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1. Pepsi to Use Real Sugar in 'Pepsi Throwback' in April
Starting April 20, Pepsi will sell cans of Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback, which will be made with real sugar instead of HFCS. According to an email exchange today with Pepsi-Cola rep Nicole Bradley (inspired by Serious Eaters' questions): "Both products will be offered at the same price as regular Pepsi and regular Mountain Dew." The drinks will only be available until June 13.
2. Coat Check Tipping in the Recession
"Serious eaters, I have a question I want to pose to you about an issue I grapple with several times a week, namely whether I check my coat in restaurants. In these tough economic times even really small spending decisions of a dollar or two seem to take on new importance. Checking your coat in a restaurant is a perfect example."
3. Eat for Eight Bucks: Cornmeal Crepes, Mushroom Ragout, Fried Egg
"... They're a little heartier than French crêpes, much yellower, and taste distinctly tortilla-like even while retaining the classic crêpe's pliant texture. Here, I've stuffed them with mushroom ragoût and a runny fried egg, but you could use ham, or cheese, or a quick "ratatouille" of sautéed vegetables bound with crushed tomatoes. Try them for dessert, too, spread with ricotta and honey and rolled up like cigars." [from Recipes]
4. I Don't Go There Because I Can't Eat the Food
"Well, she did it again. I went to dinner at the future mother-in-law's last night, and this was the menu ... Ramen and nut salad? — I don't know what else to call it. It's a salad made with Italian dressing, broken pieces of Ramen soup, and nuts. Has anyone else ever had this? What the hell is it? ..." [from Talk]
5. Chewing the Fat: Batali and Bourdain on Paris Hilton
Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain discuss what they like to order then they eat out at restaurants and the tastiest cuts of meat. What does this have to do with Paris Hilton? Watch the video to find out.
6. Seriously Italian: Almond Olive Oil Cake for Valentine's Day
"... The almond has emerged as my personal Valentine’s Day icon, and I think it is quite the romantic choice. The flavor and scent of sweet almonds is understated and elegant, like the lady in pearls and a fabulous cocktail dress I’ve always imagined I would be on an actual Valentine’s date with someone who actually likes me...." [from Recipes]
7. Healthy & Delicious: White Chicken Chili
"A combination of Elise Bauer’s version from Simply Recipes and a highly rated Recipezaar dish, this chili is very low in fat (lower if you subtract some cheese), and excellent for using up leftover chicken. It’s pretty mild, too, relatively speaking. For added heat, feel free to add more jalapeños or include the seeds. Oh, and I doubt there’ll be any, but the leftovers are stellar." [from Recipes]
8. Served: Recession Waitressing
Most people still understand that a tip is not an optional expense and that waiters make their living off of tips. You might be saving a few bucks, but remember: bad tipping is bad karma.
9. What's So Weird About That?
"When I was younger, I hated peanut butter (still do) so my mom would make me cream cheese and jelly sandwiches instead of PB&J. Only upon entering high school did I realize that no one else ate this and considered it very odd. I also loved broccoli, spinach, and my favorite meal was corned beef and cabbage, which had for St. Pat's day and my birthday. Apparently all of these things I was not supposed to like. So, what are some things you remember eating that no one else did? Or something you heard of that you thought was very strange?" [from Talk]
10. American Idol Anoop Desai's 60-Page College Honor's Thesis on Barbecue
How can you not love an American Idol contestant who wrote a 60-page college honors thesis about barbecue?