Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday food links: Things on sticks

Posted By on Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Top Chef is doing a "Just Desserts" spinoff (so the unwritten rule of 'make a dessert and get sent home' will not apply?) and it has contestants and an airdate! Atlanta is represented by contestant Heather Hurlbert, who was born in South Korea but adopted and naturalized here as a child. She works at the Cherokee Town and Country Club. (Also, Zap2it's Hanh Nguyen got a chance to try some of the Just Desserts works and liked them.)

This video is hilarious: every "ingredient reveal" on Iron Chef America, delivered with signature extreme emotion by the chairman.

Bon Appetit interviews a woman who is a food stylist. She talks about her work on Eat Pray Love mostly but also says that actors often have to eat the same bite of food over and over again for different takes. What a life!

Sometimes things come in weird flavors. Take for example this slideshow of strange Pringles varieties. I love the ones named after places—what on Earth could they taste like?!

Sometimes things that sound weird end up being good, as is the case in this We Rate Stuff review of Tailgater BBQ Doritos. (I'm not a fan of how the reviewer takes great pains to inform us this chip is for DUUUDES, considering I love barbecue and would like to try these but happen to be a woman.)

You're nicked. Eater has the story of a Virginia chef who ran a lucrative cocaine and money laundering ring out of his restaurant. He was once known for his philanthropy. Not anymore!

Another entry in the "new cupcakes" meme: mini donuts. Now they come in flavors like jalapeno-mango! They're sold on the street! They're being used in weddings!

Salon writer Riddhi Shah explores why Americans love food fads so much. Her findings are really interesting and could indeed help explain why every sweet thing is the "new cupcakes."

The Tasteless File: this ad for pretzel thins.

The Guardian asks, in a charming British way, if music affects your restaurant experiences. The comments are funny too—my favorite is one about a Subway that must have had a faulty soundsystem because it kept looping the same 15 seconds of a song over and over.

There are some nasty-looking foods in this New York Times feature on contraband confiscated at Kennedy Airport. Mmm, lard. Mmm, cow-dung toothpaste. Mmm, "unidentified mammal."

This is awesome—a slideshow of entrants in an edible sculpture contest. Standout: Mel Gibson themed jerk chicken—how topical!

Umm, what?! Digital Journal has pictures and video of a lobster with three pinchers on one of its claws. Poor thing didn't have the ability to use all of them at the same time, but it's just one of many with abnormalities. Local fishermen blame pollution and chemicals for these oddities.

Looking for a late summer getaway? How about the Missoula, Mont. Testicle Festival? Centered around "Rocky Mountain oysters," it's also a den of debauchery featuring "wet t-shirts, impromptu nudity, and an Indy 500-inspired race called the Undie 500." On second thought, maybe just stay home.

The Chicago Tribune has a list of all the foods on a stick at the Wisconsin state fair. It must be read to be believed, but here are some teasers: deep-fried cream cheese, cream cheese with bacon, Irish stew, deep-fried ravioli and Spam.

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