Posts for July 26, 2013

Brooklyn Sandwich Society Reborn as Martha; Bill Hader’s Iron Chef Days

• Tobias Womack and Andres Valbuena have transformed the Brooklyn Sandwich Society into Martha, a full-service restaurant featuring a family-style menu of local, sustainable ingredients and an open kitchen. It will open its doors August 6. [Grub Street]

• Alice Waters walked Eater through the remodel of Chez Panisse in Berkeley. [Eater]

• What did Bill Hader do before breaking out on SNL? "I worked as an editor on Iron Chef: America..." [CNN]

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A Brick-and-Mortar Rice Krispies Treats Shop Is Opening on the UWS

How pissed is Grandma going to be about this?

Of course: Professional pastry chef Wendy Israel is helping owners Chris and Jennifer Russell write the recipes at Treat House, which opens in a couple of weeks on the Upper West Side, and may in fact be the first brick-and-mortar expressly dedicated to selling Rice Krispies treats, Today reports. Planned flavors include bubble gum (there's a wrapped Dubble Bubble atop each one), cappuccino, caramel sea salt, and blueberry pie. Team Treat House will sell twelve varieties at any given time, and will use cane sugar instead of the refined stuff in their house-made marshmallows. In a move that'll surely make PTAs everywhere ecstatic, ten cents from the sale of every square they bake will be donated to the Food Bank for NYC. [Today]

21 Strong Reactions to McDonald’s McLobster Sandwich, Now Available in Ontario

The fast food lobster roll is back on the menu for a limited time.Photo: Courtesy of McDonald's Canada

The fast food giant sells this thing that purports to be an old-fashioned lobster roll in parts of Canada for a limited time each year. For the longest time, it used to be the exclusive domain of McDonald's in the Maritimes — Nova Scotia native Ellen Page is riveted — but now, the so-called McLobster has made its way to Ontario, and while some have argued this is great news for the lobster industry, others are just scared out of their minds. A supposed delicacy made with "100 percent Atlantic Lobster" sold at the low, low price of $6.97 ($6.77 U.S.D.) per roll by the world's most powerful restaurant chain is bound to prompt a breath of strong reactions, and we've got 21 of them, straight ahead.

"No, this isn't someone's puke." »

Adam Platt Doesn’t Want to Ask You to Turn the Music Down

"I don't want to sound like an old crank, a lot of these restaurants are excellent ... I just had lunch at David Chang's Momofuku Noodle Bar. It was relatively quiet, but at the peak time of lunch hour, it was like trying to eat your lunch inside a wooden Kleenex box." — New York restaurant critic Adam Platt tells Leonard Lopate why, exactly, a new wave of restaurateurs have created a culture where dining rooms keep getting "louder and louder." Hear the interview here. [WNYC, Related]

Mario Batali Introduces ‘Mario by Mary’ Catering Line

Heck, he already has his own Mario Batali–branded food line.Photo: Hugh Merwin

The illustrious chef has catered private events in the past through his restaurants, and now The Wall Street Journal reports that Mario Batali has put his name on a deluxe catering division in collaboration with industry veteran Mary Giuliani. "Our food sensibilities are quite similar," she says, explaining that the Batali-branded menus consist of small-bite versions of menu staples served at properties within his restaurant group like Otto and Mozza. Meanwhile, the chef has already lent his name to an expansive line of pasta, sauces, gelato, and more, so don't rule out a chef-helmed overtaking Amazon sometime in the near future. In any event, the new, canapé-driven endeavor is called Mario by Mary, and is ready for your business. It will make its official debut this weekend at an East Hampton event benefiting Jessica Seinfeld's Baby Buggy charity. [WSJ]

Watch Older Folks Get Freaked Out Over Epic Meal Time

The people who brought you a group of endearing children who are more articulate on the subject of interracial families than many adults have released a collection of older people reacting to Epic Meal Time, the extreme (and extremely calorific) food video site. Some are amused by the prospects of a meat loaf the size of a small child, while others are thrilled by the copious amounts of bacon involved in the food stunts, and nearly everyone is horrified by the three-headed Franken-lamb. Prepare to smile, gag, then hopefully smile again.

