Posts for June 14, 2012

Worse Than Zombie Face-Eating?

"A 63-yr-old Korean woman experienced severe pain in her oral cavity immediately after eating a portion of parboiled squid along with its internal organs … Twelve small, white spindle-shaped, bug-like organisms stuck in the mucous membrane of the tongue, cheek, and gingiva were completely removed, along with the affected mucosa. On the basis of their morphology and the presence of the sperm bag, the foreign bodies were identified as squid spermatophores." — From here on out, if we're eating calamari, we're wearing protection. [NCBI via io9]

Watch Hockey Player Dustin Brown’s Kids Drink Chocolate Milk Out of the Stanley Cup

Traditionally, winners of the NHL's 100-plus-year-old Stanley Cup celebrate their victory by quaffing Champagne from hockey's Holy Grail. For the first time in their 45-year history, The L.A. Kings enjoyed the custom on Monday night and it looked like a predictably great time. The next day, the team's captain, Dustin Brown, was the first to take the cup home to his house in Manhattan Beach, where he set Lord Stanley's Mug up in his backyard and filled it with chocolate milk before letting his two tiny sons go at it (they were dressed preciously in matching Spider Man outfits, obviously). So, here's an adorable video of the giggling little imps drinking out of and blowing bubbles into the consecrated vessel. What a cool dad!

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Paula Deen Signs on to Hawk a New Line of Prepared Food at a Grocery Store Near You

We'll use any excuse to run this shot again.Photo: Andrei Kallaur, Jen Cotton

In the form of packaged food, that is. The food personality and Victoza spokesperson has joined forces with Nanco Group, an upstate New York–based supplier, in order to produce a line of Deen-branded foodstuffs that will be available early next year. According to the Savannah Morning News, the products will be available at "'all major retail channels nationwide,' including supermarkets, club stores and drug stores." Also, there will be "a specialty line of products to be sold in Deen’s restaurants." So, what exactly will the new line sell? Unclear, but a partner in the new project tells the Buffalo News, "It’s got to be delicious, and it’s got to be authentic, or she won’t put her name on it and won’t allow us to put her name on it." (Remember: Paula Deen mattresses exist.) That same partner tells the Morning News, “These new products will provide the consumers a unique and convenient solution to experience authentic Paula cooking without the hassle and expense of purchasing and making all the ingredients.” Well, okay. It is a hassle to go buy a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts every time you want to make some bread pudding. [Savannah Morning News, Buffalo News]

Hip Hops: There’s Going to Be a Special Edition Deltron 3030 Beer

Ain't no party like a Dogfish Head and Deltron 3030 party!Photo: Collin Keefe

Still anxiously awaiting that big follow-up to Deltron 3030, the brain-melting futuristic hip-hop concept album released way back in 2000? It’s coming. No really, after twelve years in the making, it really is. Maybe. But in the meantime, Sam Calagione and the folks at Dogfish Head teamed up with the chief architect behind the fantabulous rap extravaganza, Dan the Automator, to produce a “house party in a box” concept. To ensure that the party is a rager, they also enlisted a supergroup of chefs that includes Mario Batali, David Chang, and the dudes from Montreal’s Joe Beef.

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Flavor Flavorful!

OK, this is awesome: Those crazy rhythmic kids at Northeastern are working on a hip-hop ice cream truck called Scoop, There It Is! Lick homemade flavors like Milli Vanilla (will it really be froyo masquerading as ice cream?), Sir Twix-a-lot, and PB & Jay-Z.

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Why Are Politicians Determined to Make People Dislike Broccoli?

The country's most reviled food?

Depending on how you view things, broccoli either represents all that's wrong with Barack Obama's health-care law, or is just a tasty vegetable that's somehow become a political lightning rod. You see, as the Supreme Court hears arguments regarding the potential constitutionality of mandating health care for Americans, opponents of the plan wonder, if we allow the government to require something like health care, could it also be feasible that the government would one day require every man, woman, and child in this proud country to buy healthy food like broccoli? Ick! Yuck! Wait … what? Why are alarmists getting so worked up over such a pleasant vegetable?

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Harvest Won't Be Uprooted

We were just about to write a post about Eater's news that Harvest might be moving when we got a phone call insisting it isn't so. Yes, despite rumors to the contrary, Harvest isn't going anywhere. The restaurant's rep tells Grub Street that the four-decades-old restaurant remains happily ensconced in its Cambridge digs. Eater posits that their tipster might be thinking of the Harvest Coop in Central Square, which is actually moving. Seems more likely. [EB]

Jamie Oliver Producing New Cooking Reality Show: Chef Race

He's always got something in the works.Photo: Getty Images

Here's another show to add to the heap of cooking competition shows that are out there: Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S. According to Deadline, the show features eight British chefs and eight American chefs racing from L.A. to New York. But wait, there's a twist: "The contestants have no money and minimal resources, so they must use their resourcefulness, ingenuity, leadership and finesse along with their cooking skills to win." And we can expect at least one episode to take place in Wichita! Claire Robinson will host it and Jamie Oliver is the executive producer. According to a press release, the show will premiere on BBC America in August. [Deadline]

Around the World in 80 Plates Recap: David Rees on the Proper Pronunciation of Bologna

By the time they saw the truck approaching in the distance, it was too late for the others.Photo: Virginia Sherwood/Bravo

Last week our friends enjoyed the cuisine and culture of Florence, a.k.a. "Meatball City." This week they stay in Italy, driving themselves to Bologna (population: 382,460). The teams are unchanged, which means Jenna and Liz must continue to hash out their resentment and discombobulation vis-à-vis each other. Jenna berates Liz in the roomy backseat of the Infiniti X5-J302 Crossover Sport Utility Sedan, or whatever the name of their weird blobby car is.

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Watch Michelle Obama’s Restaurant: Impossible Appearance

Last night, Michelle Obama's healthy-eating media initiative continued, and the First Lady popped up on Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible (the show that is more or less a carbon copy of Kitchen Nightmares). FLOTUS and Robert Irivine visited a school garden grown by the the nonprofit Horton's Kids organization in Washington, D.C. Obama high-fives some kids, rides a bicycle-powered water hose, and generally does her part in talking up the importance of healthy eating. It's all very light and sweet, and the condensed version is right this way.

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The Painted Burro: Now With Brunch

Things must be going well at the Painted Burro (and since it's ear-splittingly packed every night of the week, we're guessing things are just dandy). The PB team has announced that they'll debut brunch service beginning June 24, strictly Sundays, strictly for people who aren't afraid to consume meatloaf topped with fried eggs before noon.

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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