Food-isms of the Day

March 26, 2009
  • Oatmeal for a dollar!  Print out your coupon and go get some delicious oatmeal at Jamba Juice right now!
  • The James Beard Awards are announced!  Check out the full list.  Anyone else a little disappointed by the food blogger nominees?  They’re One Block Diet, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook and BA Foodist.  There are so many more innovative and more entertaining blogs out there by highly qualified people!
  • The Bread Art Project wants you to make your own bread art!  The best part?  For every piece you create, $1 gets donated to Feeding America.
  • Just when you thought people might start eating healthier, America proves us wrong once again.  Although if you want one meal for two days this will do the trick.  And if you can finish this monstrosity, you get a free t-shirt.  That is, if you can still fit into it…
  • There are a lot of things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, but when did using “eco-friendly ice cubes” become one of them?!  Useful overseas where water isn’t clean, but in America?  How far are people going to go with this stuff?
  • I love coffee.  I love ice cream.  This is heavenStarbucks has teamed up with Unilever instead of the massively inferior Dreyer’s.  Unilever is the maker of both Ben & Jerry’s and Breyers.  B&J’s will always be number one on my list, and Breyer’s still destroys Dreyer’s in any match-up.  I’m already searching for where I can find these cartons of delight, not to mention ice cream bars!
  • In Chicago, the cops are called when a special at El Pollo Loco caused a complete mob of people looking for some low-priced chicken.  I guess people were taking the name El Pollo Loco (The Crazy Chicken) a little too literally!

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News: Bad Economy Brings 3 Buck Bites

March 22, 2009

3buckbitesWhen it comes to spending money I’ve never been one to turn down an incredible dinner at one of my favorite restaurants because it’s too expensive.  I’d rather splurge on a perfectly cooked steak or a delicious new dish than on a dress or electronics.  But as I get ready to leave college and face the grim prospect of finding a job in the seriously railroaded architecture industry, I am faced an unavoidable fact: I will very soon be flat broke.  Needless to say this has completely demolished my tendency toward fine dining.

Enter 3 Buck Bites, Citysearch’s remedy for the monetarily-challenged.  Foodies who have searched their local area for the best and cheapest food they can find can submit pictures and reviews of restaurants and dishes, and the best part is that everything is $3.99 or less!  Essentially this is the Dollar Menu for people who like good food (except not even Subway’s $5 footlong could make it onto this list). Read the rest of this entry »

News: The Wikipedia of Recipe Websites

March 18, 2009

foodistascreenshotI don’t know about you, but I’m always frustrated when I’m looking for a recipe for something specific and come across literally dozens of variations that all seem pretty decent.  So along comes, the first collaborative cooking website of its kind.  Essentially this is a fully editable Wikipedia for recipes, tips and techniques.  The duo behind the site gathered some 2 million recipes from around the web and then edited and combined them down to an initial compendium of about 1,500.  In their words, “Foodista is a collaborative project to build the world’s largest, highest quality cooking encyclopedia.  With your contributions, we can create a free resource that helps millions of people learn how to cook everything and anything”.

Sounds pretty good, right?  Searching terms like “chicken” or “stir-fry” produced a plethora of recipes with nice pictures and easy-to-follow directions.  Furthermore, there  were links to information on techniques and equipment involved.  All together, it was a pretty sweet package for someone who hasn’t been to culinary school but wants to try completely new things and cook delicious food.

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