By Kate Hards
“There’s a guy here wearing a PETA shirt,” wrote my confused co-worker in a text message. Liz met me at the 35th Street East River ferry landing for a quick boat ride to Meatopia on Randall’s Island. We were about to attend a one-day food festival featuring meat-centric dishes prepared by chefs from around the world … and there were vegans about to board?
At the dock, I inspected said t-shirt. In this case, PETA didn’t stand for the animal activist group, but rather “People Eating Tasty Animals,” a theme that was evident throughout Meatopia. Hoards of hungry carnivores descended upon the park and lined up to taste small plates and bites of tasty, tasty animals. The event was organized into Meat-themed neighborhoods in a large grassy field on the island: The Deckle District, Offalwood, Beaktown, Embassy Row, Meatopia Heights, Carcass Hill, The Quarter and the Game Reserve each had tents serving unique dishes prepared with humanely and naturally-raised meats. READ MORE
By George Motz
George Motz is the host of Burger Land. Check out behind-the- scenes photos from the show, and be sure to tune in to learn more about America’s burgers!
It all started with a documentary I made years ago called Hamburger America. The film visits 8 iconic and unique hamburger locations across the country and focuses not only on their amazing burgers, but also the people behind the burgers. Each restaurant featured in the film has been around for more than 40 years, uses only fresh meat, and in many cases can boast the fact that ownership has stayed within the same family. READ MORE
After his stint as a pop-up restaurateur during this season of Bizarre Foods: America, it was only a matter of time before the bizarre foodie himself hopped on the food truck bandwagon. Andrew Zimmern’s food truck, AZ Canteen, will officially open its … er… window tomorrow at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Andrew will be there in person, so if you’re anywhere in the St. Paul, MN, vicinity, head on down to the state fair for a taste of Andrew’s Andouille, oyster and crab gumbo; pork belly with papaya salad; goat butter burgers; griddled veal tongue; or Nicaraguan dulce de leche.
Follow AZ Canteen on Twitter for more information. Can’t get enough of state fairs? Check out the best fair competitions and food … that is, until AZ Canteen makes its debut!
Are you going to the Minnesota State Fair? Sample Andrew’s wares and let us know what you think in the comments!
Today, Julia Child would have turned 100. It’s not just her recipes we savor, it’s her life story. She was one of those unlikely heroes, a towering 6-foot-2 cooking sensation who started out barely knowing how to boil water — yet went on to discover the joys of French cuisine and share that passion with a larger American audience: first through her massive 2-volume Mastering the Art of French Cooking and later, her TV show The French Chef, which premiered in 1963. On the 100th anniversary of Julia Child’s birth, what better way to celebrate her extraordinary life than by visiting the many places that shaped her culinary passions — and awakened in so many of us the simple joys of a good meal shared with friends. Check out these top spots for Julia Child fans.
1. Dine in Rouen, France
Want to know where Julia Child experienced “the most exciting meal of [her] life”? Head to Rouen, a city in northern France by the Seine River. The place it happened was La Couronne restaurant: Ask for the green salad, sole meuniere, briny portugaises oysters, fromage blanc (with berries and coffee, c’est sur!), alongside a bottle of Pouilly Frume — the same spread that Julia and her diplomat husband Paul Child ordered when they first visited this auberge in 1948. READ MORE
- Photography by Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
This weekend, Los Angeles has been taken over by foodies from around the world. Chefs come from near and far to show off their skills in cooking demos, offer their expertise at roundtable discussions and serve their delicious creations to the gourmands who were smart enough to buy a ticket to the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival.
This is only the second year of this festival –with venues in Santa Monica, downtown LA, Hollywood and Beverly Hills — and it’s already a big deal. Last year’s festival featured more than 30 restaurants and 200 vineyards, and this year’s tops that with chefs such as Giada de Laurentiis, the Voltaggio brothers and even our own Andrew Zimmern serving the 15,000 people who are expected to attend.
Need another opportunity to fill your stomach with the best food and wine around? Check out our photos of the Best Food & Wine Festivals in the US, see The Lost Girls’ picks for the best destinations for a food and wine-themed girls’ getaway or grab your significant other and take a Wine Tour Weekend.
- Photograph by Ian Shive / Aurora Photos
As always, we’re bringing you our favorite travel posts from the blogosphere this past week. Learn an alternative way to save money while traveling the world, where the most remote places exist and how you can find the best sustainable wines.
The Cultureist offers a tour of the best “green” wineries from France to Greece and beyond. Never heard of biodynamic wine? Neither had we.
Get in a little beach time before making your way to Florence, Italy, with this week’s Travel Channel itinerary – and get a taste of new cultures from the comfort of your couch.
On Monday at 9|8c, Andrew Zimmern opens a pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles for Bizarre Foods America. Get a peek at what he’s serving with the Bizarre Food of the Week!
Then at 10|9c, Hotel Impossible’s Anthony Melchiorri stops in Daytona Beach, FL, to help an ailing hotel get its act together. Learn more about the city famous for its NASCAR with our Daytona Beach City Guide.
Get to know the cuisine of New Mexico as well as the rest of the Southwest before diving into the culture of Edinburgh with this week’s Travel Channel itinerary – and escape to a new destination without leaving your living room.
The stifling heat this summer has me dreaming about the ocean breezes on a tiny island 30 miles out to sea. A place where no one spends much time indoors, where cobblestone streets weave through town, where protected land — nearly 50% of the entire island! — reigns supreme, and where you may just find yourself with a warm stretch of beach all to yourself.
My version of paradise is Nantucket, MA — the “Faraway Island.” Packed within this island of 105 square miles, you’ll find a place where days can be spent lazing on a quiet beach, afternoons can be enjoyed shopping for one-of-a-kind items at tiny boutiques and evenings savored with dining experiences at world-class restaurants. As you walk around Nantucket, you may even hear people refer to mainland USA as “America” — as if you’re in another country altogether.
Hungry for a taste? Here are 8 ways to truly savor the very best that this much-beloved (and very wealthy) island has to offer:
In case you haven’t heard, the iconic London Eye has been transformed into a barometer of sorts to measure how the Twitterverse is feeling about the Olympics. EDF Energy, a London Eye sponsor, has come up with an algorithm that will measure positive and negative tweets about the Games. Those feelings will then be reflected by the lights on the London Eye – yellow lights meaning positive, purple meaning negative.
So, this got us thinking … what if the eye goes purple? How will we spend our time in London if the Olympics take a nose dive? Well, regardless of the Eye being mostly yellow or purple, here are some other things to do around the city when you’re not keeping a close eye on the competition.