–Great idea from James Coney Island to serve a different chef’s custom-designed hot dog each of the next six months. Restaurants ranging from Eatsie Boys to Kata to Hugo’s are among the participants. Eating Our Words with the full list and description of the first dog up come June from Randy Evans.
–The other day we had a Somm trailer and now it’s bartenders’ turn.
–If Olive Garden was good enough for Macho Man and his family then it’s good enough for me. The second anniversary of Randy Savage’s passing was this week and his family remembered him with a dinner at Olive Garden. Loved Macho Man whether he was a babyface or heel. Loved him so much I actually bought a Slim Jim. I didn’t eat it or anything because I’m not crazy, but still I bought it because of him.
–We may not ever have another Astroworld. But a full-on replica of Springfield with everything from Moe’s Tavern to Lard Lad doughnuts to Krusty Burger ain’t too shabby. Universal Studios is putting it all together. Sweet, everything’s coming up Milhouse.
–Personally I just don’t get the concept of paying a television show like Top Chef money to film in your city. I mean I understand the exposure and all is beneficial, but I would always find a million other things that money could be used for than hosting a reality cooking show. So New Orleans and Louisiana state and local tourism offices ponying up $375,000 for next season’s Top Chef to air there is ridiculous to me. Nevermind the fact that a big chunk of that money is coming from the recovery fund for the BP spill. Eater with a nice round-up of the fun little spat on Twitter between Team Top Chef and Team Treme regarding this.
–Flavorwire.com was kind enough to pull the top 20 most absurd quotes from Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives book.
“Shut the front door, son of Tatum O’Neal, that’s dynamite.”
“I don’t know if it’s fair to call their Russian dressing Russian dressing — it should be called something sexy, like liquid Moscow.”
“[On] the final leg of the Kid Rock culinary cruise, we…” Sorry, had to stop there. Kid Rock culinary cruise. Bawitdaba indeed.
–Really I’m surprised it took Oscar Meyer this long for Bacon Dogs.
–Want to know more about Ina Garten than you probably should? By all means.
–Jon Favreau write, direct and star. Okay. Robert Downey Jr. Nice. Scarlett Johansson. Now you have my attention. Sofia Vergara. I said you have my attention. Story of chef who gets fired and opens a food truck. Zzzzzzzzz.
Next week Robb Walsh to talk all things Houstonia and Ken Bridge to talk about his newest addition Witchcraft Tavern to the Pink’s, Lola, Shepherd Park Draught House family. Witchcraft has a great beer selection, solid food, but even if it didn’t it’s worth a visit just to see the wall of speakers.
–Cass from Hawthorn talks a little in this week’s show about his upcoming master sommelier exam. This trailer for the movie Somm looks promising…
–I’ve gotten really good at fast-forwarding through Gwyneth Paltrow’s scenes in the Iron Man movies and look forward to seeing how much I can cut down when Iron Man 3 comes out on DVD. The latest Gwyneth being Gwyneth is a reasonably priced $950 shot glass she has for sale on her Goop website. Then there’s this story from NYMag.com of Rebecca Harrington who followed Gwyneth’s diet and advice in her latest book and yeah, face rash ensued.
–Thanks to anyone who follows me on Twitter or listens to the show and casted a vote for A Simple Thread at OKRA last month. A Simple Thread was April’s winner and will get May’s proceeds. You don’t know how much this means to this little organization that is trying to make a difference for the homeless in Houston. Thank you.
–It’s Passport Brazil at Central Market for the next couple of weeks and Brazil is the focus of the International Festival so this gives me an excuse to tell you that if you have never watched City of God then do so. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
F’n awesome, right? I mean it doesn’t have anything to do with food, but there are characters named Carrot and Steak & Fries, so there’s that.
–Food Network and The Cooking Channel announced its slate of new programming. Can I interest you in Beat Bobby Flay? I thought that’s what Throwdown was for. Extreme Tupperware Ladies. Um. An Alton Brown led reality show called Cutthroat Kitchen? Bubba’s Grills Gone Wild. This is starting to sound like an SNL skit. Turning to The Cooking Channel which I find myself turning to anytime Chopped isn’t on though I don’t think I’ll be turning for Doughnut Showdown. At least it’s not another Wars show. And spoke too soon, Food Court Wars will be on Food Network. The Travel Channel also listed its new shows and among them is Best Daym Takeout. Apparently Daymon Patterson is some big, literally big, fast food reviewer on YouTube. Can’t get away from Nadia G. She’ll be in something called Bite Me – Austin. I can’t look at this anymore. Eater has a full roundup.
–And none of those shows named Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, of the blood of old Valyria.
–There aren’t many food shows I can’t tolerate for at least one segment. Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen is an exception. Then I saw her on Chopped: All Stars and she was her annoying self and the first eliminated. I mean even Debi Mazar’s husband beat her. Anyway, now I feel bad for all my hate because I really misunderstood her. Alas many of the world’s greatest musicians started out being misunderstood…
–Nothing worse than having a fight right before you sit down to eat. Unless you have Olive Garden menus capable of building a fort because then you’re almost obligated to, right?
