Tony Bourdain jumps networks, the most insufferable food
trends, the discontinued ice cream graveyard and how to stir-fry
vegetables on today's web roundup.
No Reservations is no more:
Anthony Bourdain will host a prime time weekend program on CNN
Larry Olmsted lists his
8 Worst Food Trends via Forbes. Food trucks,
"Gastropubs that Aren't", Kobe beef [in America], and
micro-distilleries all make the cut.
A more cheerful cemetery than most: NPR profiles the Ben
Graveyard of Shelved Ice Cream Flavors. Ice cream enthusiasts
and sweet-tooth afflicted hippies alike can pay their respects to
Makin' Whoopie Pie, From Russia with Buzz or Neapolitan
The National Pork Board sends
ThinkGeek a cease and desist letter over their use of the
slogan "The other white meat" in reference to a fake product:
canned unicorn meat.
Fantastic food writer Peter Kaminsky discusses his latest book,
Culinary Intelligeence: The Art of Eating Healthy (and Really
Well) with Food Republic. On recent changes to the
American diet, he says, "In the past 15 years, Americans have
added 300 calories per day on average to their daily intake.
Another thing I read was that if you asked people today what their
ideal weight is, it's 15 pounds more than 15 or 20 years
Bourdain has fightin' words for a food writer, the existence
of real Stay Puft Marshmallows and a visitor's guide to NYC dining
on today's web roundup.
Anthony Bourdain calls an as yet unidentified food journalist,
"the most vicious, abusive, misogynistic, back-biting, piece of
[expletive] I have ever met in my life," via
Eater. Perhaps tonight's episode of No Reservations
will shed some light on the situation.
In more redeeming news for food writers, the
James Beard Foundation announced their Book, Broadcast and
Journalism winners for 2012.
Stay Puft Marshmallows apparently exist now according to
Foodiggity - hopefully not a sign of an impending 2012 apocalypse.
Ghostbusters fans fear human sacrifice, dogs and cats
living together, mass hysteria to come.
Despite the overwhelming dominance of shameless plugs,
humblebrags and baffling tweetspeak that only 12-16 year-olds
understand, Twitter still hosts an abundance of relevant, useful
and humorous food and restaurant related content. Here's a handful
of this week's best tweets. Speaking of self-promotion, feel free
to follow us @LocalEaters.
Sarah J. Gim (@the delicious): "New
kitchen has two ovens. it's like theyre mocking my inability to
bake." Sort of a first world problem, but we've all felt like our
kitchen appliances are taunting us at one time or another.
Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) live
tweeted the Oscars: "The mac & cheese commercial with Seymour
Cassell is the best movie of the year so far." No argument here. Watch it.
Kyle Kinane (@kylekinane): On
yipster dining habits: "Hipsters are the new yuppies then, right?
'Hot new' music sounds like Phil Collins and everyone wants to go
to vegan fusion restaurants."
Sam Sifton (@SamSifton): The NY
Times editor mourns his favorite rapper with some choice
food-related lyrics. "RIP Biggie: 'Come to spread the butter lyrics
over hominy grits.' " Another user's follow up is worth
noting: "that was method man though, old white guy." Close enough …
Biggie's name is still on the song (and he clearly was no stranger
Anthony Bourdain (@noreservations)
weighs in on the Olive Garden review that went viral. "Very much
enjoying watching Internet sensation Marilyn Hagerty triumph over
the snarkologists (myself included)." We laughed and rolled our
eyes. We reconsidered when we realized everyone reacted the same
way. We now have her back. An emotionally taxing day on the
Lucky Peach (@LuckyPeach): "I think
I just got criticized by a fortune cookie. http://t.co/C1uy8tCY" It bodes
better than the dreaded empty fortune cookie.
