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Vegemite Survey Spreads It Back President Obama’s Way

President Obama once famously told a visiting Australian Prime Minister that he was no fan of their dark brown food paste.

This week, Down Under’s leading market research firm is firing back:

President Obama described Vegemite as “horrible… a quasi-vegetable byproduct that you smear on your toast”, but what would he know? He’s not Australian! As the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research reveal, Vegemite is overwhelmingly more popular among people born here than overseas-born Aussies — although New Zealand-born folks are rather partial to it, too.

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Now Boarding: A Michelin Three-Star Chef

AndreasCaminadaSwissAirlinesThe last few tweets from this airline account are all extremely convincing reasons to @FlySWISS.

Aboard a Swiss International Air Lines flight from Zurich to New York arriving at JFK around 12:30 p.m. today is Michelin three-star chef Andreas Caminada (pictured). He was recruited to personally oversee in-flight food and drink worthy of his establishment Schauenstein Schloss, set inside an 18th century castle 90 minutes outside of Zurich and rated one of the world’s Top 50 sit-down joints by Restaurant magazine. Sure beats a bag of peanuts and a can of “that will be one Euro, please” soda.

From a recent Q&A with Caminada:

The Financialist: What would you consider your most surprising dish?

Caminada: Sometimes our restaurant guests are wary of certain ingredients. We don’t force anyone to eat anything, but we do encourage them to be open-minded about foods they may only think they don’t like. For instance, we have a halibut with onions prepared five different ways on the menu that has converted some guests who were suspicious of onions. They realize that as long as you don’t eat them raw, onions are mild and very pleasant, whether sautéed in red wine, whole roasted, or fried to a crisp.

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More Thanksgiving Recipe Trouble for the New York Times

The New York Times interactive feature “The United States of Thanksgiving” is getting plenty of interaction. Just not exactly the kind of interaction the paper bargained for.


As gleefully noted this morning by Romenesko, Minnesotans very quickly took offense to the idea of grape salad being in any way representative of their state. (The feature lists one holiday recipe for D.C., Puerto Rico and each state, with the MN entry contributed by weekly columnist David Tanis). Now comes more geo-dissent, courtesy of Des Moines Register food writer Jennifer Miller:

I think Iowans cannot be far behind with the (pitch)forks. Apparently what evokes a traditional Iowa Thanksgiving is “Thanksgiving Cookies”? WTH, NYT?…

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Ten Sandwiches Ready for Their Close-Up

Processed with VSCOcam with b1 presetThis week around Manhattan, food stylist Jen Beauchesne (pictured) can probably have her pick of delicatessen table, extra-large pickle and free side of whatever. That’s because she, more than anyone else, is responsible for making the stars of the platter look very good at the Smartphone end.

Together with photographer Will Styer, Beauchesne created the slides that appetize the Refinery29 feature “The 10 Most Iconic New York Sandwiches.” We’ve had some, but not all, of the highlighted stars. Hard to go wrong at this Thursday lunch hour with Selection #1 – the pastrami at Katz’s Delicatessen.

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Nice Day for an Adam Perry Lang Table Setting

Please forgive the hackneyed headline-paraphrase of the chorus from Billy Idol‘s “White Wedding.” However, since privileged access to an outdoor performance by Idol in the heart of Hollywood was one of several experiences served up Tuesday by Tennessee whisky brand George Dickel to a lucky group of food and spirits journalists, FishbowlNY couldn’t resist.

The sweet October 21 mash-up began in the Jimmy Kimmel Live green room. In between Dickel reserve shots (for those who wanted) and a remote throw-to-commercial bit for which Bill Murray took over the bar area, invited journalists got to watch the live show taping and catch further glimpses of show guests Murray and Tenacious D. Then came Idol’s performance on the Kimmel outdoor stage.

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Redfin, Foursquare Jazz Up Top Ten Java List

RedinIndieCoffeeTopTenFor their “Ten Best Cities for Coffee Snobs,” Redfin and Foursquare came up with the rankings equivalent of a robust espresso shot:

In case you want to move somewhere you can get a quick fix, we calculated the median home price in the ZIP code with the most independent cafes and, just for fun, translated that median home price into lattes (using $4 as the average latte price).

And so, an average home in the heart of #1 ranked Seattle’s indie coffee scene will set you back 120,000 lattes. Also, notice that on this list – bookended in the latte department by 202,500 (San Francisco) and 41,250 (Minneapolis-St. Paul) – the east coast is entirely absent. Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and gentrification no doubt all have a lot to do with that.

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Restaurant Critic Praises Bâtard Chef’s Sniper Skills

MarkusGlockerPicOne of the keys to a memorable restaurant review is the turn of phrase. Be it a rave or a slam, it’s all about how the writer conveys the ecstasy of a clean plate or the agony of an unused doggy bag.

Score one in the clean-plate department for New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells. Here’s how his praise of Bâtard in TriBeCa begins:

A few minutes into my first dinner at Bâtard, it became obvious that the chef, Markus Glocker, has a sniper’s accuracy at the stove.

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Good News-Bad News for Salt Lake City

Food & Wine tags its first annual “America’s Favorite Food Cities” online survey as “quasi-scientific” and “potentially controversial.” Indeed, those two things tend to go together like a risotto’s mushrooms and finely shaved Parmesan.

In the “Best of the Rest” section, Salt Lake City receives a couple of flagged mentions. There, asserts the magazine, you will find both this country’s Worst Tippers and fewest amount of Pompous Foodies.


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Saveur Serves Up Gourmet Eats on the West Side Waterfront

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Foodies flocked to Saveur magazine’s annual barbecue last night at the 79th Street Boat Basin, where they could sample bites from 17 different chefs and restaurants. Highlights included seafood boudin blanc from Sean Rembold‘s Wythe Hotel; Dale Talde‘s lemongrass slippery pork noodles; grilled lamb sliders by Amanda Freitag; barbecued chicken wings and potato chips from Marc Meyer of Tenth Avenue Cookshop; and barbecued octopus grilled up by Chris Cipollone, executive chef at Piora. Food lovers also got to try dishes crafted by Joey Campanaro, Mike Price, Kerry Heffernan, Jenn Louis, Dana Cree, Einat Admony, Jonathan Benno, Richard Capizzi, Brent Young, Sara Bigelow and Justin Devillier. Saveur editor-in-chief James Oseland and publisher Kristin Cohen co-hosted the event, which was packed with hungry diners. Click through the jump for more photos!

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Gag Restaurant Underfinger Set to Pop Up for One Night Only

UnderfingerLogoWe’ve all heard of farm-to-table. Less common but no less delightful is the culinary trend spoof-to-reality.

It all started last month when Chris Stang, co-founder of food blog Infatuation, shared a gag item about a hot new restaurant in Chinatown called Underfinger:

The chef at Underfinger, Jesper Paulsen, grew in Copenhagen just a few miles from Noma, and has eaten there several times. He’s taken that training and applied to the Scandinavian tradition of serving minimalist finger sandwiches at funerals. The end result is one of the city’s most impressive tasting menus, a somber celebration of “farm-to-finger” ingredients and classic Neo-Nordic techniques.

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