Tag Archives: Food Fights

You Can Help Force Gordon Ramsay to Eat Pineapple Pizza

Source: Grub Street NY

As with most things in life, Gordon Ramsay has strong feelings about Hawaiian pizza. In this case, they’re of visceral disgust: “You don’t put fucking pineapple on pizza,” he yelled while hosting an episode of Britain’s Nightly Show back in March — Hawaiian pizza’s worst month since at …

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Monday Morning TL;DR: This Place Is Making Garbage Ice Cream (For Charity)

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

So here we are again. Another Monday morning, the start to another week. And if you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you’d like to know more about the Whole Foods/Amazon deal, the etiquette of European food fights, that Japanese restaurant that makes you fish for your dinner, or the changing menus at Panda Express.

But let’s start with something that we can all agree is awesome: Ice cream. Here’s how Salt & Straw, a Portland-based “ice cream laboratory” (eye roll…), is making new ice cream flavors out of garbage.

Sure, but are they putting a bird ...

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Boston Officials Threaten to Ban Glassware at Bars After Series of Assaults

Source: Grub Street NY

Boston revelers have been warned: if you keep fighting, no more glass for you. A series of assaults involving glassware at Boston bars has prompted the city’s Liquor Licensing Board to make a pretty extreme threat: banning the use of glassware at establishments where repeated incidents of Leonardo …

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Dairy-Belt Senator Wants ‘Mislabeled’ Almond Milk to Change Its Name

Source: Grub Street NY

A new bill in Congress wants to put the kibosh on makers of dairy alternatives using dairy terms like “milk,” “yogurt,” or “cheese” to describe their products. The Dairy Pride Act was introduced yesterday by Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, who believes the supermarket’s dairy aisle has …

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Dairy-Belt Senator Wants ‘Mislabeled’ Almond Milk to Change Its Name

Source: Grub Street NY

A new bill in Congress wants to put the kibosh on makers of dairy alternatives using dairy terms like “milk,” “yogurt,” or “cheese” to describe their products. The Dairy Pride Act was introduced yesterday by Wisconsin senator Tammy Baldwin, who believes the supermarket’s dairy aisle has …

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Burger Chain Says Chipotle Stole Its Name and Logo

Source: Grub Street NY

Chipotle’s foray into burger-flipping is off to what you might call an aggressive start: A small but growing Boston-area chain says the burrito giant purposefully ran roughshod over its trademarks when branding its new concept. Chipotle went with the name “Tasty Made” and…More »

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New York Times Demands Sheeple Wake Up and Quit Worshipping Breakfast

Source: Grub Street NY

The Times has no love for anybody’s breakfast.

There’s some new food-related advice out this morning from the national paper that once encouraged readers to put peas in their guacamole. Aaron Carroll, sort of the resident health-science contrarian at the Times‘ Upshot, says the old adage about breakfast being the most important meal of the day is essentially a big food-industry-funded lie. People buy into this idea that they have to eat it because studies have linked skipping breakfast to obesity, heart disease, and a variety of other very seemingly unfair consequences. But Carroll’s article (presently NYTimes.com’s fifth-most-viewed) ...

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Jewish Leader Accuses Michelin of Being Anti-Semitic

Source: Grub Street NY

Taking heat.

Estée Lauder heir and political activist Ronald Lauder has a bone to pick with Michelin. The World Jewish Congress president says it’s “concerning” that there isn’t an Israel guidebook, and is suggesting Michelin rethink that omission. “Israel today is a venerable amalgam of cultures and traditions, which come together to produce a distinctive and exceptional culinary scene. Why, therefore, has your company refused to produce a guide to Israel’s restaurants?” he wrote in a letter the AP obtained, adding, “Though I am sure that it is not your intention, some have speculated that reasons other than merit color ...

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A New Report Could Put an End to Menu Salt Warnings

Source: Grub Street NY

Okay after all?

One week before the National Restaurant Association’s lawyers have to go before a judge and prove the Health Department’s new salt mandate is “completely arbitrary in its scope, reach, and application,” a trio of influential researchers have dropped a paper arguing there’s technically no scientific consensus that sodium is bad for people’s health. Two of the authors are professors at Columbia, and the third is an ex member of none other than the Board of Health itself. They analyzed more than 35 years of literature on sodium for their paper, and they say that while they ...

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Syrup-Makers Outraged by All the Fake ‘Maple’ Products

Source: Grub Street NY

Not what’s in those Mini Wheats.

Hacked-off maple-syrup producers from the industry’s two biggest trade groups have demanded an end to the “gross deception” of food corporations’ pretend-maple products. In a press conference Tuesday with several members of Congress, they told the AP that they’ve sent the FDA an angry letter schooling the agency on Big Food’s near-endless supply of “maple” products, whose ingredient lists contain no real syrup whatsoever. The group wants the word removed from their labels.

Most of the products under dispute (which are made by conglomerates like PepsiCo and Kellogg’s) aren’t even syrups — they’re Quaker ...

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California’s Scandal-Free Olive Oil Is Starting to Panic Old-World Producers

Source: Grub Street NY

Ready to crank out that EVOO.

California’s olive producers are on the cusp of transforming the industry : The state’s growers, who right now account for 0.1 percent of the world market, tell Bloomberg that an era of celebrated American olive oil is imminent. They’re quick to note the similarities to that pivotal moment in 1976, when California wines, considered second-rate up till then, swept the European competition in the so-called Judgment of Paris. For instance, Cook’s Illustrated‘s annual ranking of supermarket olive oils — its top award this time went to California Olive Ranch, a brand ...

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Chobani’s New Fearmongering Ads Go After Dannon’s Artificial Sweeteners

Source: Grub Street NY


Yogurt wars.

