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January 5, 2010 5:21 PM   Subscribe

Hey, how about some food blogs to help you blow that New Year's resolution? Let's start with The Kitchn where you can find 25 Vegetarian and Vegan Meals, then let's visit Eater where you can watch Tony Bourdain torch six tons of cocaine. (wait, what?)

The Girl Who Ate Everything won't leave you without anything... check out her NY/NJ restaurant reviews. Finally, Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once comes to us from Oz and features a list of Melbourne and Victoria farmer's markets among many other delights.

And since you've blown that resolution, here's an easy way to make another one.
posted by netbros (48 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite

 
I think he goes by and prefers "Anthony" over "Tony."
posted by ericb at 5:31 PM on January 5, 2010


"The Girl Who Ate Everything" -- [lame joke about Jeffrey Steingarten]...oh never mind.
posted by mecran01 at 5:35 PM on January 5, 2010


How did you know I gave up eating vegetables and wasting precious cocaine for New Years? Now I want to binge on celery and throw all my drugs into the fireplace. 2010 is going to be off the hook!
posted by not_on_display at 5:41 PM on January 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


There has never been a food blog post that sucked.

I may be biased.

Thank you for my first favorite post of the decade netbros.
posted by caddis at 5:56 PM on January 5, 2010


You know what's weird? Cocaine is way hip again. It's like 1983 all over again. I was at a huge New Years Party and these kids were there dressed like members of Blondie and in the kitchen snorting tiny lines of coke while Dead Or Alive was playing on vinyl in the living room. I honestly thought I had time traveled.

Then I saw they were snorting off an iPhone. I shit you not.

I was gonna lecture them. But then I realized that, if history was repeating itself, they'd come to the same conclusions I did. And that Bill Clinton will get re-elected.
posted by tkchrist at 5:57 PM on January 5, 2010 [19 favorites]


Or get super creative with Darius at Everyday Cookin'. Easily some of the more interesting and tasty recipes I've seen in awhile.
posted by jeanmari at 5:58 PM on January 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Let's start with The Kitchn where you can find

everything but the letter "e"...
posted by MikeMc at 6:01 PM on January 5, 2010 [2 favorites]


Thank you for my first favorite post of the decade netbros.

It's so sad you had to wait almost 10 years for your first fave of the decade. :(
posted by DU at 6:03 PM on January 5, 2010


Bread and Honey is one of my faves, along with The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry (focus on food and restaraunts in Sydney, Australia).
posted by robotot at 6:04 PM on January 5, 2010


This bit of hipper-than-thou preciousness stuck in my craw (from the Eater link):

Many of his picks are for trends that totally peaked mid 2009 (Bahn Mi? Seriously?)
posted by kcds at 6:07 PM on January 5, 2010


The Kitchen is a good blog which I only recently discovered late last year. Their beer story reminds me that one of the posters who was quite active and so charmed me in the early days seems to have backed off a bit. I miss my regular dose of Widdershin's wit and warmth.
posted by caddis at 6:08 PM on January 5, 2010


I think he goes by and prefers "Anthony" over "Tony."

When he starts respecting the rest of the world perhaps it will start respecting him. Until then, Tony, perhaps even Tone. "Hey Tone, check out these Chicken McNuggets."
posted by caddis at 6:16 PM on January 5, 2010


and DU, your decade may go to ten, but mine only goes to 9. :(
at least my amp goes to 11 :)
posted by caddis at 6:19 PM on January 5, 2010


Then I saw they were snorting off an iPhone. Finally those "scale" apps have a real application.
posted by bigmusic at 6:20 PM on January 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh thank god - I find it so hard to find decent vegetarian recipes on the web; they are consumed by the avalanche of shithouse recipes with the most unnatural ingredients.

I find it bizarre that so many vegetarians (on the web) care enough about what they are putting into their body and why to go vege in the first place, yet seem to have little hesitation using abominations like 'onion powder', canned vegetables that were never meant to be canned, and other freakish industrial things in their recipes.

So this is a long winded thanks. Those vege recipes have normal food in them.
posted by smoke at 6:46 PM on January 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Shout out to A Veggie Venture's Alphabet of Veggies which will answer the question "WTF am I supposed to do with this?" for every vegetable you're likely to encounter!

Seriously, that site saved my life when I read Michael Pollan and started cooking for myself a few years ago.
posted by ErikaB at 7:04 PM on January 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Vegetarian and vegan dishes, when well done, are both so beautiful and so tasty. I'd love to have any of them sitting next to a nice sausage or pork chop.
posted by yhbc at 7:14 PM on January 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hello new recipe for Tamales....
posted by WinnipegDragon at 7:25 PM on January 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Vegetarian and vegan dishes, when well done, are both so beautiful and so tasty. I'd love to have any of them sitting next to a nice sausage or pork chop.

