Sunday, December 12, 2010

Road Island. It's Not a road, nor an island. Discuss.

Egg cream

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A New York Egg Cream.

An egg cream is a beverage consisting of chocolate syrup, milk, and soda water, probably dating from the late 19th century, and is especially associated with Brooklyn, home of its alleged inventor, candy store owner Louis Auster. It contains neither eggs nor cream.

The egg cream is almost exclusively a fountain drink; although there have been several attempts to bottle it, none has been wholly successful, as its fresh taste and characteristic head requires mixing of the ingredients just before drinking. The drink can be compared to a traditional ice cream soda, though it contains no ice cream.

Freddy Mercury Cake

Come on. Is this magic or what?!?!?!?

I Don't Know How True This Is

10 Most Disgusting Things

Found in Food

Published on 9/14/2010 under Strange Stories - by Gracie Murano - 284,079 views

Dead mouse found in a Curry Sauce

When Cate Barrett bought a jar of tikka masala sauce from her local Asda store, she was expecting it to contain a bit of a kick. But what she wasn't expecting to find was the dead mouse which had somehow ended up in the jar - along with the rest of her favorite sauce. The nursery worker had begun making dinner for herself and her boyfriend, Nigel, when she poured the sauce into the pan, and noticed it was a little lumpy. As she began stirring the sauce through, she noticed what looked like whiskers and a tail - and immediately knew it was a dead rodent. The couple took the dead animal and the jar of Asda Extra Special sauce back to the shop where a manager apologized and said it would be sent for examination.
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Oven glove found in Hovis loaf

A woman in Northern Ireland discovered part of an oven glove baked into her slice of bread - and she didn't even notice it until she began eating it. The loaf had been bought from a local shop just before Christmas. When the victim discovered the contamination, she reported the matter to the environmental health section of the council. The packet turned out to be full of shreds of the hessian-type cloth. Herefordshire-based Hovis makers Premier Foods were fined £750. (Link | Via)

Chicken head found in McDonald's Happy Meal

An American mother went to a McDonald's with her two 6 and 8 -year old children.
She ordered two Happy Meals with chicken for the children and a hamburger with fries for herself. While they were eating, the 6-year old was more interested in the slide across the street than in the chicken nuggets which he didn't even touch. So the mother decided she would eat them. Without actually watching what she was doing she was bringing a chicken biggest to her mouth, just when her 8-year old son yelled not to eat it. So she looked at the biggest to find that -- despite the crust, it looked just like a chicken's head.The manager offered them their meal for free and two more weeks of free meals. The mother pressed charges and demanded 100,000 dollars compensation. (Link)

7-inch knife found in a Subway Bun

A Queens, N.Y. man sued his local Subway restaurant after he made a frightening discovery that gives new meaning to his former favorite, the Italian cold-cut trio: a knife baked right into the bun. John Agnesini, 27, was shocked to find the surprise ingredient, and a large one at that, in his sandwich. The design director of HX magazine was sitting at his computer doing work and not looking at what he was about to put into his mouth. Agnesini said he didn't bite into the knife's blade and wasn't cut, but a few hours later, he said he felt sick to his stomach and went to his doctor. (Link)

Dead frog found in a Diet Pepsi can

Fred DeNegri was grilling in his backyard when he cracked open a can of Diet Pepsi, took a thirsty gulp and immediately started gagging. The flavor of his Pepsi was rank and the texture was thick like slime. He immediately took it to a sink and shook out the contents until something resembling "pink linguini" slid out, followed by "dark stuff”. Despite persistent shaking, a heavy object remained inside the can. Completely disgusted, the DeNegris immediately called poison control and the FDA, and the can was taken in for lab testing to identify the source of the sludgy mess. The couple received a copy of the completed report from the Food and Drug Administration Office of Regulatory Affairs, which concluded the foreign matter appeared to be a frog or a toad. (Link)

Finger found in frozen custard

A man found part of a severed finger packed inside a pint of frozen custard he'd bought from a Kohl's Frozen Custard shop, and officials said it belonged to a worker injured in a food-processing machine accident there. The customer, Clarence Stowers, said he put the finger in his mouth, thinking it was a piece of candy when he opened the pint at home. Stowers said he spat the object out, and "I said, 'God, this ain't no nut!' So I came in here to the kitchen and rinsed it off with water and realized it was a human finger and I just started screaming."