Chobani is the alpha-dog Greek yogurt on every dairy aisle these days (Whole Foods notwithstanding), and the company is bashing the competition (slash “empowering consumers with facts”) with a new series of scaremonger-y “Food Babe”–style ads that list other brands’ artificial ingredients that are definitely not in Chobani. Dannon and Yoplait, the two biggest threats, both get singled out in TV spots where a woman dismissively chucks aside their packs, unopened, for Chobani Simply 100, “the only nationally distributed brand of reduced calorie Greek yogurt that does not contain artificial sweeteners or artificial preservatives.”

Here she ...

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Italian Town Bans Wood-Burning Ovens for 3 Months

Source: Grub Street NY


Contraband.

Italians take drastic measures to protect their classic cuisine, so one assumes the mayor of San Vitaliano will be avoiding dark alleys for a while. The BBC reports that to tackle the town’s growing air-pollution problems, he’s banned wood-burning ovens for the next three months. In Italy, where nobody’s even heard of pizza delivery, this is seen as a high enough crime, but it’s even worse for the people of San Vitaliano, which is in the metro Naples area, literally the birthplace of modern pizza.

Pizzeria owners who hope to continue the centuries-old tradition of making wood-fired ...

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College Students Say Their Bad Cafeteria Food Is Culturally Insensitive

Source: Grub Street NY


Just how authentic is General Tso’s, anyway?

A group of students at Ohio’s Oberlin College say that foods like sushi and bánh mì as served at the school cafeteria aren’t just bad — they’re culturally insensitive. Why’s that? As student Tomoyo Joshi explains in an Oberlin Review story that’s suddenly getting a lot of attention, “When you’re cooking a country’s dish for other people, including ones who have never tried the original dish before, you’re also representing the meaning of the dish as well as its culture … So if people not from that heritage take food, modify it ...

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Israel Brazenly Renames Heinz Ketchup ‘Tomato Seasoning’

Source: Grub Street NY


Say what?

Well, it was nice being Israel’s ally while it lasted: Per a new ruling by the country’s Health Ministry, that red (amazing) stuff Heinz has been calling “ketchup” since 1876 is now nothing of the sort over there. Henceforth, bottles are to be labeled “tomato seasoning.” The official explanation is that a standard bottle of Heinz doesn’t have enough tomato paste to qualify it under Israel’s definition of the condiment, which requires at least 10 percent tomato solids. (Heinz contains almost half that — 6 percent.)

It turns out a Heinz rival is at the root ...

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Everyone — Including President Obama — Hates This Recipe for Guacamole With Peas [Updated]

Source: Grub Street NY


Don’t mess with guacamole.

Earlier this afternoon, the official New York Times account sent out this tweet, which seemed, at worst, somewhat innocuous:

The dish itself is actually a couple of years old, and much has already been written about guacamole with peas, an idea that originated at ABC Cocina. But if you need a fresh reminder to never, ever mess with guacamole, you only have to glance at the many, many responses to this social-media missive, which were ...

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These Are the Next-Level Egg Creams That Will Battle in This Weekend’s NYC Egg-Cream Competition

Source: Grub Street NY


Literally everyone loves an egg cream.

The egg cream is a New York City classic, a purist’s drink of seltzer, milk, and flavored syrup that has such strong ties to tradition that many claim only one type of syrup can even be used (U-bet, of course). But this coming weekend, tradition will take the backseat at the Taste of Jewish Culture’s Egg Cream Competition, which will see four eager hopefuls debut their modern takes on the soda-fountain drink.

Pitted against each other to see who can take the egg cream to the next level, this all-star cast of competitors will ...

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An Entire Town Is Mad at a Chef for Adding Garlic to His Pasta Sauce

Source: Grub Street NY


Don’t mess this up.

To be fair, the town in question is Italy’s Amatrice, home of the famed amatriciana — a classic combination of pork jowl, Pecorino cheese, Italian tomatoes, chili, and white wine. The residents take their sauce seriously. So Michelin-starred celebrity chef Carlo Cracco probably regrets his appearance on Italian TV wherein he revealed that his version of the sauce contains a secret ingredient: the tiniest hint of garlic.

This is apparently not okay. In fact, the chef’s secret ingredient outraged the people of Amatrice, who fight among themselves over even the sacrilege of using rigatoni instead of ...

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Garrett Oliver to David Chang: Shut Up About Crappy Beer Already

Source: Grub Street NY


It’s Oliver vs. Chang.

David Chang is in amused martyr mode after penning yesterday’s ode to awful, cheapo beer in GQ — “I’ve never gotten so many hate emails in my life,” he writes. But now he has his pal Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver to contend with.

Oliver has a warring GQ article up now, written under the guise of an “I’m worried about you” letter, and it really smacks the fancy-beer opponent around: Chang, for instance writes of his “tenuous relationship with the epicurean snob sets.” Oliver puts the smack down thusly: “You are the epicurean snob ...

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Why 70,000 Environmentalists Are Fighting the elBulli Museum

Source: Grub Street NY


Yo, Ferran, think of the piping plovers for once.

Spain’s Cala Montjoi is the bay above which elBulli was perched and where the restaurant will be reborn in 2015 as a foundation and learning center called elBulli 1846 — in yet another vaguely smug elBulli solipsism, 1,846 was the total number of dishes served at the restaurant. The area isn’t just sacred turf for modernist-food folk, though, it’s a national park that environmentalists don’t want Ferran Adrià’s “tourist attraction” despoiling. The project will unlawfully expand elBulli’s footprint in a “protected area” by more than 200 percent, argues a Change.org ...

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