Why do omnivores feel so threatened by vegetarian food? I mean, so threatened that they need to derail an otherwise fine post?
posted by WinnipegDragon at 7:27 PM on January 5, 2010 [9 favorites]


all... that... cocaine... can't... watch... tears... too...thick... IT WAS TOO PURE TO DIE nooooooooooooo
posted by nathancaswell at 7:36 PM on January 5, 2010


I don't see how including delicious vegetarian meals as a part of an omnivorous meal is a threat. Perhaps the venom of previous discussions have biased you to take offense when it may not be meant?

At any rate good food is tasty, vegetarian or no.
posted by Zalzidrax at 7:38 PM on January 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't see how including delicious vegetarian meals as a part of an omnivorous meal is a threat. Perhaps the venom of previous discussions have biased you to take offense when it may not be meant?

It's the exact equivalent of a vegan posting: "Such wonderful recipes, that look so delicious! Too bad so many animals have to be killed because chefs are too immoral to find alternatives."

It's derailing snark that has nothing to do with the post, so that an omnivore can smugly express his hubris, period.
posted by WinnipegDragon at 7:41 PM on January 5, 2010 [2 favorites]


Sorry, netbros, this is a good post, and I won't be involved in derailing it any further.
posted by WinnipegDragon at 7:42 PM on January 5, 2010


Vegetarian and vegan dishes, when well done, are both so beautiful and so tasty. I'd love to have any of them sitting next to a nice sausage or pork chop.

Why is that a derail? We are in here being all piggy about food we like, and that's a funny comment about food. The whole point of being an omnivor is liking it all. (Except onion poweder - that's nasty.)
posted by Lesser Shrew at 7:42 PM on January 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Why do omnivores feel so threatened by vegetarian food?

Omnivores eat meat and veggies. That's where the "omni" part of "omnivore" comes in.
posted by MikeMc at 7:44 PM on January 5, 2010


Cocaine is way hip again. It's like 1983 all over again.

The same but different.
posted by StickyCarpet at 8:04 PM on January 5, 2010


When he starts respecting the rest of the world perhaps it will start respecting him.

Have you actually watched much "No Reservations" or read much of what he's written? He has heaps of respect for much of the world, even something approaching reverence.

He has an ego and a mouth and a hatred of vegetarianism, sure. See also: most chefs at his level. Even nerdy ol' Christopher Kimball was caught acting douchey online not too long ago.
posted by middleclasstool at 8:34 PM on January 5, 2010 [2 favorites]


yhbc: Vegetarian and vegan dishes, when well done, are both so beautiful and so tasty. I'd love to have any of them sitting next to a nice sausage or pork chop.

It's amazing how vegetarian threads bring out the assholes. When I joined MeFi I expected to find a better level of discourse than that of, say, Reddit. Sadly, even dipshits can afford a five buck entry fee.
 
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:34 PM on January 5, 2010


Whoa, mellow out there pardner. Nobody's kicking anyone's dog here. Useless snark is tolerated more than calling people assholes and dipshits. Flag it if you must.
posted by dammitjim at 9:44 PM on January 5, 2010 [3 favorites]


I know someone who works with Bourdain, by the way, and she refers to him as "Tony."
posted by dammitjim at 9:52 PM on January 5, 2010


Dammitjim: My friend refers to him as the Mick Jagger of the food world.
posted by KGMoney at 10:13 PM on January 5, 2010


It's amazing how vegetarian threads bring out the assholes.

Agreed, but humourless vegans are probably in a minority, Johhny Wallflower. After all, it was my own vegan girlfriend who sent me this. That said, I will admit that the militant self-righteous shrillness of many vegans can definitely be off-putting.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 10:47 PM on January 5, 2010


It's amazing how vegetarian threads bring out the assholes.

Physician, heal thyself.
posted by rodgerd at 10:53 PM on January 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Why do omnivores feel so threatened by vegetarian food?

Why do some vegetarians feel so threatened by tasty and nutritious food that they choose not to eat?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:18 PM on January 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


@netbros: Thank you so much for linking to my blog (and, um, reading it)! Especially since I barely even cook! ;) I appreciate the mention very much.

@mecran01: I'M A HUGE STEINGARTEN FAN...I guess that's obvious. I can think of at least three other blogs with the same name, unfortunately. However, I own thegirlwhoateeverything.com so...uh yeah. A winner is me!

I hope it's okay if I link to Serious Eats, even though I work for them, since it's a fine food blog/community.

...I may as well link to some other food blogs I like:

Thursday Night Smackdown (If you like funny blogs...and recipes)
The Eaten Path (Interesting food, lots of photos)
David Lebovitz (Awesome Paris-based American pastry chef)
foodbeam (Makes my head explode with BEAUTIFUL DESSERTS)
Eating Asia (The title says it all. Also plenty of beautiful photography.)
The Impulsive Buy (So I can learn about the latest food products / fast food items that I'll probably never eat.)
posted by roboppy at 11:30 PM on January 5, 2010 [4 favorites]


Bill Clinton will get re-elected

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Also, enough with the vegetarian bashing and 'jokes'. We've already heard them. And 80% of them weren't funny the first time. The remaining 20% weren't funny the second time. And remember this, when you go out into the world:

Hungry people have no sense of humor.
posted by sebastienbailard at 11:50 PM on January 5, 2010


Cool, thanks for the links. I've been scouring the 'net and askme for all the tasty vegan recipes I can find so this is perfectly timed. The only thing I love more than a good meal is Guinness, so that vegetarian Guinness stew is getting made!

