“Top Chef” Cruise Recap, Baconfest, Bourdain on Clowns: Eating & Reading

A tasty roundup of the best stuff we’re reading this week.

Ordering one of these on your Xbox means never having to pause a game—or burn any calories you may need later. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

Virginia Is for Haters

Don’t go looking for any hometown pride from Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi, who hails from Springfield: “It was like the armpit of Northern Virginia . . . the one town in Northern Virginia nobody ever wants to show their friends.” [Eater]­ —Ann Limpert

How We Eat Now

This close-up look at the struggle of one couple deciding whether to sign up for food stamps will stick with you. [Washington Post] —Marisa Kashino

A cool comparison of how much of a certain food (eggs, Big Macs, rice) $5 can buy you around the world. [BuzzFeed] —Tanya Pai

Sweet as Pie

The Chicago Tribune sent lunch to the Boston Globe staff this week, and, yeah, it totally made me cry. So awesome. [HuffPo] —MK

Stupidly Spicy

Hard to know even what to say about this except “Stop.” Teenagers are YouTube-ing themselves as they react to ingesting a spoonful of cinnamon—an idiotic challenge that has resulted in collapsed lungs. [New York Times] —Jessica Voelker

Appetite Busters

How come in the movies, the food of the future looks so . . . gross? [LA Times] —Shane Harris

Deep-fried “toothy, Amazonian killing machines.” Um, yum? [Time] —MK

“Why did I do this?” Mike Fahey taste-tests peanut butter and jelly and bacon sodas. [Kotaku] —TP

Another Anthony Bourdain Quote

Let’s be clear, all clowns are evil. So I understand Anthony Bourdain’s stance: “Ronald McDonald is a bad guy in our house. He’s not a friendly clown.” [Grub Street] —Chris Campbell

Screen Life

A new book explores foraged and forgotten foods of Charleston. Consider the syllabub. Really. It’s quite delicious. [NPR] —SH

Because picking up the phone to order a pizza means you may have to dislodge the controller from your hand and miss out on four minutes of Bioshock Infinite. Actually, now that I think of it, this is a genius idea. I hate having to pause that game, too. [Mashable] —CC

We love Max Silvestri’s funny Top Chef recaps, so we were happy to find out that the comedian set sail aboard the Top Chef Cruise and lived/avoided norovirus runs to write about it. [Eater] —Anna Spiegel

Armchair Eating

Where do you food shop while riding the Trans-Siberian railroad? At a sled shop, natch. [Serious Eats] —JV

Getting Piggy With It

Think bacon mania is waning? These pics from Chicago’s annual Baconfest might make you think otherwise. Also, it’s coming to DC at some point. (Here’s hoping the bacon Jell-o shots stay in Chi-town.) [Serious Eats] —AL

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.

Senior Editor

Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 and was a senior editor until 2022.

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.