Outkast have made something of an art form out of cleverly describing their own level of "cool." Though the Atlanta duo is far from the first rap group to do so, Big Boi and Andre 3000 have certainly made a game out of it, employing all manner of wordplay in their explanations of the matter. "Cooler ... More >>
Maine lobster may seem ubiquitous in New York City now, but that hasn't always been the case. "Lobster was much more of a regional product 20 years ago," explains Maine Lobster Council Director Marianne Lacroix. "But the catch has really been rising in Maine. So we've developed more products and fou ... More >>
Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Hit man Harry Fraud dropped his new Adrift project yesterday, which the hip-hop producer has teased on Twitter to be a mix of "stuff you may have heard and stuff ... More >>
Two Masa alums bend the sushi rules in the West Village
I've seen some offbeat things on Chinese menus--like "Shrimp vs. prawns," which always makes me uncomfortable; I hate the idea of shellfish not getting along! But never have I seen such florid, cuckoo, wacky, fun sounding items as on the menu of Grand Sichuan on 24th Street and 9th Avenue (and othe ... More >>
The gang's all at the bellhouse
And now for some good news about the human condition: We can't be held fully accountable for the creation of the two horrible timesucks that make social interaction meaningless Facebook and Twitter. Scientists say that it's the animals' fault -- specifically, smart animals such as dolphins, whales ... More >>
No, it wasn't Beyoncé and Jay-Z or Lindsay Lohan and the magistrate. It was Buddy and Pedro, the hot-looking penguins at the Toronto zoo.
In 2009, Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi applied the most apt metaphor for Goldman Sachs that anyone has yet come up with, calling the bank "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money." The phrase took ... More >>
Have you seen the baby penguins of the Central Park Zoo? There are eight of them, and they are adorable. And like anything adorable, or moderately savvy about the internet in the year 2011, they have a blog! It is called The Real Chicks of Central Park, and it promises "chick flicks, chick pics, an ... More >>
Dolphin Tale is a big hit, and every time a dolphin appears on cable, the ratings go higher than Jersey Shore. And if it's a dolphin on the Jersey Shore, forgetaboutit! Everyone simply adores dolphins, lining up for a chance to see them jump and splash and indulge in belly-to-belly copulation and ... More >>
Because a) August is a bit slow for news and b) sacred cow tastes best when it's freshly slaughtered, the world now knows that Zabar's spent the better part of the last two decades passing off crawfish salad as lobster salad.
Next week is Shark Week, when the Discovery Channel tries to educate the public about this noble animal by airing shows like "Killer Sharks" and "Jaws of the Pacific," because, as everyone knows, the best way to motivate the public to protect an oft-threatened species is to make people death ... More >>
Happy Feet, a young emperor penguin, is stranded in New Zealand. It (scientists haven't determined if the bird is male or female) arrived there last Monday, its appearance being the first time in 44 years that an emperor penguin has been spotted in New Zealand. All is not well. Happy Feet fel ... More >>
Bloody harvest.While plenty of people have asked why New York restaurants continue to serve blue fin tuna, they've largely ignored the similarly problematic inclusion of shark fin soup on menus across the city. But according to the Humane Society, there's ample reason to pay attention.
Sprinkled with sesame seeds, marinated jellyfish makes a memorable summer salad The last couple of decades have flooded NYC with colorful cuisines many of us never knew existed, and stocked ethnic markets with exotic ingredients that had strange names and fascinating properties. This influx ... More >>
When federal agents slaughtered more than 250 geese in Prospect Park midway through the summer last year, boxing them up and tossing them into a gas chamber under the cover of darkness, we hoped the worst was over. But according to a new report in the Brooklyn Paper, the city is going after t ... More >>
While Whole Foods has whimped out on its imperative to safeguard endangered ocean fish - as reported by Fork in the Road -- Costco manned up last August and declared an outright sales ban on seven fish species that are among the most stressed worldwide.
Lettie Teague considers the outrageous wine bottle upsell at some restaurants and asks just how much is too much. [Wall Street Journal] Scientists have discovered the world's oldest known winery in a cavern in Armenia, outside a village still known for its winemaking skills. [Wall Street Jou ... More >>
In this week's Where Am I Eating contest, Kat Chang reigned supreme, correctly guessing that the dishes shown are from Lupa. Kat, please email Natasha to choose your cookbook. The dish above is from the fish antipasti section of the menu, a toss of silky sardines with golden raisins, pin ... More >>
Lamb shank with beans, mezcal and moleWe last stopped by Peels a few weeks ago for a drink and a fantastic squid appetizer. Now that it's been open nearly a month, we headed back for a full meal.
A mesmerizing chat with the star of gangster epic Mesrine
via San Francisco ZooIt's that time of week to feel glad that you're in front of a computer (and still in the office) instead of lying on the beach drinking mojitos like some wastrel. Because today we have...penguins! In an office! Knocking over a camera and being adorably penguin-like! This ... More >>
via the PostGo ahead, click to enlarge. Even make it your background, we won't tell.I mean, really, given our adorable animal obsession, how could we not blog about this? Bernie, the New York Aquarium's only harbor seal, has a new girlfriend, Coral, who moved to his exhibit this month from At ... More >>
via New York TimesYou've probably heard that a whole bunch of Canada geese were exterminated earlier this month, since they have an unfortunate tendency, when not minding their own business in Prospect Park, to occasionally fly into planes. Even poor Sticky, the goose shot with an arrow who w ... More >>
There's nothing like stoking the fear which sits mostly dormant -- though it's certainly there -- in the bellies of New Yorkers everywhere. Mentioning Giuliani usually gets 'em going, but if you want to cut the crap, mention airplane crashes. Or worse, almost-airplane crashes. That's the stra ... More >>
via The New York TimesRemember Sticky? He was the Prospect Park goose who was flying and swimming with an arrow through his neck a few weeks ago. He was a local media sweetheart for several days as he evaded capture by park employees and then surfaced again sans arrow. Well, he narrowly escap ... More >>
While ice cream or a cold beer are more common antidotes to the summer's oppressive humidity, a few forkfuls of chilled squid salad can provide more unlikely succor.
A young whale may find itself in trouble if it ventures to East Hampton alone.Warning: This is a sad one. Not only do we hate when an adorable animal is in trouble, this particular adorable animal, a humpback whale calf, is stuck in possibly the worst place for whales -- Main Beach at East Ha ... More >>
What are some of the buzziest openings to look forward to in 2010? Keith McNally and Nate Appleman's Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria, natch. But also Loreley Williamsburg, Zak Pelaccio's Fatty Cue, and No. 7 Sub in the Ace Hotel. [Metromix] The city is getting increasingly lax on smoking speakeasi ... More >>
dmahendra/flickrOne fish, two fish. Three fish... seven.Forget turkey and Christmas ham. Do the holiday the Italian way with fish, fish, and more fish. On Christmas Eve, Italian Americans celebrate with the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Tomorrow night, Saul is hosting a Feast, as is Patsy's.
photo: izik/flickrThe end is near. The final four cheftestants arrived in New Orleans last night and met up with guest judge Emeril Lagasse, the only guest judge we can recall not meriting a Hosea testimonial about the chef's importance. The only person who remarked on Emeril's credentials was Jamie ... More >>
Woman cannot live by gin alone
I got some hot action over at the Museum of Sex's Sex Lives of Animals exhibit the other night. I got to stand with friends in front of a slide of two pandas doing the dirty! That might not sound very gratifying to you, but maybe you're not as crazy about bears as I am. In fact, I've been seguing in ... More >>
East Village Japanese offers unusual home-style delicacies
His psychotic Rikers cellmateor the prison system itself?