The custard shop owner, Craig Thomas, said that the 23-year-old employee who lost the finger had dropped a bucket while working with a machine that dispenses the custard. He tried to catch the bucket when the accident occurred. Thomas said that as several employees tried to help the injured worker, a drive-thru window attendant apparently scooped the chocolate custard into a pint before being told what had happened. (Link)

Condom found in clam chowder

In Feb. 2002 a woman was eating a bowl of clam chowder at a McCormick and Schmick's seafood restaurant in Irvine, CA, when she bit down on something rubbery. She thought it was a piece of calamari, but when she spit it out into her napkin she discovered that it was a condom. She immediately complained and the restaurant manager took the condom from her. The woman later sued and won an undisclosed settlement from the restaurant. The restaurant itself tried to sue the supplier of the clam chowder, but a judge ruled in favor of the supplier. (Link)

Cockroach found in packet of GoldenBoy

A man almost ate this cockroach, found inside a packet of GoldenBoy crispy anchovy snack. The cockroach was difficult to spot initially as it was coated with sesame seeds, making it blend together with the snack. He had bought a 'GoldenBoy crispy anchovy snack' and almost ate a small cockroach after eating about 1/3 of the snack. The cockroach even had sesame seeds on it, which means that it came along with the anchovies inside. (Link)

Black Widow spider found in bag of Grapes

A man from Boston found a living black widow spider in a bag of grapes bought at the Whole Foods Market in Brighton. Jorge Fuertes reached into the bag, pulled out some grapes and saw something black fall out and run away. He thought it was an ant, so he looked in the bag and found a southern black widow spider. He spit out his mouthful of grapes and noticed the spider's telltale red hourglass on its belly. He put it in a yogurt cup and went back to the store to let them know what had happened. A manager told Fuertes the entire shipment of Anthony's brand organic red seedless grapes would be removed from the shelves. In a statement Whole Foods said spiders are part of the landscape at their California grower and "although we are very cautious when unpacking produce, sometimes insects are not detected." A black widow bite is rarely deadly, but its neurotoxic venom is painful. It can bring on muscle cramps, vomiting, and dizziness, especially in young children and the elderly. (Link | Via)

Poop found in ice cream

A family accused chefs of serving poop in their ice cream after they complained about noise during a football match. A bitter row broke out between them and one of Sydney's largest tourist pubs. State government food minister Ian Macdonald confirmed that frozen fecal matter had been found in a serving of chocolate gelato offered to placate pub patron Steve Whyte and his wife Jessica, who became "violently ill" after eating it. Staff at the Coogee Bay Hotel, located just a few minutes south of Bondi Beach, denied the charge. Both the chef and restaurant manager volunteered for DNA tests to prove their innocence. Both sides have accused the other of money seeking, with the Whyte's claiming they were offered $5,000 (£1,500) in hush money by pub General Manager Tony Williams, while they in turn were accused of trying to negotiate up to $1 million in damages. (Link)

Coo Coo For Cocoa Puffs

  • Ingredients

    Corn (Whole Grain Corn, Meal)Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Canola and/or Rice Bran Oil, Caramel and Beet Juice Concentrate Color, Salt, Fructose, Calcium Carbonate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Trisodium Phosphate, Zinc and Iron (Mineral Nutrients)Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate)a B Vitamin (Niacinamide)Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)Vitamin B1 (Thiamin Mononitrate)a B Vitamin (Folic Acid)Vitamin B12, Vitamin E (Mixed Tocopherols)BHT Added to Preserve Freshness.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Someone I'd Like To Stab In the Neck


Better Than a Mango Even

Warning: Refrain from watching if you're grossed out by... Uh, well... anything.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Bacteria That Don't Die

There are two things I know about me and yogurt:

1. ... I am super fucking specific about. I buy fat-free, organic, plain yogurt with the least sugar possible. Because I'm a freakazoid, and I will only consume this specific freak-worthy type, I spend way too much money on tiny containers of it.

2. ... It inevitably goes bad quicker then I can use it.

SO, if it's around for more than a couple of days I started a new thang. I'll mix the yogurt with a little sugar-free jam or blanched fruit and then freeze it in ice cube trays for later use in smoothies, or defrosted for 'regular' yogurt, or to eat half frozen as a poor man's fro-yo treat.

BUT, I became increasingly concerned that I was freezing away all those good bacteria one hears so much about and that I'm paying so much for with my freakazoid specificity. So, I did what any concerned citizen would do and I turned to the world wide web.

