Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My Thanksgiving Feast of Links

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:45 AM



Former New York Times dining editor Regina Schrambling has it right: Food writers (and bloggers) hate writing about Thanksgiving. It's been the same damn meal for 200 years!

By the time you've reached 30, you've had a full month of nothing but Thanksgiving dinners and should be able to mash some potatoes, follow the recipe for Stove Top stuffing and put a turkey in the oven.

Instead of writing yet another Thanksgiving-themed post that would just blend in with the thousands of other ones on the Web, I've decided to make a list of Thanksgiving articles that are actually somewhat helpful.

Not being a vegetarian or a fan of meatless substitutes, I did not feel qualified to write about a vegetarian Thanksgiving. Juliet Lapidos of Slate is a vegetarian, though, and she went through the unglamorous job of trying several turkey substitutes to find the best-tasting. Her winner is Whole Foods' Garden Protein stuffed veggie turkey roast.

If you're struggling with cooking traditional Thanksgiving fare, maybe these links will help you. Especially if your problem involves green beans or the perils and joys of making pumpkin pie from scratch

Also from the NY Times is this great video about cooking a full turkey in 45 minutes (35 minutes in the video) using no secret cooking methods but just removing the backbone.

If you need the whole meal in a rush, not just the dinner, Chef Jonathan Waxman explains to New York Mag in 18 steps how to do the whole shebang by yourself for up to 10 people in just under two hours. 
My Thanksgiving dinner, on the other hand, is more along the lines of a Hillbilly Thanksgiving.

Stealing Time: Sexy Keith King protects sexy models from dune buggy selling photographer

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:27 AM

I'm moving S-L-O-W this morning. Thanks to bottle of wine, Shaun of the Dead and about three-and-a-half hours of sleep! That's my excuse. What's yours, Derek Donovan? The Star ombudsman misspelled Abu Ghraib -- he spelled it Abu Ghraid -- in this post about, uh, misspelling names. I've made the correction for Donovan following his handy dandy guide to correction writing: "An entry on Derek Donovan's blog on Nov. 26 misspelled Abu Ghraib." Feel free to use that, Derek.

Not sure where my favorite TV news reporter Micheal Mahoney was going with this in his blog: "It's hard to point to anything involving the British Royal family

as anything other than a living example of the dangers of inbreeding. But the Mark and Gloria story may have stumbled on to something." Inbreeding? I. Am. Totally. Lost.

Crime fighter/super hero creator Alonzo Washington is not happy with my co-worker Peter Rugg for his search for Omega Man comics. Among Washington's complaints: "Omega Man wears body armour [sic] not spandex." Washington also notes that he's "had Hollywood's attention" for the last 16 years. Can't wait for the movie!


nicely teaches us how to park in a big city. To those in KCTV-5's

story bitching about their cars getting towed from a lot marked "private," SHUT

UP. Downtown isn't a field party.

Sexy NBC Action News reporter Keith King has a sexy investigation about sexy models getting taking advantage of by unscrupulous sexy local photographers who advertise on sexy Craigslist. I love the sexy, bearded, dune buggy shop owner who is new to the business but tells the sexy undercover model that she should pose topless.

-- Justin Kendall

Eating out on Thanksgiving: the cheaper places

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:00 AM



Let's face it. A lot of people don't want to go through the hassle of cooking a special meal at home but also don't-want-to/can't-afford-to pay $30 a plate (not including booze or taxes or tip) for a Thanksgiving dinner out. In fact, let's give this portion of the population a name: my family.

As long as your family doesn't consist of traditionalists who can't stand the thought of trading rolls for naan, there are plenty of Ethnic restaurants that are open normal hours on Thanksgiving. Below is a list originally published in Pitch Forks yesterday along with two additions.

South Asian food:
Masala's [Overland Park]
Korma Sutra [Westport]
Ruchi [Overland Park]
Kabab & Curry [Lenexa]
Paradise India [Overland Park -- this year, we named Paradise India Best Indian Buffet]
New Cafe Tandoor [Midtown: Heads up shoppers! New Cafe Tandoor is doing a Black Friday buffet the day after Thanksgiving until 4 p.m.)

Eastern Asian Food:
New Peking Chinese Restaurant [Westport]
Pho 97 Restaurant [KCMO: Independence Avenue]
Matsu Japanese Restaurant [Westport]

Hopefully one of those places will fit your budget or schedule. Who knows, you might even see my family there.

Concert Review: Smashing Pumpkins at Midland Theatre, Night Two

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 10:13 AM


Two decades after forming, the Smashing Pumpkins are still transcending grunge and alternative rock. Problem is, those genres no longer exist. Grunge has given way to post-grunge, which is growing too stale for even modern-rock radio. Alternative is now indie, found in dorm rooms and Volkswagen commercials nationwide. In the '90s, the Smashing Pumpkins sold more albums than God. Only a few devoted followers, however, bought 2007's Zeitgeist. Billy Corgan, the Pumpkins hairless leader, clearly appreciates his most loyal fans, but he has a vendetta against the corrosive forces disfiguring the music industry.

