If you just want to kick back and watch TV, but can't shake off the FOMO, this weekend features tributes to The X-Files, Lost, and Modern Family. Also: Party like it's 1999, hear poetry like it's 1925, and eat pickles like it's Lower East Side Pickle Day, any year.
Better Than: An all-night drug binge. Pop music runs in Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson's blood. Better known by her stage name, Tove Lo, the Swedish-born singer has penned tracks for Icona Pop and Girls Aloud, and recently worked with Adam Lambert as part of powerhouse producer Max Martin's songwriting col ... More >>
With the 32nd annual MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday, the music world and Taco Bell both seem to be abuzz with VMA fever. But as excited as we are about this year's telecast, VMA season has us nostalgic for some of our favorite Video Music Awards memories. One particular telecast we keep coming b ... More >>
Umami Burger is the latest gussied up burger joint to take New York by storm, and it joins a long list of fast casual darlings like Shake Shack and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. And if those other spots had yet to get the point across, the arrival of the L.A.-based chain in New York cements it: Consu ... More >>
Part one of my interview with the Pines chef Angelo Romano ran yesterday. Here in part two, he weighs in on fluke cartilage, what else he could have done with the money he spent on culinary school, and why he can't put alligator on the menu even though he wants to.
Take a bite out of Lucky Peach
While shareholders gathering inside the Sofitel for their annual meeting yesterday, multiple protests mobbed the sidewalks outside on West 44th Street. Outside the hotel lobby, a crowd of Fast-food workers organized by the Fast Food Forward campaign packed the sidewalk, chanting their central deman ... More >>
It's been a long time coming. After three years, New York City Council has finally passed veto-proof legislation guaranteeing paid sick days in businesses with more than 20 employees. Now (hopefully), restaurant workers afraid of losing their jobs won't come to work hacking up pathogens into soup. B ... More >>
You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 20 ... More >>
The pozole at Tacos Cachanilla could easily feed two hungry students. Whitney D. asks: I am a middle school Spanish teacher taking my class on a field trip. I was hoping we could stop afterwards to taste the cuisine of a Spanish-speaking country. The restaurant must be open during the weekday and ... More >>
This week in food blogs ... Serious Eats eats 19 lobster rolls. [Serious Eats] Eddie Huang and Francis Lam talk about whether or not it is fair for chefs to cook other cultures' food. "A huge part of the reason I opened Baohaus is because everyone thought Momofuku pork buns were the original and ... More >>
The New York State Court of Appeals on Tuesday determined that viewing kiddie porn isn't a crime. Possessing, producing, and distributing child erotica is still illegal (sorry, perverts), but the court decided that "possessing" kiddie porn and viewing it on the Internet are not the same thing. In ... More >>
Over the past few months, Le1fa rapper and producer who wrote his undergraduate thesis on "Subversion in Post-WWII Performance"has been an increasingly unavoidable presence in and around the city, playing alongside everyone from Greedhead labelmate Big Baby Gandhi to London trap-rave p ... More >>
Every day this month, Sound of the City has been publishing pieces about Philip Glass turning 75 years old, in conjunction with the Voice's cover story on the composer. Naturally, of course, this has led to an interview with Dapwell (Ashok Kondabolu) of Das Racist, who's performing Monday night at t ... More >>
2011 was a big year for listicles here at Fork in the Road. Our weekly Friday "10 Best" posts nabbed eight of the 10 most popular stories of the year. Of course, we did more than name the tastiest (and occasionally worst) things to eat in New York and review fast-food items. We also highlighted the ... More >>
"Y'all know about the seven spiders of hip-hop?" Yep, we're in weirdo rap territory with Lakutis's debut mixtape I'm In The Forest. That query comes from the title track, a song full of somewhat naturalistic images and pop culture references bookended by the droning chant, "I'm in the forest/ I'm in ... More >>
Ordering tuna tartare with a new TV-based appIf you prefer to suck on the Taco Bell sauce packs that have been on the coffee table for months rather than to interrupt 30 seconds of TV to order in, Fork in the Road has some good news for you.Delivery.com and Verizon have announced a partnersh ... More >>
At last year's Brooklyn Book Festival, Joshua Clover and Ta-Nehisi Coates argued the relative merits of Roxette's "Listen to Your Heart" and Public Enemy's "Fight the Power." The year before, Ian MacKaye (on a panel with Thurston Moore and Lupe Fiasco) decried the overuse of the phrase "Goog ... More >>
The Butcher's Guild, a new trade organization for butchers, is opening its membership to regular folk June 1. [Diner's Journal] Remember all those "my meal at El Bulli" articles? Well, get ready for the onslaught of "my meal at Noma" articles starting with Bruce Palling's. [Wall Street Journ ... More >>
And why would an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe cause so much controversy?
