An Inventory Of Live Animals Being Sold On

  • Ladybugs – 1,500 per order. Can Devour Up To 50 Aphids A Day. $11.49
  • Crickets – 1,000 per order. One inch long. $25.99
  • Gutloaded Mealworms – 500 per order. Packed full or calcium and other essential nutrients. $9.99
  • Small Dubia Cockroach 100 per order. Can’t fly, climb smooth surfaces, or make any annoying noises. $16.99
  • Littleneck Clams – 100 per order. Don’t have necks. $64.19
  • Trapdoor Snails – 50 per order. Hardy. Trapdoor snails do not attack plants. $103.70
  • Adult Delphastus – 25 per order. Will Stay In The Area After They Are Released. $21.99
  • Oysters 24 per order. Ready to shuck. $39.99
  • Soft Shell Crab – 12 per order. The actual shedding of the shell can take anywhere from one to three hours. $36.00
  • Freshwater Cherry Shrimp – 12 per order. Includes both males and females (mostly females). $26.33
  • New England Lobster – 2 per order. Four to six pounds. $122.24
  • African Dwarf Frogs – 2 per order. Hours of fun. $39.95

  • Noteworthy Tumblr #5: Table For One

    Table For One is simple. It has a white background, photos of people eating alone, a title, and that’s about it. However, it elicits some strong feelings from people.

    The tumblr didn’t evoke any negative emotions from me, maybe because I eat alone so often. I enjoy eating by myself. You can’t forget that just because you are at a table for one, it doesn’t mean you are alone.

    Photo credit: Jerry Hsu

    Boulder, Colorado: America’s Foodiest Town

    According to Bon Appétit, this years award for the foodiest town goes to Boulder, Colorado. The criteria for the award are as follows:

    Our criteria for the annual report on “America’s Foodiest Town”: Small (fewer than 250,000 people), quality farmers’ markets, concerned farmers, dedicated food media, first-rate restaurants, talented food artisans, and a community of food lovers.

    Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Portland, Maine were the winners of the 2008 and 2009 awards respectively. Boulder restaurants mentioned in the article include:
    Dish Gourmet
    The Kitchen
    Frasca Food and Wine
    Pizzeria Basta
    The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
    Café Aion
    Kim & Jake’s Cakes
    Sushi Tora
    Boulder County Farmers’ Market
    Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

    The Twitter Of Recipes

    Mark Bittman has another “101” recipe list out. This time it’s 101 Fast Recipes for Grilling.

    These recipes are excellent for their simplicity and ease. You’re not going to open a restaurant or win any cooking contests with these recipes, but they they will satisfy your taste-buds, tummy, and busy schedule. Previous 101 lists from Bittman:
    Simple Salads
    Head Starts on the Day
    Inspired Picnics [previously]
    Simple Appetizers[previously]
    Quick Meals (10 more) [previously]

    If you enjoyed any of the recipes linked above, I have been told that Mark Bittman’s “How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes For Great Food” is a worthwhile cookbook.

    15 Delicious Wine Pairing Suggestions

    Wine rules are more like the pirate’s code: more of a set of guidelines.There’s considerable room for experimentation and expression of your own personality in pairing food and wine. The rules for wine pairing have relaxed a bit, but the fact remains that certain flavors of food and wine mix better together than others. Remember, rules are meant to be broken and the best pairings are the ones that bring you joy.

    Syrah: Matches with highly spiced dishes
    When a meat is heavily seasoned—like Asian-Spiced Pork Shoulder and Cumin-Spiced Burgers—look for a red wine with lots of spicy notes. Syrah from Washington, Cabernet Franc from France and Xinomavro from Greece are all nice choices.

    Grüner Veltliner: Pairs with dishes that have lots of fresh herbs
    Austrian Grüner Veltliner’s citrus-and-clover scent is lovely when there are lots of fresh herbs in a dish. Other go-to grapes in a similar style include Albariño from Spain and Vermentino from Italy.

    Pinot Noir: Is great for dishes with earthy flavors
    Recipes made with ingredients like mushrooms and truffles taste great with reds like Pinot Noir and Dolcetto, which are light-bodied but full of savory depth.

