Archive | August, 2011

Why farm-to-table restaurants aren’t hypocrites for not serving local wine

Eater Seattle asked the question yesterday, “Are Farm-to-Table Restaurants Hypocrites For Not Serving Local Wine?” Eater asked this question in the context of some criticism leveled at “farm-to-table” restaurants for not serving wines from Washington state, the third largest producer of American wine. Maybe in Washington state, the question is a difficult one to answer. […]

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An amazing anecdote from Grant Achatz’s new restaurant

Eater interviewed Achatz’s business partner, Nick Kokonas who revealed this unbelievable story from their newest Chicago restaurant, Next. There are a lot of people that come into our restaurants and have a really good time and think it’s a good value. If you’re not, why would you want to subject yourself to it? We had […]

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The (Hot Dog) Guns of August

It should be needless to say, but anytime I see a story that involves hot dogs, lawsuits, AND puns – I’m going to love it. This piece from NotionsCapital has all three.  In 2009, Oscar Mayer ran an ad campaign claiming its Jumbo Beef Franks beat out Ball Park Franks in a national taste test. […]

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Some great blogs you should try…

I have to thank Amy of A Little Nosh for organizing a nice little DC-area food blogger get together at Bazin’s on Church in Vienna. Along with Amy, I got to meet and chat with Johnna of Johnna Knows Good Food as well as Kim from My Cup of Creativi-Tea. They’re all great folks and […]

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Why David Chang’s Lucky Peach might just be the future of magazine publishing

Who, in these times of massive financial uncertainty and contraction across the entire publishing business, tries to start a magazine? Who then would be crazy enough to make the publication virtually free of advertising while also investing in talented writers, photographers and designers? Let me tell you as an exile from the journalism business, that  […]

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Slate is right, restaurant websites often do suck

Slate’s tech writer Farhad Manjoo asks a good question, “why are restaurant websites so horrifically bad?” Here’s his take: Over the last few weeks I’ve spent countless hours, now lost forever, plumbing the depths of restaurant Web hell. I also spoke to several industry experts about the reasons behind all these maliciously poorly designed pages. […]

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Arcadia Farm is building something great and important near Alexandria

While most people spend their Saturday mornings sleeping off the previous night’s misbehavior, or maybe doing a bit of housecleaning, Janna and I found ourselves on an 18th century plantation… picking weeds. Were we serving off our community service requirement after the inevitable defamation suit from Rachael Ray? Not yet, at least. Instead, we were […]

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Zombie meat will freak you out

  From Andrew Sullivan: Robert Krulwich explains the above video: Because this squid was just killed, its muscle cells were still intact and operational. A live squid moves it tentacles by sending an electrical command from its brain to its muscles. The commands say “contract” or “relax.” But since this animal lost its head, its […]

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Product Review: Trader Joe’s Spiced Soybeans

Digging around the pantry last week in search of a simple dinner that didn’t require running to the store, I found this pouch of Trader Joe’s Spiced Soybeans that Janna had bought a few weeks back. I must admit, I was skeptical. I’d tried TJ’s curry in a jar and thought it was quite gross, […]

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Dinner last night: Watermelon and Feta Salad

Last night I finally got around to making a Janna favorite, watermelon and feta salad. This was new ground to me. While I like watermelon and I like feta, I’d never made this before. Hell, I’d never even cut a watermelon before. Yet, using this simple recipe from Giada De Laurentiis, I made a quick  […]

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