Posts for January 25, 2013

California Bakery Makes ‘Kaepernicking’ Into a Cake

Now kiss it.Photo: TannerScholtes/Twitter

Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick's tattooed bicep provides the inspiration for a Super Bowl cake that's being made by Modesto-based Village Baking Company. Their phone is likely ringing off the hook with orders after the thing appeared on SB Nation, but anyway, fun! This dude's flexed bicep is, of course, the stuff of memes now, and trademarks. [TannerScholtes/Twitter via SB Nation]

Mario Batali Would Like You to Quit It, Please

"I just wish people would be nicer to me. Sometimes I feel like there's a big target on my back. I put a lot of love into the world and I really, truly mean well. I know scrutiny is part of the job, but we all have feelings. For some people, the more well known you are, the more vulnerable you feel. I'm a very sensitive person, what can I say?" —Alyssa Shelasky gets Mario Batali to talk about what makes him sad. [Table&Travel]

There’s a Sriracha Chocolate Bar! Here Are Fifteen Other Things We Must Add Sriracha To

Listen up, Taco Bell.

Now that you can get Creamy Sriracha Sauce at Subway, and now that there's a whole cookbook and blog devoted to the stuff, and the secret is out that this esteemed hot sauce is the best thing to spice up eggs, pizza, or whathaveyou, people are putting sriracha in/on everything. Chocolate, for instance. Someone has even made some sriracha stiletto heels (sauce not included). Allow us to suggest a few more things that would definitely benefit from a dose of rooster sauce.

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Bufad Pizza Prepares For Take-Off

Make way for more wood-fired, Neapolitan pizzas.

Bufad Pizza, the highly anticipated Neapolitan pizzeria that Prohibition Taproom and Cafe Lift owners Mike and Jeniphur Pasquarello have been promising to bring to 13th and Spring Garden streets for, like, forever, could possibly do a soft opening tonight. It all hinges on whether or not they get the go-ahead from their final health inspection, according to Foobooz. The 30-seater will rock just six wood-fired pies, a couple salads, and some small plates. Once everything’s up and running at full speed, they will also serve slices, cut with scissors from large rectangular pies. Keep your fingers crossed that they pass the inspection. [Foobooz]

Hot Doug’s Owner Doug Sohn on His New Book and What He Could Teach the Harvard Business School

Hot Doug's book, coming July 16.

You've got your Baylesses and your Achatzes, but if you want to talk Chicago culinary ambassadors to the world, you need to stop at a little storefront on an industrial side street that calls itself "the Sausage Superstore." "Hot Doug" Sohn's hot-dog joint stands at the nexus of everything in Chicago food — reverence for meat; the gleeful mix of high and low food culture (it was Doug, after all, who got the only ticket for serving foie gras during the mid-aughts ban); streetwise smartassery as the cornerstone of one's brand identity; and, not least, a serious commitment to doing one of Chicago's staples better than a million other guys. Now the stop on every tourist's and food-TV host's itinerary is coming to book form in July (appropriately titled Hot Doug's: The Book), combining Doug's own story, as told to Kate DeVivo, with stories from his customers about how his encased meats have changed their lives. We spoke with the great man himself about how he came to write a book, and what he thinks Hot Doug's has to tell the Harvard Business School.

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Chris Lee Is Calling It a Snow Day at Sophia’s

It’s unlikely that snow in tonight’s forecast will leave the region blanketed in blizzard-like conditions. But that’s not stopping Christopher Lee from calling it a snow day. The former Striped Bass chef is extending the happy hour action tonight at Sophia’s, his new hitch on East Passyunk Ave. Specials include half-off on Honey Jack hot toddies, and $5 meatballs (served over polenta), which he promises will soon be famous.

