In praise of a knucklehead
Gee, they look almost the same. It was only last November that the announcement came -- falling very hard on the ears of its fanciers -- that Twinkies and other Hostess cakes were no more. Hands were wrung and laments were sung, and bail-out proposals tendered. We at FiTR shed a few tears ourselve ... More >>
When bankrupt food manufacturer Hostess announced its plans to shut down and sell assets after a series of nationwide employee strikes, fans wondered what the future might hold for Hostess products like Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread, and Twinkies. On The Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart had a go at t ... More >>
There's trouble in Twinkie land. Hostess Brands Inc., the company that makes Twinkies, is asking permission of a bankruptcy judge to modify the labor contracts of its employees, in order to avoid liquidation while in its second round of bankruptcy.
Hear Padma Lakshmi and Amanda Hesser discuss gender roles in the kitchen at the 92 Y on April 9 at 8:15 p.m. Adam Gopnik will moderate. Tickets are $29. Pair beer with East and West Coast oysters at Brooklyn Brewery on April 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. Mark Bittm ... More >>
Suppose you brought all the smartest baseball kids on the block together, locked them in a house for two weeks with an unlimited supply of Twinkies and beer, and asked them to pool all their statistical tools to predict the upcoming baseball season? What might the result look like? SBNation's J ... More >>
The New York Times reports that Hostess Brands -- the company that manufactures Ding Dongs, Twinkies, and Hostess Cupcakes -- has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Electeds like to talk -- but U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand came to the Bronx today to listen. That's what Gillibrand said at the launch of an event this morning at Hostos Community College, where she joined Rep. Joe Crowley for a "listening session" on an upcoming Farm Bill, which Congre ... More >>
Say you find yourself wandering the East Village with the munchies. (Of course, you would never, ever do this, because you are a responsible adult, who knows that pot will obviously make you jump out of buildings, talk to dogs, and run naked through the streets. Besides, drugs are bad, mmkay.) ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyMmmm, fried What can we say, we're suckers for anything fried: fried pizza, fried green beans, fried bunny rabbit. Submerging food in vats of bubbling oil just adds to the deliciousness factor, hence the trend at county fairs of frying anything edible (even Kool-Aid balls and s ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyDeep-fried delicious For this week's review, I paid a trip to Neapolitan newcomer Forcella. Now, I've eaten my fair share of pizzas, but I have to say I'd never eaten a deep-fried pie before, and the restaurant kinda blew my mind with its unusual celebration of caloric excess. ... More >>
The man, the brandWho would have thought the acronym BLT would be so controversial? Really, can you really own the trademark to the ubiquitous sandwich? Apparently so. Crain's delves into the legal battle between chef Laurent Tourondel and his ex-business partner Jimmy Haber. The Frenchma ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyEvery day is Fry-Day! Earlier this week, we brought to light the advent of Chipsy and presumed that it would be offering up french fries to MacDougal Street revelers this coming summer. And now the owners have written in confirming that it will, in fact, be selling fried fare g ... More >>
Since 1981, World Food Day has come around every October to increase awareness and understanding of hunger, and promote actions to alleviate it. But its scope is just so planetary, so mindful of countries that don't suffer from an overabundance of junk food, subsidized corn, and diabetic thir ... More >>
Candice Reynolds/Red Queen Tarts Well, it was only a matter of time. To the roster of beloved junk foods that have received the artisanal treatment (Twinkies, candy bars, beef jerky, Oreos, soft-serve, etc.), we can now add Pop-Tarts.
Top chefs are opening restaurants in the Caribbean, including Alain Ducasse, who opened Mix on the Beach at the W Retreat & Spa in Puerto Rico, and Eric Ripert, who has Blue by Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman. [NY Times] Researchers are looking into what makes people love cer ... More >>
Twins cap not pictured, for onceThe MLB Playoffs begin today, kicking off an annual tradition for many sports-minded New Yorkers: rooting against the Yankees. Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn has added motivation this year, given that his beloved Minnesota Twins once again drew the Yanks in th ... More >>
"Paisley Underground" veteran Steve Wynn (the L.A. rocker, not the casino owner who puts his hand through Picasso paintings) is a permanent friend-of-SOTC for the simple reason that he once let us film him singing a song while standing in a dog park. He returns with backing band the Miracle 3 ... More >>
Revenge of the losers! Or, what it's like at a four-day reunion of 'the most misunderstood people of all time'
Sure, Twinkies' vanilla batter and creamy filling have successfully plugged many a sweet tooth (and gaps in self-esteem) throughout their 80 years on the market. Yeah, they've made deep-fried cameos at county fairs and upscale chip shops, but their bland stickiness has always lent them a laug ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Eater got a glimpse of the new menu at Annisa, re-opening today. Morel and Lotus Chawan Mushi with Sea Urchin, anyone? Grub Street followed the JoeDoe v. Ryan Skeen tweet-off: "least I don't work in Harlem Ryan Skeen!" Midtown Lunch found out that Ma Peche (a.k.a. Momof ... More >>
Joe Shlabotnik/FlickrBooze you can use.Oh, the times they are a-changin': Just weeks after Bushwick got another cafe, it's now home to a full-fledged wine bar. Called Bodega, it opened last weekend on the somewhat barren corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and Troutman Street.
Maybe I was just oblivious to it all the other years, but for some reason, it seemed like whenever booth announcers were short on talking points, they defaulted to the current Wild Card playoff system. Everyone had an idea on how to best construct the postseason process so as to best preserve ... More >>
So congratulations to the Twins for being the comeback team and overcoming a 7-game deficit to not only force a one-game AL Central division playoff, but to drag it out through 12 innings and save foreclosure on the Metrodome for at least another week. Earlier this week, I purported that I'd ... More >>
It's 9:34 pm right now and the Twins and Tigers are still playing baseball. Which wouldn't be extraordinary in most any other circumstances, except that this is one-game playoff game. And the game started at 5. It's the 12th inning, and 4 and 1/2 hours ago, these two divisional teams commence ... More >>
So we're back to this again, huh? Tampa Bay just secured a place on my fantasy team of "People to Kill." Or rather, I think this is more in line with what I have in mind. Saturday's game between the Yanks and the Devil Rays (which is what I'm back to calling them for the next day of the sea ... More >>
BotheredByBees/flickrThe mighty deep-fried Mars BarYesterday's Times piece on the Mister Softee - Angry Mom turf war featured a few choice quotes from Vicki Sell, a Park Slope mom who described herself as "irate" over the ice cream man's presence in her 3-year-old daughter's otherwise bucolic ... More >>
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