Category Archives: Food

No skin off my nose

I’m a big fan of candy; no secret about that.

zit jelliesThese jellies are particularly pretty.

Their ‘Tequila sunrise’ coloring is kind of lovely, going from yellow to that deep orange.  And the package reveals that they have a liquid center, which may be tasty.

So you have to wonder what sicko decided to call them…

zit poppersZit Poppers

Really?

That just ruins the whole thing.  And now I’ve ruined it for you, too.

Sorry.

Hope you’ve eaten.

 

 

The name game

Is your name Chris? Or Audrey? Or Dominic? There’s a Diet Coke out there with your name on it.

Literally.

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I found this bottle with Chris’ name on it at a hoagie shop near the Amtrak station in Paoli, Pennsylvania.  When I asked the employee at the counter about it, he had no clue what Coke was doing.

Which was helpful.

So I searched the bottle’s #ShareaCoke hashtag on Twitter and found a large community of people who had tweeted pics holding a bottle of Diet Coke bearing their own name!  How lucky for them.

I tweeted my Chris pic.  Hopefully he (or she) will appreciate it.  And if someone out there finds the elusive Carla bottle, comment/tweet/email/Facebook me.

This is suddenly very important.

Fruits of the 4th

I found a Fourth of July dessert that I surprisingly haven’t made. And it’s so simple.

Strawberries.
Bananas.
Blueberries.
Skewers.

AmericanFlagFruitKabobs

Beautiful and easy.

I really hope someone makes it for me.

Asleep in my takeout

I am fascinated by the critics’ take on the movie Chef, which is currently 88 percent fresh on RottenTomatoes.com.

I found it stale and oh-so-overcooked.

chef movie

I watch a lot of Food Network, so I had high hopes for the film’s ‘recipe’: a chef gets fired after he starts a Twitter war with a restaurant critic,  and opens a food truck.

Seems new, seems current.

Turns out all the conflict that drives the film is in the first 15 minutes.  After the chef (Jon Favreau) loses his job, everyone and everything starts working in his favor.

  • Need a food truck?  His ex-wife gets her other ex-husband to provide one.  Takes him to Miami to get it. Appears to bankroll the enterprise, too. (Sure, that happens.)
  • Need help setting it up?  His former junior cook travels across the country — without pay — to help him get started. That sainted ex-wife even takes orders at one point.
  • Need to reconnect with your kid? The ex-wife — again, the most non-confrontational divorced couple in the history of movies and life, for that matter — lets an 11-year old kid work as a line cook on a food truck for the entire summer. Without checking in. Right.

I don’t want to give away the ending in case you plan to see it.  But let’s just say that, once the food truck is parked –

Nothing really happens then, either. Or if it does, they don’t show it.

Because conflict might wake you up out of your food coma.

 

Modern girl

The Americans on FX doesn’t return until this fall, but I’ve been seeing Soviet spies Elizabeth and Phillip’s daughter Paige — played by Canadian actress Holly Taylor — in much more modern circumstances.

She’s sporting three piercings in her ear, and is constantly on her mobile phone.

I know it’s just a commercial, but all I can think is — modern Paige would be such a big help to her parents in the 1980′s spy game!

(That mobile phone alone would give them a huge advantage.)

On a roll

Happy International Sushi Day!

If you find sushi difficult to enjoy — because of that whole raw fish thing going on — perhaps these rolls will change your mind:

panda bear sushi
Panda bear sushi

the scream sushi
Artful sushi

hello kitty sushi
Hello Kitty sushi

I hope these examples did not make your aversion even worse…

Egg on the wall

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Isn’t this a beautiful image?

It reminds me of that Kohler faucet TV commercial:  I want to design a room around it.

It, in this case, is an omelet with a mushroom base. A pastry brush was used to create the stripes. It is one of many intriguing works of food art in the six-volume Modernist Culture: The Art and Science of Cooking by Nathan Myhrvold and his team of Seattle-based chefs.

Myhrvold is renown for his use of modern techniques and space-age ingredients.

I just like the pretty pictures.

This just in…

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Wow. Crack me up.

Phone call

I saw this bus shelter ad for Seamless.com, an online food delivery service, in my neighborhood this morning:

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How old was the copywriter?

I can remember calling to book a flight…sometimes still do if an agency is handling the travel arrangements for a business meeting that I’m attending.

Write for your audience, not yourself, young people.

And Seamless, if you send me a coupon code, we can forget all about this.

Nuanced flavor

I don’t take photos of the dishes I order in restaurants.

That’s what food stylists are for.

But luckily someone who recently ate at Uno’s Grill did take a picture of their new wedge salad.

wedge saladI ordered it today for lunch.

It may not look all that different, but what makes this particular wedge salad so exciting is how it is dressed.

Gone is the fungus-y blue cheese that has always interfered with my enjoyment of these nutrition-minus greens.  In its place?

Ranch

It is my usual substitution, and now at least one restaurant agrees it deserves top billing on the menu.

Vindication sure tastes sweet.