I'm having a (primarily) vegan January as an experiment. It's mainly for health reasons (as a primer to adjust my post-January eating to be more vegetable based). I was very skeptical about this experiment as I've heard horror stories from my vegetarian friends about emaciated vegans slowly killing themselves through malnutrition. And that vegan cuisine is to vegetarians what most omnivores think vegetarian cuisine is to them: bland, tasteless and unsatisfying.

As it turns out, it has been very exciting and fun to make and eat. I used to make my meals based around the meat; vegetables were what went with the meat or in a salad with the meat, but extremely rarely were the primary focus. Now that I removed my main ingredient from all my food, I've had to reevaluate my entire approach to food. I can't stand bland or textureless food, so I've been "forced" to learn how to use spices properly. This past week, I have eaten some of the best food I have ever made in my life because I couldn't lean on any of my stand-by recipes and had to be very adventurous. I can't really speak of the health benefits or ethics of it all, but vegan food is tasty as hell when done right. To any person who says otherwise: I have some freshly made chipotle hummus in the fridge that will prove you wrong.
posted by slimepuppy at 3:05 AM on January 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Physician, heal thyself.

Fair enough. Long day, bad mood. Apologies.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:42 AM on January 6, 2010


Vegetarian and vegan dishes, when well done, are both so beautiful and so tasty. I'd love to have any of them sitting next to a nice sausage or pork chop.

For anyone who still doesn't get why this sort of comment is insulting, it's because it's a backhanded compliment. The implication is that vegetables are only for side-dishes, and even the finest vegetarian meals are really only side-dishes, and silly vegetarians and vegans for thinking that a side-dish is a real meal! It's fine to love meat, but it's tiresome to have to hear people imply (or state outright) that a meal is incomplete without animal flesh on the plate.

The patronizing tone of such backhanded compliments is like saying how lovely that lesbian couple is, and how happy they look next to one another, but how great they'd look next to a nice man. Yeah, not the best analogy since vegetarianism is a choice, and vegetarians are not a persecuted minority, per se. Still, the "jokes" come from a position of relative privilege, and are tiresome to the point that they come across as mean-spirited.

Haha, you like meat, we get it.
posted by explosion at 6:26 AM on January 6, 2010 [9 favorites]


Why do some vegetarians feel so threatened by tasty and nutritious food that they choose not to eat?

Perhaps you should re-read the thread and see who posted what. My comment wouldn't have been made if yhbc didn't feel like belittling vegetarians first.
posted by WinnipegDragon at 6:39 AM on January 6, 2010


Despite all the juvenile sniping, there are a lot of great links in the thread. Nice job netbros.
posted by caddis at 6:51 AM on January 6, 2010


That video never shows the pile of coke going up. It cuts right before the flame reaches it. I wonder why?
posted by solipsophistocracy at 7:38 AM on January 6, 2010


As Julia Child is my personal savior, it has been difficult to try to eat more vegetarian dishes. As slimepuppy mentioned up thread, it takes a different approach to make good all vegetarian meals.

I like to avoid prepackaged anything - like smoke said - a lot of vegetarian food has some bizarre shit in it (so does prepackaged non-vegetarian food) - but I don't want 'eating more vegetarian' to mean 'endless bowls of beans and rice' so these are some great resources, thanks

I just discovered quinoa and have been quite happy with the results - I'm looking forward to 'fortifying' a risotto with some TVP soon
posted by device55 at 7:45 AM on January 6, 2010


Why do birds suddenly appear, every time you are near?
posted by everichon at 10:11 AM on January 6, 2010


Even nerdy ol' Christopher Kimball was caught acting douchey online not too long ago.
Wait, what?
posted by scrump at 10:26 AM on January 6, 2010


Another site I've come to love is Cheap, Healthy, Good. It's not all vegetarian food, but it does have Veggie Might Thursdays, showcasing cheap, healthy and good veggie food. The other stuff isn't so bad, either.
posted by inmediasres at 10:29 AM on January 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


My list:

Annie's Eats has a folksy layout, but killer gingerbread cookies.
Closet Cooking
Confections of a Foodie Bride will make you fat and happy.
Four Pounds Flour focuses on historical cuisine.
honey & jam has beautiful photos and tasty cheese crackers I made last night in practically no time.
Not Without Salt has great photos.
The ubiquitous Smitten Kitchen and 101 Cookbooks
posted by runningwithscissors at 5:09 PM on January 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


runningwithscissors speared my heart <3
posted by caddis at 7:16 PM on January 6, 2010


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