Food is a basic human need, but as food obsessives, we aim to elevate our diets to an art beyond the consumption of basic nutrients. We’ll take something very simple, like cheese and bread, and try to figure out ways to make grilled cheese taste more flavorful. The same can be said of fashion. We need to stay warm and sheltered from the elements, but we’ll try to do it in a way that makes us look stylish, fly, on point and/or fleek. There are several socioeconomic treatises that can be said on the subject, but the point is, there are people in this world doing very interesting things in both industries. Sometimes, those worlds collide. Here are 9 striking examples of the union of food and fashion.
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White BBQ sauce is popping up on menus from Portland, Ore., to New York City, where Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer is dousing wings with it at Blue Smoke, to fine-dining restaurants like Publican in Chicago, where Paul Kahan has served char-grilled carrots with white BBQ sauce. So what is it, and what makes it so special? Actually, the sauce has existed since the early 1920s, when “Big Bob” Gibson opened his eponymous restaurant in Decatur, Ala. Over 90 years later, a lot of people in Alabama believe BBQ sauce is white, because that’s what they grew up with. Outside of Alabama, people who have ever heard of such a thing have been few and far between. But with 93 (and counting) Shake Shacks around the world, Danny Meyer is as good a barometer as any for what you can expect to see on your plate in the coming years.
We caught up with the man who helms the pit at “Big Bob” Gibson Bar-B-Q these days, Chris Lilly, to find out why he thinks white BBQ sauce is the best.
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It’s time for round two of our March Madness campus eats tournament. Here are two head-to-head battles for Friday night’s Sweet 16 showdown.
Gonzaga University COG Cookies vs. UCLA Ice Cream Sandwich
Gonzaga University COG Cookies
COG, or Center of Gonzaga, cookies come right from the university and make an appearance at all sporting events. Basketball fans look no further: A fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie is waiting for you at the stadium.
UCLA Ice Cream Sandwich
A trip to UCLA without getting an ice cream sandwich from Diddy Riese’s would be a worse crime than missing a free throw. Mix and match with 10 cookies and 12 ice cream flavors for the ultimate dessert.
Michigan State Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich vs. University of Oklahoma Chili Con Queso
Michigan State Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
The ice cream cookie sandwich from Michigan State’s Melting Moments is the perfect way to celebrate your team’s victory. Keep the party going with bourbon-spiked vanilla ice cream stuffed between irresistible chocolate chip cookies
University of Oklahoma Chili Con Queso
The chili con queso from the University of Oklahoma’s The Mont is an awesome game-day snack. With four melty cheeses and spicy sausage, this dip will have your guests licking the bowl clean.
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Yesterday, Bruce McCulloch of the Kids in the Hall participated in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. He answered a lot of fans’ questions about his creative process and future projects, but his most enlightening feedback came in response to whether or not he liked sandwiches:
“i love sandwiches. they are trustworthy. you tell a sandwich a secret – it will stay a secret. Some people think they taste good. I don’t know about that – i just keep them around as my ‘secret keepers'”
Get our best secret keepers like the ever-dependable sausage, pepper and onion and 33 other sandwiches.
Every good chef needs a good set of tools. When Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos are in Tuscany, they try to cook with unique Tuscan tools whenever possible. And, like any chef, they’re always looking to add to their arsenal. On tonight’s Extra Virgin at 9pm ET, they’ll take the kids to a flea market go on the hunt for traditional cooking utensils. Debi and Gabriele are on the lookout for antiques with history, stories and soul to decorate their kitchen. It turns out, a lot of antique kitchen tools can look pretty sinister. For example, the above photo might look like a bludgeoning device, but it’s actually a molinillo, a tool used by Spaniard colonists in Mexico since the early 18th century to make hot chocolate. Browse through these photos of old tools after the jump and try to guess if they were used for cooking or for torture. Highlight below each photo with your mouse to reveal the answer (or check the comments below).
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Winter has come. And it feels like it could last a generation. There are at least two ways to feel better about it, apart from stumbling upon a stockpile of dragonglass. You can spend it chomping down comforting meals like classic casseroles, mac and cheese, steaming soups and stews, and nostalgic recipes like Mom used to make. (We can help with that.) Alternatively, you can try to win tickets to a Game of Thrones-themed pop up in London taking place between February 13 and 15. HBO is setting up the restaurant — styled to feel like a secret Small Council meeting in King’s Landing — to promote the show’s 4th season coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. We expect it lets you enjoy all the thrills of consuming poached veal tongue without the hazards of poisonous wine or a sword to the gut. The sweepstakes is running now, but you must be older than 18 and be a permanent UK resident (is that in Ulthos?)
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Unwrapped 2.0 is about to invade your television sets with a new host, Alfonso Ribeiro, and a new set of behind-the-scenes looks at how your favorite packaged foods get made. In honor of the show’s past and future delights, here are 14 fascinating facts in the world of mass food manufacturing.
Watch Unwrapped 2.0 every Monday at 10pm ET.
Bonus: Binge on some old-school episodes of the original Unwrapped for free online.
Beer and football go together like Clydesdales and puppies, but what is the right drink if you prefer stemware to steins?
Bryan Jones, executive chef of St. Francis Winery in Sonoma, spends a lot of time thinking about wine-and-food pairings. Jones runs the winery’s dining program, which means that he essentially is the opposite of a sommelier, cooking up just the right dish to pair with the estate’s classic California wines, like peppery Zinfandel (It’s meatloaf with a tomato-garlic-chile ketchup, if you were curious).
So we picked his brain to figure out what he’d serve at a Super Bowl party.
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American designer Zac Posen has clothed Naomi Watts, Glenn Close and Reese Witherspoon, to name a few. On tonight’s Extra Virgin at 9pm ET, he’ll bestow his fashion finesse onto Debi Mazar and her daughter Giulia when they go to his studio for a behind-the-scenes tour and dress fitting. Then she’ll pay him back with fresh Peach Bellinis, Linguine with Red Snapper (photo after the jump) and Smoked Trout Salad that also has something interesting going on with dressing. For Debi, the correlation between food and fashion has always been two-fold. Firstly, she’s deeply passionate about both. Furthermore, her love of food has caused her dress size to fluctuate over the years,
forcing her granting her the opportunity to buy more and more outfits. Zac thinks food and fashion are even more closely stitched. He says:
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