Archive for January 2009

DWR Gets Really Excited About A Salt Shaker

In their most recent Design Notes newsletter, the folks at Design Within Reach wax seriously poetic about a salt shaker.
Wietlisbach’s story (you knew there had to be a story) begins in 1997, when he was traveling around New Zealand. Among his backpacking gear was a stash of salt, which he kept in a 35mm film [...]

Anthony Bourdain Clarifies Criticism of Alice Waters

Gothamist got in touch with Anthony Bourdain to clarify his criticism of Alice Waters, and he had this to say:
I don't have any burning issue with Alice Waters, a restaurateur and visionary whose accomplishments clearly dwarf my own, so I doubt it. In a perfect, candy-colored world, I'd like to eat most of what she'd [...]

Food-Spotting in Lost: A Hot Pocket Is Not an Effective Weapon Against Benjamin Linus [video]

This week in food on Lost: Hurley, stunned by Benjamin Linus showing up at his parents' house, throws a Hot Pocket at him. Gotta love the look that Ben gives Hurley.

Regina Schrambling, Interviewed

Regina Schrambling's always entertaining (if sometimes maddeningly cryptic) insider looks at the food world, delivered via her blog Gastropoda and its little sister Gastriques, read like a breath of snickering fresh air in the culinary blogosphere. Never one to shy from a juicy scandal, Schrambling's blogs have become something of a food world Page Six, [...]

Alice Waters Redefines Local

Alice Waters hosted a fundraiser in Washington DC with a series of dinners — $500/plate! — "made from local meat and produce" with chefs flown in from across the country. It being winter, there wasn't much local produce to work with, so several of the chefs, including Dan Barber, Tom Colicchio, and Nancy Silverton, defied [...]

The Phaal Challenge at Brick Lane Curry House on Man v Food [video]

The latest episode of Man v Food, set in New York City, had Adam Richman visit Katz's Delicatessen for a pastrami and corned beef sandwich, Silvia's for fried chicken and ribs, and Brick Lane Curry House to take on the Phaal Challenge, the supposed spiciest curry in the world. The restaurant's website describes it as [...]

Tracy Morgan’s Stove Top Tattoo

Tracy Morgan, in an interview with Maxim, explains why he got tattoo in a very sensitive place:
“I have a tattoo on the side of my penis that says stove top,” Morgan tells me proudly, referring to the instant stuffing mix. “I’m pretty well-endowed. A girl told me to get that because I stuffed her up [...]

Adventures in Marketing: The CEO of Domino's Pizza Burns Cease-and-Desist Letter from Subway [video]

The other night, during American Idol, Domino's Pizza debuted its newest commercial, where chief executive David Brandon burns a cease-and-desist letter from Subway. The letter demanded that Domino's Pizza drop its claim that its new "Oven Baked Subs" beat Subway's baked sandwiches in a national taste test, reports the Nation's Restaurant News.
Says the CEO in [...]

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