'Olympics' on Serious Eats

Serious Cheese: The Olympic Cheese-Plate Showdown

It's February, and the polar vortex is in full effect across the country. The winter blues have raked your soul bare and there is truly nothing to look forward to. Wait, what's that? Ice dancing? Curling? Jamaican bobsledders? That can mean only one thing: the winter Olympics are nigh! And what Olympic celebration would be complete without a global celebration of artisan cheese? More

Cakespy: Olympic Ring Cookies

The Olympics: a time to celebrate the infinite abilities of the human body and spirit. Of course, if you're more of an armchair athlete, you'll be happy to have plenty of cookies to keep you company while watching those sporty types do their thing. More

In Videos: Michael Phelps' 12,000 Calorie Diet on 'Saturday Night Live'

Are you tired of diets that actually involve eating less and exercising? Want to replace the flavored water and grapefruit regimen with 12,000 calories a day? That would be a pound of pasta, an actual pig in a blanket, a barrel of Halloween candy, and a pitcher of Hollandaise sauce—just for one meal! Jared Fogle, of Subway diet fame, makes a cameo in this SNL sketch from the weekend, but does not approve. He seems to think results will yield a blubbery belly instead of rock-hard Olympian gold medalist abs. Video, after the jump.... More

Olympic Volleyball Player Kerri Walsh Eats a Banana, Wins Gold

This video funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service's Small Step program features Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor (filmed before they won yesterday) plugging healthy food. Along with the cast of the animated Christian show 3-2-1 Penguins!, the women promote their idea of a "balanced" diet—one drastically different from that of fellow American athlete Michael Phelps. Says Kerri Walsh: My favorite snack is a banana because it gives me all the energy I need to before a big match. A banana? No three sandwiches of fried eggs, grits, French toast, and chocolate chip pancakes? Phelps would scoff. Then he would eat a banana as if it were the Runts candy version. Watch the... More

Punctuation-Heavy Olympics Cake

Do parentheses and quotes somehow cancel each other out? Seems a bit superfluous for this cake baker to go through all that punctuation trouble. Couldn't the extra icing have gone to a better cause? Like a few quote, unquote rings? (What the cake order form was probably requesting in the first place.) [via amanda0730]... More

China Promises Safe Food for 2008 Olympics

Ahead of next year's Summer Games, the Chinese government pledges that its food will be safe for "athletes, coaches, officials, and others" attending the events. "All the procedures involving Olympic food, including production, processing, packaging, storing and transporting will be closely monitored," Sun Wenxu, an official with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, told reporters Tuesday. In a related move, the government also executed a former food and drug chief there who was found guilty of taking cash in exchange for approving six untested medicines.... More

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