thursday, according to the New York Post. "He says, 'There's the menu, you guys order whatever you want.' And then he says, 'Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.'" According to Christie, Trump said, "I'm telling you,...
  • Man Proposes With Ring Inside Chicken Nuggets Box

    02/18/2017 11:08:22 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 17, 2017 | Jackie Salo
    This Illinois woman opened her McDonald’s order to find a nugget that won’t go well with honey mustard. Karsyn Long is such a fan of the fast food giant that her boyfriend, Kristian Helton, decided to propose with a ring in a box of chicken nuggets. “She has devoted her life to chicken nuggets, so that had to be part of the engagement. I mean, it was just given,” Helton told news station WAND.
  • McDonald’s Just Introduced A Complicated New Straw That Has Everyone Scratching Their Heads

    02/17/2017 8:33:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    Good ^ | 02/17/2017 | Penn Collins
    or decades, customers have complained that McDonald’s straws were pretty much useless when used to drink milkshakes.... But now, with the announcement of several new Shamrock Shakes, the fast food giant has swung the pendulum far in the other direction, with a straw that’s overengineered – seriously, two engineering firms worked on it – to look more like mountain climbing equipment than it does any straw we’ve ever seen. Here’s the result of design, a determined product development team, and a 3D printer: A ridiculous item like this requires an equally bombastic name, which McDonald’s has, of course, bestowed upon...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    02/17/2017 4:50:33 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 157 replies
    I attended a funeral recently where the repast included an amazing Cream of Crab Soup, and I wanted to find a recipe. Since I'm a Marylander and love their crabcakes, Phillips is my first go-to for 'crab anything'. On their website, I found Shirley Phillips' recipe: you are taking care of a sick person who is trying to get his appetite back, you often wind up cooking things you don't normally eat; and instead of cooking double meals all the time you just wind up throwing in the towel and grabbing whatever you can here and there. Since Thanksgiving,...
  • McDonald’s Reengineered The Straw And Is Selling It Like Apple Product

    02/17/2017 10:24:03 AM PST · by Windcatcher · 45 replies
    vocativ ^ | Feb 16, 2017 at 12:50 PM ET | Alejandro Alba
    McDonald’s is known for its Big Mac, Happy Meals, and creepy clown mascot, but not for trying to be innovative with technology. Yet, the fast food chain restaurant teamed up with aerospace and robotic engineering firms to reinvent the straw and make it easier to drink its Chocolate Shamrock shakes.
  • Agents confiscate 13 pounds of horse genitals at airport

    02/17/2017 8:59:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    WEAR-TV3 Pensacola ^ | Thursday, February 16th 2017 | Staff
    STERLING, Va — Authorities at a Virginia airport encountered some unusual baggage when they confiscated 13 pounds of horse genitals and a total of 42 pounds of horsemeat from two women arriving from Mongolia Jan. 29. The two women landed at the Washington Dulles International Airport last month when authorities discovered the meat concealed inside juice boxes, a release from US Customs and Border Protection said. When the women landed, the release said the women were forwarded for a routine agriculture examination. During the examination, agriculture specialists found a combined 42 pounds of meat described as "horsemeat and other ruminant...
  • Lawmakers Consider Naming Green Chile Burger State Burger

    02/15/2017 3:31:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    KOB4 ^ | February 15, 2017
    A New Mexico lawmaker wants to make the state's relationship with the green chile cheeseburger official. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Rep. Matthew McQueen, D-Galisteo, is sponsoring a bill that would name the green chile cheeseburger the state's official burger. McQueen says he got inspiration for the bill during
  • Woman suing Popeyes says flesh-eating screwworms ate her ‘from the inside out’

