'rants' on Serious Eats

Di Fara: Rant and Response

As the wife of the "Slicemeister General," I get asked on a fairly regular basis if I like Di Fara, which is arguably the pizzeria on which Slice's reputation was based. I emphatically answer NO. I do not like Di Fara at all. I have been four or five times, and I have never had a good time. Why not? Let me enumerate. More

Enough with the Ramp Rage!

While admittedly, there has been a rather unnatural craze for ramps in the food media for the last couple of years—much of it blamed on chefs and their ubiquitous use of the vegetable on menus during its brief, one-month harvesting season—I believe this is a good thing. Ramps aren't over-appreciated now, they were vastly underappreciated in the past. More

It's Not Like the Site Isn't Full of NYC Pizza Info

<RANT> So earlier today we were looking for various frozen pizzas for a frozen-pizza taste test. The Freschetta rising-crust pizza is (un)surprisingly hard to find in New York City. I tweeted about this after visiting the third non-Freschetta-havin' grocery store i visited this morning — only to get a reply from @vacca23: @slice all of the fantastic Pizza in NYC and you're searching for Freschetta? Tsk tsk... Seriously? We can't explore frozen pizza offerings here on Slice? Please. You want fantastic pizza in NYC? Here: http://slice.seriouseats.com/tags/NYC I think that goes 65 pages deep. Ten entries per page. </RANT>... More

Et Tu, White Castle?

White Castle, what is this? I thought it was you and me against the world. You invented the slider, basically defining it as a steam-griddled pickle-and-onion-slathered gutbomb when your founders opened in 1921. I've gone to bat as a... More

Two Idiot Domino's Employees Do Nasty Things to Food, Upload Videos, Get Fired

See the videos, at Consumerist. Wow. I love how quickly this went down. Last night, at 7:26 p.m., Consumerist posted videos that some dumbass Domino's employees had taken showing one of them doing disgusting things with food that was presumably sent out to customers--putting banana peppers up his nose and then on a sandwich, sneezing on cheesy bread. Consumerist readers, using the YouTube account handle and the few identifiable details they could see in the videos, tracked down the Domino's location this occurred in and alerted Domino's corporate. By 10:26 a.m. this morning came word from Domino's HQ that... More

Why Pepperoni Pizza Sucks

But can sausage trap its own greasy goodness, like this? Jon Eick over at the blog So Good has a great rant about pepperoni. Long story short, he don't like it. Here's why: If pizza is high quality, a mere slice of cheese is delicious. If pizza is mediocre, I understand the need to add toppings. But I have news for you pepperoni: you ain't all that and a bag of chips. Pepperoni, while ok, is simply NOT good enough to have earned it's place as the default pizza order of choice on merit alone. Hell no. I believe... More

Pizza Hut and the Walk of Shame

The Walk of Shame: Carrying a Crunchy Cheesy Crust pizza, a Stuffed Crust with pepperoni, and a Super Supreme Pan Pizza back to the office for taste-testing. Thought I'd share with you my experience trying to get three specialty pizzas from Pizza Hut yesterday for the chain pizza taste-off we did. Of the three major nationwide chains, Pizza Hut was the most difficult. It has almost no presence in New York City. And why should it? If you ran the place and knew there were vastly superior pizzas on almost every block of the Big Apple, why would you... More

Gordon Ramsay Hates the Big Mac and Frank Bruni

Gordon Ramsay is the kind of man that has the words "temper" and "outburst" used in nearly every last thing written about him. The Independent's Jonathan Thompson interviewed Ramsay yesterday to get his reaction on the interviews his former mentor and now long-time nemesis Marco Pierre White's been doing in support of his new book, and of course both "temper" and "outburst" appeared in the piece's very first paragraph. White said "there is a time and a place for McDonald's" and naturally, Ramsay feels quite the opposite: "Strip a Big Mac back of everything it's filled up with and you've got two bland basics: fat and fodder. When you think of how exciting it is to make a hamburger... More

Bourdain Rips the Food Network Awards A New One

Anthony Bourdain has a new rant up over at Ruhlman, on the disaster that was the Food Network Awards: It is a measure of how seriously crack-brained, rapacious and evil the Deep Thinkers at Food Network must be that I find myself--yet again--in deep sympathy with their stable of stars. Last night, during the breathtakingly awful, interminable cruelty that was The Food Network Awards, I even found myself feeling bad for Rachael Ray. YES, friends. Rachael Ray. If nothing else, Rachael's BIG now. Network talk show-- doing- well- in- ratings- Big. Own magazine Big. Friend-of-Oprah Big. So, how must it have felt for her to stand up there in front of what appeared to be a halfway empty room... More

Edibles: Lars Can Keep Them

MORE EDIBLES 'Speaking' Italian [Thursday, February 1, 2007] Magnificent Mozza [Wednesday, January 31, 2007] Quotations from Chairman Bruni [Tuesday, January 30, 2007] Jamba Juice [Monday, January 29, 2007] All Edibles... More

Edibles: Jamba Rant

"What is a lower-calorie dairy base?!?" In this installment of Edibles, our own Ed Levine tries Mango Mantra, one of the Jamba Light menu option from rapidly expanding juice chain Jamba Juice. MORE EDIBLES Sour Sunny Bears [Friday, January 26, 2007] Scarfin' the Scharffen Berger [Thursday, January 25, 2007] Getting Cheesy [Wednesday, January 24, 2007] Stockholm Slices [Tuesday, January 23, 2007] All Edibles... More

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