Recent food world discoveries the ES crew is loving and hating…
Plate It: Watermelon Sexual
An awesome new tumblr dedicated solely to luscious images of WILFs. Drool.
Hate It: Health Departments Shutting Down Small Food Producers
We’re all for food safety, but sometimes it crosses the line into ridiculous. The latest: the State of Illinois is shutting down local, artisan ice cream makers for such terrible offenses as using fresh fruit instead of fruit syrup and fresh cream instead of pre-packaged soft serve mix. Way to look out for our health, guys. (Via: Kitchen Lore Photo: Chicago Tribune)
Plate it: Intelli-Stopper
Not that unfinished bottles of wines are a frequent problem for us (we tend to finish what we start), but sometimes you do end up with a half bottle left and can’t figure out how to make sure it doesn’t go bad. Forget about messing around with tin foil or struggling to fit that stretched-out plastic cork back in the bottle. The Intelli-Stopper ($19.95), lets you quickly vacuum seal that wine back closed, so it will stay as good as new.
Hate It: Liquid Water Enhancers
MiO water flavorings. What is this shit? Glorified Crystal Light? And they’re so over the top with their “YOU control the flavor amount!” Wow, by squeezing some fake crap into your cup? What an amazing exertion of control, must be very satisfying. Why do we need to flavor our water by pumping it full of artificial coloring? If I want sweet tea, can’t I just drink sweet tea, why do I have to flavor plain water with brown food coloring and fake sweetener? Are we THAT worried about calories? Why do we need calorie-free fake-flavored water instead of just enjoying something authentic?! Ahhhhhh!
Plate It: When Celebrity Food Stories That Seem Too Good to Be True Turn Out to Be True
Yes, Marky Mark and brother Donnie are actually opening a restaurant called Wahlburger. Can’t. Wait. (Artwork: Gothamist)
Hate It: Paying Attention to Anthony Bourdain’s Celebrity Disses
Seriously, media — so 2007. Please stop taking this man seriously.