Posts for January 17, 2013

The Bocuse d’Or Will Be Live-Streamed From Lyon

There are twelve more days until Richard Rosendale, the executive chef from West Virginia's Greenbrier resort, will channel the full range of his culinary faculties at the prestigious culinary competition. He and commis Corey Siegel have trained for a year and will try for the top slot, a feat that has not yet been accomplished by the American team. If you're able to get up at 3 a.m., you'll be able to julienne along at home by tuning into team USA's official website, where they'll live-stream the whole contest. #NoSleepTillLyon [Bocuse d'Or USA, Earlier]

Crabs Have Feelings, Too, Scientists Report

"Ouch! Quit it!"

A team of researchers from Queen's University in Belfast devised an experiment to determine whether the shore crabs they were shocking with electrical currents were just twitchy or if they were perhaps reacting to pain. All signs point to the latter, says lead author Robert Elwood. Of course, none of this should come as a surprise, since it's already established that fish and lobsters are more sensitive than previously thought; moreover, a crackerjack team of scientists and philosophers announced last year that all kinds of animals, including cephalopods, are conscious, and that more research into non-human consciousness needs to be carried out. So, hell yeah, crabs feel pain. Perhaps they're even capable of feeling your pain. [MSNBC]

Top Chef Seattle Recap: David Rees on Restaurant Wars and Understanding Coconut Flavors

Time for Restaurant WarsPhoto: David Moir/Bravo

Mark my words: This week’s installment of Restaurant Wars will be remembered as one of the most controversial battles in Top Chef history. Not since Napoleon lost the tussle at Waterloo have we been so whiplashed, gobsmacked, and just plain ol’ cornhusked by a military outcome. Read on for the gory details ... if you dare!

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The Taste of Eastie Happens Tonight at the Logan Hilton

Jeveli's: An East Boston tradition.

East Boston doesn't get nearly enough love — a shame, given the profusion of luscious dining establishments lining their narrow streets. Really, why eat at the airport when you could carb-load at Jeveli's or scarf a Sonoran hot dog at Que Padre? Luckily, the Taste of Eastie happens tonight. And you don't have to go to Logan to enjoy it!

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Watch the ‘Honest’ Version of Coca Cola’s Anti-Obesity Commercial

If Coca-Cola's big new marketing push to reinvent itself as a company that takes the health of consumers very seriously has left you fatigued, or perhaps the soda company's flashy new anti-obesity ad left you feeling a little sad and bewildered, here's the "honest" version of that flashy commercial. Someone's cheekily taken the original's and hijacked the audio. "If you choose to live a healthy lifestyle," the new narrator intones, "you should not be drinking any of our products." Of note is that the purported uploader here is John "Doc" Pemberton, otherwise known as the man who invented Coke. Check it out now, before the corporate lawyers check their in-boxes and snap into action.

"You'll get fatter, and fatter." »

Seth Greenberg Will Open Bastille Kitchen, Boston's Version of Pastis, on Melcher Street

The dining room.

The French restaurant rumored to be coming to Fort Point now has a name: Bastille Kitchen. A rep tells Grub Street that the 240-seat, 8,500 square foot French bistro is slated to open at 49 Melcher Street in September. Mistral's Mark Goldberg, most recently of the very excellent Park in Harvard Square, will head up the kitchen. Says restaurateur Greenberg: "Bastille Kitchen will be the destination dining anchor to Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood that Pastis is to New York’s Meatpacking District." Ambitious indeed!

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North End Restaurants Might Pay for Their Own Police Details

People are having way too much fun in the North End. Yet again, disgruntled residents are complaining that too many happy drunkards prance through their streets late at night. "We mostly see people that are over-served from the bars they are coming from and walking back to the neighborhood,“ says one police officer, according to North End Waterfront. Says another officer: "They are a happy crowd that unfortunately are impacting the quality of life of others." The nerve!

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Tony Maws Grew Up in a Kitchenless Home, Prowls Chinatown for Meals, and Thinks We Need to Get Over Our New York Inferiority Complex

Tony Maws: Proud Bostonian. Chinatown denizen. Book subject!

Tony Maws chats with Food Republic over (several) beers about coming of age in the South End, in a brownstone where the family's kitchen was under construction for a few years. During those kitchenless days, the impressionable young Maws prowled Chinatown for abalone and bliss. He revisits his favorite haunts in the piece and reflects on why Boston is not New York, shouldn't be New York, and is pretty damn wonderful in its own right. He also eats eel.

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Energy Drinks Cause Even More Trips to the ER

Just don't.

Back in October, Grub presented you with a sinister history of energy-drink-related deaths and illnesses. Only one month later, 5-Hour Energy was cited in reports of thirteen deaths. It's unfortunate that we're not surprised to now learn that ER visits tied to energy drinks have doubled since 2007. Most of the cases involve teens and young adults, who are often mixing energy drinks with alcohol, and sometimes stimulant drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin. The toxic combinations can cause insomnia, seizures, dehydration, kidney failure, heart attacks ― the list goes on and on. It's a problem that's far deadlier and more concentrated than your usual bout of binge-drinking or dangerous-eating, and legislative change is needed.

The FDA is waiting until spring. »

Yelp Is Adding Health Department Grades to Restaurant Listings

The social-networking site Yelp will begin implementing its LIVES standard in New York and San Francisco over the next couple of weeks, which will give the company the ability to import and integrate restaurant-inspection results directly into its listings, Bloomberg reports. Users will soon be able to look up a restaurant's information and click through to linked reports for more details about its most recent food-safety violations, the hygiene of its workers, and so on. The new standard, which relies on a new data entry standard, is particularly notable because San Francisco restaurants are not currently required to display inspection results, and in New York, restaurant grades must be posted on site, but there's no way to hyperlink to an establishment's inspection reports. According to the Verge, Yelp will add inspection data to its Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia listings in the upcoming months. [Bloomberg, Verge]

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