Pepsi Removes Brominated Vegetable Oil From Gatorade, Keeps It in Mountain Dew

You've probably been up at night, worried sick about all the brominated vegetable oil you've consumed in your lifetime. No? Really? It's one of the yuckier ingredients in soft drinks, and studies have linked it to brain, fertility, and thyroid problems, as well as early onset puberty (kids are horny enough!). We'll hit you with the good news first: PepsiCo is taking the shady ingredient out of its Gatorade formula. But since soda companies are senseless, Pepsi is still using it in Mountain Dew and other soft drinks. Brominated vegetable oil is banned in Japan and the European Union, and it's actually a patented flame retardant. There's no putting out the fire on this growing war against soda. [Earlier, AP]

Ela and Le Viet Running Chicken Wing Specials In Spite of Shortages

Wing-a-ding ding!

There’s no saying what this chicken wing shortage means for next week’s Wing Bowl. With El Wingador sitting this one out, we suppose the annual gross-out can get by just fine with a few hundred less precious poultry appendages. But what we do know is, neither Le Viet nor Ela received the memo about their scarcity. Both will be flapping wings like nobody’s business come Super Bowl Sunday. Le Viet is serving up wings for free at its bar throughout the game. They’ll have a bunch of beers and cocktails on for cheap, too. The wings start flying at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, over in Queen Village, Ela’s going to try its hand at take-out, offering its take on wings to go.

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Outgoing LCB Chief to Get the Last Laugh

Still in business.

Though he resigned amid allegations that he abused his power, accepted gifts and favors, and pressed Stephen Starr to hire his daughter and brother, in the end it looks like embattled Liquor Control Board CEO Joseph Conti will get the last laugh. Sure, he’s out at as the top dog of the state’s booze board, but according to this morning’s Inky, after stepping down next week, Conti will come back as a consultant. And he will be compensated. Generously. As in more than $80 an hour, generously! And that’s in addition to collecting full pension benefits, which he’s totally eligible to receive. It’s all legit. Much to the chagrin of Governor Tom Corbett, who campaigned on the promises of eliminating the LCB and reeling in unnecessary spending, the state’s Office of Administration has already approved Conti’s return. Surely this is just the first of many bumps on the privatization road that lies ahead. [Inquirer]

Questlove Dreams of Jiro

"Hit me!"

"I was like Popeye to spinach. Member when Michael Jackson tried that tonic in the "Say Say Say" video and it made him dance? You don't? Google it. I didn't dance, but damn if I wasn't in my head doing TAMI show James Brown splits singing "Nightrain" (Sting fans feel me ... yes even my referenced references have footnote references, which makes ME not Dennis Miller the king of references Mr David Cross)." —Questlove is the latest celebrity to dream of Jiro Ono and make a pilgrimage to his ten-seat restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro. During his intense, Instagram-chronicled meal, the four-hour-massaged octopus sent Questlove into a referential tailspin and made him feel just as fly as the Godfather of Soul. [Questlove/Instagram, Earlier, Earlier, Earlier]

Chef Michael Lomonaco Taste-Tests Macarons at Home, Eats Pig-Brain Croquettes at Atera

Lomonaco at Resto, where he had an escarole and pear salad.Photo: Melissa Hom

Though Porter House's Michael Lomonaco runs one of the city's most popular steak houses, he's no carnivore. Aside from the obligatory meat tasting, he actually eats super healthily. "My wife is a pescatarian, so I tend to mirror what she eats," he says. This week, that included quinoa risotto and beet juice. Of course, it's not all vegan this, gluten-free that for a man who spends the bulk of his time in a kitchen that serves up Cowboy Rib Steaks and Lamb T-Bone chops. "January and February are restaurant catchup months for me," he says. "I go to see what new openings I missed during the later fall and December months, when I'm too busy." 2012 was particularly hectic for him with the opening of Center Bar, his small-plates-centric restaurant, but Lomonaco makes up for lost time by hitting Resto, Cascabel Taqueria, and Atera. Read all about his admiration for Matthew Lightner's vegetable dishes and what it's like to dine at your own restaurant in this week's New York Diet.

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