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Holy Mackerel! An All-Canned-Seafood Restaurant Aims to Leap Across the Pond

by in News, January 5th, 2015

TincanYou may not think of eating something straight out of a can as being the pinnacle of fine dining, but the people behind Tincan, a pop-up restaurant that just wrapped up a months-long London run, are apparently hoping to change that. The all-canned-food eatery – serving fancy, tin-packed “artisan” seafood from all over the world – has vowed to take its aluminum-encased concept to New York City in 2015.

Don’t call the idea fishy. And no, this is not your mother’s tuna.

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Palcohol Isn’t in Stores Yet, but States Have Already Banned It

by in News, January 3rd, 2015

VodkaPalcohol, the new powdered alcohol that promises to be portable, potent and, with the addition of water, potable hasn’t hit store shelves yet. Currently awaiting label approval, it may not do so until next spring. But that hasn’t stopped several states — Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont – from banning it. Yes, already.

Minnesota, Ohio and New York are also considering pre-emptive bans on powdered liquor, and according to the Associated Press, you can now add Colorado to that list.

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Cat Cafes Are Purrfect for Some, but Soon the Dog Cafe May Have Its Day

by in News, January 2nd, 2015

The Dog CafeCat cafes have been getting a lot of attention of late. But a cuddly new concept is hot on the kitty coffee shop’s tail: The Dog Cafe.

Animal aficionados in Los Angeles are aiming to bring America its first dog cafe. Aspiring Dog Cafe founders Sarah and Aaron Wolfgang have launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo in hopes of raising $200,000 to make their dog-and-java dreams a reality.

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The Restaurant Biz Is Catching Pac-Man Fever

by in News, December 31st, 2014

Pac-Man PizzaPac-Man has always existed in a thrilling eat-or-be-eaten world. (Back off, ghosties.) Now the classic arcade game, which made its debut in 1980, will be linked to fun and food in a whole new way: In late January, the company behind Pac-Man, Namco Entertainment, Inc., plans to open its first Pac-Man-themed restaurant in a shopping center in suburban Chicago, Schaumburg’s Woodfield Mall.

The eatery, which the company cutely says on its website is “noming soon,” will be named Level 257 – a reference to a play level that, thanks to a technical glitch, cannot be reached in the original game.

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Pizza Hut’s New Menu Tracks Your Eyes and Reads Your Mind

by in News, December 30th, 2014

Pizza Hut's New Menu Tracks Your Eyes and Reads Your MindOrdering a pizza has always been the lazy way out of dinner prep. Now it’s gotten even lazier. Like, way lazier.

Pizza Hut is experimenting with a new technology that allows you to summon a pizza without lifting a finger or saying a word. In locations across the U.K., with an eye toward a possible eventual U.S. roll-out, the pizza powerhouse is replacing regular menus with tablets customized to track customers’ eye movements as they peruse their options.

Yes, now you can order pizza using only your eyes.

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How Do You Battle Chile Burn?

by in News, December 28th, 2014

Chili PeppersHas this ever happened to you? You’re going about your business in the kitchen, making chili, salsa or some other deliciously spicy dish, slicing up hot peppers and – yowch! – suddenly you feel the burn. The chile oils and capsaicin are doing their fiery thing on your hands, and before long you’re miserable and not sure what to do.

It happened to me the other night while I was chopping jalapenos, and after a few hours of repeated and fruitless hand washing, I set my stinging fingers gingerly tapping on my keyboard in a desperate search for whatever ingenious solutions the Internet might present.

I discovered that a) I probably should wear gloves next time I cut peppers, b) I should refrain from touching my face or eyes and c) people swear by some pretty far-out solutions for jalapeno burn.

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4 Things You May Not Know About Hanukkah Gelt

by in News, December 24th, 2014

Hanukkah GeltHanukkah gelt, those shiny, foil-wrapped chocolate coins we give to kids — or devour ourselves, when no one’s looking — are a holiday staple in many Jewish households. They have a nostalgic worth way beyond their actual flavor or their price tag, which is usually around $1.50 per sack, though you can pay significantly more for higher-end organic, fair-trade “artisan” coins.

You can use gelt (aka “money”) to gamble with in a game of dreidel (though a greedy winner may get a stomachache along with his or her bragging rights), pile them into a bowl for a holiday centerpiece or simply hand them around after the candles on the menorah are lit and warmly flickering.

You know the holiday experience doesn’t feel totally complete without these glimmering discs, but here are a few things you might not know about Hanukkah gelt:

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Are These Exotic Veggies Poised to Break Out in 2015?

by in News, December 19th, 2014

Mixed VegetablesIf your plans for 2015 include vegging out – as in eating more vegetables – you don’t have to stick with the same old same old. You may as well branch out, like Kalettes spreading their green and purple leaves, into the (relatively) new and different:

Kaletttes? These new hybrid veggies, a cross between a Brussels sprout and kale that’s known to be milder and less earthy than its progenitors, were developed by Britain’s Tozer Seeds and introduced in the United States in 2014. Resembling tiny purple cabbages and featuring a slightly nutty flavor, Kalettes are one of several exotic vegetables that NPR’s The Salt blog predicts are poised for a breakout moment in the coming year, as we cooks and eaters loosen our grips on the comfort foods we clung to during the recession and reach for more adventurous options.

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Shaquille O’Neal Sure Has a Way with an Easy-Bake Oven

by in News, December 18th, 2014

Basketball CourtCould hosting a cooking show be in O’Neal’s future? If his appearance in a recent, totally charming YouTube video (click the play button on the video below) is any indication, he is clearly ready.

In the video, the former NBA superstar (or “the world’s most-sexiest man,” as he IDs himself here) shows off his Easy-Bake Oven skills, proving he knows his way around measuring, mixing, counting and baking — or actually none of the above.

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All You Want for Hanukkah Is a Chicken-Finger-Latke Hybrid? Done!

by in News, December 16th, 2014

Nothing says Hanukkah like a latke crossed with a chicken finger. After all, the holiday is all about making the most of miraculous oil.

Perhaps with that partly in mind, the creative forces behind Sticky’s Finger Joint, New York City’s gourmet chicken-strip mecca, have come up with the perfect way to celebrate the Jewish festival of lights: a hybrid of a latke and a chicken finger that they’re calling simply The Latka.

Sticky’s is no stranger to whimsical regionally or ethnically inspired recipes. (Nor is it unfamiliar to Food Network fans, who will remember the eatery from 3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay.) The “handcrafted fingers” listed on its menu include a Wasabi finger, a Classic General Tso, the Tex-Mex-style Fiesta finger and the marinara-inflected Bada Bing. But the Latka, which features Sticky’s antibiotic-, hormone- and cruelty-free chicken marinated in buttermilk, onion and apple sauce, coated with grated onions, shredded potato and matzoh meal, and fried until golden and crispy – is especially close to co-founder Paul Abrahamian’s heart.

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