What I found is that when you freeze yogurt the bennie bacteria go dormant, but once you defrost or consume the yogurt the bacteria are resurrected from their dormant state to dance their magic dance in your poop shoot.

So rest easy my dear friends. Bacteria lives on.


List of choking deaths

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of famous people who have died by choking.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My Favoritest Coffee On Earth Right Now

Based in Mendocino. It's just damn good and it makes me skip out of bed in the morning like a little girl.

This Looked Really Good to Me and I have No Idea Why

It also made me miss the English motherland... even though I'm not English.

Old Dogs Learning New Tricks

A new friend of mine showed me the most mind blowing thing ever... Frozen Berries+Banana+Yogurt+Chunky Nut Butter+Cacoa Nibs+Blender=The most heavenly smoothie you'll ever eat. Cocoa Nibs are clutch. They make the smoothie all crunchy and delicious.

Tis the Season for Mycelium

Mushroom season's a'comin here in California. It'll soon be time to get out into the woods and start the hunt... and by the looks of the prices at the local farmers market it would be well worth your time.


If you don't believe me then go try to by Organic Almond Butter.

Christ on a cross.

My Fridge

One Old Black Coffee, Three Fig Bars, A Bottle of Sparkling Water, Pure Vermont Maple Syrup, Organic Whole Foods Brand Grade B Maple Syrup, Low Sodium Tamari, Nancy's Fat Free Plain Yogurt, Fresh Ground Honey Roasted Peanut Butter, Small Whole Foods Salad, One Pear, One Honey Crisp Apple, Two Bananas, 7 Cans of Club Soda, One bottle of White Wine...

Is that depressing? I can't tell.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Shit That's F-ed in the World Vol. I: Poop Coffee

The most expensive coffee in the world is squeezed out the ass of a this:

That's right...

Kopi luwak (Indonesian [ˈkopi ˈlu.ak]), or civet coffee, is coffee made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract.[1] A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.

Kopi luwak is produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, and also in the Philippines (where the product is called motit coffee in the Cordillera and kape alamid in Tagalog areas) and also in East Timor (where it is called kafé-laku). Weasel coffee is a loose English translation of its name cà phê Chồn in Vietnam, where popular, chemically simulated versions are also produced.

Wow.... WOOOOW.

Dear Jebus, Why Do Some Images Have to Be So Disturbing?

Yeah. Try to burn that one out of your brain tube. Good luck.


Supporting Gulf Shrimp is all the rage right now. Do it, order it, buy it... suck dem' heads. Our fishermen need you.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mistake! Mistake!... Mistake, Mistake, Mistake!

Awkward Silence Followed By Genuine Confusion

My Annual Tip-Of-The-Hat to Something I Hate

Homemade Vegan Candy Corn


1 cup sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup (preferably organic, avoid high fructose corn syrup!)
5 tablespoons Earth Balance (or other vegan margarine)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup powdered soy milk
a pinch of sea salt
Red & yellow food coloring

In a large saucepan, bring the sugar, corn syrup, Earth Balance, & vanilla to a boil over high heat.

Reduce the heat to medium & boil the mixture for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 5 minutes, remove from heat.

Sift the powdered sugar, powdered soy milk, & salt into medium bowl.

Add the powdered sugar mixture to pan & stir to combine.

Let the mixture stand until slightly warm to touch, about 20 minutes.

Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces.

Consider putting on rubber gloves, so you don't stain your hands. Add several drops of yellow food coloring to one piece of dough & knead food coloring into the dough until smooth and color is even. Repeat using red & yellow food coloring (for orange) with the second piece & leave the last piece white, but knead it until smooth. This isn't an easy task & could take up to 15 minutes!

Roll each piece into ropes of equal length (don't roll too thin or the dough will break) and push the three ropes together to form a long rectangle.

Using sharp knife, cut the ropes into triangles. Some will be white tipped & some will be yellow tipped.

Shape the candy corn as desired! You can even make Mellowcreme Pumpkins!

This yielded 110 candy corn, all larger than the store bought ones you're used to! You could easily half this recipe & have a ton to share with others. I made mine somewhat large, as they're easier to work with, but you could make smaller ones & have a TON!

Monday, October 11, 2010

And For My Final Peanut Butter Post

This may have been the best meal I've had in the last 6 months.

Black Coffee. Honey Roasted Fresh Ground Peanut Butter, High Fiber Bread, Homemade Low-Sugar Blueberry Jam made from Hand-Harvested New York State Blueberries.

Isn't it amazing when something so simple rocks your socks so profoundly?