–Michael Pollan was on Colbert again and you’ll never guess what they talked about. Wait, did you guess food?
–The least shocking news ever that Pepper Jack’s downtown has closed its doors. Place was terrible. Hopefully a place worthy of that former Cabo space will step in and continue the downtown hotness.
–Because you were just thinking that our country has a real need for a food show on Spike. Covert Kitchens will have Graham Elliott as its host as the show takes an all-encompassing look at a different pop-up each week. Try to contain your excitement.
–Ron Swanson eating a banana on Parks & Rec was all kinds of awesome.
–Chopped All-Stars is back and the “All-Stars” in this round were various Food Network personalities like Sandwich King guy, Sunny Anderson, out of the Bitchin’ Kitchen Nadia G., and the dude who is apparently Debi Mazar’s husband. Yeah, can’t say I like watching any of those shows. Thankfully Nadia was first out although she fired a shot across the bow at Debi’s husband who used mango juice by simply pouring it into a shot glass. That dude wanted no part of Nadia. It came down to Sunny and Jeff and Sunny took it home. The rest of the contestants are pretty much made up of Next Food Network Star people, Iron Chefs and Chopped judges.
–Eatocracy with a list of Baseball’s Best Bites. Yeah, I’m thinking Atlanta sells the hell out of those H&F Burgers. Seems with as many great places as Citi Field has that it should be open on non-Mets days for people to enjoy their food without having to, you know, watch the Mets. I had no idea the Shake Shack crew opened a taqueria there. In other baseball news an Astro just struck out. I can’t tell who, but I think we can just assume it was Brett Wallace.
–Grant Achatz on twitter – “Why is food tv in a steady decline when food awareness is on the rise?”
–If you were looking for a nice lung dish then I suggest watching Hannibal. If not, watch it anyway. It’s pretty promising. Jose Andres is its food consultant.
–Normally I hate the word “Gate” tagged on to a subject, but “PimentoGate” is awesome. Apparently, The Masters changed up its decades old pimento cheese recipe and ESPN did some snooping around and came up with a pretty interesting story and one that sticks a middle finger at The Masters Man.
–I thought when I saw on Twitter that Ikea recalled thousands of moose lasagnas from their stores that it was a joke. But no Ikea recalled 17,600 such lasagnas because they were contaminated with pork. Um, whoops?
–Friendly reminder to vote A Simple Thread if you’re hitting OKRA in April.
–I don’t want to tell you how to cast your April vote at OKRA, but let me tell you how to cast your April vote at OKRA. Vote @ASimpleThread. You can read about what this non-profit organization does here. But you don’t have time to click so let me tell you that 100% of Simple Thread donations go to the creation of little kits that they pass out to the homeless. Kits that have things like snacks, clothing, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, and most importantly in another month – mosquito repellant. I’ve handed these kits out and I know the difference A Simple Thread makes and the big difference it can continue to make with your vote. Vote @ASimpleThread.
–New Texas Monthly barbecue editor, Daniel Vaughn, did Eatocracy’s 5@5 thing on barbecue myths. Good stuff. Probably need to get him on the show to talk about his upcoming book “The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue.
–Special Edition Easter Southbound Food Show this week with lots of Easter egg dying tips and what to do with all those Cadbury eggs! Maybe not. Maybe it’s just the usual crew cracking open some pinot noirs with Lindsay Woodard (listen here) from Retour Wines, catching up with Paul Qui (listen here)and visiting with Judy Camarena (escuchar aqui) from Taqueria Arandas. Next week we might talk food or we might spend the entire hour recounting the events of this week’s Game of Thrones season three premiere and the fact it was easier to procure Divine Reserve 13 than procure Ommegang’s Iron Throne Blonde Ale.
–Peep-infused vodka anyone? Anyone? Hello? Is this thing on?
Bonus points for having the Peeps colored as their respective Reservoir Dog character names.
–Head here if you want to get some eating out ideas from the 2013 Best of Las Vegas. I know there are some places listed that won Reader’s Choice awards that I’d like to visit on my next trip. Personally I like hitting RM Seafood for, well seafood. However, this Red Lobster place that won Best Seafood sounds interesting. Hopefully I’ll have some room leftover for some authentic Italian at the Best Italian winner, Olive Garden.
–Flavor Flav’s Chicken & Ribs. Reality show. Sorry, but it’s only at the pilot stage right now, but I’m sure it’ll get picked up soon enough because, well because we’ve already hit the saturation point on celebrity diving shows.
–A Tumblr dedicated to Activities Described by Cook’s Illustrated. Por ejemplo:
“A tall glass of water, spackled with condensation, is one of life’s plainest and greatest refreshments. But too often a lingering aftertaste and an off ratio of cooling factor to thirst leads to subpar water-drinking experiences. Variable issues of contamination and regional quality aside, we concentrated our efforts on the fields of flavor and temperature.”
