What’s up with Dairy Queen?
They seem as fascinated with natural disasters as Quentin Tarentino is with blood and gore.
I’ve never really thought about it until today, when a friend posted a picture of a DQ Mudslide (left) on Facebook.
But then I realized DQ has Mudslides. And Blizzards. And Earthquakes.
And it makes you wonder what naming guru at DQ — or their agency of record — associates really bad weather with ice cream treats?
You gotta admit, it’s weird.
And probably weirder still that we don’t spare the names a second thought as we cram all that gooey chocolate sauce into our pie holes.
Posted in Advertising, Commentary, Food, Humor, Life, Restaurants, Weather, Writing
Tagged advertising, advertising agency, bad weather, chocolate sauce, cold front, commentary, Dairy Queen, DQ, DQ Blizzard, DQ Earthquake, DQ Mudslide, Facebook, Foods, Humor, ice cream, life, natural disasters, product naming, Quentin Tarentino, restaurants, weather, writing
I learned a new word today…or, I should say, new to me:
As soon as I heard the word in conversation with a friend, I Googled it…and realized it was not just a word, but a phenomenon.
Hangry, simply stated, is that spirit-sucking irritability that results from being hungry. I experienced it today when I had too many errands to run and not enough time to eat.
While I am all-too familiar with the feeling, I had never had the perfect word to describe it.
So I am no longer hangry; instead, I’m simply happy. ‘Cause the right word can do that for ya.
Posted in Blogs, Commentary, Entertainment, Food, Humor, Life, Writing
Tagged blogs, conversation, eating, food, Google, hangry, Humor, hunger, hungry, Internet, irritability, life, perfect word, words, wordvana, writing
Love to cook?
Or just love the idea of cooking?
If you spend hours in the kitchen — or in front of the TV watching Food Network chefs spend hours in theirs, you’ll love this guide to kitchen conversions by graphic designer Shannon Lattin.
No need to break your brain anymore halving or tripling recipes — Shannon’s done it for you!
I’m just gonna use it to check other folk’s work. (You’re welcome.)
Posted in Cooking, Design, Food, Foods, Humor, Life
Tagged chefs, cook, cooking, design, food, Food Network, Foods, graphic design, Humor, infographic, kitchen, kitchen conversions, life, recipes, Shannon Lattin, The Common Cook's How-Many Guide to Kitchen Conversions
I’ve never liked coffee.
But this blend is beary, beary tempting.
Posted in Art, Design, Food, Humor, Life
Tagged art, bear, coffee, design, food, Humor, life, puns, take it black
It’s been almost a year since The Egg dared to ask:
Why do so many people attempt to photograph the food they are eating?
I argued amateur attempts often make food and drink look — well — unappetizing. Comments in response to my post disagreed.
But I did want to share an example of some exceptional professional food photography…by Lincoln Barbour.
These four strips of bacon on a flat top grill were shot on location at Fuller’s Restaurant for a Portland Monthly feature on the city’s best breakfast.
Look at the color, the lighting, the composition. This is no simple shot of half-eaten eggs and bacon on a plate –
This is art.
That’s all I’m saying.
Posted in Art, Commentary, Design, Food, Humor, Life, Photography
Tagged art, bacon, best breakfast, blog, color, commentary, composition, design, egss and bacon, flat top grill, food, food photography, Fuller's Restaurant, Humor, life, lighting, Lincoln Barbour, photography, Portland, Portland Monthly, Portland Oregon, restaurants, Travel
What the loc?
Zip loc, that is.
Why are they locked when you take them out of the box?
I use a lot of these bags. At home for storage that doesn’t take up gobs of space. On the road for storage that doesn’t take up gobs of space. And every time I take the snack size, the quart, even the gallon freezer bag out of the box…
It’s zipped tight.
Is it a matter of hygiene? Would unzipping it add several steps in the production process and increase the price? I don’t mean to go all Jerry Seinfeld on you, but…
What’s that all about?
Posted in Comedy, Commentary, Food, Foods, Humor, Life
Tagged bags, Humor, Jerry Seinfeld, life, storage, zip loc, zipper
I’m watching 24 in 24 — Sandwich King Jeff Mauro’s new show on Food Network.
(It’s kinda like the $40 a Day series that Rachael Ray did way back when, but with less scratch.)
