It’s time for the Olympics. In that vein, stylist Sarah Parker and photographer Michael Bodiam, have put together a short series depicting the typical meal for several types of athletes. Or at least those suggested by Olympian nutritionist Dan Benardo. Each 2000 plus calorie meal has been recreated in tiny format – each component meticulously arranged.
If you’re at all into reading, Fictitious Dishes should provide an interesting twist on some classic novels. It’s a photo series by graphic artist Dinah Fried, which recreates meals from a few books almost everyone should know. Check out some of the photos from the characters point of view.
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We recently got through with the World’s Most Expensive Hot Dog and Most Expensive Burger. It seems like it’s just a contest to see who can assemble the most expensive ingredients on item X and get as much press as possible out of the deal. I’m not one to disappoint, so here’s the World’s Most Expensive Pizza.
Vancouver, British Columbia based Steveston Pizza Company has rolled out what has recently been named The World’s Most Expensive Pizza. It tallies in $450. It would have to be very special, I could probably make 300+ homemade pizzas for the same price. No exaggeration.
The Vancouver eatery has already sold one of the $450 pies and seven other orders for a $120 version. “I never thought I’d sell so many,” the owner Nader Hatami said.
What exactly do you get when you decide you need to the “guy” to spend $450 on a pizza? I’m glad you asked. It’s called the C6. It’s topped with a thermidor of lobster and black Alaskan cod, and a dollop of Russian Osetra caviar, because, you know, it has to have caviar. Right. If you’re feeling a bit more “reasonable” there’s a $120 version (dubbed the C5, of course) which is topped with roasted garlic, Icelandic scampi, smoked steelhead, and lobster ratatouille. If you’re a ham-and-egger like me, there’s always their regular lineup of $14-$20 pizzas. You know, for the riff-raff.
If you were wondering what pizza held the old record you won’t be surprised to find out that it was offered by bastion of good temperament and grace – Gordon Ramsey. His Maze restaurant offered the pizza for $178. It is topped with onion puree, white truffle paste, Fontina cheese, baby mozzarella, pancetta, Cepe mushrooms, freshly picked wild mizuna lettuce, and shaved white truffles that run $1,200 a pound.
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Police in Nassau County have arrested this enchantress – 45-year-old Catherine Scalia – after detectives say she was offering up more than a dirty water dog from her
grotesque 30 year old Winnebago roadside hot dog truck. Scalia, of East Rockaway, was arrested Thursday after authorities said an undercover officer bought two dogs and she offered to engage in sexual conduct at her home with in return for money.
According to the police, the officer asked about the specials and Scalia offered a striptease later that night for $100 at her East Rockaway home. The cop showed up to her house and said Scalia wanted to perform sex acts for an additional $50. She was placed under arrest and charged with prostitution.
“The agreed amount was about $100 and then to further engage in an additional sex act — it was another $50,” said Nassau County Detective Lt. Kevin Smith. Authorities said she would drum up business using suggestive business cards passed out at her truck and nearby stores. She’d bring clients back to her home in East Rockaway. Neighbors said they’re not shocked by the prostitution arrest.
“She was leaving little cards around CVS for naked house cleaning, topless house cleaning,” one neighbor told CBS New York. The hot dog truck now sits in the driveway of the home that neighbors said Scalia grew up in and where she raised triplets who are now teenagers.
“I plead guilty to stripping,” said Scalia. “Not prostitution, prostitution is sex and I am Sister Theresa here.” (She did actually plead guilty.to prostitution, so there’s certainly some wishful thinking or extreme confusion on her part.)
“I’m sexy and I know it,” screamed Scalia as she addressed the media outside the jailhouse. “If Pamela Anderson can show her T–, so can I. I’m right in front of Pep Boys on Baldwin in Freeport.” said Scalia, giving the location where she’d be selling her dogs and peddling her frightening “goods.”
The judge, tellingly, ordered Scalia to get a psychiatric evaluation as a condition of her release. If she does not, it’s back to jail for 90 days. As a further update, Ms. Scalia is no longer selling dogs. She parked her truck on private property without the owner’s permission the day after she was released. Police came to remove her and also found she had no permits whatsoever. Oops. Safe to say that Ms. Scalia won’t be selling dogs anytime soon, nor anything else.