Yum! Brands, which owns fast-food chains KFC and Taco Bell, earned less than expected in the first quarter, while Chipotle beat expectations. [Forbes] Fabio Parasecoli, coordinator of the New School's Food Studies program, was in Union Square teaching a "pop up" college course on local and s ... More >>
A food fight has broken out between Modern Indian chefs in London and traditional Indian chefs in Mumbai and New Delhi, who say they are staying true to the spiciness of Indian food. [Wall Street Journal] Pachanga Patterson is the latest addition to the restaurant row in Astoria, which inclu ... More >>
The environmental movement might be dying, but the food movement could help change the way Americans eat and farm to be much greener. [Time] Singapore is launching a food truck called Singapore Take Out that will travel the world, making its only North American stop in New York. [Wall Street ... More >>
Chipotle has been surprised to be the target of an ongoing investigation into the hiring of undocumented workers in numerous states. [Nation's Restaurant News] Mark Bittman points out that the new USDA guidelines are clear about what to eat -- healthy foods -- but not so much on what to avoi ... More >>
Chipotle is developing an Asian food chain concept that is expected to launch in mid-2011. Pricing will be similar to Chipotle's menu. [Nation's Restaurant News] Restaurant chains like Applebee's and Domino's Pizza are happy about the new Republican House majority because they feel the party ... More >>
McDonald's Hong KongLaughter, tears, acid reflux.If drive-through chapels in Vegas and this guy are too classy for you, then consider buying a plane ticket to Hong Kong. Starting Jan. 1, the city will be the world's very first to offer McDonald's wedding packages to the amorous and nutritiona ... More >>
Where the magic happens Das Racist's new mixtape, Sit Down, Man, is out next week; among its many delights is "Free Jazzmatazz," a self-explanatory collaboration with wildly feted jazz pianist Vijay Iyer. It seemed like a good idea to a) ask Iyer if we could chat about how this unlikely (?) union ... More >>
Despite so many low-fat and dairy-free ice cream alternatives available, Americans still prefer plain-vanilla ice cream. [Time] Meanwhile, ever wonder how artisanal ice cream can be more expensive than prime rib eye? Vendors say it's the top-quality ingredients. [NY Times] Taco Bell's new l ... More >>
Flavors used in the grilling traditions of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and other Asian countries are becoming popular in American barbecue joints. [Wall Street Journal] Heinz ketchup is changing its 40-year-old recipe to lower the salt content. Fans of the original recipe fear the ch ... More >>
20 Happy Hours for every legal drinking hour in town!
So there you have it. Way less nudity than I might have feared, it's true. (And, as Zach points out, perhaps an inadvertent Jawbreaker reference.) Here also is a brief, also nudity-free promo clip for the long awaited Das Racist mixtape, which Sean Fennessey discusses at length for us in this ... More >>
'Tis Friday. Thus, 'tis time to look back on the best posts of the last 120 hours: We ranked Our 10 Best Sausages. Kunafa is like the Middle East's version of a cheese Danish, and can be found in Bay Ridge. Donatella Arpaia confirmed her cooking show and suggested she might replace Michael Psila ... More >>
Epic Portions/Smoking Meat ForumsWhat is that?
His first #1 song is his first Pazz & Jop chart-topper as well. Go Yankees.
Last year's Stupid Party in Crown Heights. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne.We're closing up shop early today, and getting a head start on the New Year by doing snow angels outside for a while. Last minute guidance on your own New Year's Eve plans can be found here and here. In the meantime, plea ... More >>
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