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How to Order Off-the-Menu

7 Oct

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While it’s not officially on the menu, everybody knows about In-N-Out Burger’s Animal-Style burger. The secret’s out on that, to the point that the California burger chain is using the menu as a marketing tool to responsive service. But what about Liquid Cocaine at Starbucks? Or the Burritodilla at Chipotle, the turducken of the taco world? The amazing people at #HacktheMenu have created a resource for every major fast food chain’s closely guarded menu secrets, with recipes included for decoding the nicknames. Here’s their comprehensive guide to fast food secret menus.


The Frito-Lay Finder

14 Jul

So this is kind of cool:

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Essentially, you pick out your most coveted Frito-Lay flavor or snack variety and enter your zip code. Using Google maps and a team of Doritos-fueled data monkeys, Frito-Lay can actually tell you where the closest place to cop some Cracker Jack’d is.

Setting the Record Straight on American Barbecue

13 Jun

This is a pretty fantastic summary of regional differences in Southeastern American barbecue. Even if it’s dramatically tipped in the favor of Texas. The Carolinas still have the best sauce.

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Via Vox, where there are 40 other fantastic infographics and maps about American food.

Like this one about the density of Waffle House restaurants:

Waffle House Density Index

6 Alternative Uses for the KFC Double Down

11 Jun
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Here’s my first blog post for Put A Egg On It, a quarterly Brooklyn ‘zine.

I’m happy to have their Bed-Stuy studio as one of my many new homes. I’ll be working for them as a researcher, weekly blogger/recipe note-taker, and occasional cat-sitter for Taco, the magazine’s mascot.

A First Look at NYC’s First Nutella Bar

13 May

Last night, Mario Batali’s retail giant/Italian superstore Eataly NYC cut the ribbon and let the hazelnut-chocolate gush from its brand new Nutella bar, a great example of adaptation. After closing down their wine store for six months over somewhat dubious issues, Eataly proves that you can bounce back from over half a million dollars in fines and State Liquor Authority infractions. How? With Nutella. It truly does make everything better. When life gives you lemons, make pastries and cover them with delicious goo.

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And what’s happier than Nutella? Maybe a basket of puppies, but I doubt it.

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TBT: The Galloping Gourmet

8 May

With this past weekend’s James Beard awards honoring some spectacular chefs and food journalists, I’ve built up quite the appetite for media as well as a stellar list of places I have got to try.

I’ve been watching a lot of the programming that won in the JBF broadcasting category, including Mind of a Chef and Thirsty For…, an internationally bent drinks video series. Thirsty For…also comes from the producers of Perennial Plate, this year’s winner for Video Webcast On Location and one of my favorite web series.

With these highly produced and slick videos, food broadcasting seems like a world of difference from the way it used to look. I can’t imagine what growing up in a world without Food Network would be like, where Julia Child and Jacques Pépin were broadcast media’s only big culinary faces. Can you imagine them on TV now? Julia Child (6′ 2″) would tower over Alton Brown!

Take this video from Graham Kerr, “The Galloping Gourmet.”

I love it. He’s so unhinged, flustered, and absolutely hilarious. But with this recklessness, he’d flop on Chopped. I love the cutthroat pacing and experimental approach on Chopped. I get hungry for ideas with that program; Kerr makes my belly shake with laughter. It’d be great to see a guy like him on Food Network in something wild and absurd (imagine: Monty Python at Kitchen Stadium).

Here’s another old-school Graham Kerr video, where he makes jambalaya, a New Orleans dish he claims means “a lying elephant.” Things really have changed.


Eater/rapper Action Bronson premieres new show on VICE

6 May

Action Bronson might just be my favorite food-related rapper. Who else could spit “Five stars on the dinner plate/Pardon ’em, see me studded like Cardamom”?. He’s got a new series on VICE called Fuck, That’s Delicious, and it’s kind of like a profile on the rapper’s history. In this 10 minute video, Bronson hits up Roberta’s for some nostalgic pizza (I’m nerding out about this collaboration), goes swan diving, and talks about getting old. I want to see him and Kendrick talk cereal sometime.