Our pal Chef Bryan Caswell, evangelist for Houston, friend of Waffle House, and recent Next Iron Chef contestant is a die-hard son of the Gulf and he'll do what it takes to get it cleaned up - even at the expense of his dignity.
p.s. That's him in the role of "John," rockin' the
Sometimes? Our commenters remind of something really freaking awesome that we forgot about.
For you new kids on the Eatocracy block, let's hop in the DeLorean and gun it back to September 27. On our "Last orders - death row menu requests," we asked: What would you want on your last dinner plate?
Commenter SteakAllTheWay responded:
Thus, an Interwebs sensation was born. Let's just say, we shall never order plain ol' filet mignon ever again.
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It only seems fitting that the Las Vegas dining revolution happened in a bet against long odds.
In 1992, when the desert city was predominantly ridden with 99-cent seafood buffets and medieval-themed restaurants, Wolfgang Puck took a chance and opened Spago in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
It hit jackpot - enkindling a fine dining revolution in Sin City that is still on a roll.
Since then, the likes of culinary superstars like Mario Batali, Charlie Trotter, Emeril Lagasse and Thomas Keller have packed their bags (and knives) and joined the ranks of Puck in Glitter Gulch.
And when the reported $3.9 billion Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas resort opened last week, 13 more restaurants were added to the entertainment capital's gourmet roster - including eateries from Scott Conant and José Andrés.
We recently caught up with five of the Cosmopolitan's chefs and restaurateurs to find out how the new wave of locals eat.
Five Quintessential Vegas Dining Experiences
The bill, designed to increase government inspections of the food supply in the wake of recent deadly foodborne disease outbreaks, originally passed with wide support in both chambers. However, it faced an uncertain future, requiring re-approval because it violated a Constitutional requirement that bills that raise revenue initiate in the House. On Friday, Senate leadership aides on both sides of the aisle said Republicans objected to giving it quick approval in the waning days of the congressional session.
The Senate voted on the slightly modified bill on Sunday and S.510 is now expected to receive a final vote in the House before the President signs it into law.
Maybe this is just us, but half the people we're passing in the street lately are, like, cookie drunk. The little devils are everywhere - break rooms, parties, the chiropractor's office - and folks are seemingly unable to stop jamming them into their faces at alarming rates. That's, uh, at least what we're hearing. Brushes crumbs out of hair and frosting smear out of eyebrows...
Are we alone in our Lebkuchen lust? It is more of a eggnog bog for you? Spill it in the comments below. We're here for you.
Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.
Do we dare take Eatocracy's own deep-fried indoor turkey into the ring for a head-to-head matchup? Ring the bell on round one!
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.
December 20 is National Fried Shrimp Day and National Sangria Day.
Though the two aren’t generally grouped together, today's the day to wrap your fried shrimp in a tortilla with some shredded cabbage and pico de gallo and call it a fiesta.
And to kick up your pitcher of sangria, add a few fresh mint leaves, per the recommendation of chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier.
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