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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: IDDBA Show 2018 in New Orleans

Foodies across a variety of industries will gather this weekend in one of the world’s greatest food cities: New Orleans. At the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association show (June 10-12), we’ll enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations offered both by our nation’s most innovative food experts as well as the vibrant culture of this historic, artistic, and energetic southern city. Today, let’s take a sneak peek at what we can look forward to at this year’s IDDBA expo!

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Foodie Friday: It’s National Doughnut Day!

“Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.”

—H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life’s Little Instruction Book

It’s National Doughnut Day—a perfect excuse for each of us to kick back after the busy work week and enjoy a few of life’s small pleasures.

One of my all-time favorites is the classic Krispy Kreme Doughnut. I have enjoyed these little gems on occasion for more than 30 years. The simplicity of the original-glazed recipe and the genius “hot now” neon sign marketing work together to give this irresistible treat some serious staying power and cultural cache. (more…)

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Foodie Friday: Sneaky Treats–4 Tasty Sweet & Savory Foods in Disguise

There’s a lot of fusion going on in the food scene—whether blending different ethnic traditions on one plate, changing up the serving style (see: grocerants, food trucks, and app-based eating), or reinventing the ingredients in familiar foods to make something fresh and exciting.

Clever culinarians are also dreaming up news ways to blur the lines between sweet desserts and savory main dishes. Today, we’ll look at 4 examples of category-bending foods that are sure to surprise and delight adventurous foodies.

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Drinko de Mayo! 5 Festive Mexican Libations for Cinco de Mayo

We just enjoyed a festive Cinco de Mayo, and while this celebration of a Mexican victory in a battle against France may be less lauded in Mexico and largely misunderstood in the US, we Americans will definitely take the opportunity to partake in some fantastic Mexican food and drink!

Today, we recommend 5 tasty cocktails and mocktails for your Cinco sipping with friends. ¡Olé!

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Foodie Friday: 5 Ways to Be an Eco-Friendly Foodie for Earth Day

Happy young female farmer standing at her stall at the farmers market

April 22nd is Earth Day, and as usual, it’s another opportunity to hang our heads and feel guilty for wasting resources…er, wait—that’s not a celebratory attitude!

What if instead of another guilt trip, this year’s Earth Day serves as a fresh reminder to each do our part as healthy, caring, responsible Foodies? That’s exactly what today’s post is all about. Here are 5 easy ways to incorporate eco-friendliness into your foodie lifestyle—one delicious meal at a time!

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Foodie Friday: Flavors That’ll Make You Melt–It’s Grilled Cheese Month!

Pull out the panini press, grab your spatulas, and grate up your favorite cheddar: It’s National Grilled Cheese Month!

In honor of this beloved comfort food, we’re sharing some expert advice for making the best grilled cheese sandwich, as well as sharing some gourmet grilled cheese recipes from the cheese connoisseurs of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Say cheese!

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Foodie Friday: 5 Favorite Deli Destinations–It’s National Deli Meat Month!

Between digging into Corned Beef at St. Paddy’s Day, packing picnic provisions for the first day of Spring, and serving sandwich platters for March Madness, there’s plenty of opportunity to celebrate March as National Deli Meat Month. For today’s Foodie Friday, we’ll take a closer look at some top-notch delis across America and what makes them worth taking a number to enjoy their fresh, flavorful deli delights. (more…)

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Foodie Friday: TV Dinner! 4 Fictional Restaurants You Can Actually Visit

“Breaking Bad” stars at the real-life Los Pollos Hermanos pop-up location in Albuquerque

Have you ever watched one of your favorite TV shows and thought, “I wonder if that coffee is any good” or, “I could go for some of that pie right now”? You’re in luck! Whether limited-run pop-up events or permanent tourist attractions, many of the iconic restaurants, bars, and cafés from beloved scripted settings have been made into real-life locales. Today, we’ll look at 4 fictional restaurants that TV-fan foodies can visit in real life.

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Foodie Friday: Innovation in Gluten-Free Alternative Flours

 

SO MUCH FOOD…so little time! The vast array of inventive products on display at each Fancy Food Show never ceases to amaze the attendees, and as one of the eager foodies who walked the floor this year, I can attest that this year’s winter show was no exception. One prominent trend that demonstrated true culinary creativity was the diversity of non-traditional flours in various products—whether derived from ancient grains, pulses, or other out-of-the-ordinary plant sources. Today, we’ll take a closer look at alternative gluten-free flours and why they’re more popular than ever!

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