'birthdays' on Serious Eats

Happy Paula Deen Day!

Big discovery this morning: it's Paula Deen's 64th birthday. In honor of our favorite butter-loving Southern belle (born Paula Hiers), we've declared it Paula Deen Day. So be sure to wish your friends a Happy PDD! We'll take this opportunity to spotlight some of our favorite Paula creations. Try to integrate them into your diet today if you feel so celebratory. More

Serious Eats Is Four Years Old: Happy Birthday to Us!

Serious Eats turns four years old today. How cool is that? Who would have thunk it. Four years ago, we launched Serious Eats hoping that serious eaters—people passionate about food—would gravitate to a site that made them feel welcome. A site where they could chew the fat with like-minded folks, about anything going on in the food culture. More

Video: Birthday Cat Is Not Amused

You may have seen the birthday cat meme earlier this week. A very unimpressed-looking, smooshed-face cat (in a red tie!) is being serenaded "Happy Birthday" by some cute-sounding kids. But the cat so doesn't want to be there. I was saving this video gem for our Animals Eating Friday feature, and then realized—oh, how perfect! Our own AHT editor/beautiful photo-taking/manatee-loving Robyn's birthday is on Friday! But Robyn doesn't look unamused right now—she looks pretty chuffed. She's also not in a red tie. More

October 13, 2009: Slice's Six-Year Anniversary

A birthday pizza from New York Pizza Suprema. [Photograph: Adam Kuban] Hola, everybody. It's me, Slice Dude. Well, guess what? This blog is six years old today! Yup, that's right. On this day in 2003, at 12:36 p.m., Slice made its crusty, saucy, cheesy debut. As far as mascottin' round these here parts, I wasn't even a ball of dough then! But Adam's been at this the whole time. And I think all this pizza-blogging has made him a little crazy. I mean, look, he made me wear this stupid hat, then he spanked me six times (what's that... More

Happy 50th, Morrissey

As a morose teenager, I found no small comfort in the music of The Smiths and the lyrics of their frontman, Morrissey. I'm a little less mopey now but still love listening to those early Smiths records—if not so much solo Mozzer. Anyway, happy birthday, Morrissey. What's this have to do with pizza? Not much, but here, peep this.... More

Barbie Cake in Australia Celebrates the Doll's 50th Anniversary

telegraph.co.uk Happy 50th, Barbie. The Telegraph reports that a 2.1 meter tall cake, the biggest Barbie cake in history, was displayed on the First Fleet Steps of the Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia. That should feed all her friends and coworkers, as she's been a pediatrician, Air Force jet pilot, sign-language teacher, McDonald's cashier, Malibu beach bum, plastic corvette driver, and many other noble professions. Related Barbie's Celebrity Chef Moment: 'I Can Be TV Chef Playset' Photo of the Day: Ox Tongue Angel Barbie Creative Photos of Dolls and Food From Boopsiedaisy... More

Quote of the Day

"I would not like them here or there. I would not like them anywhere. I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam I Am." —Theodore Geisel, or Dr. Seuss, who would have been 105 today... More

Who Should Pay at a Birthday Dinner?

At a woman's recent birthday dinner, as reported by CNN, "the bill for the birthday girl and her seven guests came to a whopping $3,450, which someone suggested splitting evenly. That worked out to $500 per person, plus tip." One guest refused. How do you usually handle these situations? More

Photo(s) of the Day: Happy Birthday, Robyn!

Since one photo cannot summarize the breadth of serious eating this woman can perform, we had to pick four. ¡Feliz cumpleaños, Robyn! And special thanks to Mrs. Lee for birthing you! We must also thank your friends from Norway who sent that Rick Astley lookalike today from the Peppy Grams singing telegram service. To quote Rick: we're never gonna give you up, Boppy.... More

Happy 50th Birthday, Sushi Conveyer Belt

Photograph from mstephens7 on Flickr 1958 was a big year. A fourteen-year old Bobby Fischer won the U.S. Chess championships, NASA was created and the very first sushi conveyor belt scooted around a restaurant! It all started in April of 1958 when a mobile stream of plates carrying tuna belly fat and salmon first rotated inside Mawaru Genroku Sushi restaurant in Osaka, Japan. Creator Yoshiaki Shiraishi called it "kuru kuru sushi," which adorably translates to "sushi-go-around" in Japanese, and eventually decided that 8 centimeters per second was the ideal speed—slow enough for safe arrivals, but also fast enough to keep up with voracious appetites. Shiraishi also invented a robotic sushi model, where robots carry the raw fish, but it didn't... More


The U.S. Flag: In 1777, Old Glory was adopted by Congress as the flag of the United States. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson declared June 14 Flag Day. In 2006, Martha Stewart whips up this American Flag Tart (right), perfect for the vexillologist in your life. Raspberries, blueberries, and crème fraîche create the familiar design of Old Glory. Junior Walker: Born in 1931, died in 1995. As the leader of Motown's Junior Walker and the All Stars composed the song "Home Cookin'," which takes a woefully unenlightened view of domestic relationships. Laurie Colwin: Born in 1944, died in 1992. Many of the food-minded folks out there will recognize Colwin as the author of Home Cooking and More Home Cooking as... More


Malcolm McDowell: Born in 1943. Probably best known for his turn in A Clockwork Orange, McDowell's early jobs included serving drinks in his parents' pub and a stint as a coffee salesman. Ally Sheedy: Born in 1962. Her Breakfast Club character, Allison Reynolds, whipped up a Cap'n Crunch–and–Pixie Stix sandwich during Saturday detention.... More

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