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19 January 2010

Bourdain Rips Food Network

In honor of the newest season of “No Reservations,” (which premiered last week to a cloud of smoke billowing from about 30 tons of burning cocaine in Panama) I feel that now, the time is ripe to share this clip.

Outside of Iron Chef America and maybe one or two other shows I can’t think of right now, the Food Network sucks…sorry (but not really) if this offends you.  It is a joke.  I think they’re some of the most horribly irresponsible people in the entertainment industry…but that’s a whole other post (likely to come next week). Lucky for me, Anthony Bourdain feels the same as I do.

The best thing about this clip?  Food Network’s site is the only website on the internet (to my knowledge) where it is available!  Unfortunately, since the video isn’t available on Google or YouTube, all I’m able to share is the link.  So here it is, the somewhat infamous, “Anthony Bourdain’s Rant.”

8 June 2009

Shake Shack

So I was in New York a couple of weeks ago, and my girlfriend and I decided to have lunch at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.  Shake Shack was started and is owned by Danny Meyer, one of the premier restaurateurs in New York City.  He’s responsible for such famous dining spots as Union Sqaure Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park and Blue Smoke.  Anyways, everything there was awesome.  The burger was one of the best I’ve ever had (makes Five Guys seems more akin to McDonald’s), the fries were perfectly crisp, and the creamsicle flavored shake I enjoyed was also delicious.  Visit the Shake Shack this summer if you’re in the area.  It’s well worth the wait in the long line.

This video is courtesy of The Feedbag, but it’s not shot at the Madison Sq Park location.  Meyer recently opened another outpost of his bastion of burgerdom on the UWS.  This video is shot at the new UWS location.

5 May 2009

White Castle Worships the Hog

I’m not afraid to say it; I’m a huge fan of White Castle A.K.A. Whitey’s if you’re like me and from Columbus, OH.  There just aren’t many other things that can satisfy a late night craving for junk food the way White Castle can.  It’s an American institution, and now they’ve gone hog wild; Whitey’s just came out with some pulled pork sliders (which I don’t really ever plan on trying).  The commercial’s pretty entertaining, and features a beloved swine dancing around on stage performing a simulated striptease (not a real pig, someone dressed in a suit).  Anyways, check it out.

OH!  And if you’ve never, ever been to White Castle – try it before you start making jokes!

28 April 2009

Le Bernadin – Zagat sponsored Vintage Dinner

Super-cool video here of Eric Ripert, executive chef of Le Bernadin in New York City, discussing the meal he had to prepare.  Le Bernadin, it should be noted, is considered to be one of the best restaurants in the world; Ripert knows what he’s doing.

28 April 2009

Mark Bittman – NY Times Food Writer

TED is one of the coolest web sites I’ve come across in a while.  Here’s a great talk on TED by Mark Bittman relating food issues to global warming, and what’s wrong with the way we eat right now.  Mark is a bestselling author and journalist, who also dabbles as a television personality.  His ta;k here is very interesting, informative, and even a little bit funny.

27 April 2009

I Love Eggs?

Molecular gastronomy, for those who do not know, is using chemistry processes to do amazing things with food.  Check out this vid of how to make an intriguing panna cotta.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. thersa permalink
    July 21, 2009 5:25 pm

    Wow….i never thought that lobster pizza would be bad…if u think about it ppl love pizza and ppl love lobster….why not put it together

  2. rmthon permalink
    July 21, 2009 5:37 pm

    Just to play devil’s advocate here, I’ll rebuttal. Consider this example; like a lot of people, I enjoy chocolate chip ice cream and tomato sauce on pasta, however, I would never think of combining the two together to make some sort of tomato-chocolate chip ice cream amalgamation. Also, I think you missed the whole point about respecting ingredients. To hide the flavor of lobster amidst a sea of cheese and dough just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

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