"Oh, they're high on bacon." »

Canadians Continue to Gift Each Other With Vast Amounts of Free Tim Hortons Coffee

A mystery man bought coffee for 500 strangers earlier this week at a Tim Hortons in Edmonton, and now, two others have followed that up with $1,800 more at a Tim's kiosk at Royal Alexandra Hospital, the Edmonton Journal reports. (About 1,600 large, free coffees, by our estimation.) Meanwhile, the extreme generosity has spread to the chain's locations in Calgary (520 free coffees) and Ottawa (1,000). Perhaps those older gentlemen singing "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" at an Oakville, Ontario Tim Hortons earlier this year actually knew this was coming. Or miraculous things just happen at Tim Hortons. [Edmonton Journal, Earlier, Related]

Watch Anthony Bourdain Talk Cronuts

As promised, Anthony Bourdain filled in for Piers Morgan last night, guest-hosting Morgan's chat show. As for the guests: Bourdain called up old friends David Simon and David Carr, as well as Mario Batali and Bourdain BFF Eric Ripert. He also talked — what else? — cronuts with Dominique Ansel and Grub's very own Hugh Merwin. (Apparently the promise of a cronut is what lured Simon up from Baltimore, but even the creator of The Wire couldn't actually get his hands on full one. Simon, on his blog: "Tony Bourdain, you lying sonofabitch, you owe me a motherfucking cronut.") Ahead, watch as Bourdain tries his own first cronut and polls the audience to see if it's better than Ansel's original best-selling pastry, the DKA.

"He wrote the song..." »

Andy Ricker’s Whiskey Soda Lounge Officially Opening Next Month

Four saffron-robed Buddhist monks from Long Island's Vajiradhammapadip Temple stopped by Andy Ricker's Pok Pok Whiskey Soda Lounge to bless the place, T reports. A pre-opening visit from the prayer squad is, of course, standard operating procedure for the restaurateur — "A blessing can't hurt," he says — and the long-awaited bar, which is slated to open next month, will help keep wait-listed customers on Columbia Street content with tamarind whiskey sours, but also with a menu of Ricker's deft small plates, like "spicy-sour cured pork riblets." There's also something T describes as an "experimental dish featuring live, young eels," which will undoubtedly not be ordered by anyone at all squeamish when the bar opens in "mid- to late-August." [T/NYT, Earlier, Related]

Brooklyn Flea Creators Bringing District Flea to D.C.

Brooklyn Flea, headed to D.C.

Just a month after opening a Philadelphia outpost, Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg creators Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler have announced plans for District Flea, which will run for six consecutive Saturdays starting September 14 in Washington, D.C. The new market will be comprised of about 150 vendors, including prepared food businesses, and also the same kinds of small batch jam and jerky makers who sell out of stalls at Smorgasburg, and will occupy 37,000 square feet of space at 945 Florida Avenue in the U Street neighborhood. All you congressional aides with dreams of owning your own merguez sandwich truck are in luck. The Washington Post reports the new endeavor is still searching for vendors. [Washington Post, Earlier]

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Return to Blue Hill; Matt Damon Eats Doughnuts at STK

Good choice, guys.Photo: Sharpshooter Images/Splash News

This was a particularly gossip-filled week in New York City: Jennifer Aniston celebrated an early anniversary at Blue Hill, while Matt Damon ate a ton of desserts at STK. Jake Gyllenhaal forgot his wallet at Sant Ambroeus, and Chris Rock ordered five gallons of sangria at Nello. This, and more, in our weekly roundup of celebrity dining.

Where did Emma Watson eat tacos? »

Actress Piper Perabo Rips Into Korean Fried Chicken, Can’t Resist Her Mom’s Blueberry Pancakes

Perabo, at Jack's Wife Freda, where you might find her luggage hiding in the kitchen.Photo: Melissa Hom

Piper Perabo first made her name in 2000's Coyote Ugly. So in a way, it's fitting that she's now an investor in a different (ahem ... superior) New York City bar, Employees Only. In fact, Perabo is also an investor in Jack's Wife Freda — a move that comes in handy when she's traveling. "When I fly into New York, I'll have the car go right to Jack's," she says. "I'll put my luggage in the kitchen and have dinner — it's close enough that I can roll my suitcase home." Right now, she's traveling a lot, flying between New York (where she lives) and Toronto, where she's shooting Covert Affairs (the new season premiered on USA last week). But while she was in New York this week, she still found time to hit Il Buco, feast on her mom's blueberry pancakes, and, of course, stop into Jack's. Read it all in this week's Grub Street Diet.

"I got home to New York and I was feeling guilty..." »

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