    Dry Rosé: For rich, cheesy dishes
    Some cheeses go better with white wine, some with red; yet almost all pair well with dry rosé, which has the acidity of white wine and the fruit character of red. This makes it the go-to wine when serving a wide range of hors d’oeuvres, from crudités to gougères.

    Sauvignon Blanc: Goes with tart dressings and sauces
    Tangy foods—like Scallops with Grapefruit-Onion Salad or Sour-Orange Yucatán Chicken—won’t overwhelm zippy wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Vinho Verde from Portugal and Verdejo from Spain. The bright, citrusy acidity acts like a zap of lemon or lime juice to heighten flavors in everything from smoked sablefish to grilled salmon.

    Zinfandel: For pâtés, mousses and terrines
    If you can use the same adjectives to describe a wine and a dish, the pairing will often work. For instance, the words rustic and rich describe Zinfandel, Italy’s Nero d’Avola and Spain’s Monastrell as well as Creamy Chicken-Liver Mousse.

    Pinot Grigio: Pairs with light fish dishes
    Light seafood dishes, like Seafood Tostada Bites, seem to take on more flavor when matched with equally delicate white wines, such as Pinot Grigio or Arneis from Italy or Chablis from France.

    Malbec: Won’t be overshadowed by sweet-spicy barbecue sauces
    Malbec, Shiraz and Côtes-du-Rhône are big and bold enough to drink with foods brushed with heavily spiced barbecue sauces like Chicken Drumsticks with Asian Barbecue Sauce

    Chardonnay: For fatty fish or fish in a rich sauce
    Silky whites—for instance, Chardonnays from California, Chile or Australia—are delicious with fish like salmon or any kind of seafood in a lush sauce. Try Sizzling Shrimp Scampi or Crisp Salmon with Avocado Salad.

    Cabernet Sauvignon: Is fabulous with juicy red meat
    California Cabernet, Bordeaux and Bordeaux-style blends are terrific with steaks or chops. The firm tannins, the astringent compounds in these red wines that help give the wine structure, refresh the palate after each bite of meat.

    Champagne: Is perfect with anything salty
    Most dry sparkling wines, such as brut Champagne and Spanish cava, actually have a faint touch of sweetness. That makes them extra-refreshing when served with salty foods.

    Rosé Champagne: Is great with dinner, not just hors d’oeuvres
    Rosé sparkling wines, such as rosé Champagne, cava and sparkling wine from California, have the depth of flavor and richness to go with a wide range of main courses.

    Off-Dry Riesling: Pairs with sweet & spicy dishes
    The slight sweetness of many Rieslings, Gewürztraminers and Vouvrays helps tame the heat of spicy Asian and Indian dishes. In addition, when confronted with dishes like a fiery curried chicken or Thai stir-fry, wines that are low in alcohol keep the oils that make food hot from being overly accentuated.

    Old World Wines: Are intrinsically good with Old World dishes
    The flavors of foods and wines that have grown up together over the centuries—Tuscan recipes and Tuscan wines, for instance—are almost always a natural fit.

    Moscato d’Asti: Loves fruit desserts
    Moderately sweet sparkling wines such as Moscato d’Asti, demi-sec Champagne and Asti Spumante help emphasize the fruit in the dessert, rather than the sugar.

    This was (mostly) stolen directly from Food & Wine and reprinted here so you don’t have to click 15 times to see it all. If you are looking for more specific pairings check out the table at Gourmet Sleuth.

    The Food At Casa Bonita

    You’re right, nobody goes to Casa Bonita for the food. But because buying a meal is mandatory for entrance, nobody goes to Casa Bonita without the food. Long heralded as the worst Mexican food in Denver, the dinners and lunches at Casa Bonita have become a legend in themselves. Below is a picture of the combination meal that I ordered a couple of weeks ago. Does it really look all that bad? Rest assured it tasted nearly exactly like it looks. Horrible.

    Is It Really That Bad? The food at Casa Bonita

    Other photos from my trip to Casa Bonita can be found in this flickr set.

