July 17, 2006
We're sure that there are far more important things to report from Lebenon these days, but we thought everyone should know that celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain is fine - although unable to leave Beirut due to Israel's bombing campaign.
He's holed up in the Moevenpick Hotel in Beirut where he reported, "The mojitos here are great." While waiting to evacuate, he said, "I just wanna hang out and drink at the bar."
[from Page Six]
July 13, 2006
Cigarette Ice Cream Cakes & Fallen Rapper Pez
Ice cream designed to look like Philip Morris subsidiary products
From Ice Cream Cakes designed to look like Philip Morris Inc. subsidiary food products to Pez dispensers of Fallen Rappers, Packard Jenning's site, Centennial Society, exhibits conceptual masterpieces that are impressive in their craftsmanship. [from EvangelicalRight.com via Gawker]
But Jenning's work isn't limited to the world of candy and food products.
We love his concept for how to avenge those annoying Business Reply letters. Jennings has designed sixteen visual commentaries on office life that fit neatly into those postage paid envelopes. Take your pick from the hilarious images and mail the picture back to the generous business. Click here to scroll through all sixteen images.
Restaurant Week: Summer 2006
We're obviously in lazy summer mode because we neglected to mention that Restaurant Week began two days ago (Monday, July 10th). But it's not too late to take advantage of special prix fixe deals at those typically bank-breaking restaurants.
Event: Restaurant Week
Dates: Monday, July 10-Friday, July 14 & Monday, July 17-Friday, July 21
Fee: Three-course prix-fixe lunches for $24.07 and three-course dinners are $35.00. Beverage, tax and gratuity are additional.
Also, we warn you that most restaurants have a "special" menu set aside for Restaurant Week customers. A few times we've taken a look at the regular menu and become instant converts. (The venison at Tocqueville is not to be missed, but we had to splurge to pay for it since it wasn't on the special cheap menu.) We say this as a warning.
For a listing of participating restaurants click here.
AP's NASA reporter should be moved to the Kitchen Beat
We can relate to the oral fixation that plagues reporters. As we all know, smoking stimulates brain function which is why so many reporters smoke (or used to smoke) while writing. Now that smoking has been officially deemed unhealthy, reporters are having to find new ways to satiate the oral fixation. Some suck lollipops while writing. Others, as with this Associated Press reporter on the NASA beat, find ways to incorporate food and kitchen metaphors into their stories. From "Astronauts Spackle in Space":
The main job of Discovery astronauts Michael Fossum and Piers Sellers, squeezing out putty-like sealant and patting it down, went slowly as bubbles kept appearing in the peanut butter-like material designed to fix cracks in the shuttle's delicate heat shield.....Sellers provided a bit of excitement when the spatula -- about the size of a normal kitchen tool -- he used to spread the sealant disappeared when he wasn't looking.
Our mouths are watering just thinking about the peanut buttery goodness.
July 12, 2006
Sweatin' to the Old Testament
We at Cakehead have tried to pray away our love handles and superfluous booty, but somehow our attempts have failed. Jesus just keeps leading us into cake temptation. But now we're convinced that maybe our failure was a result of our insincere intent. We're not true believers adhering to true Christian diets.
Obviously, the true believers have had more success than we have. If you get a book deal it must work, right? EvangelicalRight.com turned us on to an article about Christian diets, in the LA Times. Here are some of our favorite Christian diet titles:
"Slim for Him," "Help Lord — The Devil Wants Me Fat!" "More of Jesus, Less of Me" "Body by God" and "What Would Jesus Eat?"
We've given our cakehead sermons about gluttony being a sin for years (think trough-like buffet spreads). It seems that the Christians are finally getting around to realizing their blasphamous ways.
Another conflict is that the church's attitude toward eating is not consistently one of moderation and temperance. Abundant food is a prominent feature of Christmas and Easter celebrations. And most Christians are familiar with post-sermon coffee-and-doughnut hours, church-sponsored potlucks and horn-o-plenty picnics and luncheons. Food, in fact, is a sort of rare vice for many Christians.
"The Bible teaches us Christians shouldn't drink in excess, they shouldn't go out and party, they shouldn't commit fornication and adultery, and they shouldn't smoke," Colbert says. "But by golly, they're going to eat anything they want to."
Yet adherents of faith-based diets argue that a fit, healthy body is the best tool with which to do God's work on earth.
Here's an inspirational quote for those of you trying to burn away the love handles:
Corinthians 9:24: "Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it."
July 11, 2006
Gummy Steaks via Candy Addict
The article focused on how mainstream candy makers are introducing limited edition versions of our favorite junky treats as a marketing stategy to get consumers to purchase the delectable treasures while supplies last. We think the stategy is brilliant. If you're like us, you felt a sense of loss when you learn that KitKat introduced KitKat Milkshake and you didn't get to try it. They're capitilizing on that sense of urgency that people feel when they learn that a fancy new product has been introduced and may not be around in a month.
