NY Times: Texas Monthly Hires Full-Time Barbecue Editor.
I’d have to bike from joint to joint, I suspect.
Valet.: Make It—Cacio e Pepe.
I’d be hungry again within an hour. Prooootein.
Bless This Stuff: Homemade Gin Kit.
Hmmm. Looks like you don’t need many berries. I have a juniper about four feet from my front door with about 100x this many berries … ideas, ideas ...
Washingtonian: Experts’ Picks—7 Gluten-Free Beers.
Nice. I haven’t had the chance to try a couple of these. Omission sounds particulary interesting. There’s nothing in the gluten-free spectrum that will ever replace Guinness Stout, sadly …
NY Times: Doubling Back for the Roadkill.
“There’s a lot of good meat being wasted out there.” You know the old joke about a seven-course meal … roadkill and a six-pack.
vox: Wine tasting—Is ‘terroir’ a joke and/or are wine experts incompetent?
The more you pay, the better you think it tastes?
Flickr: Found Tea Tags 01.
A plethora of tea tags on Flickr.
HuffPo: Guatemala Declares National Coffee Emergency.
“Guatemala’s president declared a national emergency Friday over the spread of coffee rust, saying the fungus that has hit other Central American countries is affecting 70 percent of this nation’s crop.” Quelle disaster!
Lifehacker: What to Look for in a Pressure Cooker.
Linked because of this great comment: “Sometimes I truly wonder if reading Lifehacker is really improving my life or if it’s just shrinking my bank account by convincing me to buy things I don’t really need.”
SciAm: Cod Comeback Lessens Gloom over Emptying Oceans.
Cod giveth, and … cod giveth.
FT: Horsemeat probe widens after new scare.
Perhaps ‘scare’ is the wrong word. “It said it did not believe this was a food safety issue.” Disgust and mislabelling come to mind. The ‘morality’? Horses are smarter than dogs or cats … but roughly on par with pigs. And we certainly do love our bacon.
New Scientist: Abnormal gut bacteria linked to severe malnutrition.
“Trehan’s team found that the children were significantly less likely to become malnourished once the dietary treatment had ended if they were given a course of antibiotics along with the diet.” Antibiotics kill gut bacteria, without regard for type or benefit. I’d try the faecal transplant, personally.
Mother Jones: Will Your Waiter Give You the Flu?
SciAm Podcast: Coffee Boosts Recognition of Positive Words.
SciAm: Coffee Fungus Outbreak Resumes.
Perhaps an opportunity for genetic modification to strut its stuff and get a little positive PR.
glutenfreegirl: eating gluten-free in Italy.
A bit old (2007), but I think this means I need to move to Italy. Going gluten-free in America’s easier, but still no picnic when going out to eat. Restaurants still don’t understand the concept of … how shall I say it? … separate but equal.
Pacific Standard: How Wine Tasting is More—and Less—of a Scam Than You Thought.
“Expectation-influencing variables like a label and price make a big difference—just as they do for other ‘experiential goods’ like food or hotels. With wine, however, blind taste tests by experts are supposed to eliminate those external cues. But it turns out the experts may be no more reliable than the rest of us.” Wine, wine, whine.
Etsy: Bacon Scented Soap 3 oz Bar.
Valet./31 Days - Day 24: Essential Spirits.
Ah … some suggestions. Vodka, I notice little difference between brands, unless flavored. Gin - try Boodles. Boodles has some subtlety. Bourbon, you have to try Taos Lightning … which, apparently, is a myth.
Tequila’s difficult. You have to try many, I find. Some appeal, some do not. Never take someone else’s opinion for a tequila. You must do your own taste-testing.
Slingshot Coffee Company | Shop.
Buy cold brew concentrate.
jeni’s splendid ice creams: Influenza Sorbet.
Cayenne and bourbon. Right up my alley.
BuzzFeed: How To Dance Like A Piece Of Sushi.
You just can’t make up stuff like this.
HiConsumption: Fondue Mugs.
Hmmm. Linked in order to give a warning. Any sort of fondue/heater device gets very hot on the bottom. Hot enough to melt or scorch the finish on your fine tabletop. Put some shielding (potholder and tile or similar) underneath. The photo here is … IMHO … very unwise.
Telegraph.UK: ‘Tomato skin’ pill could cut risk of strokes, heart attacks and cancer.
“Researchers believe the pill may be able to limit the damage caused by heart disease, although further studies will be needed to determine whether the positive signals translate into fewer strokes and heart attacks.” It’ll set you back one English pound per day (in cost). Tomatoes may be cheaper (V8?).
Absinthes.com: Absinthe samplers!
La fée verte always gets top billing here.