I found this video, directed by Frenkel SchÃ¶nfeld & Daan Oskam, among the staff favourites at Vimeo. The video was released in September of last year but I think it deserves to go viral. The music is A song called “Le Big Bob” by Dutch producers Iason Chronis and Coen Berrier aka Mason. The images are all sexy-as-hell stock footage. Have a napkin handy.
Although this really comes as no surprise to me, the New York Times Dining section featured an article (I know, old article. But it’s news to me) explaining that truffle oils are more a chemical concoction containing 2,4-Dithiapentane than a true infused oil. Unfortunately I have never had the opportunity to eat fresh truffle but I have always suspected truffle oil wasn’t a completely accurate flavor profile of the fungus.
All across the country, in restaurants great and small, the â€œtruffleâ€ flavor advertised on menus is increasingly being supplied by truffle oil. What those menus donâ€™t say is that, unlike real truffles, the aroma of truffle oil is not born in the earth. Most commercial truffle oils are concocted by mixing olive oil with one or more compounds like 2,4-dithiapentane (the most prominent of the hundreds of aromatic molecules that make the flavor of white truffles so exciting) that have been created in a laboratory; their one-dimensional flavor is also changing common understanding of how a truffle should taste.
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
This video from Mordernist Cuisine has been all over the internet lately but I think I improved it by slapping an appropriate sound track on it. Ya dig? (Be sure to watch it full-screen for full-effect.)
Below, I have included a couple of high resolution still shots from the video to use as desktop wallpapers. Download away.
One of the hardest parts about eating dinner is deciding what to have. The next time you can’t decide what to have, use the simply designed, single-serving site “What The Fuck Should I Have For Dinner“. It’ll provide you, in the most vulgar way possible, with a dinner suggestion and a link to the suggested meal’s recipe. Now go match your attitude with your appetite! There is even a fucking vegetarian option. And if you’re on the fucking go you can also get the fucking iPhone app.
Diana, over at What I Learned Today, posted a list of all the TED talks that had to do with food:
- Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities
- Peter Reinhart on Bread
- Louise Fresco on feeding the whole world
- Barton Seaver: Sustainable seafood? Letâ€™s get smart
- Dan Barberâ€™s foie gras parable
- Christien Meindertsma: How pig parts make the world turn
- Ann Cooper talks school lunches
- Benjamin Wallace on the price of happiness:
- William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?
- Michael Pollan gives a plants-eye view
- Mark Bittman on whatâ€™s wrong with what we eat
- Jennifer 8. Lee hunts for General Tsoj
- Graham Hill: Why Iâ€™m a weekday vegetarian
- Malcolm Gladwell on spaghetti sauce
- Paul Stamets on 6 ways mushrooms can save the world
- Heribert Watzke: The brain in your gut
- Arthur Potts Dawson: A vision for sustainable restaurants
- Barry Schuler: Genomics 101
- Adam Grosser and his sustainable fridge
- Marcel Dicke: Why not eat insects?
- Dan Barber: How I fell in love with fish
According to Bon AppÃ©tit, 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:
Frasca Food and Wine
The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
Kim & Jake’s Cakes
Boulder County Farmers’ Market
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery