I say "more" because the dress itself was the first bad news, as conceptually ballsy as it was. All the tendons and meat mashed up at the bust line, the meat tassels behind, the ragged edges down by the soles of her shoes, they were bad news. So now there's more bad news. E! Online just found out what the designer -- let's just imagine him, Franc Fernandez, for a second sewing this costume together in a rocking chair with his reading glasses on -- plans to do with the dress. Fernandez told them, "The dress will go through a process where it becomes a sort of 'jerky and will be archived.'"
For real. The gown will be remembered forever(ish) but will we remember what the Lady meant by it?
A totally kooky dress doesn't need an explanation, and I didn't really buy hers. In case you missed it, on the Ellen show just after the MTV Video Music Awards her statement was this: "If we don't stand up for what we believe in, if we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're going to have as much
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- Sarah Fuss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Fri, Sep 24, 2010 12:19 AM EDT
I say "more" because the dress itself was the first bad news, as conceptually ballsy as it was. All the tendons and meat mashed up at the bust line, the meat tassels behind, the ragged edges down by the soles of her shoes, they were bad news. So now there's more bad news. E! Online just found out what the designer -- let's just imagine him, Franc Fernandez, for a second sewing this costume together in a rocking chair with his reading glasses on -- plans to do with the dress. Fernandez told them, "The dress will go through a process where it becomes a sort of 'jerky and will be archived.'"Read More »from More bad news revealed about Lady Gaga's meat dress
- Sarah Fuss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Wed, Sep 22, 2010 1:47 AM EDT
These remarkable food truck photos are here to explain what all the freaking fuss is about. If you don't care about things like Korean kimchi mixed into Mexican short rib tacos, sure, you might have thought you could let this new-wave food-truck hype pass you by. But the food truck phenomenon has gotten a lot bigger than a couple fusion tacos in Los Angeles. Now many, many American cities have a thriving fleet of gourmet food-trucks in a world of flavors. Do you really want to ignore a vehicle that produces homemade ice cream flavors, like Red Velvet, pressed between two snickerdoodle cookies or one that smothers fries in toppings so extraordinary that you will have to see their picture to believe them?
A business with overhead and food less expensive than comparable restaurants', is an attractive notion in this cloudy economic climate. The low cost of start-up also means that cooks feel free to take greater risks with their menus. As Read More »from 10 of the remarkable food trucks taking over the U.S.
- Sarah Fuss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Sat, Sep 18, 2010 2:20 AM EDT
If two new Muppets cooking shows meant two half-hours of the Swedish Chef throwing a rubber chicken at the camera, that would be enough for many of us. As it turns out, the recently launched webseries include a broader cast and a higher aim. Gonzo and his chickens are frenetically present, as are Animal, Fozzie, and most every other felt puppet we love, including the Swedish Chef. Angelo, the new hyper-Italian chef with human hands (so he can actually cook), co-hosts with super-chef Cat Cora in an effort to get families to spend more time cooking together.Read More »from What chef has two new cooking shows with the Muppets?
For those who don't know Cat, she's the first and only female Iron Chef (America). She has attended top cooking schools and studied with all the right chefs; she names Julia Child as one of her actual mentors; and she has the requisite empire of books and shows and restaurants. Her background is Greek but she was born in the South, so her cooking is influenced by both cultures.
The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora on Disney.com is
In an effort to raise money for road repairs, the West Virginia Department of Transportation is toying with the idea of a new tax on food purchased in drive-throughs. Six percent would be the cost to those who motor rather than walk through a restaurant.
The six percent would be added to the five that is currently charged at restaurants in the state. WSAZ News Channel interviewed George Knox, a franchise owner of Tim Hortons who said, "It actually, probably would end up hurting our business somewhat because that person that might just want to come through and grab a coffee in the morning may not do that now."
"Sin" taxes aren't a new concept, even this drive-through tax has come up before. Epicurious.com writes that, "In 1776, Adam Smith endorsed taxing non-essentials too: on sugar, rum and tobacco." On the op-ed pages of The New York Times in 2006, Martin B. Schmidt, an economics professor at the College of William & Mary, proposed a 10 percent drive-through tax. OhioRead More »from The lazy tax: Paying more for drive-through?
