Super important life question: How do you cure a hangover? Most seasoned imbibers have a hangover cure they swear by waiting in the wings. You know, something along the lines of: "Dude, a raw egg mixed with Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce totally works, man. You gotta shoot it though." A little hair of the dog perhaps? Haitian voodoo people say that stabbing the cork of the particular bottle from whence your hangover came, with 13 black pins, does the trick. There's some truly wacky shit out there when it comes to remedying a hangover. But what about the science, man? What does science have to say? Glad you asked. Watch as asapSCIENCE analyzes the anatomy of a hangover and teaches you how to vanquish evil congeners with prostaglandin and cysteine once and for all.
Seriously though, how do you get rid of a hangover? Inquiring minds - and people possibly afflicted at this very moment ::ahem:: - who could truly benefit from your wisdom, want to know.
The inaugural Atlanta Street Food Festival will be rolling into Piedmont Park on Saturday, July 14. Atlanta's most elite group of food truck vendors will gather in Piedmont Park from noon to 8:30 p.m. for day-long festival that is dedicated to the mobile-truck trend and to those who have made this trend possible in the city - our beloved food truck entrepreneurs.
Not only will the festival host our local food truck favorites, but will offer live music from some of Atlanta's favorite performers. To make this event even better, a portion of proceeds will go to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Come hungry for some awesome food (trucks participating are listed below) and some local music. And it's all for a good cause.
Yumbii, Munch, Banged Up and Mashed, Just Loaf'n, Yoli's Street Food, Mix'd Up, Hail Caesar, The Fry Guy, Pup Truck, Happy Belly, Yum Yum Cupcake, Nana G's Chik-n-Waffles, Buon Provecho, Black Tie Catering, King of Pops, Honeysuckle Gelato, Dr. Sweet's Cake Emporium and Cake Café Atlanta.
Today, Sally told me that she hates when she is clearing a table and a diner hands her a plate.
"We have a method," she said. "We're trying to stack the dishes, but if you hand me, say, a butter plate with a knife on it while I'm still picking up the entree plates, it makes stacking the dishes almost impossible. So don't do that, damn it."
I told Sally I despise when servers ask me if I'm still "working" on my meal. I also hate when I've cleaned my plate and they shout, "Well, I guess you didn't like that, huh?" I further hate when they come around earlier in the meal and ask if everything is "good."
So I'll stop handing servers my butter plate if they'll stop asking dumb questions.
National Geographic just published its list of the 10 best burgers in America. The winning restaurant was the Apple Pan in Los Angeles. I was kind of surprised, since I ate there a few times during the years I was bicoastal. The winning Hickory Burger was good, but I think nostalgia has as much to do with the 65-year-old restaurant's frequent appearance on "best of" lists.
Googling the restaurant, I came across an online interview there with — ta da! — Besha Rodell, our former dining critic. The interview was conducted by Farley Elliott of KCET TV. A sample:
Farley: So how did you come into the much-coveted LA Weekly position?
Besha: I don't know, exactly. I applied for it on a whim, because it's a great job, and at first I didn't really hear anything. I was working as the restaurant critic for the alt weekly in Atlanta at the time, and had been doing that for six years. Then I got laid off, which was super shocking to me and a lot of people in Atlanta. When that happened, a bunch of different people approached me about doing different things, so I had to get in touch with LA Weekly and let them know that I had some other job offers, and to just let me know one way or the other. I didn't want to take a job and then find out they had been considering me. That started a ball rolling that was fairly quick.
It wasn't a super easy thing to do. I really love Atlanta, and had become very entrenched in the Southeast food culture. But this isn't really a job you turn down.
Farley: What is it that you love about the Southeastern food scene?
Besha: I'm an Australian originally, and I feel as though there's something about Southern culture that resonates with me. It's partly about how close family is tied to food there.
When I first got to Atlanta, it was very showy. It hadn't decided whether it wanted to be LA or Miami or Las Vegas. It was trying to be all of those things, but it doesn't have casinos, and it doesn't have a beach and it doesn't have the movies. In the six years since I moved there, it's really changed and gotten more into its Southern roots. It's really becoming the capital of the South.
It was surprising, by the way, not to see Ann's Snack Bar on the list. The Wall Street Journal named the tiny restaurant's Ghetto Burger the best burger in the country in 2007. Ever since, it's received an avalanche of publicity.
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If you like delicious food truck eats and want a chance to hop on national television, tonight is your night. The Travel Channel will begin filming a special tonight at 5 p.m. at the Atlanta Food Truck Park. Head to the park tonight for live music from Josh Byrd, truck fare, and the chance for your 15 seconds of fame.
Tonight's truck lineup: Metro City Dogs, Mix'D Up, Sweet Auburn BBQ, Happy Belly Truck, Honeysuckle Gelato, The Blaxican, Ibiza Bites, Chay J's, Rouxd, The Pickle, Nana G's, Jus Loaf'n, One Love, and Yumbii.
Orkin, a native of New York, is one of the biggest names in the ramen realm. His success started in Tokyo with the first Ivan Ramen, ten-seat eatery, in 2007 with a second opening in 2010. Orkin is also looking to open an Ivan Ramen in NYC by the end of the year.
With all that being said, the BATON series is by RSVP only. Between 5 and 10 p.m. reservations are available for the five-course prix fixed menu. Between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. ramen bowls will be available a la carte. Oh, and side note, this event is strictly cash only.
Guests will be able to purchase last years' winning drinks and sample the competitors' drinks on the spot. In addition to a spread of Farm Burger Sliders, Terrapin Beer Company will serve pours from a refreshing peach beer cask. Judges include owner of H. Harper Station Jerry Slater and Miles Macquarie from Leon's Full Service.
This years' competitors include:
Andrew Ahlquist, Baraonda Ristorante & Bar
Arianne Fielder, Bourbon Bar
Brandon Ley, Joystick
More after the jump
The line-up and quality of shows on HUNGRY is meant to rival existing food TV networks. Shows like Summer Desserts Unplugged With Laura Vitale (airs June 27) will feature Vitale as she demonstrates how to make great desserts WITHOUT the use of electric-powered hand tools.
Airing June 28, "Drink Inc. follows the adventures of two of the top mixologists in Los Angeles. Each week Steve Livigni and Daniel K. Nelson visit some of the most unique restaurants to gain inspiration to help them create never-before-tasted cocktails."
You can check out a full line-up of shows (there are quite a few), most of which will debut in August, here.
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