The Guy Fieri Takedown (With Cats), a “Portlandia” Restaurant Guide, Grimm Discoveries: Eating & Reading

Plus: The French find a new use for pain au chocolat.

The French right wing assigns some heavy symbolism to a schoolyard snack. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

Critical Mass

You’ve already read New York Times critic Pete Wells’s takedown of Guy Fieri this week. Now read it again—with cats. [Eater New York] —Anna Spiegel

And while we’re poking fun at the critics, you might as well take a cue from “Thanksgiving’s Most Helpful Man,” a.k.a Sam Sifton. Not quite as good as this, but close. [BuzzFeed Food]—AS

Though in all seriousness, there are some important questions about what kind of purpose a flaming goose egg launched at a guy like Guy serves [The Awl] —AS

“Reservations mocked”: A funny-’cause-it’s-true coded restaurant guide to Portland—part of the new Portlandia visitors manual—is on its way. [Eater National] —Jessica Voelker

Ripped From the Headlines

What Sandy revealed about New York City’s food supply chain. [Edible Geography] —Todd Kliman

Hunger for Horror

The Dave and Buster’s folks are planning a restaurant Stephen King—or at least John Wayne Gacy—would love. [Grub Street] —Ann Limpert

The Salt takes a nostalgic look back at a book of Grimm’s fairy tales in search of culinary delights such as sugar-paned windows and strawberries in the snow—and along the way, finds cannibalism, famine, and dismemberment. Sleep well, kids. [NPR] —AL

Food for Thought

Grist takes a look at Blue Ridge Produce—the Elkwood-based entity that plans to make locavore dreams a reality, and make a profit doing it. [Grist] —JV

The “link” between chocolate consumption and Nobel Laureates. [NEJM] —TK

The French right wing uses pain au chocolat to wage a cultural war. [The Guardian] —TK

At Your Service

Bon Appétit puts together a refreshingly unstuffy guide to pantry products approved by its editors and test kitchen. It mixes high (Red Boat fish sauce) and low (Skippy peanut butter), and best of all, it won’t have you running too far beyond Whole Foods and Harris Teeter. [Bon Appétit] —AL

Forgotten Foods

Wait, what happened to Magic Middles? [Buzzfeed] —JV

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.