Scotty L. (@MarylandMudflap):
"I'm lookin for capitalists to invest in a
new restaurant! No 'menu' yet, but every
night I'm gonna fall down stairs with a full tea service." This
would be the first legitimately entertaining dinner theater in the
Tim Siedell (@badbanana): On the
lack of advancement in breakfast innovation: "We have enough
breakfast items for the toaster now, food scientists. Move on to
the car heater vent."
The week's most profound food and restaurant thoughts expressed
in 142 characters or less. As always, feel free to follow us on
Twitter at LocalEats for
dining news, LocalEats happenings and horrible food puns.
Comedian/actor/comic book enthusiast Patton
initiated a series of amusing tweets under the "hippie threats"
hashtag: "I have come here to kick ass and eat locally. And
these mung beans are from outside a 50 mile radius
Zach Zamboni (@zachzamboni), a
cameraman for Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, offers
entertaining behind-the-scenes insights about the show. He had a
bit of a close call with a cobra in Malaysia:"Escaped death by
cobra, ran a kilometer backwards, sweated like a bastard, ate a
fish head, drank beer. This is life with @NoReservations."
Take a look.
Foodimentary (@Foodimentary) is
full of fun food facts and quality food quotes. On the 200th
birthday of one Charles Dickens, Foodimentary scored points with
this reflection on literature and chips (fries): "Charles
Dickens was 1st to mention chips in a book 'Husky chips of
potatoes, fried' Tale of 2 Cities, 1859."
The only fictional Twitter persona to win a James Beard Award,
Ruth Bourdain (@RuthBourdain) is an
unholy mashup of Ruth Reichl and Tony Bourdain. Here's one of the
tamer entries: "Fat isn't bad, stupid is bad. And yet,
this braised pork belly is stupid phat."
The Twitterverse had plenty of commentary to offer on
Valentine's day and restaurants. Carly Castle (@CarlyCastle):
"My plans for tonight involve going to fancy restaurants
& slipping fake engagement rings into a lotta girls' champagne
glasses." Sixth Form Poet(@sixthformpoet):
"On Valentine's Day, restaurants are like chess clubs;
tables for two, agonising silence, psychological warfare and far
too many stalemates."
Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBRien) spent
the week describing and taking pictures of his lunch. A few
highlights: "Today's lunch: Turkey patty, garlic broccolini,
and roasted veggies. Not pictured: Boston cream pie with
mayo." and "Today's lunch: a chicken tostada salad and
homemade sangria I poured into a Vitamin Water bottle." With
slightly terrifying photo.
It wouldn't be Twitter without repetition of trending topics ad
nauseum. Gothamist (@Gothamist)
fuels a nation's rabid Linsanity with a report that "Shake
Shack has gone LINsane! They're now serving up Jeremy Lin-Mint
Full story here.
What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen
An index of the week's tastiest restaurant, dining and food
Eric Cunningham (@EricCunningham) gives
chips the gravitas they deserve: "When I eat chips alone
in the kitchen, I imagine my life shown on a 4-way splitscreen with
whatever world leaders are doing right then."
The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck (@biggayicecream):
If they ever get bored running their big gay successful mobile
creamery, the guys behind the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck may have a
future in game development: "I want to start a new game
craze. It's kinda like paintball, but you just have a satchel of
cupcakes to peg people with. Wanna play?"
Ottavia Bourdain (@OttaviaBourdain):
MMA enthusiast/Anthony Bourdain's better half weighs in on food,
technology and failure: "I'm so out of it today I just answered the
Shake Shack buzzer as if it was my phone #fail."
