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Outstanding Jamaican Goat on Wheels

Yvonne's aces the curry goat test. MVNYC, who measures all Jamaican eateries by this dish, finds the version from this uptown truck simply outstanding: flavorful meat, falling off the bone, in rich gravy with a chile kick and deep flavors. Side dishes, also well above average, include perfectly done collard greens and steamed cabbage, both great with the spicy stuff. MVNYC figures oxtail, jerk pork, and other offerings will merit a return visit, but adds, "I would highly recommend on the curried goat alone."

Yvonne's [Upper East Side]
York Avenue and E. 71st Street
No phone available

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Breaking News: Sugar Is Still Bad for You

Today, Businessweek reported a lab study that discovered fructose may cause certain fat cells in children to multiply faster. Thus this component of high-fructose corn syrup may increase the chances of childhood and adult obesity, which in turn increases the risk of diabetes. Scientists soaked visceral fat cells (which live deep in the abdomen) in fructose, and found that they multiplied more than those soaked in glucose; both visceral and subcutaneous cells (just below the skin) showed increased insulin resistance, which is a property of diabetes. READ MORE

Penn & Teller, Fast Food Apologists

Not really sure what points Penn & Teller were trying to make in this most recent episode of their show, Bullshit! Fast food tastes good? People think it's unhealthy? Some policy wonks are sanctimonious? No matter. The scene wherein P & T explain why it's Carl's Junior instead of Carl Junior's is worth the viewing. Warning: Plenty of cursing, NSFW. READ MORE

Buffalo Bombshell at a Mexican Favorite

De Mole, a hound hangout in Sunnyside, is known and loved for its tacos, enchiladas, and orange flan, among other things. Its hamburger, not so much. Yet leslie900 swears the buffalo burger is spectacular, and even better with a side of crisp, light, near-perfect fries. "Absolutely amazing," leslie sighs. "And with a Pacifico? Heaven."

De Mole [Sunnyside]
45-02 48th Avenue (at 45th Street), Sunnyside, Queens
718-392-2161

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It’s So Wrong, But So Right

The website for London restaurant Sketch commits almost all of the crimes that our Roxanne Webber railed against in "The Four Most Annoying Restaurant Website Design Flaws." It has a slow, irritating Flash intro. It plays discordant music and emits weird noises. It really, really makes you work to find basic info, with headings that actually evade your cursor when you try to click on them. AND there are about 10 different places to find menus, and each of them is a PDF file you must download. All that being said, however, isn't it just pretty? The beautiful wash of colors that splashes down your desktop when you click on a menu is worth at least a few minutes of listening to the clicks and bloops on the irritating soundtrack.

Overheard on the New York Board

"I shared the octopus salad with arugula and avocado, chorizo arancini, duck breast with polenta and homemade pappardelle with mole braised lamb. Each one was a delight." – tabs on Miranda

"I've most recently enjoyed the rava masala dosa. nice combination of crisp and chewy. ... I hit up this place often - as much for the experience of being in a sub-street level cafeteria sitting under the watchful eye of a larger-than-life Ganesh figure as for the food, which is decent, simple South Indian fare." – Polecat on Ganesh Temple Canteen

"My wife and I, in our usual bird-watching finery, waltzed in fresh from a walk in the Ramble. Tommy was perfectly happy to mix up a couple of French 75s without a hint of condescension over our scruffy attire." – rpk on Bemelmans Bar

Eat Like a Pope, Bloat Like a Whale

For your edification and enjoyment, the three most awesome facts that you'll glean from this New Zealand Herald article on Pope Benedict XVI's papal pantry and childhood diet, taken from the book Eat Like a Pope:
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Yucatán, Mi Amor

Where can you get Yucatecan specialties little known outside the region, including a special mole sent over by the chef's mother-in-law? Why, Santa Rosa! El Rinconcito Yucateco has been open for about six months now, and it offers a delicious taste of home-style cooking from the Yucatán.

