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Insane Eating In Queens: Feasting On Roasted Raccoon And Porcupine Tartare

It smells a thousand times worse than wet dog
Apr 3, 2014 9:00 am

As someone who’s eaten everything from guinea pig to grasshoppers, I like to think of myself as an adventurous eater. Last week I had a chance to attend two events that even I would define as extreme. If the idea of porcupine appeals, perhaps I can change your mind.

Sampling A Chocolate-Covered Onion In Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market

Spoiler alert: it predictably tasted terrible
Apr 1, 2014 4:00 pm
Photos: Jackson Lesser

Weekend trips to nearby cities have always been all about the food for me. There’s nothing better than finding yourself with a completely novel set of dining options. It’s a continuously joyful weekend – one spent jumping from hot new restaurants to sampling local specialties to finding recommended holes-in-the-wall. Then, there are the places adversiting food items that pique my curiosity. Enter Philadelphia's chocolate-covered raw onion. Read on.

When Food Travel Takes You To The Land Of Milk And Barbecued Rat

Vietnamese noodles to pork fat in Minsk
Feb 26, 2014 12:00 pm

David Farley once flew from New York to Hoi An to eat cau lau, a porky noodle dish that — due to local ingredients and the fact that one family has a monopoly on making the mysterious noodle in the dish — can only be made in this coastal central Vietnamese town. And chose to go to Tokyo just so I could eat just-pulled-from-the-sea sushi at the Tsukiji Market. He went to Bologna to eat everything (as one does). But not everything worked out so well.

Cat Cafes, Zombie Food Trucks And The Future Of Popular, And Revolting, Dining

Five ideas that sounded great on paper, but...
Feb 18, 2014 10:00 am

2013 saw its fair share of revolting themed food. A hospital-themed restaurant in Latvia with body-part-look-a-like food and a toilet-themed place in L.A. made our hit-list of places to avoid. From cat cafés to subway grub, here are 5 of the most off-putting restaurant concepts for 2014. We'll wait in line for the zombie food truck, though.

Bespoke Fruit: 5-Sided Oranges Are A Thing

Japan's latest food fad makes for artful plating.
Feb 4, 2014 11:00 am

It's an odd juxtaposition: the country we so often equate with pared-down, artfully restrained minimalism is the same one responsible for utterly whackadoo, outlandish items like canned bread and robotic cockroaches. The latest Japanese-designed curiosity to come across our radar: oranges grown in the shape of pentagons.  

Are Diners Beginning To Favor The Bizarre Over The Classic?

A look at a trend of pretentious restaurant dishes
Sep 23, 2013 10:00 am
Photo: Madrid Lab

Octopop. Liquorice nitro-dragon. "The Sound of the Sea." Dishes in some of the world's top restaurants are becoming more intricate and bizarre than ever. We examine this trend and wonder if diners are beginning to prefer splurging on these experiences rather than more more classical presentations. 

Dining Above The Clouds: 6 Sky-High Restaurants Worth The Scary Elevator Ride

Korean royal cuisine and dry-aged beef 68 floors up
Aug 14, 2013 9:00 am

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or seeking a different point of view, quite literally, sky-high restaurants are trending globally. From fancy dim sum to royal Korean plates to perfectly charred steaks, here are six stellar restaurants that take fine dining to great new heights.

Veal Kidney Florentine I Would Eat In Two Seconds. Cow Heel...Eh.

A cookbook from 1690 re-mystifies British cuisine
Jul 17, 2013 11:01 am

The Daily Mail reported on some super-old recipes discovered by the Westminster City Council’s Archives Centre. Turns out, no cooks back then exercised any kind of moderation, employing just shocking amounts of eggs, suet, butter and sugar. Incidentally, the ingredients for pie crust. Well, their version of pie: think candied fruit and cow tongue. More oddities (and recipes for them) after the jump.

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