The Friday Five – January 28th, 2011

28 01 2011

A weekly round up food and drink-related news stories:

1.  If you’ve ever been stuck somewhere with a bottle of wine and no corkscrew (I have), take note of these Five Creative Ways to Open Wine Without a Corkscrew. Consider it crucial survival training! (The Daily Meal)

2.  When it comes to diets, I thought I had heard it all (cabbage soup diet, Atkins, grapefruit diet, South Beach…). However, Le Whif and Le Whaf are new to me. Apparently you inhale vapours such as chocolate or caffeine to satisfy cravings. (Gawker)

3.  A lawsuit has been filed against Taco Bell concerning the contents of their beef. An Alabama law firm claims that Taco Bell’s fillings are only 36% beef but the popular chain disputes this number (they claim their tacos contain 88% beef). I’ll let the courts decide but the lengthy list of ingredients in their taco filling is certainly interesting… (The Globe and Mail)

4.  These are the types of things I shouldn’t read: the FDA’s handbook of Food Defect Action Levels outlines how many parts of foreign objects (ie. bugs, rodent hairs, etc) can wind up in your food. Anyone fancy a nice bowl of broccoli and aphids? (Salon)

5. This sounds like one of the most terrifying jobs I’ve ever heard of: In Canada’s Arctic, the Inuit harvest mussels from under the sea ice, risking their lives as it shifts with the tides. (BBC News)

Have a great weekend!

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The Friday Five – January 21st, 2011

21 01 2011

A weekly round up food and drink-related news stories:

1.  Good news for people who don’t like foods that are bitter: there is now a pill that blocks bitter flavours.  Campari, here I come! (Salon)

2.  We’ve always been told to eat our fruits and vegetables for good health but you may want to take heed of these 21 Deadly Dishes. Of course, not many people consume 11 lbs. of rhubarb leaves or an entire nutmeg in one sitting… (The Daily Meal)

3.  Savannah’s favourite celebrity chef, Paula Deen, recently celebrated her 64th birthday. To honour Paula, you can enjoy some of her creations such as Deep-Fried Butter Balls, Bacon Wrapped Fried Mac ‘n’ Cheese and Bacon Donut Egg Brunch Burgers (yes, they are real recipes).  I think I feel a little sick, y’all. (Serious Eats, Food Network)

4.  Scotch drinkers can now get their favourite tipple to go with Scotch Whisky in a Can. I can only imagine how rowdy some Scottish football fans could get – there are 8 shots of liquor per can. (Eater)

5.  A bar in Massachusetts is experimenting with allowing customers to text servers to speed up service.  Do we really need to be encouraged to do more texting at the table than we’re already doing? (NPR.org)

Have a great weekend!

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The Friday Five – January 7th, 2011

7 01 2011

A weekly round up food and drink-related news stories:

1.  The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has come out with their list of unhealthiest cookbooks of 2010.  Deep-fried bacon doughnuts, anyone? (Eater.com)

2.  Many cities are famous for a particular dish, such as Philly cheesesteaks, Buffalo wings and Boston Cream Pie.  Serious Eats highlights eight cities and their best dishes that aren’t famous yet.  (Serious Eats)

3.  Check out some of the latest innovations in the world of drinks, including a bottle that acts as a decanter and wine packaged in test tubes for single-serve tastings. (The Daily Meal)

4.  Speaking of futuristic innovations, can you imagine getting a tweet from your scale telling you you’ve put on weight?  Surfing the net on your fridge? The future is now… (CNN.com)

5.  If you’re looking for extra incentive to lose weight this year, you might want to pick up a copy of Neil Setchfield’s ‘Yuck! The Things People Eat’.  Photos of such delicacies as stir-fried tarantulas and Korean penis fish are likely to dampen your appetite. (Montreal Gazette)

Have a great weekend!

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The Friday Five – December 17th, 2010

17 12 2010

A weekly round up food and drink-related news stories:

1.  If you’ve already started thinking about eating healthier in 2011, you can start by avoiding these Worst Foods in America.  One of the dishes has more than 2,700 calories per serving! Yikes. (Yahoo)

2.  The last days of Kodachrome film are upon us.  Check out a retro styled holiday meal to celebrate the end of an era: The Last Kodachrome Christmas. (chow.com)

3.  Barney’s department store in New York has unveiled their annual holiday window and this year’s theme is the Food Network.  I’m not sure what is more nightmare-inducing: a mock-up of Mario Batali’s severed head or the fact that he is surrounded by his signature orange Crocs. (The Village Voice)

4.  If you’ve spent any time on food-related internet forums, you’ve likely heard about Sandra Lee’s infamous Kwanzaa Cake (if you haven’t, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with it – it’s hilariously awful). However, it turns out the real story of where the recipe came from goes beyond Ms. Lee’s talents.  It takes a brave woman to own up to that… (Huffington Post)

5.  If the forecast calls for snow, why not make ice cream! However, given how filthy the snow is near my house, I don’t know if I would try it in the city (and be sure to steer clear of any yellow snow!) (Eatocracy)

Have a great weekend!

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The Friday Five – December 3rd, 2010

3 12 2010

A weekly round up food and drink-related news stories:

1.  A mystery recently unfolded in Brooklyn: Honey bees and their combs were turning bright red. It turns out that bees like junk food too. (NYT)

2.  The next time I’m staring into my closet complaining that I have nothing to wear, perhaps I’ll head to the fridge and whip up an edible outfit like these amazing works by Yeonju Sung (of course, mine wouldn’t be as nice). (yeonju.me)

3.  If you know an adult who will only eat french fries or foods that are brown, they might not be boring, they may have Selective Eating Disorder. (msnbc)

4.  Would you pay $526 for a Christmas pudding made by one of the world’s top chefs?  I might – if it was made of solid gold. (Toronto Star)

5.  A company in British Columbia has developed an apple that won’t turn brown after it’s been cut.  Critics are calling it a ‘frankenapple’ and ‘botox apple’.  Yum… (gawker.com)

Have a great weekend!

