Food News: Last Week

Every morning I go through my Google Reader which is home to 83 food blogs and countless other types including design blogs, local DC blogs, blogs I read for work and more. Sounds a little absurd, right? Maybe – but it’s not exactly a chore to read them all. I really enjoy all the news, recipes, tips/tricks…and most of all I love learning. I won’t be going to culinary school any time soon so this (and cooking/baking a lot) is all I’ve got!

I’m not a huge fan of consistent food news round ups, but last week was really an amazing week for food news. I found more links to share each day than I usually do. While I put them out there on Twitter, I thought I’d share them here too. So here goes:

  • Design*Sponge is a truly epic design blog that makes me wish I was more crafty/handy. But last week they featured The Clive Coffee Drip Stand which made me swoon. This method of brewing coffee is getting more popular in DC (you can catch it live in action at Dolcezza in Dupont or Filter Coffeehouse). The Clive makes me want to brew coffee like this at home. They also featured recipes to cure cold weather wear on your hair! An avocado scalp mask and a rosemary hot oil treatment sound like just what I need right now.
  • Eatocracy, CNN’s food blog, ran a great round-up of affordable  prix fix menus at restaurants most of us can barely afford to have a drink at the bar at. There’s a couple DC restaurants on there too!
  • Eat Like A Man, Esquire’s food blog linked to this amazeballs profile from New York Magazine of various types of heritage hogs. Even after attending Cochon 555 I still didn’t really get the whole heritage hog thing…this helped a bit.
  • Best Bites Blog, Washingtonian’s food blog, is running a Chefs Tell All series wherein chefs anonymously bitch and complain about everything from critics, to bloggers, to their bosses, their peers and probably dinners eventually too. Personally I think this is bullshit – just like any other news source, if they want to say something they should say it with attribution. They don’t probably because they know they’d catch hell, or a bad reputation, if they did.
  • The Washington Examiner ran news that infamous Mayflower Hotel’s bar, Town & Country is closing Jan. 15th. Sad news for us all – lovers of manhattans, martinis and high dollar…erm…ladies of the night, alike.
  • Baking Banter, King Arthur Flour’s official blog, did an amazing and super helpful photo step-by-step on how to make, and fix, buttercream frosting. I’m no longer afraid of the stuff!
  • I spotted news from the Las Vegas Sun saying Chef Adam Sobel was joining the Bourbon Steak DC team…only to not have my emails returned in a timely fashion about what that meant for current Executive Chef Dave Varley and then watch Tom Sietsema break the news Varley was movin’ on up. Congrats to Varley! Sounds like a super cool gig!
  • Jason Wilson of the Washington Post’s Food section is stepping in as wine columnist for a bit and managed to write the first wine column I a) understood and b) really enjoyed!

That…was a lot of news and info in one week. I’d say normally there’s about half as much interesting stuff going on! Hope you guys find this stuff as interesting as I do…and let me know in the comments if you want to see more posts like this. I’m happy to oblige if you like them!

Enjoy! :)

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