A tipster sent us this photo of an elaborately adorned person/tree hanging out on the Upper West Side.* Said tipster writes: "Saw him yesterday walking down 106th, near Broadway, while at gym. Probably 8-9' tall on stilts, had to duck under deck scaffolding and was agile in doing so. Saw again toda ... More >>
Thursday, January 3 Pie-Making Class at The Brooklyn Kitchen: Head to Williamsburg to learn how to make a mean pie from author and baker Millicent Souris. She'll teach you the secret to making perfect crusts and for $65 students will leave with a crust and a mini pie to bake at home. 616 Lorimer St. ... More >>
Whole Foods has confirmed via its Facebook page that it is opening a new location in Harlem. From the website: Great news. In addition to 2 new stores in Brooklyn in the coming years, we are adding 2 new Manhattan stores. Upper East Side at 87th street & 3rd avenue (projected to open in 2014) an ... More >>
Alex Bogusky used to create highly successful ads for clients including food industry giants such as Coca-Cola. But now he's fighting the powerful soda brand campaigns that associate sugary beverages with happiness and health. Bogusky has teamed up with the Center for Science in the Public Interest ... More >>
This long out-of-print volume in now difficult to acquire--maybe for a reason! Ann Barr and Paul Levy coined the term "foodie" in 1981, a term that has achieved near-universal acceptance. They offered their most complete definition in 1984, when they published the satirical Official Foodie Handboo ... More >>
[See More Quote Unquote: Scotland's New Nutritionally Sound Pizzas | Reviewing the Doritos Locos Taco] Slate's Farhad Manjoo on Beyond Meat's extremely realistic faux chicken: "The chicken strips look, feel, and taste closer to real meat than any other food I've ever eaten."
Erik ForsbergTracy Morgan's favorite food? Edible Geography explores the history of an abandoned champagne cave built into the Brooklyn Bridge. The Salt finds out what foods astronauts crave when they're in space.
Under the semi-serious auspices of the Center for Missed Connections, 24-year-old Ingrid Burrington, who grew up in California, has been studying Craigslist's outlet for the lonely, the hopeful, the romantic, the horny, and the insane for more than two years now. It all started with what she ... More >>
Whole Foods would like everybody to know that, contrary to what its internal company email says, it is not capitulating to a small but loudmouthed band of racist xenophobes who demanded the grocery store not promote Ramadan.
Oy. It's only Monday, and already our innocence is lost.
A rendering of something that may one day exist.After many, many, many months, the fabled Gowanus Whole Foods is one baby step closer to reality.
Have you noticed more you-know-what on the ground as of late? The New York Post has! As has City Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx), who wrote to Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty yesterday to demand that sanitation workers do a better job issuing tickets to people who don't pick up their do ... More >>
EV GrieveHouston Street, the next foodie mecca? Union Market, the Brooklyn-based mini-chain of gourmet grocery stores specializing in cheese, charcuterie, and exotic produce, will be opening its first Manhattan venture at 240 East Houston Street sometime in fall 2011.
Natasha MartinOpah on ice Spotted last Friday at Whole Foods Union Square: fresh whole opah. The fish mongers hoisted the Hawaiian catch onto a bed of ice, all the while referring to it as Oprah, instead of by its real name. "We've got Oprah Winfrey here! Oprah Winfrey for sale!" said one cl ... More >>
beeraroundtown/FlickrGolden DeliciousOK, so you might have to haul yourself all the way to Pleasantville to find a bottle, but Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.'s Golden Delicious American Trippel beer, aged in apple brandy barrels, is worth it.
The 2009 tree, with ornaments.• Wyoming is having trouble finishing their ornaments for the White House Christmas tree this year. They have only 1,600 of the 5,000 they're responsible for. Apparently these ornaments have to be handmade, weatherproof, a foot tall, and in a Western theme. And ... More >>
The Guss' Pickles we know and love and miss -- the one that occupied the Lower East Side for 85 years before vacating its tiny Orchard Street storefront last March -- was not, as previously reported, at Sunday's International Pickle Day. But United Pickle -- the owner of both the Guss name an ... More >>
Trader Joe's may have better prices, but if Craigslist's redoubtable Missed Connections are any indication, then Whole Foods has better, er, aesthetics.
