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One of the greatest parts of the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX is the delicious ways to inhale fantastic food-–or discuss inhaling fantastic food-–day after day. In fact, food has become such a part of the SXSW experience that there are nearly 150 food-related events and panels held over this epic weekend, including a Food + Tech Meet Up, a session called Disrupting Dinner: Food Trucks, Top Chefs and Yo Mama and the cyber-focused Eating to Live Online: Virtual Food & Real Life.
The food truck scene itself has earned its acclaim on its own merits, feeding hungry festival goers with every cuisine imaginable. It can be a bit tough to navigate, but thanks to trusty traveler friends like Orbitz, we have organized ways of navigated the masses to only consume the top-notch nosh.
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Love Game of Thrones, and perhaps eating while you enjoy the gruesome betrayal and dark family relationships in the HBO series? Well, finally someone has done something about it.
Uncrate (who else?) has discovered a book written by the fans themselves, Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer to be exact, called The Feast of Fire and Ice that includes recipes matching up perfectly with the show’s plot line and geographical world. And, the dishes are categorized by region, so you can decide which clan you choose to be loyal to that day.
The book is sold on Amazon – don’t even pretend to wait an hour before ordering. Just make the move now – you know you’ll give in eventually. Just in time for the Season 3 premiere!
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We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but your sushi consumption just got a lot more controversial. Remember the whole “let’s protect our bodies from mercury” scare a few years ago? This isn’t on that level quite yet, but it’s getting there.
If you haven’t heard, our friends over at Oceana recently released the findings of a study that claims massive deception when it comes to seafood and how it’s labeled for us, the layman consumer. (Not in the mood to read a lot of detailed information that may or may not be over your head? Never fear. Carolyn Brown MS, RD lays out the findings in a much more understandable way on her WebMD blog).
As CNN explains further, the FDA is quite peeved at the latest discoveries, given that not only does mislabeled seafaring cuisine put those with allergies and nutritional concerns at risk, but it also creates an economic problem when expensive fish products are swapped for lower end ingredients.
We hope that informing ourselves is enough to help us navigate this fishy industry, but it sounds like we’ve all been tricked at least once or twice. Gross.
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Here’s some shocking news on an unfortunately not-so-shocking topic: another American-made food company is being slammed with rumors of tarnished products. This time around, it’s Special K and the potential glass shards that are in your cereal cabinet as we speak.
As the Huffington Post reports, Kellogg Co. has voluntarily recalled a huge number of their Special K batches (thank goodness for small miracles, we suppose), explaining that the boxes in question could contain “dangerous glass fragments.”
Perhaps the worst part? This isn’t the first time glass magically appeared in American packaged delicacies – The Daily Meal notes that Lean Cuisine had a similar warning to the masses not even a month ago. Perhaps it’s time for a cleanliness check, folks.
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And it’s really interesting. The New York Times released an article on Wednesday detailing the examination of how, and why, processed junk foods are so addicting to the American people and, even further, how it’s contributing to the national obesity problem.
Perhaps the most interesting angle the Times includes is that of the nation’s biggest junk-food-conglomerate leaders. Beginning with a look back on a meeting between the CEOs of nearly a dozen pre-packaged snack corporations over a decade ago, Times journalist Michael Moss delves into the industry’s addictive capabilities from the inside out in a 14-page examination.
We won’t even try to summarize his eloquent findings in just a few words – take a read for yourself here.
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Someone over at Food Republic decided to take a really in-depth look into this gross-sounding (but not so bad in reality) “beer-starter” that we all unwittingly drink every time we take down a cool brew.
And what did they find? Well, pretty much, it’s made of grain-y-mush, water, and some serious fermenting. So why should you care about it, or even worry about reading more? Well, that’s simple – you drink it. Stop pretending like you’re not curious. Your body is a temple, after all!
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First thing’s first: David Chang has a TV show on – what else – PBS called Mind of a Chef. Let that marinate for a few, then read on.
Ready for this new information to explode with even more glory? Well, click here to watch the video that Eater expertly found, combining the awesomeness of this show with the who-knows-what, that is Anthony Bourdain. In cartoon form. Battling.
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Ever wondered how to get perfectly-balanced at-home brews? Well, we certainly did, so we went on a hunt. And our reliable friends over at Uncrate have proved themselves trustworthy once again, with this piece-by-piece breakdown of every product you need to be a homestead brewmaster.
Included is everything from a “hops screen” (pretend like you know the fancy beer terminology, it makes you sound more important) to a beer-recipe cookbook, making it nearly impossible to mess up. And if you do, your neighbors won’t know the difference anyway! You can save the good stuff for your real friends.
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There are a million ways to cater a Superbowl party. You can order some food from the local barbecue joint (always a winner), or you can make a tailgate that will go down in Superbowl nosh history, rivaling a New Orleans experience itself. How, you ask?
Enter Food Republic, and their list of the most epic ways to ensure your Superbowl party lives in infamy of deliciousness. Nothing – no inclement weather nor lackluster kitchen – can stand in your way this year. The “Harbowl” is your year, son.
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About a month ago, Time’s Techland blog reported that there is an iPhone case that you can eat. That’s right, consume, like you would a snack to quell that 3pm hunger pang.
We’re so enthralled with this crispy rice-laden accessory that we felt it was worth bringing your attention to once again. The iPhone 5 case – which can be yours for the totally reasonable price of $81 plus $15 shipping – is handmade and produced by company Mariko. Just be sure you have the self-control to wait until you’re really, really hungry to take a bit out of this bad boy, or you’ll find yourself case-less sooner than you prepared for.