Lucky Dip – Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The response to Jennifer Bain’s request to visit people’s homes for dinner was so overwhelming, the Star has turned it into a regular column. The first article (and I suspect the rest will be as well) is a voyeuristic look into one couple’s cupboards. [Toronto Star]

See, now this… THIS is how you do an underground, pop-up, flash-mob dinner. [New York Times]

Happy anniversary to sliced bread. [EuroNews]

The question you were thinking, but were afraid to ask… no, Brad Moore of School is not impressed with the inaugural theme for the Drake‘s new pop-up dining room. [NOW]

And I’m delighted that Steven Davey digs Ortolan – the place is adorable, and this review reminds me how good those dandelion greens were the last time I was there. [NOW]

Have you started thinking about this year’s Christmas dinner yet? They have in the UK where supermarket Waitrose previewed a couple of specialty items by Chef Heston Blumenthal. Last year, the Christmas pudding sold out so quickly that there were fistfights in the shops and people reselling them on eBay with a massive mark-up. [Daily Mail]

The owner of Amaya wants to open 100 new locations in the next 5 years. Does the city really need that much butter chicken? [The Grid]

Imagine a grocery shopping trip where you bought nothing that had plastic packaging. [Grist]

Coffee has come a long way since my first Toronto job pulling cafe au lait at a Second Cup. These baristas knock it out of the park. [BlogTO]

Soon, we’ll all be ordering our food in restaurants from a virtual menu. [Associated Press]

Ohhh… gross AND creepy. The museum of celebrity leftovers. [BBC News]

3 thoughts to “Lucky Dip – Thursday, July 7th, 2011”

  1. The craziest part of that last story? They’ve been doing this for 10 years and “no special steps have been taken to preserve the exhibits but none are so far showing any signs of mould.” Whatever that tomato-and-pesto sandwich is made out of, I’m not having it.

  2. Yeah… although the pic sort of looks like they’re in little glass jars. Maybe the lack of oxygen slows the process.

    But if you were a celebrity, wouldn’t you be creeped out by your toast crust (and presumably some of your DNA) showing up on eBay or something?

  3. Agreed, that’s totally creepy. Especially that the owners are willing to sell the collection to pretty much any taker? It’s totally inviting some creepy collector (or possibly someone more malevolent) to acquire chewed up celeb food.

    Some things are meant to go in glass jars: jams, pickles, button collections. Not celebrity food scraps.

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