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Homaro Cantu, Science-Minded Chicago Chef, Dies at 38

Very sad news.

Apr 16, 2015
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Season 13 Is Heading To...

Instead of just one city, this season will be done in the state of California. LA and SF but also San Diego and other parts of CA.

I wondering if foraging for water is going to be one of the challenges.

Apr 15, 2015
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

The Taxonomy of the Sandwich

Really interesting article. I enjoyed it.

Apr 15, 2015
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Thank you Linda, I will miss your wit and your attention to detail. And like many others here, sometimes I don't even watch the episodes, I just read your recaps. :(

BTW, Mei and Gregory were on Andy Cohen's show. She said that she still had not heard from her parents yet.

Michael Voltaggio called in to the show and chatted for a little bit. Gregory talked about his missed opportunity with the carrot sauce.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

Long ago, when cable travel food shows were just beginning, Padma had made two episodes of a show where she showed off the cuisines of Spain and India. That was when I first became aware of her. So I think she has had a lot of grounding in Spanish.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #11 – 01/14/15 (spoilers)

I have to applaud Mei and Melissa out of cultural pride here, I didn't think Melissa would make it this far.

I lived through a similar upbringing, except that I did not have the courage to stand up to cultural and parental expectations, of course I wasn't as single minded as these two were. I now just do my passion as a hobby, that takes up the majority of my time.

I know that Chinese parents would abandon their kids because they did not do what was expected of them. Melissa probably had it doubly tough as being gay is a major deal killer. I am very proud that both of them made the top of this challenge.

History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian

From the Smithsonian about the book 1,000 dishes you have to eat. I'm game.

Jan 13, 2015
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #10 – 01/07/15 (spoilers)

I need some knowledge here.

So for some time now, I hear chefs talk about how searing would seal the juices in the meat and then they safely cook it to the right doneness without losing moistness.

I just got Harold McGee's book, and he said that it was a myth, that searing does not indeed keep the meat moist.

So does the sear keep the meat from soaking up liquids as well?

Confused.

Jan 09, 2015
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #8 – 12/10/14 (spoilers)

So what do you all think of the prospects of that show? I will certainly give it a shot. I would like to see Tom and Gordon Ramsey together in one of the episodes.

Dec 12, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #8 – 12/10/14 (spoilers)

Ironic that Katsuji said this, since he is in the middle as well, below Adam, IMHO.

Dec 11, 2014
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #8 – 12/10/14 (spoilers)

How is it that Katsuji is still there and Adam is gone? I like George, he and Gregory, and Doug would be my best guess as the three finalists. My girl Mei is dying out there. Wrote off Melissa pretty much.

Dec 11, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

Yet another bonus to LW's recap's. Living history and reference for the future.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

I think it was a pretty smart move, because the idea is to get the job done. No matter how you serve it, the chefs had to crank out food, great tasting food. What good is it if you went for the moon and fell short? You end up getting beat up at judges table. I think the presentation should be secondary to the taste.

Dec 09, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

Right there with you LW. I have a long memory and she, Katie Joel drove me nuts. Even now.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

Well, I don't think that is where his head is at right now. It may take him longer to get over it. And I think the strength of his team has a lot to do with it. I would be might disappointed if all he did from here on out is to just hover out of radar range.

Dec 04, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

I think Gregory was reacting to the close call he had with the Thanksgiving goose problem.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

I like Gregory and Doug the most. I also like Mei. I can't warm up to Melissa. But to all of your point. No one that stood out this season.

Dec 04, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

Keriann had plenty of misfires to list, I think the fatal one was to entrust Katsuji with her dish. Guy is a snake.

Need dim sum recs in Columbus Ohio

We have been going to Sunflower on Sawmill for years, just went today and not only was the food mediocre at best, the service was downright rude.
We asked for ice water and soy sauce to start and the guy looked at us like we were nuts. It took them nearly ten minutes to get around to us. The carts were pushed around with no apparent pattern so there were a couple of instances where all of them congregated in one corner of the restaurant. When I tried to get the car pushers attention, the expediter yelled at me, telling me he's in charge and I should order noodles and rice dishes to alleviate the problem.

Anyways, they are dead to me now. Anyone know of any great dim sum places in Columbus?

Nov 29, 2014
Phaedrus in Great Lakes

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #6 – 11/19/14 (spoilers)

We are all getting so cynical.

Nov 27, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #6 – 11/19/14 (spoilers)

Just throw red raw meat on the table and Gronk would be very happy.

13 Amazing Food & Life Hacks You Need to Know Right Now

This is so awesome. I am ticked that I didn't think of them first.

Nov 19, 2014
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #5 – 11/12/14 (spoilers)

I like Hugh. A lot. Spot on comment and hugely hilarious. Bye bye Aaron, don't let the big boot kick you too hard on the way out.

Next out: Katsuji, if you are believe the evil villain scale.

Why is Cheese Forbidden in Authentic Italian Fish Cookery?

I grew up in Taiwan, well until I turned none. I never had cheese until I emigrated to the US. At that point I went crazy on cheese, mainly on pizzas. Now, as I got older, I find that I am not lactose intolerant, and I find that many Chinese folks that I know are the same way. Just a data point.

Nov 11, 2014
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #4 – 11/05/14 (spoilers)

Here is an article in the New Yorker on the Gluten free explosion.

The research shows that what most non-celiac intolerance of gluten actually comes from reaction to FODMAPS, a carbohydrate that sneaks in to the system with glutens.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/201...

I hope the article is free.

Nov 11, 2014
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #4 – 11/05/14 (spoilers)

I saw the quick fire but had to go to bed. I'll watch the rest tonight. Surprised that Aaron did so well. I was kind of thinking that there was going to be bloodshed.

Nov 06, 2014
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Things chefs say: 18 secrets from the kitchen

Pretty cool sayings.

Nov 06, 2014
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Top Chef Boston - Ep. #3 - 10/29/14 (spoilers)

Great read, thanks for posting.

Nov 05, 2014
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Top Chef Boston - Ep. #3 - 10/29/14 (spoilers)

What if you were a slacker and forgot that Top Chef is back? Wait agonizingly until the start showing repeats? Why NO!!, you read the Linda Whit recaps! Much better than waiting and you don't miss a thing. Thanks Linda. I am back on track now.

How Katz’s Delicatessen Stays in Business Against the Odds

Interesting view of the business model for a deli.