It could seem odd that of all the chefs my dad might have loved, he chose Fabio, the stereotypically handsome, hair gelled Italian with a disarming accent and expressive gestures, a man who shares his name with the male model on the cover of all those romance novels. But actually, it makes perfect sense. Fabio appealed to my father because Fabio is Italian. Not simply Italian, but quintessentially Italian. He embodies that all-inclusive, overwhelming hospitality, the almost clownish humor. And though my dad is not Italian, he is a red-sauceRead More »from Why You Should Introduce Your Father to Fabio Viviani
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- Esquire.com | Shine Food – Fri, Jun 14, 2013 2:53 PM EDTCiao Chow! Dad refers to him simply as Fabio, and makes off-handed comments phrased as though they had just spoken on the phone. "Well, Fabio says you should coat the steak in light olive oil." Or "Fabio is so funny. He doesn't take himself too seriously." From the way my dad talks, you'd think Fabio was a beloved nephew who calls more often than I do.My dad loves Fabio Viviani, the former Top Chef contender who now hosts the Yahoo! web series,
Europe's horsemeat scandal has brought food fraud to the forefront, so much so that we are still reading about horse-peddling restaurateurs back-pedaling on their convictions and what the EU health commissioner's office recommends. But, really, faked food is almost as old as civilization. Today's biggest scams are orchestrated by organized crime groups, and aided by black market chemists with deep knowledge of how to thwart food safety tests. Nobody is quite sure how big the problem is, but some ingredients regularly top lists of common fraud targets. "It's really hard to have a top ten, because we only know what we've caught, we don't know what we haven't caught," says John Spink, an associate director of Michigan State's Anti-Counterfeit and Product Protection Program. Here are five we definitely know about, though.Getty Images
In February, the Justice Department charged two people and five companies what appears to be biggest food fraud case in U.S. history: a complex, $180 millionRead More »from 5 Food Frauds to Watch For
Doughnuts: For your health... and mine.Read More »from 4 Breakfast Sandwiches Worse Than Doughnuts
It's sort of incredible to me what symbols of wanton excess doughnuts have become; what totems of over-indulgence and fat-kid behavior. They were once fed to soldiers as a health food during World War II, after all. I'm not quite sure when things went off the rails in terms of public perception, although I think Homer Simpson had something to do with it. Anyway, when Dunkin' Donuts said it was taking a "glazed donut breakfast sandwich" nationwide earlier this week, the country let out a collective gasp of head-wagging disapproval, as if Dunkin had crossed some kind of invisible threshold of common breakfast sandwich decency.
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The thing is, the school-marmish reaction doesn't map particularly well onto the actual health credentials of doughnuts, which are hardly as ruinous to one's health or to the moral fabric of American society as everyone seems to believe (I'm particularly attuned to this topic because I've co-authored a doughnut
Swedish men wearing skirts
A small cadre of train drivers in Sweden is protesting the job's strict policy against shorts in the summertime by wearing skirts. The BBC is reporting that the workers were informed of a new dress code banning shorts when employer Arriva took over the Roslagsbanan line back in January, but sweltering heat has inspired about a dozen enterprising male drivers to employ the creative workaround. A company spokesman says that the men wearing skirts is permitted, as to ban them would be considered discrimination. Progressive.
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While the wearing of skirts by men isn't exactly Esquire-approved, comfort and industriousness are, so we applaud these Swedes for sticking it to the man in such a fashion. Plus, there's been an uptick in skirt-wearing men of late, with Kanye West leading the charge. Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci often shows skirts at his seasonal shows (with some even selling out online). And that's not to mention Marc Jacbos'sRead More »from Why Male Swedish Train Drivers Are Wearing Skirts
By Mike Ayers
Recently, I've grown fond of waking up on Saturday mornings and making pancakes for my wife and our son. The problem is they're less than appetizing. Yes, I've been relying on box mixes - some would say for too long - and while my family would never send back their breakfast, deep down I knew that they were flawed. Thin, unflavorful things that rarely look like circles and lacked a certain fluff I knew should be there. I wanted to be better. Our wives, girlfriends and friends dropping in for a weekend expect and deserve better.
