Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday food links: All manner of cool (and hot) treats

Posted By on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 4:59 PM

The New York Times reports on the bakery at Rikers Island. Prisoners make treats like very popular carrot cake, bread and sheet cakes. Also, one of the prisoners interviewed is named Larry King, which must make for a lot of unfortunate confusion. The article even has the recipe for the popular carrot cake, although it calls for 25 pounds of sugar and flour.

Hard times for the Jersey Shore cast: not even a topless The Situation could draw people in to the gelato shop where they work, wherein Snooki was unable to see customers until she stood on a stool.

At Serious Eats, someone who went to one of the pop-up restaurants on Food Network's 24 Hour Restaurant Battle explains how it all works...or doesn't work.

Marriage made in heaven or unholy matrimony? You decide with the red velvet fried chicken, about to debut at a San Francisco restaurant. I await some enterprising chef in the actual Southeast to try out this obviously-Southern combo.

Who doesn't love some ice cream, especially when the temperatures are frequently in the mid-90s? Be prepared to be shocked at how many calories some of these cool treats contain.

Sob story! Someone gets a gift certificate to Chicago's exclusive restaurant Alinea, jumps through hoops to get a reservation, then misses the reservation and is charged $100. Their admission of guilt is refreshing. Happy ending: someone from Alinea comes on in the comments and offers to honor the cert with an extra $100 added to the value!

TMZ warning, but reportedly Steven Slater, America's new folk hero (?) and flight attendant who just had to get two beers and jump, chose Blue Moons for his escape.

How not to write a profile, part 1: fetishize the profile subject, as Carla Spatos of the New York Post did with Todd English. ("[H]e's the guy you get your mojo back with on some far-flung Mediterranean island"? What?)

How not to write a profile, part 2: compare the subject to everyone else on Earth, as Julia Moskin of the New York Times did with Guy Fieri. ("He has a Sarah Palin-like ability to reach Americans who feel left behind by the nation's cultural (or, in his case, culinary) elite." He's gone rogue!)

The American spirit of entrepreneurship has yielded beer popsicles. They're called hopsicles and they involve a serrated knife or samurai sword to open. Because of this, I might suggest leaving the opening of hopsicles to a designated driver or a person who has not had their first drink yet.

But then the spirit of entrepreneurship has also yielded Pop-Tart "treats" kindly photographed and reviewed by Serious Eats writers so we don't have to! (And by the looks of it, we wouldn't want to.)

At Salon, how hot soup can cool you down on a hot day. It's a Korean tradition on boknal (the traditionally hottest day on the lunar calendar) to go eat samgyetang, a special chicken soup. Somehow, it cools down the author. Who knows? Maybe we should give it a go for hot Atlanta days too!

What?! Oysters are getting herpes, according to the Mother Nature Network. Their herpes can't be spread to humans but still makes eating infected oysters unsafe.

11 fast food freak-out videos have some NSFW language and a somewhat sad intro written by a former fast food employee.

Simply put, cats and dogs love peanut butter.

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