Dinner — now a lesson in supply and demand.Photo: Shutterstock
New food-delivery start-up Sprig has been the talk of Silicon Valley. It's apparently swimming in money and packing serious culinary star power, but the endeavor sure turned heads today by announcing it's rolling out the nefarious system of "dynamic delivery fees." Co-founder and CEO Gagan Biyani tells Fast Company prices "will go lower," too, "depending on the situation," which means, theoretically, "you may even see free delivery," but this is better translated as: When you're hungriest, it's highly likely food's going to cost the most.
A necessary component of growing.
Finally, cooking with "simple instructions humans can understand."Photo: SmartyPan/Indiegogo
If you heed the words of people who decide this stuff, the next big thing that will no doubt vastly improve your life by fusing tech and cookware is SmartyPan, a battery-powered frying pan that is managed by an app that acts like bumper lanes for bad cooks.
Turn down that temperature.
He's looking at you, kid.Photo: Courtesy of the Ritz Paris
The grand Hôtel Ritz Paris is closed until the middle of next year, so Colin Peter Field of the famed Bar Hemingway seized the opportunity to go on an extended bartender's sabbatical, of sorts, round the world — he was just in Honolulu, for example, where he infused Maker's Mark with kiawe charcoal smoke. Starting next Monday, Field will be at the the Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges and the bar for a short week of guest shifts. Forbes dubbed him the World's Best Bartender back in 2001, and the title stuck for a reason: In addition to serving "Serendipity," his famous Calvados and Champagne cocktail, Field will pour French 75s made from the original Stork Club recipe, meaning the drink is served in a big tumbler, and more. In lieu of souvenirs, Field is also gifting the establishment with a namesake drink made with tequila añejo and crushed cucumber.
Calvados, salted apples, martinis with olive oil ...
"How permanent are the effects of that?"Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images
Last night's release event for Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl, held at the Union Square Barnes & Noble, didn't promise to offer much in the way of food-related entertainment. And yet, during the Q&A session, an audience member posed quite the culinary conundrum to Dunham and co-host Amy Schumer: Would you rather eat only mustard for the rest of your life, or deep-fry your vagina? Wait ... what? Okay, so it's an unusual question, and presents a scenario unlikely to ever be encountered in the real world, but nevertheless, the two comediennes had some interesting thoughts on the matter.
"Do they specify what type of mustard, or no?"
Last month, Incanto's Chris Cosentino leveled with the crowd at the MAD4 symposium about the hazards of celebrity-TV stardom, and that very frank advice, "Be Careful What You Wish For," has finally been posted online. He warns the younger generation of chefs that, yes, an Iron Chef appearance led to a speedy ascent ("Everybody wants to talk to you — 'Oh, you're really funny,' 'You say a lot of good things,' 'You've got really good sound bites.' I f--king hate that word"), but that then beget contractual obligations and insane eating challenges. He says eventually it broke him down. His stomach in particular: "They said it looked like I swallowed a wolverine that tried to scratch itself out. Trust me, it's not f--king funny, because I spent days on the shitter."
Culinary school students, watch this.
Who's he waving at?Photo: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images
The little red guidebook announced its "Bib Gourmand" picks for New York City last week, and this afternoon Michelin published its collection of starred restaurants for its 2015 guide. Most notably, Daniel Boulud's flagship lost a star — it now has two instead of three — while Brooklyn's River Café, which was decimated by Hurricane Sandy, is now back on the list. The surprises include Patti Jackson's Delaware and Hudson, the sleepy Carroll Gardens restaurant Take Root, and Pok Pok Ny. The full list is straight ahead.
Blanca is now a two-star place.
Ready to rage.Photo: Jerod Harris/Getty Images
After rocking a solo performance this weekend in Seattle benefiting 15 Now, a group devoted to promoting a $15 minimum wage citywide for workers, Rage guitarist Tom Morello tried to waltz himself and his entourage into Seattle's 5 Point Cafe. The place was at capacity, however, and had quite the queue backed up outside already, so its doorman, "who's told bigger rock stars than him no," informed Morello they'd just have to wait their turn like everybody else. Upon hearing the news, the guitarist pulled out his phone to vent — where else at 4 a.m.? — on Twitter. Morello slammed the place, of course, but it turns out the restaurant's owner had some fighting words of his own.
"Just lost a ton of respect for you ..."
Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld
The aroma of freshly baked bread wafts through the lobby at 40 Worth.Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev
These days it’s possible to eat just about anything anywhere. And if you’re a roving omnivore like the Underground Gourmet, you don’t restrict your calorific intake to a particular setting — certainly not to your own kitchen or the type of restaurant that spoils its guests with actual chairs with backs and tables with legs. You may, in fact, have recently slurped oysters aboard a creaky old schooner docked along the Hudson, grabbed a ramen burger in the gravel-strewn lot of a hipster gastroflea, or maybe ordered a nice lamb-face salad in a Flushing mall basement. But when was the last time you tucked into a first-rate pain au chocolat in a downtown office building hallway? Probably never. Which is why we recommend you buzz over to the new Arcade Bakery in Tribeca. Otherwise your Unusual-Places-in-Which-I-Have-Eaten checklist is in grave peril of becoming obsolete.
The wafting aroma of freshly baked bread was its only advertisement...
"New York started off by punching me in the face, but now it's giving me a hug."Photo: Liz Clayman
When chef Jamie Bissonnette won his James Beard award for Best Chef in the Northeast earlier this year, he celebrated by whipping out his flask. It wasn't for him, though. Instead, Bissonnette — the chef and owner of Coppa and Toro in Boston, as well as the year-old Toro outpost in New York — passed it around to friends, family, chefs, total strangers, and whoever was close by. "I always have a flask when I go to events because I'm socially weird," he explains. "I just have it so that I can be the one to supply it."
"New York started off by punching me in the face."
Sadly, the Starbucks in the Forbidden City closed down in 2007.Photo: Mr. Tickle/Wikimedia
"There's probably a Starbucks coffeehouse near you," the coffee chain's online store locator says, which turns out to be truer than you may imagine. As part of its generalized world-domination schematic, the green mermaid has infiltrated some of the most remote, highly patrolled, and otherwise deepest corners of society. For a long time, perhaps the oddest Starbucks on Earth could be found within the Forbidden City in Beijing, but that one closed down in 2007. Several more unusual and far-flung coffee counters have opened all over the world since then; here are a few of them.
At the top of a mountain.