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SE Staff Picks: Our Favorite 4 PM Snacks

My four o'clock snack is usually just a second lunch. Or a first dinner. Some lucky cardiologist is going to make a lot of money on me one day.

Grilling: Negimaki

Just a quick edit - in the preview, it reads "getting negimaki—scallions wrapped around thinly sliced flank steak in a teriyaki sauce—thinking of it as "meat sushi.""

It's just a small prepositional error about which I thought I'd make you aware.

Equipment: Cake Testers Aren't Just For Cakes!

Man, I can't believe those guys! Did you give them the book of Best Practice Safety Rules? Or did you not have your traveling copy? It happened to me once; This deli lady gave me a free sample of something she *clearly* had breathed on. I chose a reprimanding look over a lecture as I had a very important book club meeting to attend.

Pumpkin-Spice Latte Roundup: Whole Foods vs. Dunkin' Donuts vs. Starbucks

Okay, I might be inviting criticism, but I'm going full steam ahead with my hot opinion: Pumpkin is for pies. Not coffee.

The Food Lab: Buffalo Fried Turkey

Plus the Cowboys game. Perfect. Anyone ever tell you you're a pretty smart dude?

The Food Lab: How to Eat a Real New Orleans Roast Beef Po' Boy Without Buying a Plane Ticket


Just another fantastic post. Taking away nothing from the other very talented contributors to Serious Eats, I without question am most excited to start reading a story of yours when I see that you've posted a new one. You've set the bar high and continue to meet you high standard of excellence. All that to say, I'd love to dig into that sandwich right now this very moment.

Poll: Do You Like Rotating Menus?

I was impressed to see that the top two got nearly 50 percent of the votes (I voted #2), and it occurred to me that rotating menus are heavily underrepresented here. Until I realized the audience that had answered this poll ... I'm supposing that most of the people who read Serious Eats also like to cook, and imagine themselves in both the position of the chef and the customer (maybe jumping to conclusions, but that was my thought process). And no one wants to imagine him or herself as a chef who has to cook the same thing over and over ...

The Crisper Whisperer: Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower

Wow, that not only sounds really good, but I also find myself empathizing with the feelings of cauliflower. Weird.

Molecular-Gastronomy Pizza Flowers (Fiori di Pizza)

It's funny, I found Salty Seattle a few days ago and marveled at a lot of the stuff she's got on that blog. This might take the cake, though ... or take the pie, as it were (Get it? Pizza? Pie? ... crickets ... )

Spice Hunting: Pairing Chilies and Chocolate

The first time I ever tried something like this was at a place called Lonesome Dove in Ft. Worth. Ancho Chile Chocolate Cake. Out-freaking-standing. It just works, and I have no idea how. But it does.

Serious Heat: What the Heck Is a Trigona?

Phyllo dough stuffed with beef confit and mole sauce. That man is crazy. Crazy and awesome. I wish to attend said competition, but I live in Dallas. Is there any way to transfer taste via webinar?

Reality Check: Carl's Jr. Philly Cheese Steak Burger

I feel like my desire for this sandwich would be inversely related to how much I've had to drink. Sort of beer goggles for food ...

Michelle Obama Urges Congress to Pass Child Nutrition Bill

Heck, pretty soon the government is going to make parenting completely obsolete! That sure will be convenient.

Fuel City: The Best Taco in Texas?

Fuel City might be the best in Dallas, maybe, but even then it's got Tacos Y Mas to contend with. Most people believe those Texas Monthy Best Of articles are predictably fallacious. But determining the best taco in Texas? Sorry, that's impossible for any publication. The state's too big and the task too tall. You can't swing a cat by the tail without hitting five taco stands.

French in a Flash: Green Tapenade Pasta Salad

I agree, very well written!
But to be a brat (something my fiancee calls me regularly) I think to 'decimate' something means to reduce it by a 10th. Something to do with the Roman legions.
Of course, the use of the word has obviously expanded to mean "Drastically reduce the strength or effectiveness of (something)", so really, I shouldn't have written this comment at all, except to make myself sound like the dork I am.
Regardless, I am going to make this. It looks excellent!

The Nasty Bits: Sopaipillas

@Kitchenista: I'm also from Texas, and I notice you also spell 'sopapilla' sans the first 'i'. And your description how they're served matches the one with which I am familiar. So is there a slight difference in the sopapilla and the sopaipilla? Or is the different spelling just a Texas/NM discrepancy?

Poll: What Do You Call Cola Drinks?

"What kinds of Coke do you have?" to which the wait staff lists out a bunch of different sweet carbonated drinks?

Yes, that's typically the MO.

No, we don't say Pepsi coke, just like one (I assume) wouldn't say Pepsi pop ... If I know a place has Dr. Pepper, I'll just order a Dr. Pepper, because It's my favorite kind of coke. Otherwise I'll have to ask what kind of coke they have. Not what kind of Coke they have. We can hear when hominyminous nouns are proper or not down here.

Poll: What Do You Call Cola Drinks?

I drink several different types of coke: Dr. Pepper, IBC, and sometimes Coke.

The Case Against Ketchup

Ah. Ketchup rage. It's like talking about race: no matter how delicately you put forth a well-reasoned point, people are going to get offended even for perceived slights that aren't really there.
It's a good piece, Nick.
Haha - Peacenik.
Anyway, hamburger condiments are quite obviously becoming a taboo subject. We might want to threow that topic in there with politics and religion ...


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