Village Voice (@VillageVoice): The
twitterverse was abuzz with updates about Lady Gaga's parents'
opening a restaurant in NYC. The Village Voice scored with
back to back tweets: "Lady Gaga's parents' restaurant is getting
panned by critics. 'The calamari [is] like leather.' " followed by
"If Lady Gaga wears leather calamari at next year's VMAs, we'll
Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien): Coco's
tweets are worth creating a Twitter account for alone. Highlights
of late include "Being a celebrity means I can get any
restaurant reservation when George Clooney cancels at the last
minute." and "When I really need a good laugh, I
just imagine Edward Scissorhands attempting to eat crab
Food Network Humor (@FNHumor): In keeping
with the Conan theme, Food Network Humor tweets "What's More
Disgusting Than Watching Guy Fieri Eat? That's right, watching Guy
Fieri eating in reverse. Thanks, Conan. bit.ly/z6vbrY"
AJC (@AJC): The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution cleverly re-wrote one of their own
headlines: "Waffle House driveby: Targets scatter as
#Lawrenceville Hwy restaurant smothered, covered with
bullets." (No one was injured.)
That's all folks. If you care to follow us on Twitter or come
across a food-related tweet worthy of Local Tweats, find us @LocalEaters.
Last week, the baroness of butter, the sultan of salt, Paula
Deen came forth and announced that she has been living with type-2
diabetes for three years. She also announced a new multi-million
dollar partnership with drug maker Novo Nordisk. More than a few
internet feathers were ruffled when Deen started declaring that
she's always preached moderation to her viewers and won't change
the way she cooks. The announcement also came with a heavy dose of
promotion for her new show, "Not My Mama's Meals." Here are a few
voices weighing in on the matter.
"Taking a drug to lower blood sugar without making those
lifestyle changes is a classic example of trying to deal with a
problem without going to the root of it. (Another is taking a pill
to suppress stomach acid so that you can eat foods that cause
heartburn without it.)"
" ... think again about the power of celebrity-awareness
campaigns. Magic Johnson singlehandedly changed the debate about
the AIDS virus when he public with his diagnosis of HIV.
... Deen has chosen a different path. Three years after her
diagnosis, she's signed on as a paid spokeswoman for diabetes
drugs-her way, she says, of bringing something to the
Anthony Bourdain, a known critic of Paula Deen. He doesn't take
the bait by saying anything particularly mean-spirited or
controversial ... just one small dig.
"When your signature dish is hamburger in between a
doughnut, and you've been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all
along that you've got Type 2 Diabetes... It's in bad taste if
After marveling at the fact that Paula Deen withheld this
information for "three long, greasy years", Frank Bruni of
The New York Times writes about the seemingly sneaky
off-screen eating and exercise habits of restaurant critics and
"MANY of the acclaimed chefs whose television appearances,
cookbooks or venerated restaurants whet our appetites have only an
occasional, formal relationship with the luxuries they hawk. ...
They have private trainers. They play tennis or soccer. They climb
rocks or box or do yoga or bicycle or run."
And finally, the clip from "
The Today Show" in which Paula Deen tells Al Roker "Honey, I'm
your cook. not your doctor." It's reassuring to know she's taking
the proper measures to keep her brand healthy.
O'Brien makes pizza while singing Irish lullabies at Joe's
Pizza in NYC. He also horrifies the proprietors with a few Los
Angeles pizzas: a squash blossom, hazelnut, egg and crab pizza
confounds poor Joe.
From Eater: David Letterman interviews Anthony Bourdain and
expresses concern for his health. They discuss his new show (The
Layover), the perils of working brunch and Malaysian street
food. Letterman also gets on his old man soapbox about food
television shows and gluttony.
This Sunday (the 13th), The Simpsons goes full on
foodie in an episode entitled, "
The Food Wife." And though Homer has had his share of hilarious
food moments over the years, whether eating
like a duck, consuming "sacrilicious"
ceiling waffles, or moonlighting as a food critic, this time
it's Marge's turn to share some thoughts on dining as she explores
the world of food blogging. Celebrities getting Simpsonized include
Gordon Ramsay, Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain. According to this
Grub Street interview with Simpsons producer Matt Selman, the
episode will also feature original foodcentric rapping from Adult
Swim's Tim and Eric. Just a quick sampling of that awesomeness:
I'll be "Frank" like Bruni,
"Ruthless" like Reichl
"Wiley" like Dufresne, and when I take the mike, I'll
Rhyme about radicchio, criticize Colicchio
Every pub is gastro, and all my beef carpaccio
In honor of this week's episode, I present to you five memorable
Springfield restaurants from The Simpsons.
