Archive for September, 2009

30
Sep
09

cloudy with a chance of meatballs, my childhood fantasy

This was my favorite childhood book for a pretty obvious reason: it was about a town where it rained food.

Specifically, foods that were rarely found in my house. My Mom cooked Chinese all the time, not the hamburgers and hot dogs my brother and I craved. Once when we begged for McDonald’s, my mom made hamburgers with scallions and shiitakes–something I’d appreciate today, but back then, I was just miffed that they didn’t taste like Big Macs. 

Plus, we rarely had sweets in the house. My Dad’s a diabetic who sleepeats. Desserts would mysteriously disappear. (“Huh? I don’t remember eating that half gallon of Breyer’s.”) So when I imagined a place where it precipitated giant donuts and syrupy pancakes, I was smitten.

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I haven’t seen the movie yet, but let’s hope it does the book justice.

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25
Sep
09

ramen + chocolate. Komforte’s take on comfort food

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Last weekend, I made a cabbage-ramen noodle salad for the first time. They key is to put the ramen noodles in at the last minute–right before you toss with dressing– to keep them crunchy.

In Asia, you can buy packets of savory ramen-like snacks. I’ve also seen something similar at Indian grocery stores.

But I’d never thought of ramen in the context of sweets. Bet they add a nice crunch to these new chocolate bars. The other ingenious flavors are Tortilla, Lime + Salt, and French Toast. And they’re $3 each, which is modest compared to other gourmet chocolate bars.

Order here: http://www.seattlechocolates.com/store/komforte-ramen-noodle-bar.html

More info: http://www.komfortechockolates.com/

25
Sep
09

japanese candy combinations

Why does this green tea (matcha) Kit Kat seem appealing…

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while these strawberry-covered Cheetos seem disgusting?

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Update, March 5, 2010: The latest on wacky Japanese Kit Kat flavors: http://bit.ly/9fuw8g

24
Sep
09

a babycakes feature from the most reviled celeb blog in history

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Today’s GOOP newsletter (what, you don’t subscribe? Then how are you nourishing the inner aspect?) from Gwyneth Paltrow features an interview with Erin McKenna, whose Babycakes bakery in NY–and soon LA–is all vegan. I haven’t tried their stuff, but they have a decent reputation. Anyone who’s trying to raise the bar on vegan treats is doing a good thing, because that bar is often too low to even limbo under. Plus, vegans can’t live on sorbet and cupcakes with grainy icing alone.

BTW, I thought it was interesting that McKenna looked at Julia Childs’ cookbooks for inspiration.

P.S.: Gwyneth, it doesn’t help win people over when you refer to your friend Billy Joel as William. Come back down to earth.

http://goop.com/

http://www.babycakesnyc.com/

23
Sep
09

advertising vs. reality: a reminder that reality is harsh

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The Germans behind Pundo 3000 have just published a book comparing packaging shots to what the products really look like. Check out their “Advertising Against Reality” video. As you’ll see, even the company that brings us Kinder Eggs is lying! Lying to children!

23
Sep
09

another reason cake beats pie

Bruno (who unsuccessfully tried to get Eminem to teabag him at the MTV Movie Awards) argued that a mutual love of hummous might be the answer to peace in the Middle East.

Turns out cupcakes are a likelier contender.

Read this piece about the Sugar Daddy’s Bakery chain in the Middle East. (BTW the Pink Velvet, made with pomegranate juice, sounds amazing.)

A teaser:  “As a young student at the multinational Aramaco school in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Fadi Jaber, a son of Palestinian refugees, always preferred his American classmates’ cupcakes, brownies and chocolate chip cookies to his mother’s pastries: knafah, qatayef and baklawah. But when he tasted a vanilla-frosted vanilla cupcake from the Magnolia Bakery in Greenwich Village in 2004, it changed his life.”

(Notice there was no reference to Jaber coveting his American classmates’ pie slices.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/23/dining/23cake.html?_r=1&em

www.sugardaddysbakery.com

 

As the Sugar Daddy's site ingeniously points out, "stressed" is "desserts" spelled backwards.

As the Sugar Daddy's site ingeniously points out, "stressed" is "desserts" spelled backwards.

23
Sep
09

cakes that look like pizzas

Last night, Food Network’s “Unwrapped” featured a Cincinnati company that specializes in one thing: pizza cakes. Everything you see is sweet cake goodness. They even have a brownie version.

Mail order it at http://mypizzacake.com/

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