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The Friday Five – November 26th, 2010

26 11 2010

A weekly round up food and drink-related news stories:

1.  Be careful when ordering one of these 15 Most Misleading Dishes – you may not be getting what you think (hint: Rocky Mountain Oysters are NOT seafood). (The Daily Meal)

2.  “Cookie Enthusiast” Cookie Monster has made an audition tape for Saturday Night Live. (Eater.com)

3.  Has holiday entertaining left your kitchen in a mess?  Solve the most common kitchen cleaning conundrums with these helpful tips. (Real Simple)

4.  If you’ve been craving a McRib but your local McDonald’s isn’t selling it, have no worries – Saveur has come up with a version that you can make at home. (Saveur)

5.  Holidays are the busiest time of year for travel and inevitably some of us will be stuck eating at an airport during a layover.Serious Eats has a handy guide to where we can find something a little better than some of the grim offerings that many airport ‘restaurants’ serve. (Serious Eats).

Have a great weekend!

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The Friday Five – November 19th, 2010

19 11 2010

A weekly round up food and drink-related news stories:

1.  It’s that time of year again: the Butterball Turkey Hotline is gearing up for American Thanksgiving.  They’ve answered such queries as ‘is it ok to cook a turkey over kitty litter?’ and counseled a clueless cook who tried to roast a turkey on a cookie sheet. (Aol News)

2.  Getting married but finding that the costs are spinning out of control?  Why not save thousands and have a McWedding: McDonald’s restaurants in Hong Kong are offering wedding packages which includes a cake made out of apple pies and Happy Meal toys as favors. (msnbc)

3. If you’ve ever nursed a headache and upset stomach after a night out, you’ll be happy to hear about one chef’s creation: Hangover Pizza.(Lemondrop)

4.  The world’s oldest champagne was sampled this week and was described as having “an accent of mushrooms merged with sweet notes of honey”.  It was pulled from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea last summer and is expected to sell for more than $70,000 a bottle. (Yahoo)

5.  If you ever been lured into making a recipe because of its promise that “you can have a meal on the table in less than half an hour!”, beware that it may actually take you much, much longer (p.s. – this is why I don’t put start-to-finish prep times on my recipes). (Slate.com)

Have a great weekend!

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The Friday Five – November 12th, 2010

12 11 2010

A weekly round up food and drink-related news stories:

1.  On a hot day, have you ever thought to yourself, “I could really go for an ice-cold glass of bacon right now?”  If so, you’re going to love the newest flavour of soda from Jones Soda and J&D Foods. (aol news)

2.  This amazing stop-motion animation video by Ok Go makes me realize that my plain brown morning toast is pretty boring. (Chow.com)

3.  If you’ve ever had a hankering for some fresh crabmeat while taking the subway, you’re in luck if you live in China where live crabs are now for sale in vending machines.  (Boing Boing)

4.  A new species of lizard was discovered at a buffet in Vietman – as one of the entrees. (Eatocracy)

5.  Wendy’s is trying to appeal to ‘foodies’ by giving their fries a makeover: leaving the skins on and sprinkling them with sea salt. This reminds me of an old episode of The Simpsons in which the Malibu Stacy toy company tricks eight-year old girls into thinking they’ve released a new doll by putting a hat on it.  (Yahoo, Wikipedia)

Have a great weekend!

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The Friday Five – November 5th, 2010

5 11 2010

A weekly round up food and drink-related news stories:

1. Attention Tim Horton’s and Krispy Kreme lovers!  Now you can protect and transport your treats with the Japanese-designed ‘Doughnut-to-Go‘. (Toronto Star)

2. Do you or your kids still have lots of Halloween candy?  Perhaps these amazing creations will inspire you to use up what’s left over. (Lemondrop)

3. Some guys in Montreal have created a monstrosity they’re calling ‘The World’s Greasiest Sandwich’.  It has 5,343 calories and includes such delicacies as an entire package of bacon, a large order of poutine and three hot dogs. (Toronto Star)

4. Apparently Domino’s Pizza in Japan is hiring someone to work part-time for $31,000 an hour.  Sounds like my kind of job… (Montreal Gazette)

5. It’s for more than making popcorn: Fourteen uses for your microwave that may surprise you. (Real Simple)

Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time comes to an end this weekend so set your clocks back an hour Saturday night.

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The Friday Five – October 29th, 2010

29 10 2010

A weekly round up food and drink-related news stories:

1. Are you worried about vampires this weekend?  Have no fear!  With a reasonably stocked pantry, you’ll have everything you need to ward them off. (Bay Area Bites)

2. Although I do have some design talents, I am terrible at carving pumpkins (mine usually have the standard triangular eyes and nose, a grin with two pointed teeth and angry eyebrows).  However, some people are really amazing at it and turn basic pumpkins into works of art. (Graveyard Secrets)

3. We’re all familiar with the basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter and salty.  Then along came umami and now scientists are saying that there is actually a sixth taste known as kokumi. Who knew the tongue was so versatile? (Wikipedia, Toronto Star)

4. With Halloween fast approaching, no doubt many adults will be sneaking some of the treats as well (like my favourite – miniature chocolate bars!). Is candy evil – or just misunderstood? (New York Times)

5. Why not make your own creepy Meat Head for Halloween?  It also makes a great conversation piece at dinners with the in-laws. (Eatocracy)

Have a great weekend and a Happy Halloween!

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