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  Very Expensive Drinks

And here I thought Lock Dhu was pricey. Mental Floss has a list of drinks no Scotsman would ever spend money on.

mental_floss Blog - 5 Ways to Go Broke Getting Drunk

4. $48,000 - Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937

6 of the most expensive bottles of whisky ever â.. sure to be considered chump change soon â.. arenâ..t available in Scotland. To find them, youâ..ll have to head east, to the duty-free shop at Hong Kongâ..s Chep Lap Kok Airport. Thatâ..s right â.. and if youâ..re flying to the USA afterward, you may just have to stow it with your checked baggage and cross your fingers.

I had a friend mention this to me. He really wanted to try Fugu, but didn't want to die. My suggestion was to wait until he was 70 or something, and was less afraid of dying. Now there's this new Fugu, but with less neurotoxin. Lame. I mean the whole point of Fugu was that it was like BASE jumping, except with food. Now it's like jumping on a trampoline, but with food.

New, improved fugu: now with less risk of death! - Slashfood

Fugu, or pufferfish, is a Japanese delicacy whose intrigue has to do as much with its potential hazards as with its actual taste. Fugu liver contains a potent neurotoxin with no known antidote, so licensed fugu chefs must undergo years of rigorous training to seperate the toxic bits from the rest of the flesh. Consuming the liver is completely forbidden. Still, several people die every year from eating improprly prepared fugu - victims remain conscious while becoming completely paralyzed.

Now, Japanese fish farmers have bred a non-poisonous fugu and are trying to get the right to serve its liver, which is said to be even tastier than foie gras. But they're meeting resistance from government officials, who claim it may not be safe, and angering traditional fugu aficionados who say without a risk of death, eating fugu is just no fun.

Ow, my kidneys are crying! Keep in mind that the recommended daily allotment of sodium is 2,300 milligrams (mg). That's like one teaspoon.

I'll skip to number 1 on this list just to shake you up:

1: The Saltiest Dish in America
Romano's Macaroni Grill Chicken Portobello
7,300 mg sodium, 1,020 calories, 66 g fat

With three items on our top 20 list, plus a slew of dishonorable mentions, Macaroni Grill earns its title as America's saltiest chain restaurant. But what makes this the saltiest dish in America? One word: demi-glace, a fancy French name for the viscous salt slick that blankets this disastrous dish. You would have to eat 32 cups of potassium-rich broccoli to compensate for this sodium avalanche.

The 20 saltiest foods in America exposed - Diet and nutrition - MSNBC.com

Take that Scotland. Serves you right for telling us we can't use the word "glen" in our whisky.

Ochone! Japanese whisky is voted the best in world - Times Online

Yoichi 20 years old, distilled on the shores of the Sea of Japan, has become the first variety produced outside Scotland to win the coveted single malt award in an international competition run by Whisky Magazine, the main industry publication.

The whisky, distilled near the city of Sapporo on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, beat dozens of other varieties, including last year's winner, Talisker 18 years old, produced on the Isle of Skye.

Suntory Hibiki, the brand advertised by the washed-up actor played by Bill Murray in the film Lost in Translation, scooped the award for the world's best blended whisky. The historic double for Japanese whiskies has provoked consternation in Scotland, where whisky is as integral to a certain strand of national identity as bagpipes, haggis and the kilt.

Unless you include the large concentration of alcohol in it. Me, I've got 2 bottles of it at home. It's good if you don't do something stupid like take straight shots of it.

Absinthe's Mind-Altering Mystery Solved - Yahoo! News

An analysis of century-old bottles of absinthe - the kind once quaffed by the likes of van Gogh and Picasso to enhance their creativity - may end the controversy over what ingredient caused the green liqueur's supposed mind-altering effects .

The culprit seems plain and simple: The century-old absinthe contained about 70 percent alcohol, giving it a 140-proof kick. In comparison, most gins, vodkas and whiskeys are just 80- to 100-proof.

