In this week’s roundup of the most interesting food-related stories on the World Wide Web, we discover the simple guide to pairing wine and cheese, who invented tequila, the potato salad Kickstarter that got $55k in funding, the 8 most insanely unhealthy restaurant meals in America and Andrew Zimmerm features Philippines in Bizarre Foods!
The simple guide to pairing wine and cheese
Hey, having wine and cheese isn’t just reserved for the hipsters. We found this simple infographic in pairing wine and cheese, so you can have some “classy” fun without the “douchebagery”. Don’t be shy and open up a tab to the imageso you know what I’m talking about. As you see, you can either pick out the type of wine first then choose the type of cheese to eat it with, or vice versa. Let’s start out with Sauvignon Blanc, a green-skinned grape that originated from France. The cheeses you can pair it with are: Asiago, Neufchatel, Parmesan, and Gryuere. The pronunciations of these cheeses are harder than finding the actually cheese, believe us. We found a source of artisan cheese in Marketplace inside Powerplant Mall. You’re welcome!
Who invented Tequila?
You will finally know who’s responsible for all your drunken nights. Believe it or not, humanity has two suspects for this incredibly strong drink: Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle and Don José Maria Guadalupe de Cuervo. The former was said to be the one who was first to mass produce tequila back in the 1600s. However, the latter was the first one to receive a license by the King Ferdinand IV to produce tequila in 1795. In case you’re also undecided on who to blame, there’s a third person involved – the man responsible for exporting tequila to the United States and most probably contributed to the its popularity worldwide. His name is Don CenobioSauza and his 3 barrels of tequila entered Texas in 1873. Tequila became an alternative to whiskey during World War 2, when whiskey became very difficult to import. Well, the US got through that bad time. I guess they owe the Dons some thanks! Read more here:
The potato Kickstarter that got $55k in funding
A guy named Zack Danger Brown from Columbus Ohio started a Potato Kickstarter that has a $10 goal. Everyone was surprised to find out that it ended with $55k in funding. He did it by using a well-produced video that can be likened to smartphone commercials, but with a hilarious twist of potato. His 1 minute and 15 seconds video gathered 100,000 views and his cause to the perfect potato salad went viral. Danger, as he is now called, will be using the cash for Potatostock, a free festival whose proceeds will go to fight hunger and homelessness in the city of Ohio. They’re also donating a significant portion to the Columbus Foundation, and the interest earned from it will be used to further help the city. Comedy, according to Danger, plays a big role in making the world a better place. Read more here.
The 8 most insanely unhealthy restaurant meals in America
Before you skip this paragraph because it’s “another one of those list article”, this list is as legit as it can get. It was made by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Every year, they make reviews of the top 200 restaurant in America based on a trade publication called Nation’s Restaurant News. Here are the dishes that made it to the list of the most insanely unhealthy restaurant meals in America because of their combination of calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar: 8) Chevys Fresh Mex Super Cinco Combo – 1,920 calories; 7) BJ’s Signature Deep Dish Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza (small) – 2,160 calories; 6) The Cheesecake Factory’s Farfalle with Chicken and Roasted Garlic – 2,410 Calories; 5) Maggiano’s Little Italy’s Prime New York Steak Contadina Style – 2,420 Calories; 4) Famous Dave’s The Big Slab, St. Louise-Style Spareribs – 2,770 calories. 3) The Cheesecake Factory’s Bruléed French Toast – 2,780 calories; 2) Joe’s Crab Shack’s The Big “Hook” Up – 3,280 calories; 1) Red Robin Gourmet Burger’s Monster Meal – 3,540 calories. Great job for making it in two spots, The Cheesecake Factory! Check out the other pictures here. http://www.buzzfeed.com/deenashanker/vom-vom-vom#3id3m9q
Andrew Zimmerm Features Philippines in Bizarre Foods
From: Bizarre Foods Youtube
Andrew Zimmerm went to the Philippines to see what kind of crazy dishes he could find here. First, he tried the steamed fertilized duck eggs (balut). Andrew described balut as a hard-boiled egg with beak, feathers and feet. He also commented that although it’s one of the strangest foods he has ever tried in his life, its taste is much better than he expected. Next, he went to BalawBalaw, a fine dining restaurant in Angono that features exotic dishes. He tried uok, giant coconut tree worms and described it as worm jelly, for the lack of a better description of the exotic dish. On the ending part of the video, he tried eating mangrove worms in the islands of Palawan. They look like baby snakes more than worms, because it can grow up to a foot long. They’re dipped in calamansi juice and eaten alive. After swallowing the worm, Ander Zimmerm developed a new rule – the more disgusting the food looks, the more neutral it tastes. You can watch the full video on Andrew Zimmerm’s feature on Filipino exotic food right here. -#EatsNowOrNever