Wired might not the first place you think of when you're looking to read about food -- because God knows you don't do enough of that already -- but maybe it will be now. The magazine recently partnered with Food Network to analyze the 49,733 recipes and 906,539 comments on the network's website and presented all sorts of fun findings via nifty interactive infographics. The first subject of analysis: Bacon. Of course.
The Daily Meal released a list today of the 35 best tacos in America, and our very own Ricky's Fish Tacos took the number one spot for his classic fish taco.
When reached for comment, Ricky's proprietor Ricky Piña was ecstatic. "It's a huge honor, especially because I have been able to come this far with a family tradition," he said. "And I'm very proud to be able to contribute to L.A.'s great food world."
Lucky Peach published its most recent issue -- theme: Travel -- not too long ago, and there are a number of pieces worth the read (among them: travel tips from Jonathan Gold and Bill Buford). But maybe the best bit wasn't in print at all but, rather, a simple but very fun game posted on the magazine's website in which your goal is "to get extremely fat, not unlike the point of life." Right.
When you start the game, you'll find yourself essentially in the middle of the magazine's cover: on a boat, in an ocean of food.
Once you go vegan, you can never go back. This has nothing to do with the allure of almond cheese and kale chips. When you're a vegan, specifically one who has turned your lifestyle choice into a public platform, a bite of steak is a fall from grace, not an evolution.
When it comes to ex-vegans who once trumpeted the cause, the Vegan Sellout List is here to ensure they (and we) never forget their transgressions.
The interface is simple: You click on a state and a list of sellouts pops up. You see their pictures and a brief blurb explaining why they suck. Hint: The explanation always hinges on the fact that they used to be vegan.
So there you are in Belarus, supping on beet soup and rye bread, getting all stinky on kvas. The bill comes and you reach for your wallet. To tip or not to tip, you wonder. You try to remember the advice dispensed in your uncreased copy of Lonely Planet: Belarus, but the details are pretty fuzzy at this point in the night. If you have a fancy phone however, a quick tutorial on Belarusian tipping etiquette is a few pecks away.
The brainchild of Harry Peters, one of the minds behind the site What The F*** Should I Make For Dinner?, How Much Should I F***ing Tip? allows the curious Internet surfer to learn all about tipping customs in different places. Results include suggestions for tipping taxi drivers, waiters, hotel porters and housekeepers, as well as handy notes for enrichment and amusement.
It's a cry that's been uttered many times: Why are restaurant websites so bad? Why do web designers, in cahoots with chefs and owners, think that we want to see a fancy Flash presentation collage of your restaurant and hear smooth jazz but we have no interest in say, the hours, or address, or access to a reservation?
It's such a confounding problem that last year Slate wrote a whole article on the issue, coming up with a few theories about why even great restaurants tend to have terrible websites, including this one:
Foodists, dieters and food allergy sufferers can now find dates through a medium that they care about -- dining. Sameplate.com, a new dating website, helps single people find romance through food, the one thing we all have in common. The first and only dating site in the U.S. that matches couples based on the food they eat or don't eat, as well as the diet they follow, Sameplate.com was launched in July 2012 by Jeff Nimoy, an Emmy-winning writer and producer.
Nimoy, who is on an organic food diet, said that he realized he needed to find a woman who has the same diet if he ever wanted to date again. It also occurred to him that sometimes different food preferences are the deal breakers in a relationship.
"Once you are eating together," Nimoy says, "The rest will take care of itself."
Last week, the Carpigiani Gelato Museum opened in Anzola dell'Emilia, Italy, just outside Bologna; the first in the world, it says, to "delve into the history, culture, and technology of artisan gelato." Inside, you'll learn about the history of the frozen treat, from an 11th century recipe for pomegranate sorbet to a collection of gelato machines. We don't know if the museum also pays tribute to the role of gelato on the liberated woman's journey to self-discovery, but we certainly hope so.
Gelato is the subject of just one of many, many museums dedicated to the food we eat (or, sometimes, don't). Turn the page for a few amusing, sometimes amusingly serious, museums of food.