THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON FOOD
Let’s start this week with an educational access to what our food does to our brain. This fascinating TedED video illuminates how far we’ve come in understanding the effects of what we ingest on the just the brain, much less the rest of the body.
SHOPPING IN VENEZUELA
Venezuela is going through tumultuous times as of late. Their economy has collapsed, their government is out of touch, and getting basics like food has become a trial for the average citizen in the correct political party, much less outside of it.
There are few things better than a nice bowl of soba noodles. The salty and acidy broth mixing with some fermented veg, all swishing around with the alkaline-y buckwheat forward noodles. Time for lunch!
Selecting the correct form of red peppercorns to make the perfect Sichuan dish can be a daunting task. There are just so many to choose from. Here’s a handy overview for finding just the right peppercorn at the market.
TODDLER DINING ROOM
It can be a trial taking a toddler out to dine with you. If there aren’t diners glaring and eye-rolling at you, there’s a little person ready to throw the peas across the room. Restaurants in New York have decided to open family rooms for parents to dine with their toddlers in relative peace. It allows the parents a little time out in the world and toddlers a chance to get used to eating out.
RESPECT THE OMAKASE
Omakase is the ritual of sushi. You sit down and let the master guide you through a seafood feast of all the senses. Here’s a handy guide for the next time you want to get your Omakase on!
HUNTING WILD BOAR WITH GORDON RAMSAY
Wild game is having a bit of a moment. The protein is often cleaner, organic, and antibiotic free. Pest control is the biggest argument for wild game hunting in much of the world. Gordo heads to the American South to trap, kill, dress, and cook a wild boar. (warning: graphic images of animal slaughter)
SUSHI MASTER MIXES A MEAN COCKTAIL
Sushi and tequila cocktails? Yes, please! Watch this master sushi chef devise a spicy tequila cocktail with habeneros, cucumber and a dash of the passionate perfection usual to the sushi master.
SUMMER COCKTAIL — PORN STAR MARTINI
Do you love vodka, passion fruit, and champagne? Then this is the cocktail for you. It’s easy, refreshing, and looks delicious. It may be worth giving it a try at your next summer party in the backyard.
BACKYARD SMOKED RIBS SHORTCUT
Speaking of those summer backyard parties, here’s a nice BBQ hack for smoking some ribs without an expensive smoker. Check it out and dig in!
This week in #PutAnEggOnIt, learn how to cure eggs yolks in a salt mixture. You can then use the cured eggs to amp up your salads, pastas, and anything else, really.
PERFECT YOUR STEAK GAME
Everyone thinks their steak is the best steak. Rule 1: buy the best steak! Rule 2: CAST IRON SKILLET. Forget the BBQ out back and get back into the kitchen!
QUICK TIP OF THE WEEK: MINCE SOME GARLIC
This week’s top kitchen quick tip: learn to mince your own garlic without one of those pain-in-the-ass to clean garlic presses. All it takes is a little skill with the knife. Don’t forget to hide those thumbs!
STREET FOOD CORNER — MAKE YOUR OWN POKE
Poke is Hawa’ii’s answer to ceviche. It’s a sweet, sour, fermented bowl of tuna bliss. Check out this easy to follow recipe from the Food Busker this week!
MAMMOTH FOR DINNER
The Explorer’s Club is a legendary institution of a bygone era. They were scientists, explorers, and killers of great beasts. In 1951, The Explorer’s Club claimed to have served tidbits of woolly mammoth during a club dinner. Luckily one of those tidbits was preserved and now we have this little documentary to ask and answer what they actually ate that night.