    02/13/2017 8:36:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    KFOR ^ | February 13, 2017, | by Nadia Judith Enchassi
    Karen Goode, of San Antonio, is suing for $1,000,000 after she said rice and beans she ate at Popeyes in spring 2015 were infested with flesh-eating worms, according to KDAF. In the lawsuit filed in Bexar County, Goode's attorney, Patrick Stolmeier, argues the franchisee, Z&H Foods, should have known about the screwworms and never served the tainted food to customers. He also described what Goode allegedly endured after consuming the screwworms: "Plaintiff purchased rice and beans from Defendants' restaurant that contained flesh eating New World Screwworms, and Plaintiff unknowingly ingested the flesh eating screwworms. The flesh eating screwworms entered Plaintiff's...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 2-13-17)

    02/13/2017 1:42:35 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies ^ | 2-13-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Tater Tots and Beer Festival

    02/12/2017 2:23:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Feb 11, 2017 | Alysia Gray Painter
    Traveling to-do: Sip a myriad of craft beers while enjoying potato-perfect bites. SPUDS + SUDS: Look, you probably won't be the person to make a "spuds" and "suds" joke at the Tater Tots and Beer Festival, but that's okay. Make it anyway, for the truth is that rhyming words is still a time-honored way to summon a few smiles among those standing within earshot, and also? Both spuds and suds are pretty tasty, and even tastier together. But a festivals that is bouncing around the Golden State during the late-winter months of 2017 isn't just about any spud, nor any...
  • Chuck Schumer’s Meatloaf Contains Pork. Is That News?

    02/12/2017 2:18:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    The Forward ^ | Liza Schoenfein | February 12, 2017
    On Wednesday, The New York Times ran a story in its food section about a new cookbook by New York Times writers Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer called “A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes — From Mom’s to Mario Batali’s” (Grand Central Life & Style). In it, the two discussed the book’s recipes and the people who contributed them — chefs, politicians, friends and family. On Sunday, the Algemeiner, a publication with a large Orthodox readership, published a piece criticizing the Times for its coverage of the book — in particular,...
  • Argument prompted deadly Waffle House shooting in Columbia

    02/12/2017 10:05:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 31 replies
    The State ^ | 2/12/2017 | Teddy Kulmala
    COLUMBIA, SC — One person was killed after a shooting at a Columbia diner early Sunday. The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. at the Waffle House on the 200 block of Stoneridge Drive, just off Greystone Boulevard near Interstate 126, according to the Columbia Police Department. The male victim was shot in the lower body. One person has been taken into custody for questioning, police said. No charges have been filed. Investigators believe the suspect and victim were arguing before the shooting. The victim’s identity will be released by the Richland County Coroner’s Office after the family has been notified....

    02/11/2017 10:36:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    VINEPAIR ^ | Nick Hines
    It’s not uncommon to feel the urge for an airport drink that can help manage your flying anxieties (or boredom). That’s why there are so many airport bars in the country’s busiest airports. But be aware: If you try to bring your own form of liquid relief onto a plane in the form of a nip (or mini) bottle of liquor, you’re going to have a bad time. That’s what Lucy Yallop found on her flight from Newcastle, England, to Alicante, Spain. She tried to spike her orange juice with a mini of Absolut Vodka she’d brought onto the flight,...
  • Orlando Officer Who Mistook Doughnut Glaze for Drugs Disciplined

    02/11/2017 12:17:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Feb 10, 2017
    Officials in Florida say an Orlando police officer who arrested a man after mistaking doughnut glaze for meth has been disciplined. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins was given a written reprimand for making an improper arrest. An internal affairs report released Thursday by the Orlando Police Department found no evidence she acted in bad faith. The report says the department never trained its officers to use the department-issued roadside drug tests. Daniel Rushing was arrested in December 2015 when Riggs-Hopkins spotted flakes of glaze on his floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine. Rushing told...
  • Little Caesars creator and Detroit Red Wings and Tigers owner dies aged 87...

