The New York Food Book Fair, May 4–6, has finally released some details on the highly anticipated event — featuring a mirage of food personalities, book signings, interactive food exhibits, food lit stars, and famous chefs — including some generous information on how to generously donate your money. Their Kickstarter campaign, running until April 1, aims to raise $400,000, a figure that will allow complimentary entrance for everyone, with added perks for donors. This goes unsaid, but the Food Book Fair will be held in … Williamsburg. -Grub Street
"When Lin started draining three-pointers in the clutch as if he were Larry Bird, the most unlikely thing about it wasn’t his skin color or alma mater: It’s the fact that a guy with his skills isn’t even supposed to be taking those shots. " - Will Leitch, New York Magazine
A great article explaining the statistical charm of Linsanity.
After telling Today last week that some people were “mean” when she announced her diabetes medication deal, Paula Deen today tells People that she’s not combating her diabetes diagnosis with drugs alone. She’s also dieting and exercising! “I’ve dropped two pant sizes and I feel great!” she tells the magazine. The story says her fitness routine “includes walking 30 minutes every day — and now having portions half the size of those she used to eat.” (Which leads us to wonder: How do you make a cheeseburger with only half a Krispy Kreme doughnut?) - Grub Street
Everyone who follows such things probably already knew that Taco Bell’s latest gimmick (besides trying to get everyone to call breakfast “first meal”) was a taco that came in an oversize Doritos shell. It’s either an abomination or a stroke of genius, depending on how you look at it, but whatever your opinion, you should know that it will be available to stoners around the country when the chain begins selling it nationwide on March 8. - Grub Street
…seriously?! The only thing worse than plain Taco Bell is Doritos + Taco Bell. Just thinking about this makes me queasy.
Grub Street reported yesterday that the old Pfizer plant on Flushing Ave will soon become a culinary production facility. Kombucha Brooklyn, Brooklyn Soda Works and Steve’s Ice Cream have already taken up shop.
While Deschanel is just one actress with one hit show, industry types we spoke to said her smashingly successful move to the small screen in New Girl underscores just how dramatically the TV casting dynamic has changed in recent years. Broadcast networks once only hoped to lure film stars on their way down, convincing a William Petersen or Martin Sheen that it was time to consider TV parts. While film stars of a certain age are still the most likely targets of pilot casting directors hunting big names, Deschanel has TV types believing they’ve now got a decent shot at snagging hot actors on their way up who are having trouble finding interesting film roles. “She’s made it palpable for many younger actors this season,” said one top agent, who notes how the (500) Days of Summer star and She & Him songstress hasn’t seemed to lose a bit of her indie credibility by doing a half-hour comedy on a Big Four network. “Movie people are still hanging out with her, and other actors see how much attention she’s getting. She’s brought this cool factor to TV, as opposed to it being the place actors go when their careers are dying.” -New York Magazine
This makes me happy. I think Zooey took a huge risk with The New Girl, and it paid off. It’s one of my favorite new shows, and I’m constantly impressed with the off-beat comedy it brings to the primetime scene.
Stumbled on this, and have dubbed it “too weird not to post.” You’re welcome.
New York Magazine explains…Part port-o-let, part interactive art, Monica Bonvicini’s “Don’t Miss a Sec” is a public toilet [in London] encased in one-way mirrors. “You can step out of the city and yet you’re still able to watch everything that’s going on around you.”
Crispy Oyster Bacon Pad Thai…this is what I’ll be dreaming about tonight. It’s a dish Top Chef’s Dale Talde will be serving at his new Park Slope restaurant, Talde. I need to drop by there soon. Until then, I’ll be salivating.