Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's time to say goodbye to your Thanksgiving leftovers

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Some love has an expiration date.
  • Some love has an expiration date.

It's OK if you need a moment. You've probably bonded with that turkey leg. And that cranberry sauce isn't going to eat itself.

Food safety aside, it's time we moved on from Thanksgiving. Christmas ham is just around the corner, and you can start eating potato pancakes for Chanukkah tomorrow night. If you truly love your leftovers, let them go...into your kitchen trash.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The candy black hole in the office lunch room

Posted By on Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 11:15 AM

The candy dish is the new water cooler.
  • The candy dish is the new water cooler.

There is a slight shift in the space-time continuum in your office. Fear not, it doesn't lead to the inside of John Malkovich's head, and it only poses a threat to the leftovers in your Halloween candy bowl (or the candy you're able to poach from your kid's trick-or-treat bag).

I'm talking about the candy black hole, where an obscene amount of sweets can disappear over the course of a day in a normal office lunch or break room. 

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Plumbing the depths of the freezer

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM


Spring is for the annual garage cleaning. Fall is when I tackle the annual fridge and freezer inspection. While the fridge, with its science experiments in Tupperware containers, is usually more exciting, this time the freezer yielded an odd surprise.

Behind the popsicles and frozen fruit was a package of mini corn dogs that seem like the grocery-shopping equivalent of drunk dialing. I can't remember when or where I bought them (possibly Aldi?). They contain "chicken, pork and beef," and are proudly microwavable. And in case I might have been worried about portion size, the box says it contains approximately 16 batter wrapped cocktail franks.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I say hummus, you say Hamas

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 12:15 PM

The new Sasha Baron Cohen movie Bruno debuted this weekend. Among the more genteel scenes is the clip below, in which the Austrian fashion designer goes to Jerusalem and makes a food faux-pas. Hilarity ensues:  

Yossi Alpher, the former Mossad intelligence officer sitting to Cohen's left in the interview wrote a commentary about what it's like to be interviewed by a man who doesn't know a terrorist group from a hill of beans.

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KC tap water: interesting enough to be the subject of a book

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM


Kansas City has the best tap water of any major city in the United States. At least that's what a study by Sustain Lane concluded, saying our water had "no recorded pollutants." Our water is unique enough that author Elizabeth Royte came to study it for her book Bottlemania: Big Business, Local Springs, and the Battle Over America's Drinking Water released last year and now available in paperback.

She spoke with The Pitch's David Martin about the book and Kansas City:

I wrote about KC's water because I wanted to compare it with New York

City's water, which is famously tasty and comes from a fairly well

protected watershed. Kansas City starts with water from a much dirtier

source -- the Missouri River -- cleans it up, and also wins taste


Check out the full interview on our sister Plog.

(Image via Flickr: Malla Mi)

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

More on Julia Child than you ever wanted to know

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 12:00 PM


In addition to having one of the better articles explaining the fall of AIG, Vanity Fair's August edition also has a refresher biography about the life of Julia Child, who's being portrayed by Meryl Streep in the upcoming Julie & Julia.

Child's life has been well-documented by multiple biographers but she remains an enigma, which makes sense considering that she spent several years as a spy in the Office of Strategic Services. The article attempts to explain what Julia meant to America's cooks:

America's First Lady is not always the president's wife, though she does

tend to be tall and tireless, and has in the past come from Wasp stock.

The 20th century can count three such women, all of whom were

cheerfully generous in the spotlight and wholly dedicated to causes

that were democratic in character ... The first was

Emily Post, the author of 1922's Etiquette ... The second was Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and a moral beacon through the 40s

and 50s. When Post died, in 1960, and Eleanor Roosevelt, in 1962, it

was not the svelte and sloe-eyed Jacqueline Kennedy who moved into this

matriarchal role -- she was too young, too shy, too feathery, too

fashionable. It was Julia Child, just turned 50.

Child is portrayed as someone who felt out of place during the early part of her life.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Today is Fat City's one-year anniversary

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 10:50 AM


It was exactly one year ago that The Pitch launched Fat City with a root beer tasting. Since then, we've delivered 1,500 posts of news, events, openings, closings and the most informative -- and weirdest -- stuff we can find online. 

Out of those 1,500 posts, there have been some definite duds. But like a blind miner, we occasionally strike gold.

Here, in chronological order, are our 10 favorites.

10. Advice from a sommelier on selecting a good wine: We still read this article before going to the liquor store.

9.  Culinary School Diaries:

This one discussed the overuse of pointless French

words. It only got more technical over the next 13 weeks of classes.

8. Christmas foods that are overrated: Who knew people really love those huge popcorn tins so much?

7. Possibly the worst waiter in Kansas City: Here's a tip -- don't give him your credit card.

6. Predictions for 2009: About half of these have already come true and the other half are looking extra promising now that we're halfway through the year.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Food costs put the hurt on low-price restaurants

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 12:15 PM


In normal times, restaurants serving normal food and charging normal prices hope to keep food costs hovering around 30 percent of their menu prices.

But these aren't normal times, and fast food chains long ago gave up the 30 percent rule on some items. Although McDonald's doesn't reveal its wholesale food costs, it's safe to say that the McDouble -- a double patty burger with one slice of cheese that retails for 99 cents -- is being sold for 50 or even 60 percent of costs. The chain was already forced to take the regular double cheeseburger off the dollar menu because it was costing too much.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Have a great weekend!

Posted By on Fri, Jul 3, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Fat City wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July. See you Monday!

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Report (and slideshow!) of Kansas City Urban Farms and Garden Tour

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 9:20 AM


If you didn't get to attend the KC Urban Farms and Gardens Tour  this past Sunday, here is a slideshow showing some of the things you missed.

Katherine Kelly of the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture and one of the tour organizers, says not only the farmers and gardeners who took part were happy, but the attendees were, too. "It was a good mix. A lot of people were interested in food growing, along with a few casual families ... it was people who are interested in eating well and they got a lot of exposure in a limited period of time."

Thirty farms and gardens participated, and the total attendance numbers are trickling in. Event spokesperson Janet Moss said a couple of sites had more than 300 people, and most reported having between 70 to 150 people. Farmers don't have to turn in numbers until the end of the week, but Moss and Kelly believe turnout to be higher than previous tours.

Even if you didn't make it to the tour, it's not too late to check out the farms.

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