The Frying Dutchman: Featured in the episode,
"The New Kid on the Block," Homer is dragged kicking and screaming
from this all-you-can-eat seafood buffet after eating all the
shrimp and two plastic lobsters -- but failing to consume "all he
could eat." The Sea Captain gets some quality face time here, as
does mall attorney Lionel Hutz, who takes legal action (on Homer's
behalf), claiming, "This is the most blatant case of fraudulent
advertising since my suit against the film The Neverending
Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag: Not content with
the same old regular barflies, Moe Szyslak decides that the real
money is in family restaurants. He attempts his own concept with
plenty of crazy crap on the walls (an alligator with sunglasses!),
deep fried everything and "awesomely outrageous" southwestern pizza
The Gilded Truffle: The swankiest spot in
Springfield, The Gilded Truffle tends to make appearances when
characters are rolling in the dough, out for a romantic evening or
standing up their 4th grade teacher after answering her personal ad
with a picture of Gordie Howe. Moe steals the show again as he
demands that the waiter give him "your finest food stuffed with
your second finest."
The Happy Sumo: In "One Fish, Two Fish,
Blowfish, Blue Fish," Homer insists on ordering the entire menu at
The Happy Sumo, including the potentially deadly Fugu fish. The
fill-in sushi chef slices (or deflates, if you will) the fish
improperly, of course, and Homer is given 22 hours to live. I'd be
willing to bet that most of the American public's knowledge of the
fugu fish come from this episode.
Madame Chao's: While technically not in
Springfield, Madame Chao's is billed as "the sexiest Chinese
restaurant in Capital City." Homer faces temptation from a
co-worker and even desserts seem to conspire to ruin his attempt at
fidelity. However, the only two fortune cookie messages in the
restaurant read, "You will find happiness with a new love"
and "Stick with your wife."
In an interview for Playboy,
Anthony Bourdain can't resist a few jabs at some of his usual
punching bags (vegetarians, vegans, Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay).
Nothing too new, but amusing results nonetheless.
Bon Appetit sets up a photo shoot involving
John Hodgman in pilgrim garb attempting to wrangle a 25-lb
live turkey.'Nuff said.
KFC continues its disgusting assault on the arteries of the
American public with the "
Cheesy Bacon Bowl." C'mon KFC, we're trying to have a
civilization, here. Further viewing: Here's Patton
Oswalt's brilliant take on the KFC Famous Bowl -- a
failure pile in a sadness bowl, as he dubs it.
Senate has rejected President Obama's proposal to limit the
amount of potatoes and starchy vegetables served in school
cafeterias. Reassuring to know another generation of Napoleon
Dynamites will not be without their tots in the lunchroom or during
The internet can be a such a delicious place. For your
edification, here are a few links to what's cooking in the world of
restaurants and food today.
The Ken Burns 3-Part Documentary, "Prohibition,"
is set to air Sunday on PBS. I'd say his timing is just about
right on this, given all the recent nostalgia for the 20's. Or
maybe I've just had too many $13 cocktails with 3 unpronounceable
ingredients served by a guy in a vest with mutton chops. Roar on,
LIFE presents an illustrated guide on how
to eat sushi, complete with slightly embarrassing photos of Eva
Mendes and Russell Simmons. Spoiler alert: California rolls
are not from Japan.
Hide your wife. Hide your kids.
Killer cantaloupes may not have done their worst yet, from
Anthony Bourdain breaks his own rules of travel on a family
vacation and previews the upcoming
New Orleans episode of "No Reservations." My kingdom
for an oyster po' boy.
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