We'll be certain to remain on the lookout to ensure that future limit editions are not missed. We confess we were mildly disappointed when we learned that the limited edition version of our favorite movie snack, Junior Mints Inside Outs, went away before we got to sample them.
While we're impressed with Mars & Co.'s tricks to move their gooey products off the shelf, we're even more impressed with Brian Pipa of Candy Addict:
It's challenge enough to update a blog with multiple entries on a daily basis. Not only is Candy Addict posting regularly, but he is finding enough new candy to review so that he never runs out of material - everything from the ordinary to the obscure. We were particularly moved by his reviews of the gummy steaks and gummy chickens feet.
July 10, 2006
Collapsing with Hunger
Just because a building collapsed, doesn't mean Upper East Siders will go without their deliciously expensive restaurants. Thanks to NYC food blog, Eater, diners can navigate their way around the closed streets using the handy map that Eater has put together.
As a result of the building collapse that occurred on the UES this morning, there are intermittent restaurant closures in the neighborhood. (As it turns out, certain streets are closed as well.) An initial survey indicates that 62nd Street mainstay Amaranth may be closed for the day, if not longer; Aureole, Nello and Fred's all remain pretentiously opened. Click through for the area restaurant list and gmap-age.
July 06, 2006
Midtown survival guide
For all you poor souls who are destined to spend your days confined to mid-town, salvation (or salivation as we refer to it here at cakehead) has arrived in the form of a new food blog. Midtown Lunch provides the service of helping hard working men and women to find "lunch in the food wastland that is NYC's midtown."
Their recent posting about Hallo Berlin is a little off the mark - not because the food there is bad. We love the German hall for its cheap wurst platters and beer-filled lunches. But it's so far west that if you cringe you might catch a glimpse of the Mississippi. There's nothing "mid" about it. The sole limit of the site is that the host only posts about restaurants within walking distance from 49th & 6th where he works. So certain midtowners will have a long walk ahead of them if they want to try the suggestions. But the benefits far outweigh any complaints we have. We love a host who likes it cheap and dirty:
I'm not scared of carts, or dirty joints, so hit me with your best shot (minus the Sbarro pizza buffet & Hooters- although their chicken wings are not without merit).
We agree with the restaurant recommendations so far. We love any site that mentions Daisy May's BBQ USA. And the blog offers a helpful feature - a listing of restaurants sorted by street & cross street. So if you know you need to meet someone on 46th St between 6th & 7th Ave, you can click on that link and receive a dining rendez-vous spot. Keep in mind that the site is still in its infancy so there are not a lot of dining options listed yet. But we're confident that if readers have a little patience and contribute their favorite midtown dining recommendations, in no time there will be a long listing of suggestions to satiate that deep hunger that manifests itself in the midtown worker.
July 03, 2006
Pimming our fears away
The Mixology craze is sweeping through major urban centers. We are thrilled with all the inventive new concoctions available to sample and numb us to the fact that homeland security is really an oxymoron...or a funny name for a drink. These are not days to walk around in any state other than a lightly buzzed stupor. With all those expert Mixologists out there, this is not difficult to achieve.
We just feel sorry for the poor suburban housewife who has been left in the dust. She ignorantly sips her Cosmopolitan during girls night out - nursing her fear that terrorists are specifically after her, while simultaneously commending the President for his huge handout to protect her off-the-map town. She has no idea that in cities that are actual targets, great drinks await her.
So while, the federal government takes money away from towns, like New York, and while the subways become more dangerous rather than more secure, we recommend a bar to hit for the perfect antidote to the backward ways of this country and to take the edge of your fears:
510 Hudson St @ Christopher St
New York, NY
Pimm's Cup Pimm's No. 1 served tall with a blend of Cointreau, fresh lime juice & ginger soda, garnished with crushed mint
West Side Absolut Citron vodka, fresh lemon juice & simple syrup shaken with fresh mint, served straight up
Of course, drinks have never been cheap in this town, and the ones at Employees Only will set you back $12, plus tip.
Since we particularly like the Pimm's Cup, we bring you our own version of the recipe that will numb you to oblivion and will taste delicious.
Pimm's Cup Sangria
Pimm's Cup Sangria Recipe:
1/2 bottle of Pimm's No. 1
3 16 oz bottles of Reeds Ginger Ale
2 cucumbers (without wax), sliced into coins
1/2 cup muddled Mint
1/4 c. lime juice
Mix all of the ingredients in a quart-sized mason jar. Serve on the rocks.