Thanksgiving Is Not a Competition

Or is it?

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November 25, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Comics. Leave a comment.

Michael Caine Impression-Off

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan are two silly blokes (can I say blokes?) who have a show on BBC Two where they visit six picturesque British restaurants and proceed to act like asses.

MOAR:

[via Kottke]

The Ray Winstone quote is, again, spot on.

In case you need a visual for who he is:

[image via TV Tropes]

November 12, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

What’s the Difference between Regular and Decaf Coffee?

[via Fake Science]

November 10, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Comics. Leave a comment.

Morning Ideas Comic

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November 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Comics. Leave a comment.

Hard Work Is Old-Fashioned

Not that this is a bad thing.

Case Study #1

Pete Kithas – Detroit barber since 1962.

“It’s an old-fashioned barber shop — no kids, no woman, just man,” the boisterous 79-year-old Kithas says in his still-thick Greek accent. “Lots of policemens.”

What probably reads as impolite will likely be forgiven as you learn more about him.

His personality, his life really, is best summed up by a story from his early days.In the mid-‘60s, the three floors above his shop were a flophouse hotel. One day, a man walked upstairs looking for a room but was so drunk the clerk at the front desk wouldn’t rent him one. The furious boozer stomped downstairs and threw a temper tantrum on the sidewalk that ended with him kicking in the barber shop’s glass door, shattering it.

Kithas was cutting a Detroit Police sergeant’s hair when this happened. As the cop heard the crashing glass he leaped out of the chair and ran outside to confront the large man, who took one swing and knocked the officer out cold on the pavement. Kithas saw this, put down his scissors and stormed outside. Then the drunk took a swing at him, too.

Big mistake.

Click through to Detroitblog to read the rest.

Case Study #2

[image via A Life Worth Eating]

Dom DeMarco – Crafts (arguably) the best pizza in New York.  Still works 12 hour days.

“The best pizza in New York is Di Fara and not only is it the best pizza in New York, I think it’s the best pizza in the world. It’s the best pizza I’ve ever had and I’d go as far as to say it’s the best thing that I’ve ever eaten.”

[via Kottke]

November 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading, Video. Leave a comment.

Sundog

[via Scott Beale @ Laughing Squid]

October 31, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

The Fifth Taste

Umami.  Glutamate.  Savoriness.  Deliciousness.

Tom Nealon makes the tongue-in-cheek case that umami was behind every historical upheaval.

Essentially, glutamate-rich foods trick the body into thinking that it’s consuming vast amounts of protein — which is extremely pleasant, even if it’s just broth.

This effect has not been lost on history’s empires —if religion is the opium of the masses, umami foods are the steak sandwich.  If your income, class, estate, or faith denies you regular opportunities to consume rich sauces and savory meats, you’ll reach for the nearest bottle of umami every chance you get.

Very fun read and educational throughout.  For example, did you know that the reason Worcestershire sauce (and by proxy, Caesar salad) tastes so good is due to the abundance of glutamate-rich anchovy paste contained within?

If you’ve wondered if there’s something miraculous, some sort of transmogrification, going on in your Caesar salad — drenched in anchovy dressing and covered in Parmesan — wonder no longer.

[Tom Nealon @ HiLobrow via the Browser]

[image via Fork You]

October 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Reading. Leave a comment.

Posh Stella Artois Pad

Directed by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola.  Huh.

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October 14, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Pineberries

Pineberries. Look like strawberries, taste like pineapples. Do want.

Still looking for:

Snozzberries

Elderberries

[originally via John Farrier @ Neatoroma, but the link went and died]

[image via Wikimedia Commons]

October 11, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

Yoke Cake!

Amyland Cake Company’s cakes are impossibly cool.

Proof:

A freaking kettlebell cake! Are you kidding me?!

[Amyland Cake Co. via personal communication with the Cake Artist’s sister (and my good buddy) Julia Grace Prosch Haupt, who says, “Cast iron has never looked so tasty!”]

(P.S. Happy Birthday Alex!)

September 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Art. 2 comments.

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