May 18th, 2012
04:45 PM ET
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Jesus Christ ice pops made from frozen, inadvertently blessed wine. No, we can't believe we typed that, either.
May 18th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
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Sebastian Errazuriz has used art to take on an array of issues: New York's death rate, the Occupy movement, military suicide, children with disabilities, the brutal reign of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Now, the Brooklyn-based artist is taking aim at what he sees as religious extremism.

At a party this weekend celebrating New York Design Week, which begins today, the Chilean-born artist plans to hand out 100 "Christian Popsicles" made of "frozen holy wine transformed into the blood of Christ" and featuring a crucifix instead the tongue depressor that typically hosts the frozen treats, he said.

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Written in the stars: the art of the bad review
May 18th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the New York Times restaurant review. We're honoring the art of criticism in a series on the subject.

It took Jay Rayner around 700 words to lay waste to a Russian empire. In a blistering review of famed Moscow restaurateur Arkady Novikov's eponymous London outpost this past February, the Observer critic pronounced the establishment so "astoundingly grim you want to congratulate the kitchen on its incompetence" and compared its cuisine to cheap Chinese food. He was just getting warmed up.

“And so my advice to you. Don't go to Novikov. Keep not going. Keep not going a lot," Rayner wrote. "In a city with a talent for opening hateful and tasteless restaurants, Novikov marks a special new low. That's its real achievement.”

Harsh words, but for a professional restaurant critic, this was par for the course. As with any creative medium, the culinary arts are subjected to critical judgments. With the good, comes the bad. Or in the case of Novikov, the “very, very bad.”

The lunch of heroes: 'The Avengers' sparks interest in shawarma
May 18th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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Warning: The following contains minor spoilers for "The Avengers."

Odds are if you had never heard the word "shawarma" before this month, you have by now.

Towards the end of the box office juggernaut "The Avengers," Iron Man - played by Robert Downey Jr. - asks the rest of the superhero team if they've ever tried shawarma because he heard there is a good restaurant for it nearby.

In an extra scene that hardcore fans know was shot mere weeks ago, we witness Thor, Captain America, Bruce Banner and the rest of the heroic clan quietly enjoying shawarma after casually saving the world.

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Box lunch: One-digit sandwiches and hot redheads
May 18th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Thinking Arby's? Think again: A 14-year-old boy found a worker's fingertip in his roast beef. - USA Today

  • Food is the new rock? Sammy Hagar says, "rock on." - Food Republic

  • One man, one beer, one chainsaw. - Gawker

  • Wendy's new advertisement touting a "free, small, hot, original redhead" is not what you think it is. - Consumerist

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