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Entries from January 2006

Food Blogs

January 31st, 2006 · Comments Off

I’m falling behind on adding to the food blog list. Forgive me If I missed you, I’m getting there.The Bloated Belly “Comments on consumption…” St. Paul, MNCookin’ With Cyndi Forest Falls, CaliforniaCooking With Kilby “… and other adventures in the Ottawa food scene”Cream Puffs in Venice “Making my food dreams come true…” TorontoThe Finicky Lawyer “Dulling the Pain With Food and Wine. Present Sense Impressions and Past Recollections Recorded by a Common Diner.”Fish and Seafood Weblog “Hundreds of tried and true fish and seafood recipes and fish talks.”Food Service BlogFood Writer’s DiaryDessert First “a passion for pastry”Garlic BreathGuinnah Vegetarian cookingHungry In HogtownThis blog is about our love of food — shopping for it, cooking it, and eating it. It’s also about the rewards and challenges of pursuing this passion in Toronto, our home.Hungry Magazine, from Chicago, featuring podcast interviews with chefs.A Kitchen Fantastic “Everything and the kitchen sink”La Tartine GourmandeThe Laughing Gastronome, Wellington, New ZealandMy Dinner “- One man’s daily bread: A Dietary Barometer of my Emotional State”Nina’s kitchen SwedenPassionate EaterCaliforniaTeich.Net :: All InTrivialissimo Chapel Hill, North CarolinaYummy Banana is a blog about the bananas that we love.Zen Kimchi Korean Food Journal

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Food in the news

January 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

More controversial, political food news: Homeland Security Protects the Ham “… these people were protesting HAM. And I think you would have a very hard time finding someone willing to publicly take the position that these ham protesters are endangering our national security, or our soldier’s will to fight. Even here on the home front, I personally do not feel that my ham purchasing rights are threatened in any way. Nor is anyone forced to buy ham.”

France Battles a Problem That Grows and Grows: Fat

The Fish That Swam Uptown A NY times article on the popularity of black cod, formerly known as the sablefish. After I had the black cod at Nobu 57 last month, I looked it up to see what the real name was, since I know it’s fairly common for the market to rename fish especially with names like this. I learned the real name is sablefish, but I figured that was just another name, and not the same as the smoked sable found in Jewish deli’s. I’ve had it at Kaufman’s Deli (4905 Dempster St, Skokie) many times.

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Food links

January 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

2005 Champagne Cork Chair Contest

Surfeit of Food Celebrities, Part 2: Separated at birth?

Ever wonder why you only see steam coming off a sauce when you turn off the heat? The scientific chef: Peter Barham on boiling milk “The steam becomes visible only after the gas cools below 100C and small water droplets condense.”

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Chicago Clean Air Ordinance and the smoking ban.

Everybody’s talking about “My Week as a Waiter” By Frank Bruni and how we should all read it and learn to treat our servers better. I’m going to start abusing my waiters now, on the off chance it might be Frank in disguise.

Iraqi Farmers Threatened By Bremer’s Mandates Number 8 of the top censored stories of 2006 “Smith explains that “Under the guise of helping Iraq back on its feet, the U.S. setting out to re-engineer the country’s traditional farming system into a U.S.-style corporate agribusiness.” In that traditional system, “97 percent of Iraqi farmers used their own saved seed or bought seed from local markets.” He continues, “Unfortunately, this vital heritage and knowledge base is now believed lost, the victim of the current campaign and the many years of conflict that preceded it.” More on this at FactoryFarming.com and at grain.org.

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Mustard’s Last Stand

January 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

More junk food. A hot dog with everything from Mustard’s Last Stand.

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A typical tasty Vienna beef dog, on a nice soft bun. Be forewarned that ‘everything’ means catsup too, so note that if you’re one of those militant about that.

Right next to Northwestern’s Ryan Field, this small shop is packed with sports pictures and gear. I used to work right next door, so I’ve had a few too many dogs here in the past, but it has been awhile. It hasn’t changed in years though. Squeezing around other eaters, ordering and paying is a little more complicated than it has to be, but it’s fast. I remember that they used to sell concert tickets too, but I didn’t confirm if they still do.

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Gigio’s Pizza

January 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

Gigio’s 2 times in one week. Considering just how long it’s been since I’ve had anything from them, I guess I’m catching up. In fact, it’s been so long that the menu I found had coupons which expired in 2001. It’s nice to know the prices hadn’t changed much – a slice only went up 20 cents and the Italian sausage didn’t change at all. This is a shot of the ‘thin’ crust “special”.

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Decent enough pizza, but not nearly chewy, drippy or saucy enough to match a good NY style. I got some of their fried mushrooms too, but was more interested in eating those than photographing them.

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Non-food post – Cat blogging

January 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

When I started blogging I made a promise that I wouldn’t post cat pictures. But back then I didn’t have access to a cat. Now I figure I should do it at least once. Here’s Doc proofreading one of my posts. More Weekend Cat Blogging at Masak Masak.

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Just before I was about to post this he got off the couch and puked out a hairball. I should have got a picture of that.

