Awesome: 68-year-old NPR news analyst and ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts apparently confused Twitter with Google this morning. [Update: According to NPR Director of Media Relations Anna Christopher, this account is a fake -- and Cokie Roberts isn't actually on Twitter.] Awesomer: After a few futile searches, she decided to stop looking for an Applebee’s and start trying to recreate the chain’s dishes at home. Awesomest: The moment when she realized what she had done –
Tag: Food & Drink (11-20 of 29)
The announcement of Heineken’s partnership with the new James Bond movie Skyfall was met with mixed emotions: It’s a beer, but, it helped finance the movie. Let the debate begin again as Daniel Craig’s first commercial as Bond begins airing Friday. It involves a train, a protegé, and Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY »
Starting the day with eggs from Martha Stewart’s Bedford, N.Y., farm? Now that‘s a good thing. To preview her upcoming Cooking School, the domestic mogul hosted an intimate demonstration at her New York City HQ today.
Entering the event, I must admit that I feared even putting myself in the sightline of La Stewart would send me into a tizzy akin to Ellen DeGeneres in her hilariously chaotic 1995 Thanksgiving episode of Ellen. Then came the aforementioned eggs, the homemade jams (blueberry, raspberry, and cherry), and the caramelized grapefruit (with a candied blood orange garnish — obviously)… and let’s just say Martha knows that the way to ease the nerves is through a glorious food coma. READ FULL STORY »
Avast, me hearties, and feast yer eyes on th’ calendar decoratin’ Davy Jones’ Locker. That’s right, maties: Once more, it be Talk Like a Pirate Day. The 10th annual worldwide celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day, to be precise. We can harrrrdly arrrrrticulate ourrrrrr excitement.
Confused? Let me drop the Long John Silver act and explain. In 1995, a group of friends discovered that it’s really, really fun to pepper your speech with buccaneer slang. Their first ever TLAPD was a private joke shared among a small group of pals. But in 2002, the gang told humorist Dave Barry about their brilliant invention via email. He wrote a column about TLAPD — and the rest be history.
Now, TLAPD is celebrated across the globe. Oreo marked the occasion by posting this photo on their Facebook page. Krispy Kreme is giving away free booty — a.k.a. one doughnut — to any customers who order by talking like a pirate. (Deck yourself out in full pirate attire, and you’ll walk the plank with a dozen doughnuts in hand.) And Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher encouraged fans to come to the theater wearing fake mustaches; the first 100 people to arrive got free tickets to tonight’s performance.
50 years ago, Andy Warhol launched his fine art career with an exhibition featuring his iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans canvases. Now the canning giant is commemorating Warhol’s work — and trying to revitalize its own brand — by releasing special edition cans of condensed tomato soup that sport colorful, Warhol-print-inspired labels.
This is the company’s third flirtation with pop art — as the AP writes, Warhol-inspired cans were previously sold in small quantities in both 2006, at New York City department store Barney’s, and in 2004, at Pittsburgh-based supermarket Giant Eagle. (Warhol grew up in the Steel City, as did yours truly. Let’s go, Bucs!)
Ironically enough, Campbell is replacing the label Warhol painted in order to celebrate the artist’s work. Still, the Andy-inspired cans — Candies? No, that’s stupid — are undeniably eye-catching. Their bright color scheme and stylized Warhol quotes (“In the future, everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” etc.) should help them stand out on the shelves at Target, where they’ll be sold starting Sunday.
True Blood wraps its fifth season on Sunday, but perhaps a forthcoming cookbook inspired by the show will tide you over until next summer. True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps will hit shelves Sept. 5 and feature 85 recipes, some from “unforgettable scenes.” Any True fan will know that Gran’s last pie best be there, along with Maxine Fortenberry’s tuna cheese casserole and Lafayette’s gumbo (bleach optional). Also, I’d like at least one recipe in tribute to Talbot — he loved to entertain.
Below, watch a trailer for the book in which Alan Ball talks about food and hunger being central to the show (and also about his mother’s penchant for combining Miracle Whip with fruit for dessert).
Oh, there’s the beef.
Mosaic artist Jason Mecier has crafted a tasty likeness of Barack Obama that gives Shepard Fairey‘s iconic poster a run for its money. Mecier’s take is made entirely of Jack Link’s beef jerky; the artist made a matching picture of Obama’s presumptive opponent Mitt Romney as well. (Paul Ryan, presumably, is too handsome for the jerky treatment.)
Mecier told EW this afternoon that he began the process by sorting various flavors of Jack Link’s into different color groups — light brown, red, and dark brown. He dried the jerky in bins lined with paper towels for about three weeks, then drew an outline for each portrait and got to work fitting pieces together “like a jigsaw puzzle.” Altogether, the project took around 100 hours (and 100 bags of jerky) to complete.
For any hardcore fan of the 1996 musical Rent, Manhattan’s old Moondance Diner is a sort of holy site. Composer/lyricist Jonathan Larson worked there while penning his Tony and Pulitzer-winning opus; Larson also immortalized the restaurant in a song from his lesser-known musical Tick, Tick… Boom! And even those who aren’t familiar with Rent have probably seen the Moondance onscreen: Monica worked as a cook there during a few seasons of Friends. The Sex and the City gals used to stop by the diner for weekend brunch. Their table may have been waited on by Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane Watson, who also worked at the Moondance in 2002′s Spider-Man.
Alas, pop culture notoriety isn’t enough to keep a restaurant in business. In 2007, the institution closed — but was saved from demolition by a group of rabble-rousing preservationists and neighborhood residents. (Just like the people on the subway in Spider-Man 2!) Later that year, the restaurant was donated to the American Diner Museum. The museum subsequently sold it to Cheryl and Vince Pierce, who transported the Moondance — walls, moon sign and all — to their hometown of LaBarge, Wyoming.
Expect to see more of U.S. swimmer Rebecca Soni’s Kellogg’s commercial today as she goes for gold in the 100m breaststroke final, and on Aug. 2, when she tries to repeat her 200m breaststroke gold from Beijing. If you’re wondering what she actually eats for breakfast –make that breakfasts — she has two. “The real breakfast is first. Before practice, I usually have a bowl of cereal with some chopped up fruit in there and some coffee. I like to mix up the cereal. So Special K Granola with some Raisin Bran, or Corn Flakes with Special K Granola,” she told EW before leaving for London. And the second breakfast? “It’s more like a brunch,” she said. “Usually some eggs and toast and some tomatoes and veggies.” READ FULL STORY »
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