Food Riot

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Only slight less important than the well-known truth that “drop” biscuits are not meant to ever cross paths with gravy, is this fact:  the gravy goes on the fluffy part of the biscuit. When serving biscuits and gravy, it is imperative that the biscuit either be split and separated or that it should be torn into bite-size pieces. This ensures that the gravy is not wasted on the dry, outer shell of the biscuit. Instead, it is allowed to meet with and merge with the beauty that is inside. There is no worse sin that can be committed against the perfection that is known as a homemade buttermilk biscuit than to leave the gravy on the outside.”

-The Gravy Goes On The Fluffy And Other Breakfast Truths

“This is the first time I’ve ever had a server discourage me from ordering so much, and it frankly caught me off-guard. On one hand, I’m always keen to save money, so ordering less has its place- plus, I could always order more later! On the other, women are under such pressure to stay svelte, so his discouragement hit a nerve which I think caused me to respond more meekly than I would in other situations. If someone advised me against buying such fast internet or so much glitter, I would have responded firmly, “I know what I’m doing”. ”
-Serving Suggestion: Do You Take Your Waiter’s Word For It?

This is the first time I’ve ever had a server discourage me from ordering so much, and it frankly caught me off-guard. On one hand, I’m always keen to save money, so ordering less has its place- plus, I could always order more later! On the other, women are under such pressure to stay svelte, so his discouragement hit a nerve which I think caused me to respond more meekly than I would in other situations. If someone advised me against buying such fast internet or so much glitter, I would have responded firmly, “I know what I’m doing”. ”

-Serving Suggestion: Do You Take Your Waiter’s Word For It?

Beyond basic politeness, or an attempt to persuade me over to your side of a culinary issue, I would really love it if everyone would take a deep breath and remember one of the things food has power over: community. In this era of independence and individuality, I don’t want to lose sight of how significant a meal can be in terms of relationships. There’s a reason so many group celebrations involve food, aside from keeping blood sugar levels stabilized and alcohol absorbed. It goes back to that image of a village barbecue. I’m sure some members abstain from eating the lamb’s brain, or the pig’s intestine, or the ex-boyfriend’s heart, but everyone still finds a way to celebrate the occasion and participate. Bottom line: your choices and preferences are important, yes, but so is the camaraderie that can be gained over a meal.

Boy does the internet like a list. And boy, does the foodie internet love a food list. Here’s a round-up of recent food-related lists that caught our attention.

at The Kitchn, 10 Ways To Use Up A Gallon Of Milk

at Wired, the 8 Best Cooking Apps For Seasons Chefs

at Sally’s Baking Addiction, 35 Easter and Springtime Recipes

at BuzzFeed, 11 Food Companies That Won’t Tell You Where Their Meat Comes From

at Food Network, 5 Ways To Eat More Alterna-Grains

at Food Republic, 31 Ways Coffee Is Made Around The World

at Food52, 12 Eats For Easter

at HuffPost Taste, The 22 Most Hipster Foods On The Planet

and…

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at Serious Eats, 5 Colonial-Era Drinks You Should Know

Our daily morning roundup of food-related fare from around the web.

This morning we were conducting a little Bourdain-related research, because that’s how we do at Food Republic, and it came to our attention that ALL of the Season 1 and 2 episodes of Parts Unknown are currently streaming on Netflix.

Look, I’m taking the day off.

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Today, National Geographic launched NatGeoFood.com, a food-focused Web portal. The new site will include digital-only features, such as animated motion graphics, videos, food facts of the day, and news stories.

Ohhhh, shiny.

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That’s why we were so thrilled to discover the new donut app, appropriately called Doughbot, because it helps us find exactly where the nearest donut can be found at any time.

Guys, we never have to go without donuts ever again. PHEW.

WUT.

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Coca-Cola sold less soda globally through the first three months of 2014 than it did a year earlier. It’s the first time that’s happened since 1999—or, in other words, in roughly 60 quarters. Coke’s soda pop sales dipped by 1% in the US, which at this point has become a virtual expectation (to the delight of public health advocates, who say this trend contributed to a drop in child obesity rates).

Not sad about it.

The problem with New York is that everywhere you eat, you want to eat at again, but every time you return to New York, you want to try other places that you’ve heard about or stumbled across. That’s not a bad problem, though, is it?
Tolkien pretty much gets all the credit for inspiring me to make my own bread. I’m pretty sure I gain weight every time I re-read his books. Even though he makes me the hungriest, reading just about any fantasy novel is pretty much guaranteed to give me cravings for fresh bread, cheese, and apples (standard walking food, especially if you’re roaming Middle Earth). Whenever a character inevitably stumbles into an inn, cold and weary, I instantly join them in their desire for a bowl of savory beef stew and hot, crusty loaf. If they happen to wash it all down with a flagon of ale, I naturally wonder why I don’t own any flagons.