Posts for November 6, 2012

Martha Stewart Ventures Into Sitcom Territory

Can't wait for this.

Gordon Ramsay is not the only TV food personality signing on to produce a fictional television series: Deadline reports (via Vulture) that Martha Stewart will produce Tao of Martha, which follows a "highly disorganized former party girl" who finds purpose in proper napkin-folding technique, true love at the specialty yarn-store parking lot, and heaven in a hot-glue gun. We're making those things up, of course, and plan on tuning into Fox next fall to find out how to really flip an omelette. [Deadline via Vulture, Earlier]

It's Sliders and Pretzels for Romney Tonight

As Mitt Romney's Convention Center campaign party gets underway and the Seaport becomes a hot mess, one thing is certain: There will be sliders. According to a pre-party report from the Globe, the campaign has ordered sliders and pretzels, though the bar will be strictly cash-only.

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At Old Magoun's Saloon, It's Easy Being Cheesy

Bliss.Photo: istockphoto

The hospitable Olde Magoun's Saloon launches a cheesefest every Wednesday night, starting tomorrow, because it's cold out and time to get fat. Salivate over the fromage-focused menu, straight ahead. Deep-fried cheese curds, anyone?

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Alan Richman (Finally) Discovers Portland

He's a little behind the pack on this one, but GQ critic Alan Richman today is among the last critics in the country to decide that Portland, Oregon, is now "the most fascinating gastronomic city in America." Eric Asimov in the NYT declared Portland food's "golden age" to have begun five years ago, and US News & World Report named Portland the No. 1 city in the world for street food not long after. The exporting of Andy Ricker (Pok Pok) and Matthew Lightner (Atera) to NYC has only helped build the city's legend. Also, Andrew Knowlton at Bon Appétit has made sure to swing through the past few years for his Best New Restaurants list, crowning Luce one of his top ten this year. [GQ]

No Reservations Ad Prompts Bourdain to Unleash Anti-Cadillac Twitter Bluster

More of a Chevy guy?Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Last night marked the series finale of No Reservations, but Anthony Bourdain isn't leaving the Travel Channel without pulling his own mini-version of a Keith Olbermann-style Twitter anti-corporation Twitter rant. The host took a break from live-tweeting during the episode to, once again, express his frustration over a promotional spot (which Eater has embedded at the bottom of this post) for Ann Romney's favorite car company.

"Greedy venal #travelchannel ad sales motherfuckers." »

Who's Getting Michael Schlow's Vote?


We're not sure, but he's doing a pop-up at the Independent Room (get it?) at 1363 Boylston St. on Thursday, and the menu depends on who wins tonight. Great. One more reason to be nervous!

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Watch This Liquor Store’s Vodka Smolder and Explode

This display of Karkov vodka inside a Burnsville, Minnesota, liquor store was positioned underneath a ceiling fan and aligned with the shop's windows with such bizarro, Final Destination-esque perfection a few weeks ago that just the rising sun pouring through the vodka bottles set a fire that ignited the boxes. It took an hour and a half for the magnified sun to ignite the paper into a full smolder, but once it got going, tops blew off bottles, vodka geysers erupted, and twelve-foot flames shot through the air. "The firefighters were standing next to me like they were watching a new video game," the store's owner tells Fox. "They were going, 'This is so cool!'"

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The Hawthorne Celebrates Year One of Classy Drinking


It's hard to believe that the Hawthorne is already a year old. The place feels like an institution by now (of course, it doesn't hurt that it's sandwiched between Island Creek and Eastern Standard, and run by the same talented people). To celebrate, they're throwing an anniversary soiree on November 21 with menu items that highlight everything they're thankful for, including Phil Collins (of course) and local rum, with proceeds going to food-rescue organization Lovin' Spoonfuls. Sound like fun? If you want in, read on for the menu and details.

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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