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Our Instagram Takeovers Brought Us To New Zealand, South Korea

Matt Lambert and Helen Cho took over our account
Oct 27, 2014 3:00 pm

We learned something over the past week: wherever you're eating right now is not as good as where The Musket Room's chef Matt Lambert and Food Republic parent company Zero Point Zero Production's own globe-trotting Helen Cho are eating. From ramen and hot dog-laden army base stew known as budae jjigae to sweet, fluffy New Zealand pavlova, there's never a shortage of great eats when you know where to look. 

Now We Know What Olive Garden Did With The Salt For Its Pasta Water

To preserve cookware warranties, it's in the sauce
Oct 27, 2014 2:01 pm

You'll recall the rather damning allegation that Olive Garden has been withholding salt from its pasta water — a crime against Italian gastronomy purportedly commited for the wholly corporate purpose of qualifying for an extended warranty on cookware. One guy who's consumed some $800 worth of the restaurant's signature foodstuff in recent weeks gives us a pretty good idea of where all that erstwhile sodium may be going instead.

In Bangkok, Model Chrissy Teigen Ate Her Weight In Boat Noodles

Nothing can stop this munchie-minded model
Oct 27, 2014 11:00 am

You wouldn't know it from her day job, but Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen likes to eat. A lot. On this week's episode of The Getaway, this fetching foodie takes off for Bangkok, a city she knows quite well — especially, its world-famous street food scene. This time around, though, she tries some new things, including a dubious sounding oyster omelet that turns out to be quite delicious, despite an unexpected crunch. Let's just say it brings new meaning to the term "toothsome."

What’s Enrique Olvera Doing With All That Wasabi And Yuzu Kosho? Mexican Food.

At Cosme in NYC, simple food with a Mexican soul
Oct 27, 2014 9:00 am

“I didn’t come here to cook like my grandmother,” says Mexico’s most famous chef, Enrique Olvera, sitting on a stool at his new Flatiron restaurant Cosme. As Contributing Editor Matt Rodbard finds out, the Mexico City chef is taking Manhattan in stride.

Checking In On The Paying For Restaurant Reservations Game. It's Not Going Away.

Upstart companies Resy and Zurvu are growing
Oct 24, 2014 9:00 am

People are paying for the privilege of being able to sit at a restaurant. Yes, you read that right. Diners in New York are ponying up dough just to secure a table at some of the city’s most exclusive restaurants through multiple third-party services. It’s a trend we investigated in detail this summer. We followed up on two of these sites offering reservations at a price.

At A Tokyo Ramen Festival There’s A Booth For You To Shoot Professional Ramen Porn

This is next-level. The future.
Oct 23, 2014 11:00 am

Japan's tsukemen is sometimes called “dipping ramen” in that the noodles and broth arrive separately and are combines in an elegant submerge-than-slurp motion. The Tsukemen Grand Prix, held in Tokyo, is an annual battle royal where nearly two dozen tsukemen makers compete over the course of a month for the top prize. Guess what we found there?

Epic Meat Time: 10 Over The Top Meaty Dishes Around The United States And Canada

Calf brain cream, whole alligator, meat ice cream
Oct 23, 2014 10:00 am

The bacon craze may have passed, but people still love their protein, especially when it comes in the form of calf’s brain cream to spread on blinis, or a whole roasted alligator stuffed with chicken served with Andouille jambalaya. Yes, those are real things you can eat, and here’s where to find them.

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