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Antique plates have gone from old-fashioned snooze-inducers to wondrous platters of nostalgia by the simple application of characters from the original Star Wars trilogy.
Etsy seller BeatUpCreations offers a simple, healing promise: Never again will you need to yearn impotently for a rose-embellished scalloped plate featuring a photo-quality reproduction of Chewbacca's grimacing face. Check out the rest of BeatUpCreations' shop for a lovely plate featuring R2-D2 on a Renaissance lady's lap, as well as a Little Yoda Blue Boy platter.
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Hard-core Chowhound exilekiss went on an eating frenzy through all of Los Angeles's famed burger joints. There was a three-way tie for first among the dozen contenders. Two of those top placers are well-known: Father's Office and the Golden State. But the last is the obscure Rustic Canyon.
This is a $16 burger, with Meyer Ranch beef, sharp cheddar, onion fondue, and herb rémoulade. "A deep, beefy savoriness comes shining through! Wow. I can't resist the urge to inhale the rest of my burger," says exilekiss. "It has such a beautiful bovine essence." It isn't, says exilekiss, the "piercing funk" of Father's Office's dry-aged burger; this is a mellower magic.
They also use a Rockenwagner brioche bun, which is soft but holds up pretty well against the burger. The add-ons are tasty but never take center stage away from the burger.
Also excellent: burrata panzanella appetizer.
Father's Office [Westside – Beaches]
1018 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica
The Golden State [Fairfax Village]
426 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles
Rustic Canyon [Westside – Beaches]
1119 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica
Discuss: Total Carnage! Gourmet Burger Battle — 26 Beach vs. Umami vs. Father’s Office vs. Golden State vs. Morton’s vs. Anisette vs. Lucky Devils vs. 25 Degrees vs. 8 oz vs. Rustic Canyon! [Review] w/ Pics!
Statistics wonk Nate Silver (an unlikely breakout star during the 2008 election season) has put his massive brain to work on an even more vexing problem than determining how the electoral college will flop: calculating the unhealthiness of the new KFC chicken-on-chicken atrocity that is the Double Down.
By Christine Gallary
Props to blog Second Rate Snacks, which burst upon the scene in 2008 (we covered it back then, along with many others) with clever side-by-side comparisons of commercial snack foods. Here's the update: THEY'RE STILL BLOGGING. The formula—head-to-head tastings of commercial snack foods like Cool Ranch vs. Chillin' Ranch tortilla chips, complete with photos and analysis—still works. And it provides a little junk-food validation: My beloved Cheez-Its were found to be far superior to Cheese Nips.
Penguin has to reprint 7,000 copies of its cookbook, The Pasta Bible, in Australia after a racist typo was discovered, reported the New York Daily News. In a recipe for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto, the instructions called for "salt and freshly ground black people." The cost of the reprint is $18,000—whoah whoah whoah. Was this a case of AutoCorrect gone seriously wrong? Apparently in other recipes, freshly-ground pepper was the finishing seasoning of choice.
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One of Peter Cherches's favorite Indian comfort foods is sarson ka saag, a Punjabi dish of spiced mustard greens, usually served with makki ki roti, a griddled cornbread. Raja in Jackson Heights makes the best version he's had. "The bread was perfect," he reports, "and the puréed mustard greens were more flavorful and spicy than others I've had, served with a bit of ghee on top." Minar in Manhattan offers decent sarson ka saag as a Tuesday special, Peter adds, but Raja's is better.
ebird, another Raja fan, loves those breads (always made to order) and home-style steam-table dishes. "When they have cabbage," she advises, "get it."
Raja [Jackson Heights]
72-31 37th Avenue (between 72nd and 73rd streets), Jackson Heights, Queens
138 W. 46th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues), Manhattan
Discuss: Fabulous Sarson ka Saag w/ Makki ki Roti @ Raja Sweets, Jackson Heights
There's something about the New Orleans sandwich that New York sandwich shops don't get, and many say it's the bread. Cheeky Sandwiches solves this problem by going to the source for the French-by-way-of-Louisiana soft loaf from John Gendusa Bakery. It's a fine foundation for Cheeky's first-rate fried oyster po' boy, Westminstress reports: delicious, with a crackly crust and a light and fluffy interior. This well-proportioned sandwich features a generous portion of perfectly fried oysters judiciously "dressed"; that is, served with lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickle, and hot sauce. Westminstress declares it "awesome, if a little on the small side."
Cheeky, open since late last year, also makes a shrimp po' boy; chicken, pork, and beef short rib sandwiches; and a meatless muffuletta with pickled vegetables and melted Swiss on olive bread. And it pours coffee with chicory and brings in some snacks to satisfy New Orleans cravings, including Big Shot sodas and Zapp's potato chips.
Cheeky Sandwiches [Lower East Side]
35 Orchard Street (between Hester and Canal streets), Manhattan
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Discuss: Yummy oyster poboy at Cheeky Sandwiches
Zapp's Potato Chips