Posts for December 27, 2012

But Was He Drinking A Martini?

"Seeing Mad Men's Jon Hamm at Taberna de Haro, along with Tom Werner, Larry David, Michael Keaton, and Patrick Lyons. I try to be cool around any celebrities I see around town, so I didn't look at them as I walked by on my way out. But I'm a huge Mad Men fan, and so I had to steal a glance at Hamm through the front window from the sidewalk. He caught me, gave me a big, bug-eyed, goofy grin, as if to say, 'Yeah, I know you're gawking.'"—Local food scribe MC Slim JB discusses his "biggest dining surprise" of 2012 [EB]

Watch This Supercut of Kids Eating Warheads for the First Time

"Fight through it," some guy encourages, off-camera, as a little girl with pigtails winces. "Fight through it!" Here's a bunch of kids (and a few babies, too) trying Warheads candy for the first time on video. This all may seem sour or sweet, depending on your feelings about kids, coercion, malic acid, and/or candy. Even if you've never eaten a Warhead before, the video is bound to leave a somewhat funny taste in your mouth.

Four minutes of pain. »

Hot and Spicy Soup Burned a Hole Through a Man’s Stomach

Though we've already heard about the London line cook who crumpled after eating ghost chiles, the teenage girl who froze her stomach with liquid nitrogen cocktails, and, of course, the Scottish guy who ate too many Brussels sprouts and almost died, the Year in Vengeful Meals would not be complete without an eleventh-hour appearance from Chinese Death Soup, so here goes: A 26-year-old man with no previous stomach troubles was hospitalized in Wuhan, China, after he enjoyed hot pot at a local restaurant. The unnamed man ordered the spiciest, "numbing hot" soup, vomited blood, and doctors say the chile- and Sichuan-peppercorn-addled soup "burned right through his stomach tissue." This allegedly happens often enough that medical professionals have started calling such cases "hot pot patients" after they're sorted out in the ER. [RocketNews via Foodbeast, Earlier]

Six Succulent Ways Dining in Boston Changed in 2012

A bottomless bowl.

All the Grub Street cities are taking a look at how the world of food changed in 2012 in their respective metropoli. From some of our favorite chefs opening their second restaurants to the food trend that just wouldn't die, it's been a busy year to say the least. Check out our colleagues' lists throughout the day to see what life tastes like in other parts of Foodlandia, too. Like Chicago, for example!

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Top Chef Seattle Recap: David Rees on Oyster Bogs and Old Turkey Bones

Hey, a fully functional oyster paddy.Photo: Courtesy of Bravo

Greetings from North Carolina! I’m home for the holidays, celebrating Christmas with family and friends. I hope you’re blessed as well. I know many of you read these recaps because you’re interested in my “meal memories” and “fondest foods,” so let me share some of the edible highlights of the holiday:

Watch out for "Team Jalapeño Business." »

Here's What Looks Delicious on the Sinclair's Menu

Not on the menu.

The other day we caught Sinclair overlord Michael Schlow Tweeting photos of his new dishes at the Sinclair, and now Eater offers a glimpse of their menu. Of course, the Sinclair is also a music venue, not simply a restaurant, so the dishes need to please a variety of (possibly drunk, possibly distracted) palates. Which is why we're issuing special credit to Schlow and Chef Marcelius Coleman for serving a jar of creamy chicken liver puree. No, really.

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McDreamy Attempts to Save Coffee Company

That hair could fight Chapter 11.

Patrick Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy, wants to rescue something for reals: He's leading a group that's striving to buy Tully's Coffee, a Seattle-based company that recently filed for bankruptcy protection. If Dempsey succeeds, he'll save more than 500 jobs in over 100 stores, as well as give thousands of women the caffeine they need to try to jump his bones. [HuffPo]

The Globe's Review of L'Impasto Leaves Us L'Impressed


Devra First is on leave, so Katie Johnston heads on over to North Cambridge's L'Impasto. Normally we don't call out particular reviews (unless they're downright hilarious, scathing, or both), but L'Impasto's review deserves a special mention because (a) the restaurant is in an area where there's not a lot of good stuff to eat and (b) it's incredibly food porn-tastic, even though the Grub-verboten word "toothsome" does appear.

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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