Happy Friday! I’m looking forward to taking care of a pooch this weekend, possibly seeing Carmina Burana, and making spaghetti and meatballs for Wonk the Plank. I hope your weekend promises as much loveliness. Here’s a roundup of this week’s internet news.
Recipes I want to try:
- Really want to try the goat cheese cheesecake from the Arugula Files.
- The Bitten Word makes shortcakes topped with balsamic and brown sugar glazed strawberries. Yum.
- Lemonnex makes roasted chickpeas. Simple, easy, delicious.
And in other news:
- If you like a nice old-fashioned comment war, check out Ezra Klein’s tepid review of Thomas Keller’s Per Se over at the The Internet Food Association. Klein didn’t think his meal at was worth the $275 price tag, sparking a series of criticism about the “amateur” nature of IFA’s food criticism. The IFA stepped in today to explain the mission of their blog, which never pretended to be anything more than an amateur’s take on food and dining.
- Young and Hungry interviews Spike Mendelsohn about his plans for opening a new pizzeria in DC. I’m confused – from the interview it sounds like they’ll be converting the Greek restaurant next to the Good Stuff eatery that Spike recently purchased into a pizzeria. I had thought that Spike was opening both a Greek restaurant and a pizzeria, but apparently they’re one and the same? In any event, in light of my recent visits to the Good Stuff Eatery, my expectations aren’t very high.
- Carbs really are the new crack, right down to the purchasing experience. Counter Intelligence reports on Metrocurean that as of this morning, you can buy artisan breads out of Rustico’s sidedoor. Each loaf is $3, and you have to pay in exact change, making it something of a “bread speakeasy.”
- Frank Bruni, the NYTimes food critic, is leaving his post to go write for the Times’ magazine. Does this make me a food geek if I feel that this is really big news? Via Young and Hungry.
- I particularly enjoyed Capital Spice’s review of the Hard Times Café, a legendary chili joint down in Clarendon. Their burgers are good too.
- I’m still not on the bacon cupcake bandwagon, but they’re selling them at Buzz Bakery in Alexandria. Via Top Shelf.