It's Billy Corgan's world. You're just paying 50 bucks to spend three hours in it. With such a consuming message, a reunion tour can sound an awful lot like a manifesto. It can be hard for Ahab to rock out when he was chasing that damn white whale.

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Now Open: Duchess of Flanders

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 10:05 AM



The Duchess of Flanders opened yesterday on the corner of 39th Street

and Genessee in the space once, a long time ago, occupied by the Nutty Girl. The

Duchess in this case is Vivianne Berghman, a native of Belgium who

moved to the States eleven years ago and brought some of her home

cooking with her.

"In Belgium we call it a traiteur, it means to treat

people," Berghman says of her concept. "It started out with butchers in Belgium who would cut up meat

and they started to make stews in the store.

They have the meat right there, and on and on it went to now they have

full meals. Women started working more in the '70s and it allowed

people to still eat well... Do you know Dean & Deluca? This will be a small-scale Dean & Deluca."

Berghman says The Duchess of Flanders will focus on carryout business with sandwiches and two soups at lunch every day and one different home-cooked meal every night.


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Daily Briefs: Thanks, y'all

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 9:31 AM

My favorite new trick, which I learned from the political campaign season, is to ask a question that has absolutely no basis in reality -- "Does Barack Obama love his country?" -- and then, without actually validating that sentiment, just say, "I really think we have to ask that question." A rhetorical dick move? Sure. I'm a practical man, y'all, whatever works. That's why, following the footprints in the sand of Christianity's L. Ron Hubbard, Jesus, I will not cast the first stone at the Joplin kid who shot his grandma with an air rifle. For one thing, you'd be surprised how much you can achieve when you make eye contact with a spouse, a prospective employer or a grandmother down the sight of an air rifle. A backrub, a job or a pan of brownies, respectively. Was this kid's grandma failing to meet his brownie needs? Or was she, as the kid's father claimed, "Crazy," and likely to shoot herself with an air rifle just to get her grandson in trouble? I really think we have to ask that question.

After the jump, a look at everything I'm thankful for. Click here or here or I'ma put a CAP IN YOUR ASS, GRANDMA:


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The Download: New Old Nada Surf MP3

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 9:05 AM

Yesterday, Nada Surf released all five of the band's albums together on vinyl in a limited edition box set. Along with the records, the $110 collection also comes with a repressing of the band's debut 7", a 24-page book, and the corresponding MP3s including 16 b-sides. Only 1,000 copies were made and each box set will be numbered. Fans and eBay entrepreneurs alike can purchase it at the Nada Surf store. Thanks to Indie Blog Heaven for posting up this bit of bonus material that was previously only available on the European pressings of Let Go.

Nada Surf - "See These Bones" on MySpace Transmissions

MP3: Nada Surf, "No Quick Fix," Nada Surf Vinyl Box Set/1994-2008

-- Andy Vihstadt

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Breakfast Buffet: Wednesday, 11/26

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 9:00 AM



The word salary is derived from salt. One of the many things I did not know and learned from this article devoted to the world's greatest spice. [Portfolio]

Not a good year to be a pecan farmer. In Texas, farmers are having to rely on last year's crop to meet demand and in Oklahoma, the state is trying to receive federal relief for its pecan farmers. [Houston Chronicle and Dallas Morning News]

This article explains why there is never a shortage of turkeys on Thanksgiving. Still leaves the question of why there is never enough pumpkin pie. [Slate]

There's a movement afoot to make lobster the new turkey at the Thanksgiving table. Consider me signed up. [Christian Science Monitor]

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Grumpy sports commentators lose platforms

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 4:36 PM


Middle-aged white guys who cover sports in Kansas City are getting harder to find.

Earlier this year, Fox 4 sportscaster Frank Boal stepped away from Crunch Time, the 810-WHB radio show he hosted with Dave Stewart (pictured). Jeffrey Flanagan's Page 2 column appeared in The Kansas City Star for the last time on November 8, a casualty of McClatchy Co. downsizing. Last week, Crunch Time disappeared altogether. And today comes word that Jack Harry's 38 Sports Spot will no longer run on KMCI Channel 38.

Boal, Stewart (Metro Sports) and Harry (KSHB Channel 41) remain visible. Still, the moves eliminate a level of grouchiness and hidebound thinking that sports-information consumers may not miss.

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Eating out on Thanksgiving: the nice places

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 4:18 PM


In Pitch Forks this week I included a list of some nicer restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving. Unfortunately I made an error in one of the listings -- but fortunately someone caught my mistake.

Here's the real deal info: McCormick & Schmick's is serving a choice of a ham or turkey dinner for $18.95 and $19.95 respectively along with its regular menu. Also, its hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, the following restaurants still have some openings for Thursday:

M&S Grill is also serving ham and turkey dinners for $16.95 and $17.95 respectively. At Plaza III, the turkey dinner is $21.95, and at and Capital Grille Thanksgiving meals are between $26 and $30.

Off-Plaza locations with openings on Thanksgiving still include the Bristol's downtown location (the Leawood location is booked for anything over two people), which is serving a Thanksgiving buffet for $17.95 per person. Yahooz in Leawood was the only placed I called that still had seating still available at the traditional Thanksgiving-dinner time of 3 p.m. It is serving a Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 4 p.m. for $24.95.

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