He’s in Cleveland in tonight’s episode, and he’s eating chili for lunch.
Now I love chili, and today’s dramatic drop in temperatures makes it sound especially good. I don’t have any chili on me, but I am really enjoying watch him eat chicken chili from Palookaville Chili in Cleveland.
But he made a curious claim during the program.
He said chili is usually the “B-film of food.” It’s canned stuff. It goes on hot dogs. It’s not the star.
I love the Sandwich King, but I consider chili to be at the top of the soup chain. At the top of the stew chain. At the top of Rachael Ray’s ‘stoup’ chain (combo soup/stew).
Chili is king. And was king long before Jeff won Food Network Star.
Let’s show it a little respect.
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Food, Foods, Humor, Life, Television, TV
Tagged $40 a Day, 24 in 24, chili, Cleveland, commentary, entertainment, food, Food Network, Food Network Star, Foods, hot dogs, Humor, Jeff Mauro, life, lunch, no beans about it, Palookaville Chili, Rachael Ray, Sandwich King, soup, stew, stoup, Television, TV, tv episode, tv series
A lot of famous folk have been talking eating disorders lately.
Demi Lovato appeared on Katie Couric’s new talk show to discuss hers, which prompted Katie to spill the beans about her own bulimia. Lady Gaga used to have one, too. So did Stacey London of What Not to Wear.
It’s like eating disorders — or admitting to having had one — has become the fashionable thing to do.
Well, call me trendy — I have one, too!
I like peanut butter…a bit too much.
I like it for breakfast on toast. I like it for lunch on bread or crackers. I like it with chili (on the aforementioned crackers) for dinner. Or if there’s no chili about, I’m good with the peanut butter and crackers again.
And if there’s no bread or crackers, it’s pretty great right out of the spoon.
Some people might consider this an eating disorder. I think of it as dedication to a childhood friend who has proven himself again and again.
(But I’m not sure that is on trend right now.)
Posted in Celebrities, Food, Health, Humor, Life
Tagged breakfast, bulimia, celebrities, chili, Demi Lovato, eating disorders, fashionable, Foods, Health, Humor, Katie Couric, Lady Gaga, on trend, Peanut butter, peanut butter and crackers, Stacey London, toast, What Not to Wear
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I’m not so sure –
I discovered another great restaurant in New York City, and it was the storefront that lured me in.
I walked past Jacob’s Pickles for the first time a couple of weeks ago running errands in my neighborhood. The name caught my eye, then the decor.
Heck, if I could live in the space, I would.
Sunday a friend and I tried our their brunch. Turns out Jacob does a mean biscuits and gravy…and we’re talking spicy sausage gravy.
My cousin Carol would be proud.
The entire menu looks great. We are gonna hit it again at dinnertime and try the fried pickles and other savory items. The bar selection is interesting, too.
See? It pays to be shallow.
Posted in Commentary, Food, Foods, Humor, Life, Restaurants
Tagged being shallow, biscuits and gravy, brunch, commentary, food, Foods, fried pickles, Humor, Jacob's Pickles, judge a book by its cover, life, New York City, restaurants, sausage gravy, savory items, Upper West Side
Freshdirect.com, my favorite website for ordering groceries in the neighborhood, posted this ‘goodbye to summer’ today on Facebook.
I love the sentiment — the poster’s graphic look and feel, too.
But they can’t honestly be suggesting that my popsicles, fudge bars and toffee crunch bars — all reduced fat and sugar-free, of course — should be packed away with my summer clothes and flip flops….
I find popsicles refreshing year round. They are the perfect light dessert — that little taste of sweet that doesn’t linger compared to heavy cakes and pies.
They aren’t seasonal. They’re sensible.
Of course, I feel much the same way about soup — love me some soup any time of year, especially in summer. When the AC is cranked in public buildings, soup is the best way to warm up.
Turning up the thermostat also works.
Let’s give food a chance.
Posted in Commentary, Food, Foods, Humor, Life, Weather
Tagged air conditioning, carryout, commentary, dessert, end of summer, Facebook, fall, flip flops, food, food stereotypes, Foods, fudge bars, Humor, Internet, life, low fat, popsicles, poster, seamless.com, soup, sugar free, summer, summer clothes, takeout, thermostat, toffee crunch bars, weather