    02/11/2017 12:01:17 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies ^ | Feb. 11, 2017 | Associated Press
    FULL TITLE: Little Caesars creator and Detroit Red Wings and Tigers owner dies aged 87 after amassing a fortune worth $6BILLION Billionaire businessman Mike Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, and won praise for keeping the professional sports teams in the city as others relocated to new suburban stadiums, has died. He was 87. His family released a statement saying Ilitch died on Friday at a local hospital. They called him a visionary who set the tone for his company and his family. 'He made such a positive...
  • Weekly Cooking Thread - February 10, 2017

    02/10/2017 3:05:10 PM PST · by Yaelle · 161 replies
    Our Kitchens ^ | 02/10/17 | The Freeping Cooks
    Happy Weekend, Everyone! A little birdie in a kilt whispered to me that we should have a cooking for Valentine's Day theme this weekend, and that is a perfect idea. I love chocolate so let's get some tried and true old favorite recipes out, as well as some new challenges if you want. But don't stop at dessert! Lots of our true loves have savory desires on Valentine's Day. Steaks, beef stew, potatoes Anna or Baked with sour cream... what is going to delight your honey, family, or even just yourself this week? Me, I'm thinking of chocolate this week....
  • Embrace the French Dip Sandwich Immediately

    02/10/2017 1:32:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 9, 2017 | Hailey Eber
    Take a dip. Or five. At the new Upper West Side restaurant Maison Pickle (2309-2315 Broadway; 212-496-9100), there are nearly half a dozen different French dip sandwiches on the menu, from a classic beef number with horseradish aioli ($18) to a lamb version with mint chimichurri sauce ($23). Owner Jacob Hadjigeorgis has been obsessed with the roast beef and jus sandwich since he was a kid and tried it on a family trip upstate. “I kind of instantly fell in love with it,” says Hadjigeorgis, 32, who grew up in Astoria and now lives on the Upper West Side,
  • Vegan’s Protest Leads Town Hall to Ban Kids' Song About Fox Being Shot

    02/09/2017 10:55:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    A small town in Hesse has removed a children's song about a fox stealing a goose from its repertoire of town hall bell melodies, after a vegan resident became quite upset. The storybook town of Limburg an der Lahn in Hesse enjoys serenading its residents with melodies played by its town hall glockenspiel - an instrument made up of chimes, also called a carillon. The tunes included the classic 19th century children’s song Fuchs, Du hast die Gans gestohlen - “Fox, you stole the Goose”. That is, it included the folk tune until a vegan woman complained. The song describes...
  • McDonald’s Experiments With Crab Sandwich at 4 South Bay Locations

    02/09/2017 9:46:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Colleen Nowell
    Four McDonald's restaurants in the South Bay are testing out a new sandwich on their menu. It's called the McDonald’s Crab Sandwich. McDonald’s wanted to continue experimenting with local Bay Area flavors just like the garlic fries they introduced back in May. The Crab Sandwich will have snow crab meat on a sliced sourdough bun. When asked why McDonald's is using snow crab and not local Dungeness, McDonald's said: "The McDonald’s sourcing team had to weigh a variety of different factors when they approached how and where they were sourcing crab." The sandwich also comes with celery and seasoned mayo...
  • Students recreate 5,000-year-old Chinese beer recipe

    02/09/2017 9:11:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | February 8, 2017 | Alex Shashkevich
    Liu, together with doctoral candidate Jiajing Wang and a group of other experts, discovered the 5,000-year-old beer recipe by studying the residue on the inner walls of pottery vessels found in an excavated site in northeast China. The research, which was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provided the earliest evidence of beer production in China so far. The ancient Chinese made beer mainly with cereal grains, including millet and barley, as well as with Job's tears, a type of grass in Asia, according to the research. Traces of yam and lily root parts also appeared in...
  • De Blasio Deems Pizza ‘Sound Enough’ to Eat Like a New Yorker

    02/09/2017 2:48:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 9, 2017 | Danika Fears
    Mayor Bill de Blasio spent part of the snow day proving to New Yorkers he can eat pizza without a fork. “I have deemed the pizza at Lee’s Tavern on Staten Island structurally sound enough to eat without a fork and knife,” he tweeted on Thursday afternoon, along with a photo of himself holding a slice while dining with Borough President James Oddo. Before lunch, de Blasio had toured some of Staten Island’s main roads with Oddo, Councilman Steven Matteo (R-Mid-Island) and Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.
  • Thursday Offering Plenty of Deals During National Days for Pizza, Bagels

