Wednesday, March 15, 2017

'Clean Meat' Is Coming (UPDATE)

By Margaret Whitfield

Clean meat? So what is that? Is it meat rescued from the floor of the restaurant kitchen within 5 seconds of being dropped (and hence is covered by the 5-second rule)? No (even though restaurants are not beyond doing that).

Nor is clean meat a product that's unusually heart-healthy because it's been stripped of every last iota of fat.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Robots Coming to a Restaurant Kitchen Near You

By Margaret Whitfield

Machines haven't yet taken over the world. But give them time.

London customers of the food delivery service, Just Eat, got their first taste of the future late last year when the service made its first delivery via automatons. And if robots can bring your food to you, why can't they also cook it?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Restaurant Patron Hospitalized After Chef Throws Hot Chili Powder in His Face

By Margaret Whitfield

If you thought the idea of the temperamental chef was apocryphal, a story out of Wales will disabuse you of that notion.

The protagonist in this morality play is David Evans, who was out to dinner at a curry house with his wife, Michelle. But rather than my narrate what happened, let's let an eyewitness, the wife, tell what transpired (via The Telegraph):

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Who's Up for a Yummy Placenta Smoothie?

By Howard Portnoy

Frozen berries, check. Honey, check. Milk, check. Placenta — what? That was my reaction when perusing the ingredient list of Amethyst Hertsens’s smoothie, which is made with a placenta, the bloody mass of tissues delivered by a female following the birth of a baby. If it’s yours, too, that’s probably culture shock more than anything else because according to a how-to video Hertsens has made, most mammals consume their placenta after giving birth.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Some Stocking Stuffers and Last-Minute Gifts for Foodies

By Margaret Whitfield

Following up on our previous pricey gift guide, here are some more down-to-earth suggestions for food lovers in your life who have been nicer than naughty. (We are realists here.) Let’s get started.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Byte for Bite’s Ultimate Christmas Guide for Foodies

By Howard Portnoy

Ho-ho-ho! And have you been a good little girl or boy? If so, maybe Santa will be good to you this year and give you one of the items listed below. None of them will fit comfortably into your stocking, but all will make nifty additions to your home kitchen.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Inventor of General Tso's Chicken Dies at 98

By Howard Portnoy

Image: Wikimedia Commons
The general is dead. Long live the general.

Actually, the general is fine, alive and kicking. It’s the chef and restaurant owner who conceived of the popular dish who has died.

From Tawain News comes word that “Peng Chang-kuei (彭長貴), the founder of the famous Hunan-style restaurant chain Peng's Garden Hunan Restaurant (彭園湘菜館) and inventor of the world famous Chinese dish General Tso's Chicken, died on Nov. 30 at the age of 98 from Pneumonia.”