In recent years, the psychedelic nature of absinthe has been hotly debated. Absinthe was notorious among 19th-century and early 20th-century bohemian artists as "the Green Fairy" that expanded the mind. After it became infamous for madness and toxic side effects among drinkers, it was widely banned.

As usual, he provides some great pictures, and brings calipers to the restaurant. Now that's an engineer for you.

Chili's Bacon Burger - Off Topic - Cooking For Engineers

From my pocket, I produced calipers with which I proceeded to measure the thickness of the bacon (one of the strips I had ordered on the side for this specific purpose - if I was going to contaminate some bacon, I wasn't going to sacrifice one of the ones on my burger!). Having done the measurements, I can now report that (on Friday, April 13, 2008 at the Chili's in Santa Clara, California) they served bacon that was (to an accuracy of 1/128th of an inch) 3/16 in. thick (4.75 mm ˜ 0.2mm) after cooking. In my experience, that's really thick bacon.

Yes, but what does it say about eating at your local Denny's?

"Eating Local" Has Little Effect on Warming, Study Says

On average, food racks up about 1,000 food miles (or 1,650 "food kilometers") traveling from farms to processing or packaging plants before reaching Americans' dinner plates, the study estimates.

The whole supply chainâ..including delivering grains to feed cattle and delivering fuel to farms, for exampleâ..adds another 4,200 miles (6,750 kilometers).

Yet all that shipping, driving, and flying accounts for only a sliver of foods' climate impactâ..just 11 percent of the totalâ..compared with the impact from producing the food itself, the study showed.

  Throwzini Knife Holder

Available at ThinkGeek. Finally, I can combine my need to keep my knives organized with my need of throwing them at spinning circus people.

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ThinkGeek :: Throwzini Knife Holder

Whether you have a zeal for throwing steel or you're a cutlery connoisseur, this knife block is just for you. In 1938 the Wheel of Death introduced the spinning target stunt to knife throwing and decades later knife throwing still lives on in the modern day circus. And it can live on in your kitchen (although in a much less dangerous fashion) with the Throwzini Knife Holder.

  MeatWater

(sigh) It's getting so hard to determine what's real and what's not on the Interwebs. Having it be April Fool's Day doesn't help it any.

So, introducing Meatwater. Apparently it's meat-infused H2O, and is dubbed a "high efficiency survival beverage. Comes in Beef Jerky, Cheese Burger, Fish'n Chips, Peking Duck, Tandoori Chicken, and other flavours.

Welcome | Meatwater

  Booze with Bite

Yikes!!

FYI, here's a traditional Snake Bite recipe:


  • 1/2 pint Lager
  • 1/2 pint Apple Cider

Star-Telegram.com: | 03/15/2008 | Hundreds of bottles of booze with a bite seized in Palo Pinto

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Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents seized 411 bottles of illegal hooch Thursday at Bayou Bob's Brazos River Rattlesnake Ranch in Palo Pinto County.

But it wasn't your typical variety of moonshine: the bottles of vodka also contained 10-inch rattlesnakes.

[Bayou Bob's owner,] Popplewell received widespread attention last year when Texas wildlife officials decided to tighten regulations for the collection of turtles. He is believed to be largest buyer of turtles in the state.

  The 86 Rules of Boozing

Happy St. Patrick's Day. Here are five rules to get you started.

Topless Robot - The 86 Rules of Boozing

15. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she accepts, she still might not like you.

23. Girls hang out, apply make-up, and have long talks in the bathroom. Men do not.

54. Never lie in a bar. You may, however, grossly exaggerate and lean.

71. It's acceptable, traditional in fact, to disappear during a night of hard drinking. You will appear mysterious and your friends will understand. If they even notice.

75. Beer makes you mellow, champagne makes you silly, wine makes you dramatic, tequila makes you felonious.

  17 worst shots ever

To be honest, I'm not sure what they're trying to do: list the worst tasting/looking shots, the strongest shots, or the ones most likely to make you retch. The "Nasty B*tch" doesn't sound so bad -- throw it on ice, add lime juice and you have an old-school marguerita. And the "Liquid Steak", and "Fire in the Hole"are just strong shots that might tast fine, were it not for the addition of 151 rum.