- Sarah Fuss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Wed, Sep 15, 2010 8:29 PM EDT
Small-town candidate for treasurer, Phil Davison, has been making a big, loud name for himself since delivering this speech, which would have been groundbreaking if Chris Farley hadn't done it first:
The grand daddy of loud, inane, motivational speaking:
Can this be for reals?
photo: nydailynews.comIf you love Domino's, pick up some carnations and head to the Bronx to pay your respects at the two charred storefronts where ex-employee Jamal Thomas allegedly (well, they have him on tape) had a tantrum in the form of multiple counts of arson. Or as the New York Daily News wrote, "helped himself to a slice of payback."
No one was hurt in either early-morning fire, one on Boston Road on August 22, the other on White Plains Road on September 5. But the businesses are reporting over $1 million in damages and lost business.
Thomas, 24, had been working for the company for two years and was training to be an assistant manager when he was fired. The story is that he turned bitter when Domino's fired him for leaving the door unlocked on the night when hoodlums outside the store attacked him and broke his jaw."Domino's is a terrible place to work," Thomas said, according to court papers. "They didn't treat me right. They are terrible to the workers. I was punched at work and Read More »from Ex-employee sets fire to two Bronx Domino's
- Sarah Fuss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Sat, Sep 11, 2010 12:04 AM EDT
I just got off the phone with Mario Batali -- that wildly accomplished chef grinning at you from the corner of his mouth over on the left -- to discuss the free, downloadable pasta cookbook he just edited. The collection of pasta recipes from celebrities (did someone order the Meryl Streep penne with cauliflower?) is intended to raise funds for Meals on Wheels and to encourage families to eat together.Read More »from The rules and favorite recipes of Mario Batali's dinner table
"Does it count if the T.V.'s on?," was the first thing I asked. Mario and his wife have two sons, so I was curious about what kind of rules they had for the dinner table.
"No!," he exclaimed. "No T.V., no texts, no answering the phone. When I was young we weren't even allowed to answer the door. Watching T.V. and complacently staring at each other is the antithesis of what dinner is supposed to be. When dinner starts, that's sacred."
Breaking bread anywhere is a sacred act, but I couldn't help but think that his bread might be a little sacred-er. As a celebrity chef deity, it's no
I wish I'd had the idea to weed out America's worst restaurant names, but I didn't. It was Chris Borrelli over at the Chicago Tribune who thought it up. It's one of those story ideas that's so fun and so obvious that you cannot believe you hadn't ever thought to do it.Read More »from What's the worst restaurant name you know?
Borrelli took his task seriously, and laid out "names so misguided that ordinary badness is transcended. These are bad and inspired." The list opens with a familiar one, an upscale steakhouse chain so ingrained in American culture that I do not know if I ever questioned its cumbersome, senseless title. Ruth's Chris Steak House. I'd never really thought about it. But what the dickens? Does Chris belong to Ruth? If so, is Chris a person? An animal? A vegetable or mineral? What is going on here? Turns out Ruth bought Chris Steak House, but the contract stipulated that she couldn't change the name -- that is, until the original burned down.
Here's the rest of the list but make sure to take a look here to get the stories
- Sarah Fuss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Tue, Aug 24, 2010 10:36 PM EDT
This week Denny's launched the sickening yet oddly entrancing Fried Cheese Sandwich. As you can see, it's a grilled cheese sandwich studded with fried cheese sticks. Something about melding these two cheese-based bar foods together is the slightest bit brilliant but not in a way that makes me want to eat it. (I reserve the right to sing a different tune after late nights out or several days without cheese.) In a zany nod to its arrival, we've found six other fast-type American foods that may be more fun to look at than to chew.
And check out:
Read More »from Denny's new buzzy Fried Cheese Melt and other oddball foods from chain restaurants
The first time I tried Trader Joe's dried green beans, I was in line waiting to pay for them, along with about 29 other items. A young woman behind me asked my opinion on the green salted curiosities. So I did what you do at the Trader's, I pointed the open mouth of the bag at her. "Try some?"Read More »from The secrets inside Trader Joe's
There is a warm vibe residing inside Trader Joe's that transcends thick urban skins (but does not seem to extend to the parking lot). Fortune magazine just took a close look at whether Trader Joe's friendly neighborhood reputation matches the actual methods and products of the large, secretive company.
Info on TJ's (can I call you TJ's?) is hard to come by. Trader Joe's refuses to talk to the press and according to Fortune, asks that its suppliers don't reveal themselves. I expected to read something incriminating, something about how their low prices specifically exploit farm workers (which most low-priced produce do, by the way.) No, this article explains that the Trader's ultra-low prices