TLC's new reality show Best Funeral Ever chronicles extravagant services for the dearly departed. They're more like grotesque celebrations of death (did nobody take The Hunger Games seriously?). One of the episodes features the barbecue-themed funeral of Willie McCoy, the voice of the catchiest jingle ever. There's a fountain of sauce, ribs to feed the mourners, and live pigs. And his coffin looks like a smoker.
A sneak peek ahead, if you can stomach it.
The neon has been replaced with flat-screen TVs.
A weird kind of symmetry seems to affect old OTBs and Salvation Army locations that have been converted into restaurants. To wit: A Manhattan Salvation Army became the dainty Salvation Taco, and an old OTB parlor in Williamsburg is renovated to include escargot and classic cocktails. Meanwhile, the old Salvation Army on Steinway Street in Astoria became a mammoth beer and burgers bar with 57 televisions, and now, the old OTB down the road will reopen as the Sweet Spot, a 7,000-square-foot sports "bar, restaurant, and lounge" with 43 TVs spread out across two floors, DNAinfo reports.
'Downton Abbey' in ultra-HD.
No stranger to controversy, Eddie Huang's at it again with the word vomit. (Remember that time he announced he smoked weed in his restaurant? Yeah.) Sassy Huang isn't afraid to offend his industry peers, and he's made some interesting friends and foes as a result. Marcus Samuelsson: Foe. Guy Fieri: Friend. And now, Danny Bowien: Foe (but Michael White and Sam Sifton: Friends!). The Baohaus chef sat down with The Wall Street Journal and said a lot of controversial things, including that he's bothered by the success of Danny Bowien. Consider this the start of his uncensored press tour: His first book, Fresh off the Boat: A Memoir, comes out this month. We've picked out the oh-no-he-didn't quotes from the profile for your entertainment.
"People in the industry don't like me."
Not always as delicious as you might think.Photo: Lew Robertson/Corbis
The other week, after her parents imposed a like, totally life-ruining 10 p.m. Internet curfew, a Sacramento teen decided there was only one thing left to do: Drug her parents by slipping a friend's prescription sleep medicine into milkshakes. Chocolate and vanilla, to be exact, though the parents only drank about half of each because the drinks tasted crunchy and bad. These unassuming folks weren’t the first, however, to be duped by the seemingly sweet treats. Here’s a look at other frozen-dairy-product-related crime throughout the century, broken down by flavor.
It's actually really sad.
Eat your beets.Photo: Harry Bischof/Corbis
If you haven't noticed, it's getting damn cold outside. This kind of weather makes you crave stick-to-your-bones comfort food, and that's exactly what you should eat. There are restaurants around that serve this kind of fare, with the added bonus of health benefits. This week, that means a grass-fed burger at James (which is tucked inside a cozy Prospect Heights brownstone), scallops at the recently reopened the Good Fork, and roasted squash at Home.
A beet-and-frisee salad and more ahead.