Category Archives: food

Woman downs 5.5 pound hamburger in 75 seconds

Can we have a bit of gluttony at the end of the week? It always amazes me how small and skinny people can down so much food in eating contests. (Joey Chestnut is a prime example.) Here an unnamed woman manages to down a 5½-pound octuple cheeseburger, with buns AND a heap o’ fries, in […]

How long should you age Marshmallow Peeps?

I recently confessed that I am a big fan of Marshmallow Peeps, those chick-shaped confections of gelatin and sugar that appear around Easter (and now at Halloween and Christmas as well). I of course received considerable opprobrium from readers for this, with several people saying that if I hated candy corn (which I do), I […]

Giant isopods on the sea floor rip apart an alligator carcass!

Reader J. J. sent me a link to the fascinating video below along with the commentary below, which, along with the video, tells you all you need to know. I’ll add, though, that this euthanized gator was placed ten miles off the coast of Louisiana and 1.25 miles down on the sea bed. And I […]

Amsterdam: Part III

I forgot to mention the ubiquity of bicycles in Amsterdam, but of course it is the first thing one notices on the streets. Bikes are everywhere and most everyone rides one: not ten-speeds or fancy bikes, but solid, sturdy ones designed for horizontal transportation. (You don’t need gears in such a flat country.) Below is […]

Amsterdam: food

I’ve been here but one day but have already sampled some of the culinary delights of this city. More are to come. After arrival we asked where we could find a good place for Dutch pancakes, and it turned out one was not far away: the Pancake Bakery in the Canal District (scroll on the […]

Is Chicago deep-dish pizza really “pizza”?

Grania found this video and commented that it was “genuinely funny”. (I think she was referring to the repartee in the last three minutes.) To a Chicagoan like me, though, it’s deadly serious. I prefer deep-dish (or stuffed) pizza over New Yorkian cheese-covered cardboard. I do like the New York style, but given a choice […]

A Chinese lunch

Yesterday’s Visitor’s Lunch was at one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in Chicago: Lao Sze Chuan, which of course features the food of Szechuan. We ordered way too much food, but it became leftovers. The restaurant became wildly popular when it opened as it was the first place to feature authentic Szechuanese food in the […]

Chicago’s wonderful hot dogs, and a new hot dog museum

For years I’ve been stopping by the Vienna Beef Factory Store and Cafe to get a genuine Chicago hot dog—the finest dogs in the land.  (The store is conveniently located a few blocks from where I buy my wine.) It had been a factory where the all-beef dogs were made, so the dogs were super-fresh […]

Horsemeat humor

So I got an email from reader Merilee (via one “Ron”) which said the following: In the UK, some supermarkets have admitted that there is horse meat in their home cooked burgers. Even places like Burger King have had to admit that there are “small amounts” of horse meat in their burgers. Tesco is a […]

More Hawaiian food

I continue to eat the local food, and it doesn’t look as if I’ll go to any fancy Hawaiian restaurants when I’m here, though I hear that the hula pie at Duke’s on Waikiki is awesome. (I walked through Duke’s restaurant, though, and the buffet looked very lame.) There are few things more satisfying than […]