Posts tagged food
It’s not officially listed on the menu at the Shake Shack burger joint on Dupont Circle, but if you ask for “The Michelle Obama Special,” counter staff will place an order for a ShackBurger, French fries, chocolate shake, and Diet Coke without asking for further details.

That’s Obama Foodorama on the new and improved way to order at D.C.’s Shake Shack. Ever since first lady Michelle Obama stopped by and rocked the world with her calorie-happy order, business has been booming for the burger joint.

- CT

[Obama Foodoramathe20washington]

Is There Such A Thing As Burger Plagiarism? The folks at Serious Eats have noticed something unusual about East Harlem’s Milk Burger restaurant, namely that they appear to have used Shack Shake’s menu descriptions in their menu descriptions and a photo of Shake Shack’s burger on their website. The owner even told the site that, “we’re basically exactly the same as the Shake Shack except we’ve got chicken, cheaper prices, and we deliver. Same quality and everything.” His brazenness suggests to me that if you want to get a Shake Shack burger at Milk Burger, you’d best hurry up before Danny Meter’s lawyers have the place wrapped in Tyvek.


[Serious Eats]

The foods that contributed to the greatest weight gain were not surprising. French fries led the list: Increased consumption of this food alone was linked to an average weight gain of 3.4 pounds in each four-year period. Other important contributors were potato chips (1.7 pounds), sugar-sweetened drinks (1 pound), red meats and processed meats (0.95 and 0.93 pound, respectively), other forms of potatoes (0.57 pound), sweets and desserts (0.41 pound), refined grains (0.39 pound), other fried foods (0.32 pound), 100-percent fruit juice (0.31 pound) and butter (0.3 pound).

That’s from Jane Brody’s recent New York Times article about a new study that says what you eat is more likely to impact your weight and overall health than how much you eat. The people behind the study argue that eating everything in moderation isn’t realistic for many Americans, and yet they seem to believe that forgoing steak and soda and chips is somehow a more plausible option. Just stop with the studies and invent an internal liposuctioning nanobot already, people. You’re wasting time.


[NYT via The Hairpin]

Why Having Obese Kids Shouldn’t Cause You To Lose Your Kid.  Two Harvard researchers have suggested, in certain circumstances, placing extremely obese kids in foster care.  I find this idea insane for a number of reasons:

  1. There’s no guarantee a child’s eating habits will be improved under the supervision of a foster parent.
  2. Anyone with kids, and anyone who has had to take kids to birthday party after birthday party, or seen the public school put candy machines in the hall, knows that your child’s eating habits are not always strictly within your control.
  3. Even if foster care helped a child’s obesity, do you really think it would cancel out the crippling emotional fallout of being taken away from your family?




Supercut Of Ron Swanson Food Jokes Makes Me Extremely Happy, Hungry.  I love eating and I love jokes, which makes my enjoyment of food-based humor exponential in its capacity.  And so it pleases me to present to you this vid of all the Ron Swanson food references in “Parks & Recreation”, which is the finest thing since turf & turf. 


[Warming Glow]

"Squirty Cream" The Future Of Horrifying Youth Beverages. Not content to kill off American youth with FourLoko, the beverage industry is now rolling out aerosol soft drinks, which spray flavored foam into your mouth. It’s Ferran Adria’s cuisine by way of furniture polish dispensers, and it’s terrifying.


[spytap via evangotlib via theweekmagazineWSJ]

"We started to look at traditional caterers and the costs were just crazy," said Ms. Yee, who got married last month in the Green Building in Carroll Gardens. For a third of the price she hired three food trucks instead.
That’s recent bride Amy Yee demonstrating to the Wall Street Journal the appeal of hiring a food truck for your wedding. And while I‘m usually the first to laugh at dopey New York hipster pseudo-trends, I’d kill to have a dim sum truck parked outside of the next wedding I attend.


[Jen Doll, WSJ]

KFC Will Help Cure The Diabetes You Get From KFC. Darren Rovell tweeted an ad from a KFC stating they’ll donate $1 to juvenile diabetes if you buy a 64 oz. Mega Jug of soda. That’s 368 grams of sugar in one jug, so it’s essentially like donating a Band Aid to someone while cutting their head off. 


[Rovell, @JDRF_Intl]

Cookie History 

I’ve always used the classic Oreo design to differentiate between other crude chocolate sandwich cookie imitators (No serrated edge? Impostor.). This weekend the New York Times dug a little into the history of the floral emboss on each cookie. The design we all know and love was settled on in 1952 after a couple different changes and variations since the early 20th century. Although William Turnier is credited on the Internet as the creator of the four-leaf clover design, the Times said Nabisco could not confirm him as the inventor, crediting it only to a “design engineer.”


[NYT, h/t @maudnewtonthe20newyork]

America, let’s be honest on this point: It is not so great to have pie. For decades now, this confection of fragile dough and chunky cooked fruit has been invading our dessert menus and national mythology, trying to persuade us of its honored standing among baked goods and the gods.
That’s from Nathan Heller’s screed at Slate about the horrors of, you guessed it, pie. And leave it to Slate to take a stance against a delicious dessert offering that, when warmed and served with ice cream so that the ice cream melts into the little crevices of the syrupy fruit, is pretty much the most important thing in the universe. CHARLATANS.


[SlateJen Doll]
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