    02/09/2017 12:42:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway
    NBC Miami ^ | Feb 9, 2017
    If you’re a foodie and always looking for a deal on your meal, then Thursday might just be the best day of the year for you to save a little dough…on foods made with dough! February 9th is both National Pizza Day and National Bagel Day, with restaurants and fast food chains across the country offering deals on both food favorites. Brooklyn Water Bagel, with several locations in Broward and Palm Beach counties, is offering a free egg and cheese bagel pocket with the purchase of another menu item – while Einstein Brothers Bagels will be offering a free ‘bagel...
  • McDonald's testing out crab sandwich in San Francisco area

    02/09/2017 11:07:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2017 12:21 PM EST
    McDonald’s is planning to launch a crab sandwich in the San Francisco Bay area. The fast good giant says the sandwich consists of snow crab meat mixed with mayonnaise and served with tomato and lettuce on a sourdough bun. …
  • This Burger Is Eco-Friendly — But With The Taste You Know

    02/08/2017 8:10:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | Feb 8, 2017 | Melissa Prax
    These vegetarian burgers taste, feel and even bleed like your typical beef patty. Creators use heme — which is the same molecule in your blood — to make the patties "bleed." As NPR explains, "By taking the soybean gene that encodes the heme protein and transferring it to yeast, the company has been able to produce vast quantities of the blood-like compound." Compared with their animal counterparts, these burgers require 95 percent less land and 74 percent less water. And they emit 87 percent less greenhouse gas. When people cut back on meat, it can help the environment. But studies...
  • The Best Thing I Ate This Week: Where Burger Meets Taco

    02/08/2017 7:41:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Feb. 8, 2017 | Brad A. Johnson
    I first saw Pour Vida’s "Anaheim-style burger taco" in my Instagram feed. Despite sounding like something Taco Bell might have dreamed up, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I had to have it. Pour Vida is chef Jimmy Martinez’ gourmet taco stand in Anaheim. And the picture he posted on Instagram showed a handmade flour tortilla completely glazed with melted yellow cheese, which was then topped with a pan-fried clump of hamburger meat, a flurry of shredded lettuce, some more cheese, a slice of tomato and Thousand Island dressing. It was a work of art. So I went...
  • Domino's Wedding Registry: For Those Who Prefer Pizza to Potholders

    02/08/2017 7:25:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Creativity ^ | Feb 08, 2017 | Ann-Christine Diaz
    The Fast Feeder Wants to Help Make Your Big Day Extra CheesyPizza maker-turned-innovation company Dominos is now dipping its toes into another category: weddings. Along with its agency Crispin Porter & Bogusky, the company has rolled out a Domino's Wedding Registry, whereby brides and grooms-to-be and their loved ones can select from a variety of offerings to enhance everything from pre-nuptial festivities like the bachelorette party, the wedding celebration itself and life after the big day. Offerings include a "2 a.m. Bachelor Party Feast," "The Wedding Night," "Dancing With my Slice" and "Low Key Date Night." Once ordered online, the...
  • Restaurant Workers Accused of Spitting in Cops’ Food

    02/08/2017 2:28:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 8, 2017 | Natalie Musumeci
    The officers of Florida’s Jacksonville Police Department may find a burger joint’s food mouthwatering — but in the wrong way. Police Chief Patrick Dooley sent an internal warning letter to his department Monday after he was notified by the owner of a local restaurant called Cruisers Grill of an alleged disturbing practice by employees targeting police. “It has come to my attention that the owner of Cruisers has given indications that his employees in the past or will in the future spit saliva in the food of law enforcement,” read the letter, obtained by Action News Jax, with the subject...
  • Sicily’s Superior Cannoli: A Guide for Connoisseurs—and Skeptics