The onion knows its place in Arora Creations' Vegetable Korma. Photo by Victoria BekiempisLike their meaty relatives, vegetarian-friendly TV dinners and pre-made meals can be as tasteless as they are convenient. Often overloaded with salt and sameness, many are too mushy (and mysterious) to e ... More >>
Marcus Jernmark has taken over the kitchen at Aquavit, where he will turn out more modern Scandinavian fare. He was previously cooking at the Swedish Consulate. [NY Times Sue Torres, the chef-owner of Sueños in Chelsea, has taken over food operations at The Rusty Knot, where she promises to ... More >>
Being New York's most recognizable bald vegan just wasn't enough for Moby, who's now added "anthology editor" to his list of accomplishments. The musician and Teany co-founder has just edited (with Miyun Park) Gristle, a collection of essays about meat.
How about a little cycle with that bake?Cablevision customers may not be able to get their Food Network, but with the proliferation of quality online culinary programs, they might no longer need it. There's Liza de Guia's delightful mini documentaries about the city's chefs, farmers, and othe ... More >>
John MackeyPlenty of people saw this coming in the wake of his Wall Street Journal tirade against the Obama health care plan, but it appears that John Mackey has finally stepped down as the chairman of Whole Foods.
The latest food recall comes from National Steak and Poultry in Oklahoma, which is recalling some 248,000 pounds of beef that might be contaminated with a strain of E. coli. The meat could be linked to illnesses in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota, and Washington. [ABC News] Wh ... More >>
clevercupcakes/flickrWill the cupcake craze live on through the teens?'Tis the season for round-ups and countdowns. And we're doubly lucky this year, it being the end of a decade, that we get to look back not just on the last 365 days, but the last 10 years in trends, bests, and worsts. Two p ... 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 >>
yumsugar.comMiller High Life may have billed itself the "Champagne of Beers" back in 1903, but that was before a handful of breweries started making actual champagne-style beer. Most beers made with saccharomyces bayanus, the champagne yeast, are ales. Lager yeast doesn't agree with champagne ... More >>
For the last few weeks, Fork in the Road staffers have been receiving urgent and annoying emails encouraging us to participate in the celebration of September as National Mushroom Month. We're so tired of these declared celebratory time periods, we could puke. But we couldn't help noticing ... More >>
Because nothing dampens outrage like the promise of bulk bins and vacuum-packed bags of goji berries, Upper West Siders lined up last night for a preview of the new Whole Foods at 97th Street and Columbus. According to Racked, the new store, located on the site of a former jazz club, won't be sellin ... More >>
Jill Richardson, who writes the blog La Vida Locavore, recently published an excerpt from her book Recipe for America in the Alter.net website. In it, she details how she went undercover at a Whole Foods store in San Diego, California. Richardson works in the bakery, and the manner in which " ... More >>
Could Jell-O be the perfect food in these tough economic times? At $1.09 for a box of Jell-O or $1.59 for a box of unflavored Knox gelatin, it's cheaper and easier than many desserts. [Salon] The recent comprehensive review of organic food that resulted in the conclusion that it's not more n ... More >>
Dole Food has filed the paperwork to go public, the second time it has done so after going private in 2003. The company, currently owned by LA billionaire David Murdock, hopes to raise $500 million. [NY Times] Since Whole Foods CEO John Mackey publicly criticized President Obama's health car ... More >>
Did you know that the Bowery is "resurgent"? EV Grieve tracks down the real estate listing for the now vacant Morrison Hotel gallery--in turn, the former site of the CBGB Gallery, back when CBGB still existed--which is now for lease. Evidently the flickering memory of the decrepit old punk cl ... 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 >>
Choosing a brownie over granola because the former has fewer calories is not necessarily the healthier choice. Calorie estimates on food labels are based on flawed and outdated science, and labels may be up to 25 percent over or under. [New Scientist] Whole Foods says it still plans to open a store ... More >>
(Editor's note: this dispatch is from a middle-aged, college-educated Manhattan resident who has given the hell up and gone on welfare. Some weeks back he described the process of signing up for the dole.) Despite all the waiting and the hassle of dealing with a bureaucracy, the one bright spot of ... More >>
On an industrial block of Douglass Avenue between Third and Fourth Avenues in Gowanus, Brooklyn, you might notice a sign for DeMartino's Wholesale and Retail Fish Market outside one of the warehouses. Retail, sure, but it doesn't seem very welcoming--the one door into the warehouse is unmarked and ... More >>
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