Posts for May 9, 2012

Todd English Is So Over the Concept of ‘Meals’

"I find more people want to eat a little less. My generation, we're all watching our figures ... They want to go to the bar and eat a few snacks, have a couple of cocktails or glasses of wine, and go home. People don't sit down at the table and have a whole three or four courses." —Todd English, who clearly won't be one of the 50 percent of Americans battling obesity by 2030. [Boston Globe, Earlier]

Burger Bummer: Beef About to Get More Expensive

I'll pay a king's ransom tomorrow for a burger today.

The pump isn’t the only place where you’re going to be spending more money this summer: If your summer plans involve heaping piles of burgers sizzling away on the backyard barbecue (and they should), you're going to have to shell out more of your hard-earned pay for those all-beef patties, too. And you can blame the weather.

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Mr. Chow Might Save John Travolta From Sex Allegations

He didn't do it.

A receipt from Mr. Chow in New York could save John Travolta a lot of embarrassment, as it indicates that he was far, far away from a kinky massage table in Beverly Hills at the time and date in which a masseur says that Travolta groped him. Additionally, there are photos of the actor in New York at the time, proving that this is just another case of Pulp Fiction meets penis fiction ... and also, that Travolta is a good tipper. [Daily Mail UK]

Designer Coffee, Made by Robots

Robots are concealed within.

Students at U.T. Austin can now buy coffee made by "robistas" (robot baristas), thanks to a kiosk installed recently on campus. Just think: No need to agonize over etiquette, no lines (since you can order online or on your phone), and it's pretty cheap, too — $2.80 for a basic latte. Java-heads can indicate sweetener and milk preferences and a screen flashes your name when the drink's ready, so you can still get a kick by claiming you were christened Myrtle, like we used to never did back in the day. [Singularity Hub]

Nightmare Scenarios: 5-Year-Old Girl Falls Into Sonic Grease Pit

Reminder: Grease is for food, not customers.

She'll probably grow up to be a vegan: A 5-year-old girl in Clarksville, Tennessee, is too traumatized to even pass by a Sonic Drive-In, her parents claim, after the child took a major spill into one of the chain's grease pits. Lily Clark was leaving the restaurant with her family in late April when she stumbled into a vat of grease positioned just feet from Sonic's patio, which was obscured by landscaping. Normally guarded by a cover with a "Warning" sign, the barrier was dislodged when Lily fell, plunking her into the spent cooking grease.

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Flavor Ammo: How to Cook With Your Vaporizer

Up in smoke.

Everyone has kitchen gadgets sitting around that they never use. But the flip side is that we may have other gadgets sitting around that we could use for cooking, but never do. Up until now, this column has focused on secret ingredients, but there's no reason why new techniques can't also pump up the flavor of your food. And so I started wondering if it was possible to cook with a vaporizer. As it turns out, yes, you can. And it's awesome.

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Rosa Mexicano Opens, But Villa Mexico Gets Burned

Villa Mexico's Julie KingPhoto: Villa Mexico

Hola, and welcome to today's edition of Good Mexican Food News, Bad Mexican Food News. First, the good news. Rosa Mexicano is now open at the Seaport, so you have a place to go when the wait at Temazcal is three hours long.

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M.I.A. Takes On the Beck’s Beer Label


That M.I.A. is so multifaceted. Paper mag has it that the musician (who's also evidently a visual artist) was tapped by Beck's to design a beer label. You can see the swirly specimen at right, which practically oozes peace, love, and harmony — totally how it feels to drink beer, man. [Paper via Spin]

Oh, Yeah, Tim Cushman and Ken Oringer Get Along Just Fine Now

Yesterday we mentioned the scathing Boston magazine article that came out back in 2008, in which Ken Oringer (among others) criticized O Ya's Tim Cushman, who won big at the James Beard awards earlier this week. Oringer got in touch to tell us that all's fine and dandy now, though.

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About Half of Americans Will Be Obese by 2030

Baby got back.

Drop that honey-dipped doughnut now ... because half of us are turning into future fat-asses within the next twenty years. A new study predicts that 42 percent of Americans will be hugely rotund by 2030; but then again, "obesity forecasting" — which uses variables like unemployment rate, fast-food prices, alcohol prices, and fuel prices — isn't always on point, especially since horizontally challenged subjects tend to tell fat lies to researchers. [Slate]

Casa B Launches Late-Night Menu This Weekend

Casa B: A swanky place for a late date.Photo: Casa B/FB

As if we needed further convincing that Union Square is the best place to eat, today Grub hears that pinchos parlor Casa B will launch a late-night menu starting this Friday evening. The menu is available in their sultry upstairs tapas lounge on Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. 'til 1 a.m. Thank you, Casa B, for stepping in to save us from a misguided midnight burrito!

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Grubstreet Sweeps

Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Cookin' Cafe & Grill See the menu

    “Cookin is gooood!”

    I'm picky about meatball subs so when I say is good it's really good

  • The Pour House See the menu

    “Awsome food and drink”

    After spending all your hard earned dollars in the Pru enjoy a few cool one here before you take the T home.

  • Il Villaggio See the menu

    “Absolutely Amazing”

    Having worked at Olive Garden for 3 years I guess I never really knew what REAL Italian food tasted like.


Kara Baskin
NY Mag