    02/08/2017 12:57:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Wall Streetv Journal ^ | Charlotte Druckman
    On a trip to Sicily, birthplace of the Italian sweet, a recent cannoli-convert learns what separates the mediocre from the mouth-watering, and where to find the bestSOMEWHERE ON the coastal road between the Sicilian towns of Marzamemi and Siracusa, from behind the wheel, our guide pointed out the giant reeds growing above the Ionian sea. “Those are the canna they used to make the cannoli with,” Salvatore Coppola explained. From the back seat of the car, in unison, my mother and I made the same face, the one where we purse our lips together while curling the upper halves....
  • Seeking the Ultimate New York City Pizza

    02/08/2017 12:52:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb 01, 2017 | Haim Handwerker
    New York has about 2,200 pizzerias. But which ones are the best? Tour innovator Scott Wiener has the answers.Asked what their favorite food is, New Yorkers may choose the hot dog, hamburger, pretzel or maybe pastrami sandwich. But ask Scott Wiener, food guide to the city, and for him there’s only one answer: Pizza. New York, says Scott, has about 2,200 pizzerias. Some cities may have even more, maybe Napoli, or Sao Paolo, which is insane for pizza. But it’s New York that made pizza one of the leading global foods. In Napoli it’s considered food for poor people but...
  • 2017 Is the Year of the Square Pizza

    02/07/2017 10:42:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Grub Street ^ | Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite Share Tweet Share Share Pin It Email Comment Print
    With few exceptions, New York has always been a round-pie, thin-crust town. (They don’t call it a “regular” slice for nothing.) Recently, though, the square has stepped into the spotlight, thanks largely to an obscure midwestern interloper called Detroit-style pizza, which arrived in Williamsburg last spring and proceeded to give our hometown Sicilian something of an inferiority complex. Luckily, a local movement was happening at the same time, with talented bakers reinvigorating old forms like the grandma pie and the upside-down Sicilian, and rogue Italian pizzaioli rebelling against the Neapolitan orthodoxy with newfangled Roman pizza al taglio and souped-up focaccia....
  • Harambe-shaped Cheeto sells on eBay for nearly $100K

    02/07/2017 6:32:58 AM PST · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/7/2017 | AP
    A Cheeto that bears a resemblance to slain gorilla Harambe has sold for nearly $100,000 on eBay. Bidding on the cheese snack the seller said he found in a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos began at $11.99 on Jan. 28. It ended early Tuesday morning with a winning bid of $99,900. The listing showed a picture of the Cheeto side-by-side with a gorilla climbing a tree.
  • A Gay Bar Opens Upstairs. Downstairs, Burger & Beer Joint Loses Its Franchise

    02/06/2017 7:16:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    A black tarp hangs over what used to be the Burger & Beer Joint in South Beach as well as a dark cloud over why it closed. Three months after a gay night club opened on the second floor of the country’s first Burger & Beer Joint, the Boca Raton-based franchise has revoked the local restaurant’s right to use the name, menu and concept. The locals say they are being targeted for leasing the upstairs to a longtime South Beach gay club promoter, and they point to a letter they were sent shortly after The Mix bar and lounge opened,...
  • Before Coming To America, Winstead's Owner Nabil Haddad Was Baghdad's Burger Tycoon

    02/06/2017 7:13:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Before Coming To America, Winstead's Owner Nabil Haddad Was Baghdad's Burger Tycoon"'In America,' he told me, 'In America, we sell hamburgers.'" But Nabil Haddad didn't have a clue what a hamburger was. It was 1958, and Haddad was looking for a job. Earlier that year, tensions started escalating between Christians and Muslims in Lebanon. Haddad's father sent him to Baghdad, Iraq, for refuge. Seven days after Haddad arrived, the Iraqi Revolution broke out. "There was a lot of killing, dragging colonels and generals in the streets naked ... It was atrocious," Haddad says. Haddad immediately lost the job he had...
  • Over a Spread of Kuwaiti Food, Lohan Talks Islam

