The coffee set-up at this year's TED conference includes eight roasters and 38 baristas, and the coffee geeks at Sprudge say it might well be "the best multi-roaster pop-up in the world." The conference kicked off yesterday in Long Beach with a day of presentations from TED fellows (including one by ... More >>
The centerpiece of the convention last night was a chair--a perfectly ordinary looking one, mind you--which Clint Eastwood talked to in a bizarre, stammering speech that must have been inspired by the works of Samuel Beckett.
The Oscar winning actor/director kept glancing at the empty chair and say ... More >>
At the Republican convention last night, Clint Eastwood made jaws drop by talking to an empty chair--no, not one of the ones from the theater for his last movie.
It was supposed to represent Obama, who was invisible (though I'm pretty sure I heard him cackling from miles away) as the Oscar winner t ... More >>
On last night's Countdown show, Keith and I had tons of fun dissecting the Republicans' pledge to ban "hard-core, offensive porn" and -- on a whole other plane -- we also managed to chew over their probable Valentine's Day plans.
Among my HILARIOUS outbursts:
As the Billyburg/Bushwick/Greenpoint underground overloads itself with crude art-noize slop, the clean-cut, pop-obsessive whizzes in the Red Hook-based Hospitality are quite the welcome anomaly. With an indiepop aesthetic as charming as their band name, singer/songwriter/guitarist Amber Papin ... More >>
WikipediaGet ready to suck some crayfish head juice!Summertime eating might mean burgers and Popsicles to us Americans, but over in Sweden, a highlight of summer eating is the kräftskiva, or crayfish party, when the fair Nordic races consume bucketfuls of the bright red crustaceans, swilling ... More >>
One morning, with a sudden burst of determination, you excavate your closet. Goodbye to the pants you hoped would fit again some day, the funky necklace you only wore once, the precariously high heels still nestled in their box. You throw it all into a big duffel bag or two, then haul it over ... More >>
This week in food blogs...
Eater kicked off its Third Annual Hottest Chef competition.
Serious Eats posted its top 10 Super Bowl Snacks. Six-foot DIY pizza bianca hero from Sullivan Street Bakery, anyone?
Grub Street also offered up its picks for what to eat this Super Bowl Sunday. With a map, no ... More >>
Yes, your Metrocard is now more expensive. That's not the only thing. The New York Times has summarized the numerous annoying increased costs of travel in the city, noting that not only is the subway going to cost you more, but so will parking (as of today), bridge and tunnel tolls, license p ... More >>
Cacao: bold, beautiful, botanical.Here's a bit more news of indulgence on this week of indulgence: Over on St. Marks Place, the Chocolate Library has opened. Per EV Grieve, the place is lined with rows of Ikea shelving stocked with numerous varieties of chocolate, all of which are begging to ... More >>
Prosperity Dumpling's sesame pancake with beef is so cheap ($1.75) that you can also afford an order of dumplings The principal lure of the cheap eat is, of course, its cheapness. But ultra-affordable food often has more going for it than thriftiness. The best are found in interesting ... More >>
Sally Ryan/Chicago DeciderA Razor, A Shiny Knife's Michael Cirino (R), hard at work.Michael Cirino is "pretty big into the local food thing." His uncle, after all, owns a farm in upstate New York where Cirino once took a group of people to create an eight-course wild boar meal from scratch. B ... More >>
We already met the Real World Brooklyn cast members (twice, [cough] three times.) Here's what happened in the first hour-long episode.
LtR: Devyn, JD, Sarah, Katelynn, Scott, Baya, Chet, Ryan
The new season of that inebriated, emotional, disease-bag-sharing The Real World-ok, fine, the reality s ... More >>