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Gigio’s

January 25th, 2006 · Comments Off

Some quick food porn.

A sausage sandwich with hot peppers from Gigio’s in Evanston. I really wanted a meatball sandwich, but they were out of meatballs. The fries are generous and very good, and the hot peppers are actually hot, and they are actually peppers, unlike many places who think giardiniera is synonymous with hot peppers.

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I hadn’t been there for awhile, but since it’s been around so long I have much experience with this place. Conveniently located close to the train station, and open ’til 1 am everyday but sunday, this place becomes one of the last choices in Evanston when coming home late. Luckily the food is good enough. They advertise a New York style pizza, and it’s as close as I’ve seen to it in Chicagoland. It’s not the real thing, (I’m from the east coast, I know a foldable, oily, chewy crust pizza from the imposters) but it’s a nice antitode to the matzoh thin crusts or the 10 lb, 4″ deep dishes everywhere else. And it’s much closer than Philly’s Best, another Evanston pizza place with an attempt at NY style. (Although Philly’s best has a real stromboli and Tastycakes, two things you won’t find anywhere else in the midwest).

Their website says “Gigio’s Pizzeria in Evanston makes it all from scratch. We butcher the pig, ground the meat, season it to perfection, and prepare it for our pizzas and sandwiches. Our burgers are ground here and prepared into patties on location.” I don’t know if they really butcher the pig, but I do know they’ve been around so long that they own the building they’re in, and they have a huge prep and bakery facility downstairs. They make their own meat and bake their own bread, they don’t bring in parbaked or frozen stuff like half the other italian beef shops in the city. In fact they are a big supplier of bread to north shore places.

Sometimes the service is ridiculously slow, but it’s not fast food. I’ve had inconsistent pizza there, and too many times I’ve wanted something and they didn’t have it (although that’s forgivable late at night). I saw some students coming out of there once exclaiming that they got some extra pizza because it was closing time, but haggling in there doesn’t work. But it’s relatively cheap, the sausage was $3.22 and the fries are $1.61. A slice will cost you $2.13 to $2.30.

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Food Links

January 21st, 2006 · Comments Off

Vintage or vile, wine is all the same after cheese “…proteins in the cheese may bind to flavour molecules in the wine, or that fat from the cheese may coat the mouth, deadening the tasters’ perception of the wines’ flavours”Corn Dog Air FreshenerCatalogue of Banana StickersInsect Candy Just in case you were looking for BBQ flavored mealworms.How To Cook With Lava

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2005 food non-blog awards

January 21st, 2006 · Comments Off

Any day now we should see the results for the 2005 Food Blog Awards. UPDATE: they’re in! As a judge for this years I had a hand in choosing who got in the final running. Just as Kate from Accidental Hedonist mentioned in an email, I have no trouble defending my choices, or the combined results of the judges decisions.

There were a few shouldn’t be missed foodie sites that didn’t fit the blog format. Here are my picks for the food non-blog awards.

Best Restaurant Photography
There’s lots of great food photography out there, but Noah Kalina has by far, the best restaurant photography. Beautiful shots of interiors of bars and restaurants in NY. Technically this is a blog, but technically not a food blog.

Best Food Podcast
There’s lots of good food related podcasts out there but the Restaurant Guys beats them all. The podcasts of a professional radio show done by two New Jersey Restaurantuers is funny, informative and should be required listening for anyone wanting to get into the business. Great guests, which have included people like Charlie Trotter and Ruth Reichel, but you’ll learn tons from all the other wine and food experts they have conversations with. Over the holidays, I ate at Catherine Lombardi’s, recently opened by the guys.

Funniest Extreme Food Writing
While Eddie from Deep End Dining is undeniably a better writer, and his explorations are a little more of what foodies might want to know about, Steve Don’t Eat That beats him for out and out explicit hilarity. And horror. Eddie’s post “Balut. The Egg of Darkness.” would be my pick for post of the year, but it just doesn’t match the shudder factor from descriptions of chocolate breast milk and prison wine brewed with the help of an old sock, moldy bread and a garbage bag. And Steve’s bravery in the face of these horrors trumps a mouthful of tentacles any day. I’d hate to go to a potluck where these two guys were invited.

The Best Blog Post that Wasn’t a Blog Post
Autumn Omakase, A Tasting Menu from Tatsu Nishino of Nishino is a beautifully produced cookbook in PDF form from Tasting Menu. “One tasting menu. Nine recipes. One hundred-twenty four pages of obsessive detail. 399 gorgeous photos of every step, not just of the final dish.” Inspiring not just for the food and preparation, but for the design and photography. And it will teach you how to clean an uni.

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Food Links

January 16th, 2006 · Comments Off

Point and Eat ‘Other people say grace before they eat — we food bloggers do it with our digital cameras.’ GRANT ELLIS reports on the new obsession with documenting dinner before devouring it’. via Candied Quince

Mobile Cooking “Many students, and other young people, have little in the way of cooking skills but can usually get their hands on a couple of mobile phones. So, this week, we show you how to use two mobile phones to cook an egg which will make a change from phoning out for a pizza.”

Dinner time at Amateur Microscopy

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