The number one must-try is relleno negro. Note: It has absolutely no relation to chiles rellenos or mole negro. It's a chicken soup flavored with a Yucatecan mole (this is where the chef's MIL comes in) that contains chicken and a giant meatball that includes hard-boiled egg. "That dark broth was rich-tasting and delicious and got hotter toward the bottom of the bowl," says Mick Ruthven. "The addition of habaneros that we discovered on the bottom of the bowl releasing their floral verve and heat to the broth as it steeped took this one over the top," adds Melanie Wong, who says this was her favorite dish of the meal.

For perspective, El Rinconcito Yucateco offers home-style fare rather than the alta cocina of San Francisco's Poc Chuc, Melanie says. "El Rinconcito Yucateco’s cooking is bolder with the flavors turned up a notch using more habanero chiles (yay!), salt, fat, and other seasonings for a bigger and more robust palate impression." Also, the antojitos (three for $6.95) are 30 to 50 percent larger than in SF, Melanie estimates, and a platillo costs only $9.95.

Cochinita pibil is melt-in-your-mouth porky goodness, says Jeni Bean. "The achiote seasoning is just so smoky and slightly sweet it really lends this slowly cooked pork a wonderful flavor." The "soft, almost jelly-like skin" also soaks up the seasonings and the scent of the banana leaves that the meat is cooked in, Melanie notes.

Escabeche, another chicken soup, is also fantastic. "This, ladies and gentleman, is what all chicken soups aspire to be," declares Jeni Bean. Poc chuc, charbroiled pork, is kind of dry but elevated by a vibrant, habanero-spiked slaw.

The antojitos are good, especially the empanadas with cheese, panuchos, and tamales. And the house-made chips are great, especially with the roasted-tomato salsa. The owner makes a fabulous habanero salsa fresh daily, says snarkygirl. Plus, pretty much any Yucatecan specialty can be whipped up if you request it in advance.

El Rinconcito Yucateco [Sonoma County]
3935 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa
No phone available

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Pulled Pork Hits the Road

The Southern Sandwich Co., run by two guys from Texas, just started serving the Redwood City area out of a black truck. At first bite, it’s a welcome addition to the local scene, says dhoffman1421. The Carolina pulled pork sandwich is excellent, with "a good size portion of tender, smoky and spicy pulled pork, pickles, onions and coleslaw on a toasted sesame seed bun." The mustard-spiked potato salad and sweet (but not cloyingly sweet) iced tea are good too. SSC just launched, so the menu is limited to a couple of sandwiches to start.

Southern Sandwich Co. [Peninsula]
Location information available on their website
Redwood City
415-990-4571

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Eat, Drink, and Watch Soccer

Bay Area hounds have plenty of tips to offer on where to watch World Cup matches in the company of nationalistic fans. Some places are only showing their country's matches; others are screening ’em all. Recommendations include Underdogs, where the kitchen is helmed by Nick of Nick's Crispy Tacos; Public House/Mijita Tacos des Jardin, the upscale pub at AT&T Park and its taco annex; the family-friendly Brennan's; Saul's Deli, with its house-made soda; and Ricky's Sports Theatre & Grill for nice early-morning omelets and coffee. And here are a couple more recommendations from CHOW.com, including places beyond SF. The Taco Shop @ Underdogs [Sunset] 1824 Irving Street, San Francisco 415-566-8700 Public House [Embarcadero] 24 Willie Mays Plaza (in AT&T Park), San Francisco 415-644-0240 Mijita Tacos des Jardin [Embarcadero] 24 Willie Mays Plaza (in AT&T Park), San Francisco 415-644-0240 Brennan's [East Bay] 700 University Avenue, Berkeley 510-841-0960 Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen [East Bay] 1475 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley 510-848-3354 Ricky's Sports Theatre & Grill [East Bay] 15028 Hesperian Boulevard, San Leandro 510-352-0200 Discuss: World Cup 2010 Watching and Eating Venues?