This is was contribution to Cinqo De Mayo. I didn’t go out and drink, in fact a late night walk to the store proved quite perilous, such were the inebriates weaving through the city at such a late hour. I’ll admit here right up front that I didn’t go ahead and make a fine chili. It was late at night, the idea hit me, and I had only one part of the whole thing in my house.
A quick trip to the store netted me the only small bag of Fritos in the whole of the store. Score. They had plenty of big bags but that’s just not the point with this. I was looking to be reasonable. A small bag is reasonable, I think. A large bag verges on gluttonous.
I had some pico de gallo left over from a brief stint with tacos the night before. My pico doesn’t really have a recipe. It’s just a mix of tomato, onion, and hot peppers, maybe a squeeze of lime. Cilantro is a vile and disgusting plant, as such it has no part in my pico. They might be Jalapeno, Serrano, or some other spicy green thing. I would never let a good pico go to waste, so part of this recipe was a desire to see it put to good use.
We’ve always got cheese around so I didn’t need to pick any up either. The last part is a bit controversial. Again, I’d love to tell you I made my own chili. This idea popped into being very late night. I’m not sure if you’ve ever made chili before but it’s an undertaking that’s best started before 1AM.
My plan straddled the line into genius when I remembered the local Metropolitan Market sometimes has a killer chili in the prepared foods section. I could grab a small portion and use that to assemble my evil vision. Twenty minutes later I was back in my kitchen with a hot bowl of chili. They didn’t have any in the store hot, but I stumbled upon their refrigerated section and lo and behold, there it was. Score.
Assembly and content can vary wildly on something like this. I had thought of just opening the bag and dumping everything in. That’s the spirit of the whole thing. A portable corn chip chili festival. But I worried it might not take a great picture so instead I opted for cutting the bag open along the backside, like some lurid corn chip vivisection. That happened to work out great.
I wasn’t walking around with this anywhere so the portability didn’t really matter. Serving out of the bag is pretty slick, and I was able to accomplish that, if only just. I was able to drop huge swaths of meat and brown goodness on top of the chips and it allowed room for plenty of melting cheese and my leftover pico.
I’d recommend the chili portion be as hot as you can stand. Layer on a decent amount of cheese straight away, so you get a good deal of melting. Add pico, other toppings, and any more cheese you’d like right on top. Eat. Fingers, fork, spoon – they all work.
This whole endeavor put an enormous smile on my face. My other half hates Frito’s (really I don’t enjoy them so much outside this application, either) but thought this was a good
bag dish nonetheless. I’d make it again in a heartbeat.
For the two of us, we shared one bag. If the two of you were hungry I could see a bag a piece being a worthwhile endeavor.
For two lazy-mans bags of Frito Pie you’ll need the following lazy (read: approximate) recipe:
- 2 Small/Individual Bags of Fritos
- Pico De Gallo (Onion, Tomato, and Jalapeno Peppers Diced)
- Chili (You can make your own – or buy some prepared stuff from the store) For one bag I used the smallest portion I could get. For two you’d probably want the middle or larger size – depending on how badly you need a chili fix.
- Shredded Cheese – again dependent on how much you’d like.
- Anything You Can Think To Add – Corn, onion, green peppers, etc…etc…
Breakfast served all day. The most exciting words you’ll ever see printed on a menu. Our house is the philosophical equivalent. When isn’t it a good time to have breakfast? I can’t think of one. A dish like this makes you wonder why you ever go out to eat.
I suppose you have to like scrambled eggs. I was in the camp of hating scrambled eggs for years. Let’s tally that in a column of “things people and restaurants have screwed up so badly they’ve ruined it for me.” Thankfully I’ve put my own little world right. Scrambled eggs made with love and attention, not cooked to within an inch of existence, and given a few minutes of thought are ohmygodthatsunbelievable!!! Dry scrambled eggs are best used to prop a door open. I know that’s personal taste, but really, who wants dry eggs? Continue reading