Year In Review: Top 10 Squid Ink Stories of 2010

Year In Review: Top 10 Squid Ink Stories of 2010

Next Friday evening, 2010 will tick away its final seconds taking with it 365 days of restaurant openings, (Test Kitchen, Chick-fil-A, A-Frame) and closings (R.I.P. Anisette, Grace), food truck controversy, farmer's market battles, and Top 10 compilations of everything from the foodie words we hate the most to our favorite zombie, alien, and Star Wars cakes. It's with a twinge of nostalgia that we recap Squid Ink's top posts of 2010, giving all of us a chance to revisit stories that were good, bad and just plain rude.

10. Top 10: Fictional TV Bars and Over-21 Establishments

Much like television eateries, where food takes a backseat to the action, bars and over-21 establishments on TV aren't the place to discuss oatmeal vs. imperial stouts, how 2005 Saint-Émilions are drinking, or the merits of different aromatics and botanicals in small batch gins. They run the gamut from happy to sad places, where characters can both celebrate personal victories and wallow in setbacks. That's what friends and alcohol are for.

9. Top 10 Simpsons Food References

Who among us can claim that Homer's axiomatic "Mmmm" refrain — mmmm, forbidden donut; mmmm, free goo; mmmm, invisible cola; mmmm, various eggs; mmmm, organized crime — hasn't inspired very real cravings? Here we have our top 10 Simpsons food references in honor of the approaching finale of the series' unprecedented 21st season. It's part of a complete breakfast (jagged metal KrustyO not included).

8. Top 10 Kit Kat Flavors You've Probably Never Tried

A licensed product of America's own Hershey Company, the American Kit Kat is a timeless chocolate bar. It's sturdy and brown, like the logs that built Lincoln's cabin and equally exciting. Yet overseas, and in the rest of the Kit Kat-eating world, the bar is made by the Swiss corporation Nestle, which, in the last decade, has introduced more than 200 flavors of Kit Kat — just in Japan. Aside from regional flavors like soy sauce, pickled plum, buttered corn and wasabi (which are rarely available outside Japan), national flavors are often sold in L.A.'s Japanese markets. These flavors are frequently introduced on a limited time basis, and not just for the sake of a gimmick (though there are plenty of those too). They pay tribute to athletic competitions, holidays, popular beverages, even religious ceremonies. So "take a break," and enjoy this list of the top ten Kit Kat flavors you've probably never tried.

Kit Kat Kinako Ohagi
Kit Kat Kinako Ohagi

7. Top 10 Food Habits You Picked up During College & Probably Miss

You may have left college eating habits behind, but passing the canned food section at Ralphs leaves you feeling nostalgic for your freshman year. From Hot Pockets to dirt cheap beer, we've put together a list of our favorite college food habits.

6. 10 Grossest Alien Chest-Burster Cakes

Presented here for your edification, the 10 most disgusting alien chest-burster cakes in the galaxy. They are listed in order of ascending grossness. Let's eat!

Year In Review: Top 10 Squid Ink Stories of 2010
Photo via Octopunk, a.k.a. Jeff Cross

5. Have It Your Way: 3 New Saudi Arabian Burger King Ads

The Burger Wars have taken a whole new direction. Like maybe into cultural irony, although that's expecting a lot from a fast food chain. Burger King has just aired — on YouTube, as a preview to hitting the mainstream airways — three new ads made specifically for their Middle Eastern audience featuring the same group of young people at a Saudi Arabian Burger King: two Arab men and two American women whom they've clearly just met. The women are idiots. ("You know I have a neighbor and he has a sandpit? But I know it's not like really the same thing.") The men play along with their clueless procession of stereotypes. Everybody's making fun of everybody else simultaneously, we think, and thus increasing both general good will and burger sales. Have It Your Way: It's either hilarious or deeply depressing.

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