Posts for June 7, 2012

Drew Barrymore Serves Own Wine at Wedding, Still Not Confirming Pregnancy

There will probably be wine waiting for her in the delivery room too.

You may have heard that Drew Barrymore got hitched in the backyard of her home near Santa Barbara yesterday to boyfriend Will Koppelman. Guests included Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg, and Jimmy Fallon, and all of them were treated to some of Barrymore's brand-new wines at the reception. Alas, Drew herself couldn't imbibe because she is, obviously, pregnant — she and Koppelman are even clutching her swollen belly together in the wedding photo on the cover of People — though she still refuses to admit it to the press. We bet she still had a sip or two. A glass is totally cool, right? [Yahoo, The Cut]

Watch a Russian Dude Take a Tank to White Castle’s Drive-Through

Last week, we noticed lots of cars crash through the walls and windows of fast-food restaurants. We prefer the smooth driving style of this total badass named FPSRussian, who when not selling T-shirts that read "Don't Be Beech, Be Russian," appears to spend most of his time blowing shit up, shooting things, and flying totally cool helicopters through his adopted state of Texas. In dude's latest video, he demonstrates just how easy the approach to a drive-through can be, taking a full-size, WWII-era tank through the suburbs just to score some White Castle belly-bombers. As the girl working the window aptly points out, "That's pretty awesome." Get some, straight ahead.

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The Chinese Have Rectangular, Gum-Filled Oreos

Circular and cream-filled, the way they should be.

There is a Kraft Foods "biscuit research lab" in China, where all sorts of peculiar snack and dessert ideas are executed. At this Austin Powers–like megaplex, "half science lab, half kitchen," white-coated researchers concoct marvels like chicken feet with pickled chili and rectangular Oreos stuffed with chewing gum instead of cream. Spoiler alert: This cookie didn't make it past the testing phase. Yet.

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Around the World in 80 Plates Recap: David Rees on Italian Grandmothers

Cat Cora knew she'd be the next one called in this game of Red Rover.Photo: Virginia Sherwood/Bravo

I must begin by thanking everyone who admitted to watching ATWI80P in last week’s comments. I’m happy to share my shame with you, as I believe all shame should be shared. Let us hold hands as we jump over the waterfall.

I’m drinking a martini! »

C'est Bon

Bon Chon Chicken is now in Harvard Square! That makes two Boston outposts for the purveyor of ridiculously addictive, savory, crunchy poultry (the other location is in Allston, and it's perpetually jammed). Chowhound, Eater, MC Slim JB ... everyone's positively tickled by the news! Just like in Allston, there's also a wholesome roster of Korean dishes, including our personal favorite, tteokbokki (stir fried rice cakes in spicy red sauce, coated with lots of cheese). Find them at the Galleria at JFK Street. Amazing. [CH]

East Coast Grill's Pasta From Hell Goes to Carb Heaven

Hell Pasta, often named one of the hottest dishes in the country, will not appear on the East Coast Grill's Hell Night Menu next week. Per their site: "Some of you may have heard a rumor going around that the Pasta from Hell, once one of the hottest dishes around, will not be making an appearance this hell night. This rumor is unfortunately true. We apologize to all the fans of the Infamous Pasta but due to circumstances beyond our control it has been retired." Sadness! Why was the scorpion-chile-spiked dish yanked from rotation? Could it have something to do with the fact that an ambulance was called to the restaurant's last Hell Night, when a diner passed out? The ECG assures fans that all is still pretty spicy, though.

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Swizzle on the Hawthorne's Patio

As if you needed one more reason to imbibe at the Hawthorne: Their patio is now open! We're informed that Swizzle Sundays have kicked off and that a Swizzle menu is now in place, involving (of course) tropical tiki drinks and boozy blended beverages. Mad Men ends next week, so really, what else are you going to do with your time?

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Jerry Seinfeld Not in Favor of Soda Ban, Prefers ‘Early Death’

Dreaming of real Coke and Orange Crush.

Last night at the 2012 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash, Grub Street caught up with Jerry Seinfeld about all things quenching and cavity-begging. A big fan of "the real-sugar Coke" as a kid and the man who once said "Breaking up is like knocking over a Coke machine. You can't do it in one push," his soda nostalgia still lives somewhere deep inside, hopefully in a place he can floss. "I don't think I'm in favor," he told us in private, while nutritious wife Jessica Seinfeld strolled the red carpet. But wait. It's not just for the taste of it ...

"Fatten them up, kill them off, and move them out." »

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