Friday, April 24, 2009

Lou, We Hardly Knew Ye

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Who knew that the legendary godfather of punk, Lou Reed, was such a consummate foodie?

In a recent Metromix interview, Lou shares his candid views on New York pizza crusts, pork chops, arctic char, and his favorite New York restaurants. (Sounds like Lou might "heart" New York just a wee bit, don’t'cha think?)

Anyway, catch the full interview with Lou here

Friday, April 17, 2009

Sipping Obama?

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First, the culinary world decided to celebrate the election of President Barack Obama with some strange and possibly "questionable" products, including the Obama Fingers fried chicken snack. But now, it seems the wine world is getting in on the act.

French winemaker Angela Bousquet-Keita, who hails originally from Guinea in Africa, has created the Obama cuvée (or vintage wine) to celebrate the election of the first African-American to the White House.

She reportedly intends to charge $198 for three bottles of the wine. But she claims all profits will go to an NGO (non-governmental organization)working to save Darfur.

But Bousquet-Keita may be surprised to learn that Obama... doesn't approve.

The White House is treating her the same way it has other entrepreneurs who have tried to make a buck off the new internationally popular president.

White House spokesman Ben LaBolt explains the objection is an institutional one. "The White House has a longstanding policy of disapproving uses of the president's name and likeness for commercial purposes," he recently told reporters.

Making a buck? As in Obama clocks, earrings, and framed pictures? Oh, my.

In any case, read more on a "glass" of Obama here

Friday, April 10, 2009

Kisses... And Wine

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Lover of "unique" websites that I am, here's one that's different -- as well as totally "wine" related. And being a writer, no doubt, the very first sentence on the site's main page pulled me in right away:

Call it remarkable, call it alchemy, call it magic...wine before and after a precious kiss is not the same wine.

In any case, do you believe in romance...and wine? Well, if so, there's a whole website dedicated to reader submissions on the topic.

So go ahead: Share your wine-soaked kissing stories here

(Even the ones requiring...*ahem*..."sloppy second" smooches are most likely welcome.)

Friday, April 03, 2009

April Food Hoax

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With another April Fool's Day just a few days behind us, there still remains that well-publicized hoax that took place across the pond in Britain on this very same date – 52 years ago.

On April 1, 1957 the British news show Panorama broadcast a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. (Spaghetti growing on trees...yep, the sophisticated, stiff upper lipped Brits apparently fell for this one hook, line, and spaghetti strainer.)

The success of the crop was even attributed both to an unusually mild winter and to the “virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil.” (....LOL!)

The audience heard Richard Dimbleby, the show’s highly respected anchor, discussing the details of the spaghetti crop as they watched video footage of a Swiss family pulling pasta off spaghetti trees and placing it into baskets. The segment concluded with the assurance that, “For those who love this dish, there’s nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti.”

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax generated an enormous response. Hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their very own spaghetti tree. To this question the BBC diplomatically replied, “Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”

To this day the Panorama broadcast remains one of the most famous and popular April Fool’s Day hoaxes of all time. It is also believed to be the first time the medium of television was used to stage an April Fool’s Day hoax. (No doubt, future Panorama broadcasts had to include: Money growing on trees, followed by the Stork's special deliveries, followed by the Easter Bunny is my neighbor, followed by....)

In any event, take a look at the video clip.