Archive for the ‘Food & drink’ Category

Sun 11 Apr 2010 7:16 pm   //   Posted in: Food & drink, No right to be good

How to design a mint tin

I bought these mints in the dollar store just because I thought the packaging was so cool.

They’re tasty little mints, too. (Too bad Great Bite’s web site is less persuasive than their tins. What sort of candy company lists “Food Safety and Social Compliance audits by internationally recognised companies” as a callout?)

Wed 7 Apr 2010 8:00 am   //   Posted in: Food & drink, TV commericals

Burger King’s riskiest commercial

I love this Burger King commercial, in which The King breaks into McDonald’s headquarters to steal their idea for the Sausage McMuffin sandwich.

The problem is that this commercial reaches the wrong demographic. This is fast food breakfast. It should look like a Denny’s commercial. Instead, the ad agency is using edgy humor to appeal to young adult males like me. I would rather go hungry than order an egg sandwich from Burger King. The commercial won’t change my mind, but it made me laugh!

Sun 20 Sep 2009 6:50 pm   //   Posted in: Brooklyn, Food & drink, Music, Travel

Top New York day

Lonely Planet guides often begin with the author’s “top day” in a particular location. My brother was visiting this weekend, and I think on Saturday we achieved my personal top day in New York City.

Here’s what we did. I’m going to include Friday and Sunday, just for good measure.


Wed 29 Jul 2009 8:00 am   //   Posted in: Food & drink

Better eating through chemistry

At home in Maryland last weekend, we were snacking on some popcorn chicken from the prepared-foods section of the grocery store. Mmm, those little fried nuggets were tasty! They had that savory fast-food flavor you can’t replicate in your own kitchen.

The secret? One of the ingredients on the label was “chicken flavor.” Chicken-flavored chicken! Genius!


Thu 2 Jul 2009 8:00 am   //   Posted in: Food & drink, Music

Is there a Pizza Hut-Taco Bell on Jamaica Avenue?

I’m at the Pizza Hut! I’m at the Taco Bell! I’m at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell!

I can’t explain why that stoner refrain is so darn catchy, but it cannot be denied. Give a listen to the Das Racist song “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (Wallpaper Remix).” You can play it here (MP3) or here (Pitchfork) or here (YouTube).

I don’t know if this song will be a hit, but it begs the question: Is there really a combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell on Jamaica Avenue in Queens? Yes. There is. It’s now been immortalized in song. Here it is on Google Street View: (more…)

Sun 28 Jun 2009 1:00 pm   //   Posted in: Failure, Food & drink

Wow, this looks terrible!


Spotted in a window display: Strawberry and peanut butter M&Ms. Yeech! Did somebody actually sign off on this?

Wed 3 Jun 2009 8:00 am   //   Posted in: Food & drink, No right to be good

Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites Chocolate!

Oh my God, I’m in love with this cereal! But somebody at Kellogg’s should have nixed that long name and come up with something shorter. Suggestion: “Box o’ Cookies.” Seriously, these might as well be Oreos. I can’t believe we feed this stuff to children for breakfast!

Tue 19 May 2009 7:13 am   //   Posted in: Food & drink, New York is different

Does food taste better from a truck?

It’s Mister Softee season, but old-school ice cream trucks risk being driven out of town by a new wave of gourmet food trucks now overrunning New York. Of course there’s the Mud Truck (pictured in a Holga photo from March 2008), actually a fleet of trucks that have been pouring strong black coffee for years. But now there are more. Unlike conventional ice cream trucks, these new gourmet food carts don’t blast computerized music while cruising slowly up your block. They show up somewhere and park for the day. CNet had a story yesterday about food trucks using Twitter to tell people where they are.

In Union Square, a new truck offers pizza, which is incredible given the amount of heat required to make pizza. (The entire back of this truck is an industrial oven. It must weigh ten tons.) A Belgian waffle truck makes regular weekend appearances in Park Slope, and presumably elsewhere. I spotted a gourmet ice cream truck parked at Union and 5th in the Slope last week, painted with pastel colors and descriptive copy about all-natural ingredients. Imagine that: An ice cream truck!

If you were to start a food truck, what would you sell?

Also, where would you use the bathroom and wash your hands?

Fri 17 Apr 2009 9:00 am   //   Posted in: Food & drink, Hard times, New York is different

There’s always a recession at Gray’s Papaya

Gray’s Papaya is the most famous of Manhattan’s many hot dog lunch counters. Gray’s has locations all over town, and like its many clones, it sells pretty good dogs and dubious fruit drinks. When I moved to New York, I was immediately amused by Gray’s signage. The owner likes to use current events to promote deals on hot dogs, and back in 2002, big signs in the windows advertised a “Recession Special!” That slogan is copied all over the place, but Gray’s basically owns the idea.

In fact, in the last seven years, I don’t think Gray’s Papaya has ever stopped offering a Recession Special. After all, it takes a year or so to know when a recession has started or ended, but it only takes a minute to sell a hot dog.

Tue 31 Mar 2009 7:00 pm   //   Posted in: Food & drink, TV commericals

Get off your butt and go eat a donut!

The latest Dunkin’ Donuts commercial will blow your mind:

But… but… Donuts are bad for children too! There’s no logic— Hey, are those sprinkles?