Lo and behold, there's a new cookbook simply titled Pancakes from A Cozy Kitchen's Adrianna Adarme. My prayers had been answered. "Pancakes are really nostalgic," Adarme says about the pancake's wooing properties. "That's why they tend to be comforting. They're one of the first things you eat as a kid for breakfast with your family." If you're thinking you too might have a pancake problem, Adarme broke down five ways thatRead More »from 5 Easy Steps to Better Homemade Pancakes
By Peter Biancamano, co-owner of M&P Biancamano DeliGetty Images
You chop up the cheese curds with a knife. I just slice it up, make little pieces - three by one inch slices - and put it in a stainless steel bowl. It's got to be stainless steel because you put in the boiling water, and stainless steel keeps the water hot.
You put boiling water inside - cover the cheese, but not too much - and you let it sit for 5-6 minutes so everything will melt. After six minutes, you take the water out and push down on the curd to get it all.
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Then you pour more boiling water on, same as before and start to work on it. Work on it means with a spoon, a big wood spoon, and you turn it, and it melts, and you put it all together. You've got to keep on moving it. Sometimes you mash into it a little bit. If the curd melts right away, it's too much water, so you have to take some off. And if it doesn't work out smooth, you've got to put more water in.
ThatRead More »from How to Make Mozzarella
By David Wondrich
It's a tricky time for bars: are they places to escape reality, or are they places to marvel at how a drink gets made? So, as well as adding to our ever-growing list, we assess the state of things: the bars, the bartenders, the drinkers. Drinking itself.
1. The Woodsman Tavern
You're having: a pint of cask ale, a half dozen raw
The Woodsman Tavern is like a rich man's hunting lodge: rustic but not too rustic and conspicuously well stocked with the good things in life: numerous Belgian beers on tap, cask ales, well-made cocktails, raw oysters and clams, a selection of country hams, carefully chosen wines and spirits. It would almost make you tired-if it weren't all so damn good.
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2. Smuggler's Cove
You're having: an Expedition (in the take-home mug)
On the outside, there's nothing-a bland, unmarked storefront on a quietRead More »from The Best Bars in America, 2013
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Call me paranoid, but I have long harbored an absolute conviction that food heated up in the microwave cools faster than food heated on the stovetop or in the oven. I don't think I'm being delusional here. Whether I'm nuking a half-finished cup of coffee - which I do almost daily - or cooking a frozen pizza, or heating up last night's leftovers, it all comes out of the microwave sizzling hot and then seems to cool to room temperature before I can find a clean fork. Given that I am a person who once weasled my way out of a high-school physics class by inventing an independent study in poetry-writing, I have always simply chalked this observation up to karma: food heated hastily will cool hastily, just to spite your impatient ass. Makes sense!
Today, in a burst of science-y curiosity, I decided it was time to seek a more logical explanation for the phenomenon. I called up Harold McGee, a man who has made a career of applying chemistry, physics, and biology toRead More »from 3 Better Ways to Microwave Your Leftovers
by Julia CarpenterEsquire.com
Adulthood has no eureka moment. Author and blogger Kelly Williams Brown, whose new book Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps came out this week, believes true maturity is instead built on smaller stepping stones: using the correct screwdriver, wearing sunscreen, not going around telling everyone the foolish thing your friend did at 14.
"Those moments of feeling together and in-control, we kind of need them," Brown says. "Because life is chaotic, and so much is out of our control, and at any moment there's like 18 million things we're worried about, but when a little worry crosses your path and you're like, 'No, I've got it,' that's a great feeling." Indeed. And so, using her book and enlisting her boyfriend David and good friend Markus as a guide, Brown created a special male-centric appendix for Esquire.com.
1. Learn to tie a tie. Even better: learn how to tie a bow tie. Even better thanRead More »from 10 Things Every Man Should Know by 21
By Eric Vilas-Boas
Don't get us wrong: The evidence that America as a whole is moving into some bold new direction of healthy eating is tenuous at best. The fact that Burger King and McDonald's tiffs are national news is still a sign we have a long way to go. But there is some wisdom, a few shining lights of gastronomic intelligence that our nation as a whole can't hurt to reference. Heck, we just learned that eating salt is kind-of OK, after all. You don't have to deny yourself life's purest pleasures. As nutrition consultant and author Karen Ansel puts it: "It's really what you're doing the majority of the time." So keep these notes in mind when sitting down for your next meal:
1. We want our products local, "fresh," and "healthy," according to Food Technology magazine. Eighty percent of consumers specifically look for the word "fresh" in stores and 58 percent do so in restaurants. Seventy-eight percent of people are also making a strong effort to get more vitamins out ofRead More »from 7 Great Signs America is Eating Healthier