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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Food on Television

House of Food, Episode 4: Our Last Recap

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Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 7:00 AM
click image The Cast of House of Food - MTV
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  • The Cast of House of Food
This will be our last House of Food recap. Not because the season is done but because we refuse to watch the show after this week's episode, when a male cast member threw a glass blender at a female cast member and then a glass at another one during a massive fight scene that was pretty intense to watch.

Afterwards, a female cast member approached him and said she didn't feel safe in the house. There was no empathy or concern in his response, just excuses and crocodile tears. He then packed his bag and left. Everyone seemed thankful for the quick exit but in previews he returns the next week to apologize and take back his spot on the show. 

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Just when you thought giant corporations couldn't get any shadier: If you "like" a General Mills product on Facebook, or download a coupon or enter a contest, you have just "agreed" to never sue the company.

"Dislike"!

Legal experts are hash out whether General Mills' new posted legal terms are actually, uh, legal, according to Consumer Affairs.  In the meantime, it behooves you to "unlike" and "unsubscribe."

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Tyler Wells - SKANDIA SHAFER
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Blacktop, an espresso bar, opens today on Third Street and Hewitt in the Arts District, sandwiched between sausage king Wurstkuche and high-ceilinged retail art warehouse Alchemy Works. Blacktop is tiny, a 250-square-foot counter that's designed to spill out onto the street. The small size and street spillover are intentional, envisioned by its founder, Tyler Wells, to be a visual emblem of living community.

Less than two years after founding Handsome Roasters, in December Tyler Wells abruptly left the the coffeehouse he'd created in 2011. In March, Oakland-based Blue Bottle Coffee bought Handsome Roasters.

"Everyone was looking for recapitalization or sale. [Handsome] wasn't gonna grow without more money or infrastructure, and that's what Blue Bottle brings" says Wells. "I think it's great for them, it gives them what they want." It was not, however, what Wells wanted. 

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In recent days, the food-flavored interwebs have been buzzing with news of powdered alcohol, a product that seemed primed to hit the shelves of liquor stores by fall of this year. The boozy powder, made by a company called Palcohol, was approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Which seems totally insane given the potential snorting/smuggling/general idiocy this product seems literally made for. 

But today news broke that the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau said that they basically approved the product by mistake, and they're rescinding the approval. Which is maybe good but also kind of disturbing that they could accidentally approve something. And it seems as though the backtracking could be in part because of the blatantly stupid marketing Palcohol was toying with. But let's take a few steps back. What is this miraculous powdered alcohol and what, if it ever came to be, would it look like?

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Get out your gadgets: Tickets to this year's Tacolandia are now on sale. Or, more accurately, as of 10 a.m. this morning, April 22, you can access presale tickets and buy them before they go on sale to the public on Friday. Because you can't do anything these days without jumping through a few hoops, and for a giant taco extravaganza, what's a few hoops anyway.

In order to do this, enter the code TACOBLOG via Ticketfly. What this will get you, eventually, is tickets to the second annual Tacolandia, to be held this year on Saturday, June 28 from 3-7 p.m. at El Pueblo de Los Angeles in downtown L.A. 

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Pine & Crane interior - D. GALARZA
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  • Pine & Crane interior
We have chef and owner Vivian Ku to thank for Pine & Crane, which last month took the place of Cru in Silver Lake. Named for Ku's grandfather's noodle company in China, the restaurant is easy on the eyes, full of pale wood, natural light and clean lines. Sophia Lin, a neighbor, helped design the space; another neighbor, Peter Sheldon, threw and fired the handmade ceramic noodle bowls. A close friend, Moonlynn Tsai, manages the front of house. 

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Chinese ramen at Lukshon - A. SCATTERGOOD
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  • Chinese ramen at Lukshon
If the 30,000 people who showed up a few weeks ago to wait, in cases, for an hour and a half for a single bowl of ramen - imagine Oliver Twist crossed with Beat Takeshi - are any indication, Los Angeles is still in the midst of a ramen renaissance. Maybe this dates to the opening of Tsujita, in 2011, and maybe it goes further back, to when Daikokuya first began serving its bowls of ramen in Little Tokyo, but regardless, it shows little sign of abating. As with most food trends, this has meant a happy migration not only from neighborhood to neighborhood but from menu to menu, with ramen showing up well beyond the jurisdiction of traditional noodle shops. 

There's a duck ramen now on the menu at David Myers' Hinoki and the Bird, and for a few months now, from engines of Sang Yoon's kitchen laboratory at Lukshon, there have been appearing bowls of spicy Chinese ramen. 

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Crab cakes from Crossroads - CROSSROADS
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  • Crab cakes from Crossroads
On paper, Earth Day sounds awesome. For example, planting trees, speaking to elementary school classrooms about the benefits of recycling, cleaning up the beach and riding a bicycle to work are all great ways to help save our planet. Unfortunately, all those things suck. 

What doesn't suck but still helps the environment is eating vegan, which reduces pollution (both air and water), prevents rainforest destruction and cuts down on harmful greenhouse gases. Even better, you can leave the bike in the garage, meaning you won't show up to work drenched in sweat. That's called a "win-win situation." 

Celebrated every April 22 since 1970, Earth Day is a global event highlighting environmental issues that cause harm to the planet. More than 190 countries participate in the festivities, which often include ways for people to make positive changes to their lives in order to protect, save and preserve Earth. Which, admittedly, doesn't suck but is not as much fun as eating and drinking.

Here, then, is a suggestion for four-courses (yes, booze is a course) you can eat in order to do your part for Earth Day without having to get your hands dirty. 

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Inside Sockerbit LA - D. GALARZA
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  • Inside Sockerbit LA
You can buy British candy bars at Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica, sample Mexican caramels at La Zamorana in East LA, and stock up on Persian sweets at Sun Market in Westwood, but until this month your Scandinavian candy selection was extremely limited.

Sockerbit, which opened on West 3rd Street on April 19, means sugarcube in Swedish. "It's also the name of our signature candy - a candy-coated white marshmallow," says co-owner Stefan Ernberg.

A few years ago, Ernberg and his wife Florence Baras were looking for a career change that would take them out of Europe. "I used to go to the candy store every day," says Ernberg of his childhood. "And no one really sells Swedish candy in the States," he explains of how Sockerbit was born. The pair started with an online store and then opened their first shop in New York in 2011.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Food Recall

Oscar Mayer Recalls 96,000 Lbs. of Hot Dogs

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Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 11:41 AM
KRAFT FOODS
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Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese, the Associated Press reports.

(Never mind that the cheese is probably the best thing in there.)

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says packages labeled "Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners" may actually contain "Classic Cheese Dogs."

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