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Blogger Burgercraft: Salty Seattle's Heston Blumenthal-inspired Burger

Food blogger Linda Miller Nicholson of Salty Seattle spent the last year researching burgers—eating burgers from White Castle to Umami Burger and reading up on burger-making techniques from famous chefs—to come up with her Salty Seattle Burger, her take on Heston Blumenthal's labor-intensive burger recipe. She improves upon the recipe by adding potato to the bun, using cheddar and beer instead of Comté and sherry, making her own ketchup, cutting out wheels of lettuce and tomato to fit the burger perfectly, cooking the patties sous vide, and more. She goes into detail about the components and shares her recipe (which is like five recipes combined) for the whole shebang in her post. Awesome display of meticulous burgercraft, Linda! More

2009 FoodBuzz Blog Awards

Vote for your favorite food blogs and bloggers over on FoodBuzz. They break down the nominations by category: Best Photography Blog, Best Recipe Blog, What Blogger Should Have Their "Foodie Life" Made Into a Movie, and more.... More

'Top Chef Masters' Host Kelly Choi: 'Food Bloggers Are Mean'

"The whole idea of blogging about let’s say a new restaurant opening and really cutting down on them—if there’s anything really negative, the form of being anonymous and doing it rampantly is cowardly. There’s definitely a place for constructive critique, but every now and then you come across a review for a restaurant, meal or service that’s just biting, and that’s really uncool. I don’t see it too often, but if you have a real complaint and if you feel that strongly, I hope that person expressed that in the restaurant. You can say anything if you do it nicely." [True/Slant]... More

Meet Aaron Landry, the Twin Cities' Sage of Slicedom

Photograph from Bill.Roehl on Flickr Nice to see Minneapolis's Aaron Landry get some props for his pizza-blogging. His site, found at s4xton.com, isn't primarily about pizza, but he attacks this dear-to-my-heart subject with great passion. He's got a number of reviews from his hometown, a roundup from Kentucky as well as a nice selection from visits to New York City and D.C. To narrow his site's content to pizza, visit his "pizza" category page.... More

Andre Ethier: L.A. Dodger, Food Blogger

We somehow missed this last week, and I kick myself for that because it's such a cool story. The Wall Street Journal has a charming feature on L.A. Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier and his nascent food blog. Mr. Ethier knows where to find the best throat-meat tacos in Los Angeles, the juiciest Salvadoran papusas and the city's tastiest Romanian chicken stew. He waxes poetic about the pinto beans in his native Arizona, where they're often pureed with cream and lard. "Here they want you to taste the bean, not the lard, which is... different."In June, Mr. Ethier began snapping pictures of the dishes at some of his favorite restaurants and posting them on a blog he calls Dining With 'Dre.... More

MenuPages Chicago Interviews Carol Blymire of 'Alinea at Home'

With Carol Blymire, first it was French Laundry at Home, cooking and blogging about each recipe in Thomas Keller's French Laundry Cookbook. Almost done there, she recently announced her next herculean task: cook-blogging the Alinea cookbook. MenuPages Chicago has a revealing Q&A with her. Will she be duplicating the quirky serving pieces chef Grant Achatz employs at Alinea? So, will I buy every single service piece on the Crucial Detail web site? No. Will I spend some time at kitchen stores and even the hardware store trying to figure out how to make it work on my own? You bet. Because finding a way to make my guests stop in their tracks and suspend the day-to-day noise in all our... More

#foodblogger Hashtag Helps You Find Food Bloggers on Twitter

Yesterday I suggested that food bloggers using Twitter tweet the message #foodblogger, essentially tagging themselves and thereby creating a directory of food bloggers within Twitter Search. There are now tons of food bloggers showing up under a search for the #foodblogger tag. If you use Twitter, go have a look. Lots of new voices for you to follow. (More on Twitter "hashtags" here.)... More

Zagat vs. Yelp: A Restaurant Review 2.0 Showdown?

Randall Stross compared Yelp and Zagat in the New York Times on Sunday. While he correctly noted that Yelp now covers more restaurants than Zagat, and uses this as a launching pad to compare and contrast the two companies, he leaves out the most relevant points. Most notably, he completely whiffs on recent business goings-on in the world of user-generated restaurant reviews. My first question is what do serious eaters think about both Zagat and Yelp? And while you ponder that, here's what Stross should have pointed out in his comparison.... More

Neil Diamond Photographed Through a Bagel Hole

Vittles Vamp went to the Neil Diamond show on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, and she did something a little unusual. But something I can totally see becoming some sort of weird food-related photo meme. She shot a photo of the man through the hole of a bagel. This was Brooklyn-bred Neil Diamond, we were talking about. Damn straight, I wasn't bringing him flowers no more. The only thing a bona fide Jewess could do was add an bag of mini-bagels to her FreshDirect order to make sure she had something on hand that was more befitting this Judaic god of schmalzy pop. I'm going to have to bring bagels into the office tomorrow morning and shoot everyone through... More

Tortilla d'Oro

Tortilla Española, the classic Spanish potato-and-egg dish, gets a little tweak from food blogger Marc of [No Recipes]—this one calls for Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced Manchego cheese, and tomato jam.... More

Party of One, Please; Preferably at a Table with Good Lighting

Sure, the rise of food blogs has been chronicled in newspaper and magazine stories ad nauseam, but you know the phenomenon has really grabbed the attention of the mainstream when it appears in a Shoe comic, as it does today. By now, "civilian" diners are probably aware that the people making like Annie Leibovitz with their dinners are likely going to publish that photo on the internets. [via Off the Broiler]... More

Jack, an 'Occasional Restaurant' Grows in Brooklyn

I'm on the NYCfoodbloggers list, which is a great resource for finding out about all sorts of interesting events and items that often fly under the radar. A few months back, the list administrator, Danielle of Habeas Brulée, floated the notion among fellow food bloggers of leasing a space to start a free-form restaurant where different food bloggers would take turns cooking on different nights. It stemmed from her interest in cooking for the public here and there, just not full-time. Fast-forward to today, when an email with an update about her idea appeared in my in-box: Jack is an occasional restaurant, by which we mean that it is only occasionally in existence. We are open for one seating per... More

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