However, some are truly disgusting:

The Worst Shots Ever Created - 17 Horrible Shots | Campus Squeeze

3) Smoker's Cough

The general consensus of the Campus Squeeze staff is that consistency-wise, this is the worst shot ever created, and also the most appropriately named.

-1 1/2 oz. Jagermeister
-One dollop of warm Mayonnaise

Fill shot with Jager, scoop in a heaping dollop of Mayo, and try not to puke, has been known to make people stop smoking for good.

I dunno. They may be geeky drinks, but they look like they'd taste awful. Give geeks a little more credit for choosing something delicious first, then making it stupid-sounding.

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Topless Robot - The 10 Geekiest Cocktails Ever

As long as grown men keep reading D.C. comic books and George Lucas keeps destroying films, there will always be geek-drink drunks, ready to create a drink and name it after a fictional character, although not necessarily in that order.

St. Patrick's Day is coming up. Better learn all you can about booze, cause there's going to be a test.

Topless Robot - The 10 Greatest Things Booze Is Responsible For

7) The Work of Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway drank more in one night than some people down in a lifetime. He drank in-between hunting wild game, running with the bulls, and churning out some of the finest literature of the 20th century, in which the characters also drink, heavily and constantly. No sober man would have done what Hemingway did, and no one else could have written such prose without having experience life so...boozily. Also, like other great drunkards, Ernest Hemingway has a drink named for him: Cuba's famous El Floridita makes the "Papa Doble," which is a extra-rum-soaked double frozen daiquiri.

  Frozen dinners recalled

At least kids will get the extra iron they need...

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Fit and Active frozen dinners recalled - Slashfood

A teen in Omaha found a big clamp inside a Fit & Active frozen dinner. And this wasn't just inside the box, it was actually on top of the sesame chicken meal itself, underneath the plastic (see photo on the right). The Aldi grocery store chain took all of the dinners off of their shelves and officials are going to investigate the matter to see if any further action has to be taken.

  Leap year cocktail

Excellent. A new drink especially for today. From Slashfood.

This cocktail was created by Harry Craddock for the Leap Year celebrations at the Savoy Hotel, London, on February 29, 1928. It is said to have been responsible for more proposals than any other cocktail ever mixed.


-2 oz gin (I'd go with Beefeaters on this one)
-1/2 oz sweet vermouth
-1/2 oz Grand Marnier
-1/4 oz fresh lemon juice

Shake above ingredients with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, then garnish with a lemon twist, just so. It's a fine drink, though I don't think you'll be hemming and hawing for this drink over the next three years. But do enjoy it now at your own Leap Year celebration (you are going to be celebrating Leap Year, right?).

Very cool. Tastes just like Budweiser, so why not? Next thing, we'll all be swearing in Chinese, and flying spaceships.

Budweiser, Millerâ.¦and Tsingtao?

Chinese beer Tsingtao is making a move to step out of the niche import section of your grocery store's refrigerator case and onto the shelves next to the big American beers (and by big, I mean sold in "big" quantities). Only having 0.04% of the US beer market share, the company and its US distributor want you to think of Tsingtao as your beer of choice, not the only thing you can get when you're getting dim sum on Saturday afternoon.

I'm still looking into making one of these myself.

â..Record-Breakingâ.. Hamburger Weighs In At 60kg | peculiarosities.com

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A Michigan restaurant owner believes he has built the worldâ..s biggest hamburger, appropriately named the Absolutely Ridiculous Burger and weighing in at a whopping 60.8kg (134 pounds).

As the rest of the world struggles with the obesity epidemic, workers at Mallieâ..s Sports Bar and Grill spent 12 hours piling mountains of beef, bacon and cheese into a 22kg burger bun.

Flipping the burger required three men using two steel sheets.

While the creation has not yet been authenticated by Guinness World Records, bar owner Steve Mallie is confident it will enter the books as the â..largest hamburger commercially available.â.


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