–It probably won’t be until sometime in 2015 when I’ll be able to find Esquire Network on my TV (still probably sooner than I’ll have Comcast Sports), but this The Getaway might be a keeper unlike Ilan Hall’s Knife Fight. Anyway, The Getaway sounds like Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover, but with celebrities. I’m in for the Joel McHale and Aziz Ansari episodes. The others, eh.
–I’ve been fortunate enough to have my own or other people’s birthdays to celebrate at The Pass a few times since it opened. The freakin’ lobster roll and that eggplant carpaccio. Yes.
The Pass put together a nice little video of the Ham & Eggs course.
–How do you know if your friends are really your friends unless you test them? Great ad, if you can call it that, for Carlsberg.
–I’m sure somebody is buying these Gwyneth Paltrow cookbooks, but I can’t imagine why. Although I do like that Eater pulls the best lines. They pulled some classics out of her My Father’s Daughter including this gem:
“One evening when I had my wood-burning stove going I realized I hadn’t thought of dessert.” Love that one because honestly that’s happened to all of us at one point or another.
Her new book is (deep breath) It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great.
On vegan avocado toast: “…but really it’s the holy trinity of Vegenaise, avocado, and salt that makes this like a favorite pair of jeans.” Uh-huh.
“This recipe was inspired by a meal I had made by [Bush lead singer] Gavin Rossdale (yes, he looks like that and he can cook).”
She also calls Cameron Diaz “a master popcorn maker.”
I assume whoever had to read the entire cookbook for Eater got the rest of the week off.
Oh man, ever since 740 AM re-assigned Milo Hamilton from the Astros to weekend board op our shows have repeated on more than one occasion. Anyway, the below segments will air next week. And yes probably the week after that.
–We’ll have the Eatsie Boys back on the show soon so we can finally talk about the release of their long-awaited beers from the awesomely named 8th Wonder Brewery. Big fan of the Intellectuale. The last time we had Ryan and Matt on they said they actually had people tell them Dome Foam wasn’t a good idea for a name for a beer. Those people were obviously dead wrong and this week they tweeted a possible collaboration with Moon Tower on a Dome Foam. Hell yes.
–Dumbass of the Week comes to us from Lakewood, Colorado. ‘Twas there that Brianna Priddy was plowing through another waitressing shift at Applebee’s while dealing with the fact she had her wallet stolen and someone was writing bad checks everywhere in her name. So she probably wasn’t in a great mood when a table of four came in and started ordering, well, whatever people at Applebee’s order. I guess a margarita was among the items so when Brianna ID’d our dumbass, said dumbass handed Brianna her stolen driver’s license. I can’t believe this didn’t happen in Florida. Anyway, Brianna played it cool and walked straight to the phone and called the cops. Just how much of a dumbass is this woman? Well she’s 26. Awesome.
Make sure you also leave room for their Bacon Pepper Jack Tilapia and BBQ Bacon Mac ‘N’ Cheese Bites.
–Maybe you remember Beverly Kim from two seasons ago on Top Chef. She’s the one that was the target of the almost cartoonish villain-y Heather. The Chicago Tribune catches up with her at Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts where she teaches. According to her she came out of the show with “post-traumatic stress disorder.” If anyone would have come out of Top Chef with that it would have been her.
–If somehow you’re not tired of Gordon Ramsay he was interviewed by Men’s Health and apparently said some very Ramsay-ish things. I don’t know. I had my fill of him years ago. I will say those old BBC Kitchen Nightmares were gold.
–Buzzfeed with a look in the day in the life of a professional cannabis baker. It will immediately make you want something a little sweet and a whole lot of cannabis-y…or maybe that’s just me.
–Interesting and unfulfilling twist to the Top Chef finale with a faux Iron Chef between Kristen and Brooke. I thought the presentation of everything was very clumsy as it related to the viewer. We just kind of got dropped into the event without much preparation or explanation. I like the planning with the sous chefs much less the actual selection so to be cheated on all that was weak. I also didn’t like the fact that I knew the outcome beforehand because there was five minutes left in the show and they had no time for a dessert round so it wasn’t exactly hard to figure out Kristen was going to take it home. I would’ve included the dessert round and done it up with points to have some suspense, but maybe they thought that would be too Iron Chef-y. I don’t know. I do know Kristen and Brooke are both pretty bad ass. I also know Last Chance Kitchen is still b.s., but Kristen shouldn’t have been eliminated in the first place. The Daily Show with a lot on something called a sequester, but a little (the 1:30 mark) on Top Chef, Last Chance Kitchen, and the one and only Josie.
–Anthony Bourdain on Archer was as good as you’d expect as a character named “Bastard Chef” to be.
ABBAB: “Always be berating and belittling” – TV chef words to live by
I love how Ron always takes crackers and jellies with him out to restaurants in case the food takes a little while. Awesome.
–On the show this week we have Shepard Ross and Jeff Axline from Brooklyn Athletic Club, Brandon Young from Moontower and the guys heading up Houston’s BBQ Festival. You might as well listen because we’ll probably be off the air the next month.