Posts for January 17, 2013

The Bocuse d’Or Will Be Live-Streamed From Lyon

There are twelve more days until Richard Rosendale, the executive chef from West Virginia's Greenbrier resort, will channel the full range of his culinary faculties at the prestigious culinary competition. He and commis Corey Siegel have trained for a year and will try for the top slot, a feat that has not yet been accomplished by the American team. If you're able to get up at 3 a.m., you'll be able to julienne along at home by tuning into team USA's official website, where they'll live-stream the whole contest. #NoSleepTillLyon [Bocuse d'Or USA, Earlier]

Crabs Have Feelings, Too, Scientists Report

"Ouch! Quit it!"

A team of researchers from Queen's University in Belfast devised an experiment to determine whether the shore crabs they were shocking with electrical currents were just twitchy or if they were perhaps reacting to pain. All signs point to the latter, says lead author Robert Elwood. Of course, none of this should come as a surprise, since it's already established that fish and lobsters are more sensitive than previously thought; moreover, a crackerjack team of scientists and philosophers announced last year that all kinds of animals, including cephalopods, are conscious, and that more research into non-human consciousness needs to be carried out. So, hell yeah, crabs feel pain. Perhaps they're even capable of feeling your pain. [MSNBC]

Mt. Airy's Goat Hollow Coming Back to Life Next Week

Who's got your goat now?

A few weeks back we told you that Race Street Cafe owner Neil Campbell and his business partner Andy Shahan were working on reviving Goat Hollow, the historic and beloved Mt. Airy neighborhood haunt that’s been closed since 2004. And now we have word from a rep working for the two that the restaurant and bar will open its doors on Monday, January 21. The building’s undergone an extensive rehab; the stone exteriors were restored, and the entire interior — walls, floors, bar and stairs — were all refitted with mostly reclaimed and salvaged materials.

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Top Chef Seattle Recap: David Rees on Restaurant Wars and Understanding Coconut Flavors

Time for Restaurant WarsPhoto: David Moir/Bravo

Mark my words: This week’s installment of Restaurant Wars will be remembered as one of the most controversial battles in Top Chef history. Not since Napoleon lost the tussle at Waterloo have we been so whiplashed, gobsmacked, and just plain ol’ cornhusked by a military outcome. Read on for the gory details ... if you dare!

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Now Open: Honeygrow, Serving Up Stir-Fry, Salads and Smoothies in Bala Cynwyd

Honeygrow in Bala Cynwyd

Back in 2011, when we first got wind of the innovative fast-casual Honeygrow, we were told it would be the first of many. The concept debuted at 16th and Sansom streets the following summer. Now it looks like founder Justin Rosenberg is one step closer to his mission of world domination. He opened location number two this morning on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. Like its Center City predecessor, the new spot specializes in stir-fry dishes, salads, and fresh squeezed juices, shakes and smoothies. But with 2,500 square feet, and 55 seats inside, it’s almost double the size of the original. There’s no word yet on when or where the next one will pop up.

Honeygrow, 169 East City Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, (215) 279-7724

Watch the ‘Honest’ Version of Coca Cola’s Anti-Obesity Commercial

If Coca-Cola's big new marketing push to reinvent itself as a company that takes the health of consumers very seriously has left you fatigued, or perhaps the soda company's flashy new anti-obesity ad left you feeling a little sad and bewildered, here's the "honest" version of that flashy commercial. Someone's cheekily taken the original's and hijacked the audio. "If you choose to live a healthy lifestyle," the new narrator intones, "you should not be drinking any of our products." Of note is that the purported uploader here is John "Doc" Pemberton, otherwise known as the man who invented Coke. Check it out now, before the corporate lawyers check their in-boxes and snap into action.

"You'll get fatter, and fatter." »

Reward Posted For Baby Cow Stolen From Hope's Cookies

Owner Herb Spivak is having a cow over his mascot's latest disappearance.Photo: Courtesy Hope's Cookies

Hope’s Cookies in Rosemont is putting up $500 in reward money for anyone with leads to the whereabouts of its mascot Baby Moo. The fiberglass calf, which stands guard outside the Main Line cookie shop with its mother, Mama Moo, vanished sometime between 10 p.m. last night, and 8 a.m. this morning. And owner Herb Spivak suspects the little cow was kidnapped. It’s the second time the half-pint heifer’s gone missing. Last time, in 2009, it was recovered from the basement of a fraternity house near Temple University (of course). Spivak says that he will pony up the five hundred bucks for the calf’s safe return, with no questions asked. Otherwise anyone with information about Baby Moo is urged to contact the Lower Merion Police Department at (610) 649-1000.

Federal Donuts Rolling Out New Doughnut Flavors

Mid-winter blahs got you down? Here’s some news that should help perk you back up. Both Federal Donuts locations are rolling out new doughnut lineups tomorrow morning. The pumpkin, and spicy peanut butter and jelly numbers are going away, but sour cherry and almond, and chocolate peanut butter donuts will take their place. Take a peek at what else is in store beginning tomorrow straight ahead.

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Energy Drinks Cause Even More Trips to the ER

Just don't.

Back in October, Grub presented you with a sinister history of energy-drink-related deaths and illnesses. Only one month later, 5-Hour Energy was cited in reports of thirteen deaths. It's unfortunate that we're not surprised to now learn that ER visits tied to energy drinks have doubled since 2007. Most of the cases involve teens and young adults, who are often mixing energy drinks with alcohol, and sometimes stimulant drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin. The toxic combinations can cause insomnia, seizures, dehydration, kidney failure, heart attacks ― the list goes on and on. It's a problem that's far deadlier and more concentrated than your usual bout of binge-drinking or dangerous-eating, and legislative change is needed.

The FDA is waiting until spring. »

Yelp Is Adding Health Department Grades to Restaurant Listings

The social-networking site Yelp will begin implementing its LIVES standard in New York and San Francisco over the next couple of weeks, which will give the company the ability to import and integrate restaurant-inspection results directly into its listings, Bloomberg reports. Users will soon be able to look up a restaurant's information and click through to linked reports for more details about its most recent food-safety violations, the hygiene of its workers, and so on. The new standard, which relies on a new data entry standard, is particularly notable because San Francisco restaurants are not currently required to display inspection results, and in New York, restaurant grades must be posted on site, but there's no way to hyperlink to an establishment's inspection reports. According to the Verge, Yelp will add inspection data to its Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia listings in the upcoming months. [Bloomberg, Verge]

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