Posts Tagged 'Asian food'

Foodie Friday: Netflix for Foodies–Salt, Fat, Acid Heat

Chef Samin Nosrat is a foodie with an appreciation of the fundamental elements of great cooking. A celebrated food writer and educator, she shares what she’s learned from the formative food experiences in her life—such as her initial training at the lauded farm-to-table landmark Chez Panisse—and guides food fans through the essentials of cooking with contagious enthusiasm for the extraordinary ingredients, masterful techniques, and vibrant cultures she celebrates.

Today, we’ll look at the message of her acclaimed cookbook and current docuseries on Netflix and see what makes it such an appetizing treat for foodie readers and viewers.

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Foodie Friday: Blame It on the Name

What’s in a name? The rhetorical question first posed by Juliet Capulet in the classic Shakespearean tragedy is on our minds again. An Asian-fusion restaurant in California that recently joined forces with Whole Foods has ignited a firestorm of criticism—especially on Twitter. Vocal critics accuse the provocatively named “Yellow Fever” restaurant of being inarguably racist at worst, and maybe more than a little tacky at best.

Founder and chef Kelly Kim claims that she chose the name because she wanted something catchy—and perhaps, as a Korean American herself, manage to re-appropriate the name to something less stereotyping of Asians. But that raises the question: Is it possible to put a positive spin on a phrase that’s almost exclusively pejorative?

Los Angeles-based civil rights advocate Karin Wang doesn’t seem to think so. As she explained in this New York Times article:

“As an Asian-American woman, I look at the term, and it’s either a terrible disease you get in tropical countries or it’s an offensive concept of white men pursuing Asian women based purely on their race. I don’t know what’s worth reclaiming about that.”

Of course, regardless of the inherent connotations, naming a restaurant is really hard.

Kelly Kim (center), Yellow Fever’s executive chef and owner

Back in 2010, restaurateur Bruce Buschel chronicled the arduous task of coming up with the right name for his seafood place in a New York Times business blog titled, Stick a Fork in the Name Game:

“A name should not turn off a potential diner. I liked Tarragon until two people at the same dinner said they hated the smell and taste of the herb.

Judge the real thing, not the name, for names, in the end, matter little. Once you have experienced a restaurant, that is what remains in your memory bank, and draws you back or keeps you away.”

I experienced this bit of wisdom firsthand just now when trying—and failing—to recall the name of a local restaurant without the help of a Google search (remembering it simply and viscerally as “that bad ramen place”).

Should a restaurant be less successful if it has an unappealing name? Is a bad name forgivable if it’s memorable?

What are your thoughts on the bad-name phenomenon?

Even if you get your foodie fix from a poorly named establishment, have a great weekend full of good taste and great company!

Happy Foodie Friday!

 

And, of course, for something a little weird…

For more examples of groan-worthy monikers, check out this list of pun-based restaurant names. Who wouldn’t want to dine at a place that’s “Juan in a Million”?

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Foodie Friday: Ring in the New Year with 7 Lucky Favorites

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Happy New Year! As many of us look forward to every holiday season, the new year brings an opportunity to celebrate with friends and indulge in some delicious and slightly superstitious food traditions to start the year off with a heaping helping of good luck.

Today, we’ll take a closer look at 7 foods you can dish up to complement your champagne toast at the midnight countdown.

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Foodie Friday: The Snout-to-Tail Delights of National Pork Month

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Of all the protein-rich foods that many of us enjoy, nothing strikes quite the chord of culinary enthusiasm than the savory, succulent, other-white-meat favorite: Pork. Today, we’ll take a look at some little-known facts about this porcine powerhouse of restaurant and home kitchens the world over, and share some tasty recipes from the US and across the globe.

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Foodie Friday: Crazy for Coconut–4 Reasons We’re Nuts for the ‘Nut

Once considered something you’d only find among ice cream sundae garnishes or scattered on top of a frosted cake, coconut has gained a tremendously enthusiastic fan-following lately. Whether we’re enjoying coconut milk, coconut water, coconut oil, or simply eating coconut itself, this versatile hybrid of fruit, seed, and nut is a delicious and nutritious source of rich flavor and healthy benefits. Today, we raise a coconut half to this beloved Southeastern-Asian treasure.  (more…)

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Foodie Friday: Fast and Foreign–3 Ways Fast-Casual is Going Global

Quick question: In an age where people are increasingly more choosy about what they eat, how much they eat, and the even story behind their food, how do you revitalize the image of tried-and-true American fast food?

These days, the answer seems to be written on the golden arches: Make it less American. We’ve highlighted the popularity of ethnic foods in previous blogs, but today’s Foodie Friday focuses more closely on the realm of fast-casual dining—and 3 smart ways savvy retailers have chosen to follow the ethnic food trend to spice up their menus, inspire their customers, and reinvent our notion of fast food beyond burgers and fries. (more…)

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Foodie Friday: 6 Flavor Trends from the Fancy Food Show

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Fancy Food fans unite! I recently attended the Specialty Food Association’s 2015 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and thoroughly enjoyed sampling the wide variety of foods and beverages showcased for eager foodie attendees. Today, I’m sharing 6 top trends from the Fancy Food Show you’re sure to notice soon on the shelves of your local specialty supermarket!

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