Monthly Archives: September 2008

Death by Hot Sauce

A warning to every eater out there looking to take the capsaicin challenge to new levels: your chili addiction could be fatal. So says a story out of Britain involving homemade hot sauces and a heart attack. The Daily Mail has the details:

Andrew Lee, 33, had used a bag of home-grown red chillies to make a super-hot sauce. 

The forklift truck driver, who had recently passed a medical at work, dared his girlfriend’s brother to eat a spoonful – then ate a plateful himself. Shortly after he had a heart attack and died.

Mrs Chadbourne added: ‘He apparently got into bed at 2.30am and started scratching all over.’

‘His girlfriend scratched his back until he fell asleep. She woke up and he was dead.’


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Podium to Plate

UPDATE: Hit L.A. RECORD‘s debate playlist for an even fuller effect.

Debate night most always brings temptation for drinking games, but best to keep it classier with a more edible homage to the candidates. The Wall Street Journal provides plenty of inspiration (and recipes!) reporting on each potential First Family’s favorite restaurants.

The Obamas edge things with meals most often eaten at Rick Bayless’ Topolobampo, West Loop stop Sepia and, for easier meals of ribs and burgers, RJ Grunts.

The McCains meanwhile stick to Asylum outside of Sedona and sloppy Mexican plates at Tee Pee in Phoenix.

For further culinary inspiration, sift through presidential recipes from Thomas Jefferson and more (collected together in Molly O’Neill’s excellent American Food Writing) after the jump.

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Leftovers: Pâtisserie Chantilly

Baked fresh from this week’s District:


Most of Pâtisserie Chantilly’s pastries are a matter of memory, classic concoctions of culinary history so baked into our collective consciousness they’ve become monuments to the French tradition. Some were born between the walls of stately palaces; others received simpler, less immaculate conceptions hundreds of years ago. But centuries-old recipes aren’t all Chantilly is interested in—the place is just as much Japanese as it is French, a thoroughly modern mix that still pays homage to its history.

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The Breast is the Best

The Kinks “Milk Cow Blues”

Points of protest are apparently running out for PETA, which today petitioned granola-ed ice cream giant Ben & Jerry’s to switch its cartons over to breast milk. WPTZ has the story on the potentially slippery cannibalistic slope:

PETA officials say a move to human breast milk would lessen the suffering of dairy cows and their babies on factory farms and benefit human health. 

“The fact that human adults consume huge quantities of dairy products made from milk that was meant for a baby cow just doesn’t make sense,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Everyone knows that ‘the breast is best,’ so Ben & Jerry’s could do consumers and cows a big favor by making the switch to breast milk.”

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Past Memories

Live and on scene at Min Sok Chon:

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A Hog For You Baby

The Ravens “I’m A Hog For You Baby”

The story has slunk out of most political news cycles, but the Lion’s Den restaurant in Anchorage is still hung up on Obama’s “lipstick on a pig” quip, taking the turn of phrase and sending it straight to the stomach with the McPalin sandwich. KTUU has the story:

“I just kept thinking about that news story when I was making sandwiches and I just kind of had an epiphany,” Keefe said.

The McPalin sandwich has grilled pork tenderloin on it, with caramelized apples, red onions, melted cheddar cheese, and crisp bacon.

Most food creators add some type of garnish such as parsley or fruit to top off their dish, but Keefe decided to do something a little more personal.

The sandwich is served with a side of lipstick and fries.

The McPalin grilled pig sandwich runs for about $13, and has been selling out.

And further food news comes from Serious Eats of a drop in sales of Palin Syrah at Yield Wine Bar in San Francisco, perhaps at least partially precipitated by the governor’s distaste for the City by the Bay. Says the site:

Despite the steep sales drop, Tavelli plans to keep “Palin the wine” on his list—for now. With only two cases left in stock, he’ll sell it until it’s gone.

But as for whether a reorder is in Palin’s future, Tavelli is more tentative. “I don’t know. I guess it depends on how the election goes.”

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Coming to America

English Russia serves up shots of the Soviet Union out shopping–gathering up state-made sausage, state-bottled milk, state-baked bread. Hit the mp3 below for the most appropriate accompanying American soundtrack.

Roky Erickson & The Aliens “Two Headed Dog”

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