Learn how to make whiskey at Smorgasburg
Lots of plays and movies enter into the category of "love/hate"--i.e., people worship at their feet or find them utterly repellent, but no one thinks they're just OK. For example, Oz, The Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, Twilight, and The Tree of Life come to mind as classic love/hate movies, ... More >>
If Liz Lemon taught us anything on 30 Rock, it's that you can never eat enough junk food. Tina Fey's brainchild sitcom ends on Thursday, and Ben & Jerry's will celebrate (mourn?) by releasing an ice cream flavor in the show's honor.
Like most kids, I grew up eating ice cream. I also kept detailed, running lists of new flavor ideas, played between the lines of an ice cream factory during production, and made bets with my brother who could stay the longest in the walk-in freezer (bad, bad, terrible idea).
Sure, it's the new year, but being broke is nothing new for many Americans, who will continue to seek cheap food as they expect to grow poorer and poorer according to a new, depressing report.
Grow organic food locally (real local)
It's always good to know that the people who raise the nation's livestock and sow the country's crops really want to put health first. Or not. A group of top U.S. food producers has recently protested the Food and Drug Administration's upcoming demands for tougher dioxin limits in nutritional stap ... More >>
Just what the doctor ordered
America, we have been told yet again, is fat. Especially the part known as Mississippi. We're so fat, in fact, that today, the state with the lowest obesity rate (that would be Colorado) would have had the country's highest rate in 1995.
Robert SietsemaComing soon in cake formCandy is dandy, but what about candy-flavored cakes? Pretty effing rad, don't you think? British sweets shop the London Candy Company will be making life even sweeter, since it'll soon be adding candy-bar-flavored cakes to its roster of sugary delights ... More >>
Fast for at least a day, you'll need the room
George Clooney might be well-known as the face of Nespresso, and the image of Padma Lakshmi munching away at Burger King is forever ingrained in the minds of fourteen-year-old boys. Other celebrities have endorsed food products, too...only in roles before they hit stardom. The Daily Meal has a fun ... More >>
Lay's launches a test kitchen in a marquee, naturally.Frito-Lay is going one better than the seemingly endless list of companies using food trucks to promote their brands. Instead of driving around town spreading the word on snacks like Lay's, SunChips, and Tostitos, it's parking itself right ... More >>
ShutterstockNow doesn't that look tasty?According to a new study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, children think foods with cartoons on the packaging taste better than foods which don't. Using the same cereal in different boxes, researchers had the kids sample both and ra ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ...
The Beefy Crunch Burrito comes shrouded in a generic wrapper, as if Taco Bell isn't sure it's a keeper. National fast-food chains continue innovating at breakneck speed, trying to keep pace with the competition and stabilize their market share - all the while being assaulted by new chains an ... More >>
Hot Bread Kitchen/Flickr Hot Bread Kitchen began its life as a nonprofit bakery with a mission to create opportunities for low-income women and their families. In the three years since Jessamyn Waldman founded it, the bakery's product line and list of retailers has grown -- earlier this year, ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Rob ... More >>
Open TableThe Cono and Sons dining room.Today has brought two restaurant death notices: Cono and Sons in Williamsburg has closed after 26 years, and in the East Village, the 22-year-old Ben & Jerry's has stopped scooping ice cream.
