5 Ballparks with Great Craft Beer

I agree. Safeco was robbed. Perpetually underrated ballpark (in almost every category).

3 Washington State Breweries You Should Know

My goodness. Fish Brewing Organic IPA is my favorite beer in the whole world. It's not like your typical West Coast IPA. Try it and you'll see what I mean.

From my hometown, too: Olympia, WA. Every time I make it back there from North Carolina, I always grab a couple of pints.

Got Extra Popeye's Biscuits? Save'em For Breakfast Sandwiches

OK, I just want to go on the record to say that Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen in Chapel Hill has THE BEST BISCUITS. In the world. Yes, I said it. If you have not had a biscuit from there, the you absolutely have not had a -real- southern biscuit. Just sayin'.

Snapshots from Israel: What's The Best Hummus You've Ever Had?

25 Pork Sandwiches in America We Love

Aw man you guys left off the cornbread sandwich from Bunn's Barbecue (Windsor, NC)...

8 Great American Porters

You missed Snoqualmie Steam Train Porter. This is a Northwest classic.

In Food Policy This Week: 5 News Bites

I find the criticism of Wal-Mart's contribution to Growing Power to be completely ludicrous. Who cares what the motivations of Wal-Mart are? It doesn't change the fact that this is $1m going to a good organization that is working to make things better.

What this basically says to me is that there are a big chunk of people out there to whom criticising big corporations is more important than creating progress. To whom detracting is more important than building and going forward.

I know it sounds like I'm a Wal-Mart fanboy, but that couldn't be further from the truth. It just bothers me that people are so easily distracted from their ultimate goal, that's all.

Beer Cooler Sous-Vide: Has Thomas Keller Been Reading Serious Eats?

I kind of agree with jedd63.

While it is possible that he got the idea from this blog, claiming with absolute certainty that we "pioneered it" strikes me as somewhat pretentious.

3 Initiatives Improving Food Access in Food Deserts

First of all, I don't mean to sound like a tool here.

Now that's out of the way, I have some trouble imagining any of these initiatives actually helping those who need it the most. Consider the very low-income family living in a food desert. They have been eating fast food and junk food from convenience stores for a good part of their life. My bet is that they have neither the knowledge nor the desire to know what "healthy" food is. And I certainly can't imagine any of them joining a CSA or going to a doctor to get a food prescription.

This isn't to say that these programs are a failure or anything. I have plenty of friends and friends of friends who have joined CSAs or actively participate in "healthy" eating campaigns. But all of them are educated, middle-income or above, and certainly don't live in a food desert. Where are the policy proposals that really get at the others?

Campus food

Nope, I'm not that picky. I just thought it'd be interesting to see the diversity of food options across campuses. Not trying to influence policy or school choice or anything honestly...

Enough with the Ramp Rage!

I agree with your point that ramps are awesome and delicious. However, like SinoSoul, I also felt that the article was basically written specifically to counter Ozersky. It exudes a little more anger than your typical Kenjipost?

Also, I'm not sure it's fair to call the NYT article on ramps "reactionary." Like you mention, it goes to fair lengths to note that the evidence is lacking on both sides. And anyways, if anything it will only increase the public's interest in ramps...

The Best Surface for Baking Pizza, Part 1: Cheap Pizza Stone

@Garvey: I'm not exactly sure how my suggestion makes me a "tile fanatic." If anything, your assumption that a flowering pot base is a "Mexican lead tile" is only more outlandish than my assumption that it might be safe for use, especially when floured and heated in a 600 degree oven several times over.

At any rate, I think it remains a reasonable subject for a test. I never disparage real pizza stones, and I certainly don't think it was a "stroke of genius" to propose an alternative. So while your point might be valid, there's really no need to be combative.

The Best Surface for Baking Pizza, Part 1: Cheap Pizza Stone

Here's a suggestion for where to get a cheap pizza stone: Home Depot (or Lowe's).

That's right, go to Home Depot and find the gardening section. Then grab one of those large ceramic saucers that's supposed to go under large flowering pots. Take it home, wash it, place it upside down on your oven rack and you have a perfectly suitable pizza stone.

It's thicker than most pizza stones and costs significantly less. And hey, if it breaks, just go buy another one. Mine hasn't broken yet, anyway.

Walmart to Expand Local Produce Purchasing: Do You Agree?

I completely agree with Boner Appetit. 100%.

Nominate Your Favorite Artisan Food-Makers for the Good Food Awards

charcuterie: la quercia of iowa.

that is all.

Serious Beer: 9 IPAs from Washington State

FISH TALE ORGANIC IPA. My all-time favorite beer. Hands down.

Taste Test: Spicy Chips

My all-time favorite potato chips are Tim's Cascade Jalapeno. They are definitely the most jalapeno-y (not just spicy) chips I've tasted and they have the absolute most satisfying crunch.

Tim's Cascade chips are Pacific Northwest treasures. I go to school waaay far away in Philadelphia and I miss them so, so much.

A problem with which isn't really a problem

Hey all,

(Note: what follows is NOT criticism! I'm just lazy and selfishly begging for a new feature.)

I'm not too active in the Talk section of this website (I mostly read SE articles using my RSS aggregator) so I apologize in advance if someone's already suggested this, but does anyone ever wish this website had an RSS feed that only posted summaries or digests of the day or week's posts?

I've been following SE for a long time, a couple of years maybe, and initially the volume of posts on the website was pretty manageable. But with the recent expansions, I feel like my RSS aggregator is just completely overwhelmed by articles. I read a bunch of other blogs that are more important to my work too, so sometimes I end up just skipping over SE articles when I really, really don't want to.

I'm not sure how this would be implemented and I am fully aware that this is a nitpick. But maybe consider setting up a new feed that will allow those of us with less time (or more laziness) to see the day's/week's output at a glance?


Campus food


Has Serious Eats ever considered doing a comprehensive-ish rating of major college dining hall food offerings? I'm not talking about small eateries in the general vicinity of the college, but bona fide dining halls on campus. I think people might be interested in that!

Well, at least I am (having graduated from the college with possibly the worst dining hall, Swarthmore College)...