    02/06/2017 6:18:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Monday, 6 February 2017
    American actress Lindsay Lohan was hosted by Kuwaiti YouTube anchor Shoaib Rashid in his satiric show “Siwar Shoaib”. At the end of the episode, Shoaib got his guest a Kuwaiti dish. The anchor asked Lohan to eat using, like him, her hand and 5 fingers, thanking her for her visit to Kuwait, and she asked him “Do you know that I do not eat red meat?” During the show, the American actress spoke about her experience with Islam. She said that she has prayed the Islamic way, fasted in Ramadan and has read 15 pages from the Holy Qur’an. “Siwar...
  • Woman, Prosecuted for Ceviche Sales on Facebook, Settles With DA

    02/05/2017 3:05:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Ars Technica ^ | 1/28/2017 | Cyrus Farivar
    “I feel like I won. There’s no misdemeanor. I didn’t plea to nothing.”Days before she was set to go to trial over $12 worth of ceviche sold on Facebook, Mariza Ruelas struck a deal with the San Joaquin County district attorney. On Friday, prosecutors in the central California county agreed to drop various misdemeanor criminal charges, including operating a food facility without a permit, if Ruelas did 80 hours of community service within a year. She also agreed to not sell or trade food online unless she has the proper permits. When Ars asked her how she felt on Friday...
  • Pork industry says not to worry about a bacon shortage

    02/05/2017 2:02:44 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 42 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | February 1, 2017 8:01 pm | AP
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An insatiable demand for bacon depleted frozen pork belly supplies in the U.S. to a record low level for December, but the pork industry is confident it can keep up with demand and avoid any serious shortages. Bottom line: A pound of bacon may cost a little more as winter wears on, but prices should stabilize by summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported last week that pork bellies in cold storage fell to 17.7 million pounds last month, the lowest December inventory since records began in 1957. In comparison, more than 52.3 million pounds...
  • Taco Bowls for Immigrant Support: Restaurant Challenges Immigration Order with Fundraising Campaign

    02/05/2017 1:57:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 4, 2017 | Brendan Weber
    Taco Bowls for Immigrant Support: Berkeley Restaurant Challenges Immigration Order with Fundraising CampaignTaco Tuesday just received a spicy twist. President Donald Trump's travel ban has sparked Comal, a Berkeley restaurant, to sell taco bowls in exchange for money that will be used to support immigrants and refugees from the seven Muslim-majority countries impacted by the executive order. The eatery's head chef, whose ancestors migrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union, spearheaded the idea. Andrew Hoffman, the restaurant's co-owner, helped put the plan into action. "It's really about our staff," Hoffman said. "Half of the 70 people who...
  • Cheesecake Factory Bomb-Thrower Wanted In Pasadena [CA]

    02/03/2017 1:13:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    cvbs2la ^ | 02/03/2017
    No one was hurt in the blast, which was reported at 6:08 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant at 2 W. Colorado Blvd. ... Witnesses described the suspect as either Hispanic or Middle Eastern, 6 feet tall, with a thin build, a heavy beard, all black clothing and a black beanie. Anyone with information about the explosion or the suspect can call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.
  • Severe Vegetable Shortage Deprives Europeans of Spinach, Broccoli

    02/03/2017 8:04:15 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    Heatstreet ^ | 3 Feb 2017 | Kieran Corcoran
    European consumers have been plunged into crisis by a vegetable shortage caused by severe weather. Shops across Europe – and particularly in the UK – have seen the shelves stripped of green produce like lettuce, broccoli and spinach. Courgettes (zucchinis, if you’re American), aubergines (eggplant) and peppers have also been badly affected. The problems stem from a blast of cold weather which has overtaken large parts of southern Europe.
  • The Long, Slow Trek To Get Americans To Eat Camel Meat

    02/02/2017 3:13:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    NPR ^ | February 2, 2017 | Erica Berry
    The first time Somali-American chef Jamal Hashi put camel meat on his menu in Minneapolis, it didn't go well. He tried grinding it into a burger and using chunks of it in a spicy stew, but no matter, the texture was bad and the sales were worse. "It was like chewing on a patty of rubber bands," he said of the burger. At its best, camel meat tastes much like lean beef. But certain cuts can be tough, and if the meat comes from an old camel, it can also taste gamey. Hashi had used a shoulder cut, and neither...