According to our handy site-metering utility, the top 10 most delicious items across the Serious Eats family of sites this week were ...
1. The Crisper Whisperer: Zucchini and Corn Fritters Rule the World. For Reals "Zucchini is the Brangelina of seasonal produce. It reproduces like mad and is inherently and unabashedly plural."
2. Caffeine and Calories Chart "The Buzz vs The Bulge from data visualization blog Information is Beautiful plots the calorie content of beverages against their caffeine content, along with a few common non-caffeinated foods to use for comparison."
3. Impromptu Taste Test: The Cult of Yakult "After tearing back the foil of a frosty Yakult straight from the fridge, I took a sip. Yakult has a very thin consistency, almost like water, and the familiar sweet, slightly fruity flavor came rushing back to me."
4. When Is It Socially Acceptable to Share Food? "With certain friends, ordering repeats is not, under any circumstances, allowed at a meal. Two enchilada orders? Dear heavens, is this some kind of sick joke? Talk about a waste of another sharable dish. For others, sharing food is like sharing gum or toothbrushes. You kind of just don't go there, whether for germ-phobic or territorial reasons. The spectrum ranges from full plate-sharers to nibble-sharers to that food is freakin' mine, step off, anti-sharers."
5. Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 80: Remembering Our Serious Eater Beagle Brass "The only thing that stopped him from opening the fridge was his lack of an opposable thumb."
6. For the Ladies: Hottest Food Network Dude? "Oh, no way, I want Bob Tuschman. I want to tie him up and spank him till he puts the network back the way it was. Sorry fantasy, pardon!!!"
7. Off the Beaten Path: Taking One for the Team at LQQM Kung Fu Bing in Chinatown "So what exactly is a Kung Fu Bing? It’s a flaky, thin griddled Taiwanese bread that closely resembles a Malaysian roti canai. And that’s where the similarity to anything Asian ends. Rather than filling this bread with something like chives—or, better yet, serving it with a curry dipping sauce—Kung Fu Bing uses it as a wrapper for ten sandwiches with decidedly American ingredients. The namesake variety is simply the hot bread folded around some lettuce and tomatoes. I suppose it’s not such a bad deal for $2.49. I felt like something more substantial, and ponied up $4.49 for a sausage and cheese KFB."
8. Gadgets: The Goodbyn Back-to-School Lunchbox "Aside from having a really cute name, the Goodbyn features a smart design that's both practical and environmentally proactive—a tough combination to master given the reputation of eco-friendly products as sometimes underperforming or requiring more work compared to non-green counterparts. Besides being made of recyclable materials and eliminating lots of excess waste, the Goodbyn is a product that simplifies an often overcomplicated task: making lunch simultaneously fun and healthy."
9. Out of the Box: Dr. Oetker Ristorante Mozzarella Frozen Pizza "A German company with North American headquarters in Canada releases a pizza to the United States that is super popular in Italy."
10. You Truly Do Get What You Pay For "...I'm learing to splurge on a few pricy ingredients, here and there, like good stock and wine, olive oil, spices, some fancier italian cut pastas, and better cuts of meat, then trying to go a more classic route with my dishes. Meaning learning to roast veggies to give them a lovely nutty taste, braising, more simple pastas with fewer ingredients, and herb oils. Been doing quite a bit with chimmichurri over grilled beef this summer. Are there any ingredients you splurge on?? Something you can't live without, even if its pricy and feels a bit naughty to buy?"