It’s more than just alliteration;it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
The key to Memorial Day weekend is simplicity and relaxation with some good food and drink. Any backyard Memorial Day bash should feature sizzling hamburgers off the grill and refreshing pitchers of cold, sweet cocktails. We’re choosing to celebrate with our favorite libation hailing from Cuba, the cooling and minty mojito.
Start by gently muddling the mint to release oils for an herbaceous accent to this spectacular mojito. Then this cocktail is played up with freshly-squeezed lime and lemon juices, light rum, bubbly club soda and lots of ice. Incredibly refreshing, simple and delicious, there’s no better summertime cocktail to whip up for a crowd.
Pizza. The great unifier. The one thing pretty much everyone, aside from the lactose intolerant, agree on. I’d be hard pressed to find a time when I don’t want pizza. It’s just a matter of when I allow myself to have it. Now, thanks to Domino’s Brazil, this temptation is going to be even harder to resist.
Domino’s Brazil has teamed up with a series of local DVD stores to replace the label on popular DVDs to a heat sensitive one. What does it do? As the movie plays, the player heats it up, giving off an aroma of a pizza baking. The label also changes visually, going from a plain old title card to a delicious looking pizza. It’s just a little reminder that next time you watch a movie, maybe you should also dig in to a slice or three.
There has been no word on if and when this technology would invade the rest of the world. Here’s hoping nobody actually tries to eat the DVDs.
Grab some high-quality ear plugs: the cicadas are coming. This spring, billions of these noisy insects will be emerging from the ground to annoy the living pants out of us. This collosal invation happens once every 17 years — the result of their lengthy gestation cycle — and this year’s influx is known as Brood II. You know what that means. Let’s eat ‘em!
Wait… what? You heard that right. A New Haven, Connecticut restaurant called Miya’s Sushi will be putting the soon-to-be-plentiful ingredient all over their menu. This is no marketing gimmick, however. The restaurant’s owner, Bun Lai, has stated that he prefers eating bugs to meat and Miya’s Sushi already features several grasshopper dishes.
So while our ear drums and gross-out muscles are getting an extra work-out, at least we can bask in the knowledge that we won’t go hungry. There will literally be billions of tasty morsels flying all around us. Yum.
Hops and HominySan Francisco is one of those places in the country that’s just all-around incredible. The views, the weather, the people, the food: There are plenty of reasons why it attracts so many visitors. When you visit, be sure to embrace the active lifestyle. There are great places to hike inside the city and around it.
Once you’ve picked up on the car-free lifestyle of the San Fran locals, stop by this food truck to eat like one. Banjara Bistro’s specialty is the crepes, and the Southern Soul can’t be beat: It includes pulled pork, braised greens, honey bacon and cheddar.
Grilled romaine is one of those things that I order every time I see it on a menu. It’s just such a fascinating hybrid to me of two things that I wouldn’t at all think belong together: the grill, with its rough, hot brutishness juxtaposed with the tender, crispy leaves of “spa food” infamy. What sounds like failure in the making may in fact change the way you feel about romaine forever.
Grilling romaine at home is not a complicated or lengthy process. A quick spritz with some nonstick spray, 30 seconds of high-heat contact and BAM! Otherwise boring greens take on new life with a smoky aroma and toasted flavor with enough depth to let them stand on their own as a dinner centerpiece.
I stole a page from my friend Charissa’s recipe book and charred a grapefruit to serve as the base of this salad’s dressing. Its subtle tartness plus the charred leaves and a few toasted almonds make beautiful culinary harmony.
In the past few years, websites that let you order restaurant delivery food have really blown up. Gone are the days where you have to interact with fellow humans in order to eat a pizza. You simply head to your favorite site and click a few hungry clicks. Technology! Now, two of the biggest delivery sites are merging to form a mega-verse of dining laziness, combining their restaurant databases and unique technologies.
GrubHub and Seamless — once fierce competitors — have announced a merger to create an as-yet-unnamed super-company. GrubLess? SeamHub? The deal, which is still subject to that wascally regulatory approval process, will give you even one less thing to remember when ordering food. Just type G or S into your web browser and autocomplete should take care of the rest for you.
In the meantime, you should probably just stay home and cook.
Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
On Monday nights, I go for recipes that require minimal prep work and yield leftovers. Not only do I save money, but I also have something delicious to look forward to the next day in the office. Sundried Tomato and Basil Mac and Cheese fits the bill for a low-key dinner — and an extra -pecial lunch for the next day (or two).
You’re never too old for macaroni and cheese. Perhaps you’ve moved past the infamous blue box, but cheesy pasta is a timeless — and ageless — guilty pleasure. This recipe is classy enough to serve at a dinner party but easy enough to make for tonight’s Meatless Monday dinner. If you’re worried about having too many leftovers, halve the recipe or stick some of the extras in the freezer for a quick dinner down the road.
Here in America, thanks to the nefarious work of Morgan Spurlock and others, we have begun expecting our fast food joints to be kinda, well, healthy. Most of them now serve veggie burgers, salads and even cups of fibrous material that scientists call fruit. In Japan, however, that is not the case. Japanese fast food restaurants still embrace the unhealthiness in all of its deep-fried glory. Case in point? McDonald’s and their new French fry size.
McDonald’s Japan has just unveiled something they are calling the “Mega Potato.” This massive container holds so many French fries, diners will think they have died and gone to deep-fried heaven. Don’t eat the whole thing in one sitting, or you might actually die (and go to deep-fried heaven). It holds enough French fries to make up two large-size American portions.
This Mega Potato will set you back 490 yen, or $4.80. Considering two large fries at your local McDonald’s costs around $6, it is quite a steal!
Alibi is located in the “drunk tank” of the former Charles Street Prison, where those arrested for public intoxication were kept overnight — a unique place to relive a little Boston history (hopefully on better terms). Thick brick walls with cell doors and windows, original stone floors from the jail, mug shots of celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Jim Morrison and Nick Nolte hanging on the walls, and jail-themed cocktails, like The Doing Thyme, The Walk of Shame and Gordon Gekko, are unsubtle reminders of the bar’s theme. But leather couches, dark wood tables and candlelight make the experience much pleasanter today than it was for its former visitors.