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    The Official Comprehensive List Of Slurpee Flavors

    Today is July 11th. That means it’s 7-11. And that means it’s free Slurpee day. It is also supposed to get up 99 degrees in Denver today, so the timing couldn’t be better. Take note of the flavors in the store you went to and add it to the Flavor Map. Below is a comprehensive list of current (and past) Slurpee flavors. If you know of a flavor I’m missing, put it in the comments and I’ll add it to the list. Be careful out there kids.

    Slurpee Flavors
    7-Up Green
    7-Up Ice
    7-Up Tropical
    Amp Energy Freeze
    Artic Burst
    Banana Split
    Black Cherry
    Black Pina Colada
    Blue Berry Blast
    Blue Meanie (Australia Only)
    Blue Raspberry Rush
    Blue Shock
    Blue Vanilla
    Blue Woo Hoo! Vanilla
    Bruisin’ Berry
    Bruisin’ Berry Grape
    Bubble Yum
    Bumblebee Blast
    Café Latte
    Candy Cane
    Cherry Coke
    Citrus Splash
    Code Red
    Coke Classic
    Cotton Candy
    Cranberry Sprite
    Cream Soda (Barq’s)
    Crystal Light Berry Pomegranate (Sugar Free)
    Crystal Light Cherry Limeaide (Sugar Free)
    Crystal Light Orange Pineapple Ice (Sugar Free)
    Crystal Light Passionfruit (Sugar Free)
    Crystal Light Peach Mango Fusion (Sugar Free)
    Crystal Light Raspberry Ice (Sugar Free)
    Crystal Light Strawberry Banana (Sugar Free)
    Crystal Light Tangerine Lime (Sugar Free)
    Diet Pepsi
    Dr. Pepper
    Fanta Banana
    Fanta Birch Beer
    Fanta Blue Cherry
    Fanta Blue Raspberry
    Fanta Ginger Ale
    Fanta Grape
    Fanta Green Lemon Lime
    Fanta Green Melon
    Fanta Kiwi Strawberry
    Fanta Mandarin Tangerine
    Fanta Orange
    Fanta Orange Cream
    Fanta Pina Colada
    Fanta Pineapple
    Fanta Purple Berry Cherry
    Fanta Raspberry
    Fanta Red Licorice
    Fanta Super Sour Apple
    Fanta Super Sour Cherry
    Fanta Super Sour Watermelon
    Fanta Vanilla
    Fanta Watermelon
    Fanta White Cherry
    Fanta Wild Cherry
    Fanta Wild Cherry Reduced Calorie
    French Vanilla
    Full Throttle Blue Demon
    Full Throttle Frozen Blast
    Game Fuel
    Green Apple
    Gully Washer
    Hawaiian Punch
    Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red
    Hawaiian Punch Green Berry Rush
    Iced Tea
    Jolly Rancher Sour Apple
    Kryptonite Ice
    Liquid Artillery
    Livewire Orange
    Mango Bango
    Mellow Yellow
    Minute Maid Blue Cherry
    Minute Maid Blue Raspberry
    Minute Maid Blueberry
    Minute Maid Cherry
    Minute Maid Grape
    Minute Maid Lemonade
    Minute Maid Orange
    Minute Maid Passionfruit Orange
    Minute Maid Peach
    Minute Maid Pineapple
    Minute Maid Raspberry
    Minute Maid Strawberry
    Mocha Chocolate
    Monster Black Ice
    Mountain Dew
    Mountain Dew Blue Lightning/Shock
    Mountain Dew LiveWire
    Mountain Dew Pitch Black
    Pepsi Blue
    Pepsi Samba
    Pina Colada
    Pitch Black Grape
    Powerade Ice
    Purple S-cream
    Radiation Rush
    Raspberry Crystal Light
    Red Cherry
    Rootbeer (Barq’s)
    Sierra Mist
    Slurpurita Pomegranate
    SnowBawls (Bawls)
    Sobe Citrus
    Sour Peach
    Sour Strawberry
    Sour Watermelon
    Sprite Ice
    StawberrWii Banana
    Strawberry Banana
    Strawberry Cream
    Tropical Punch
    Tropicana Twister Berry
    Twizzlers Strawberry
    Vanilla Coke
    Wild Cherry Pepsi

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