A gin distillery grows in Brooklyn
Watch out for your tongue! Utz Quality Foods, Inc. - the brand that flaunts a red-cheeked girl with a hair bow and no nose - is located in Hanover, a backwater in southern Pennsylvania not far from the Maryland border. You'd never expect this snack chip company to have its finger on the popu ... More >>
Makezine.comLast summer, Dan Barber told Gourmet.com about the difficulty he had in finding slaughterhouses that would kill his animals humanely, and expressed some hope that "roving slaughterhouses" would go some way toward solving the problem. As Christine Mulkhe reports in The New York Tim ... More >>
vimiramontes/FlickrBaked goods will abound at the Greenpoint Food Market.It looks like April 10 will be a busy day for connoisseurs of foods canned, baked, dried, and pickled in Brooklyn: not only is the Brooklyn Flea kicking off the summer season in their Fort Greene digs, but the Greenpoint ... More >>
At almost $60 per pound, culatello can't hold a candle to pata negra jamon, costwise, but it still seems expensive, right? Last week we marveled at the $169.00 per pound Bellota variety of the jamon Iberico called pata negra. Stepping down to the next most expensive ham I know of (neglectin ... More >>
The dog meat industry in South Korean has apparently long occupied a kind of gray area, in which dog is sold for human consumption, but is not subject to the same regulations as, say, the beef industry. This means not only that the quality of dog meat is not guaranteed (there has been a spate of rel ... More >>
Seven people were arrested in a food stamp sting in Nassau County. Employees at five stores were involved in accepting food stamps as payment for prohibited items like cigarettes and alcohol, as well as giving cash kickbacks. [Newsday] The Vegemite saga continues. Kraft has now released the ... More >>
Norman E. Borlaug, a plant pathologist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work in industrialized food production, which fought starvation worldwide, died Saturday in Dallas. Borlaug felt that environmentalists were hampering world food production by attacking the use of pesticides. ... More >>
Serious Eats has a roundup of food documentaries, including Fresh: The Movie, which offers an uplifting look at what happens when farmers, business people, and the community band together to get involved in their own food production. If you're still recovering from this summer's Food, Inc., this ... More >>
We all know people who are obsessed with making their own jam, pickles, cakes, or kimchi for friends, but it's difficult to break into selling to the public--licenses and access to a commercial kitchen are hard to come by, and expensive. But the new Greenpoint Food Market, which will launc ... More >>
Diner's Journal reports that Bev Eggleston, the purveyor of all-star swine to restaurants including Momofuku, Gramercy Tavern and Savoy, spent the night of July 30 in the Tombs. Eggleston, who has pioneered the humane treatment and slaughter of animals through his Virginia-based EcoFriendly Foods, w ... More >>
To offset falling sales, Whole Foods is planning to return to its natural-foods roots. The chain will launch a "healthy eating" initiative this fall with cooking demonstrations and recipes, shifting its focus from gourmet eating. [Wall Street Journal] Fast-food chains have embraced racy adve ... More >>
Left: Wah Mei's pork chop over rice; Right: Hua Ji's version of the same This week's Battle of the Dishes pits two renditions of Taiwanese fried pork chop over rice against each other--one from Wah Mei Pork Chop Fast Food and the other from Hua Ji Pork Chop Fast Food. Obviously, both establishmen ... More >>
Popchips and other snack food brands, such as Flat Earth baked veggie crisps, Stacy's pita chips, and Terra Chips, are peddling "junkless" junk food with slogans like "Love. Without the handles," and "Regret. Nothing." Even traditional brands are trying to get in on the act, like Lay's potato chips ... More >>
Photo borrowed from The New York Times The Feedbag was not impressed with a Times story published this past weekend on New York's urban slaughterhouses, saying it romanticized the unclean, unethical establishments. Quoth the 'Bag: "These places are filthy, nightmarish hellholes, and the smell of ... More >>
Some sectors of the food industry have resorted to hiring state employees to do inspections in an effort to fill in gaps where current regulation has failed. But safety advocates warn that conflicts of interest could arise. [NY Times] PETA is calling for the mayor of Newark to ban new fast-food joi ... More >>
Only five out of 40 foods can be traced all the way through the supply chain, according to investigators from the Health and Human Services office. The faulty system could undermine our ability to solve a disease outbreak or bioterrorism attack. [AP via Google] The Agriculture Department will dole ... More >>
NY1 ran a report this morning identifying the phantom smell that arrives from the west once or twice a year in Manhattan (yesterday, in particular), smelling like maple syrup being poured over hot pancakes. Apparently, it comes from a North Bergen, New Jersey flavor house called Frutarom, and a ... More >>
Chocoholics, this cacao is for you
A cheery email from the folks behind Campbell Soup and Sam Adams beer recently crossed our desk. (Click here to see it.) It begins: “Hi, I hope all is going well! It’s no secret the economy is in the tanker right now,” and urges us to drown our sorrows in lager and chicken noodle. It also ... More >>
Late bloomer taps into passion for goats
Towns Raids House for His Pesticide Backers