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The Twinkies Bakery is Now Worth Big Dough

July 20, 2015

The Twinkies Bakery is Now Worth Big Dough

Hostess, baker of America’s beloved Ding Dongs, Ho Hos and Twinkies, founded in 1930, went bankrupt in 2012. The firm was bought the next year by a partnership led by C. Dean Metropoulos, savior of Vlasic, Hungry-Man, Old Milwaukee and Chef Boyardee food brands. The turnaround king has done it again, for our nation’s iconic dessert cakes:

“Now, the iconic dessert titan is resurgent, selling its golden, cream-filled Twinkies across the world under the name Hostess Brands and turning down $2 billion offers from a pack of hopeful buyers. On Tuesday morning, the company reached its latest peak when Reuters, citing anonymous sources, suggested Hostess would head to Wall Street with an initial public offering that would value the company at around $2.5 billion.”

— “Twinkies are not just back from the dead. Their baker may now be worth billions.” Drew Harwell, Washington Post

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Stomach Upset: Challenger Wins Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

July 5, 2015

Stomach Upset: Challenger Wins Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

At this year’s Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest, eight-time winner Joey “Jaws” Chestnut was defeated by Matt “Megatoad” Stonie, who scarfed 62 dogs in 10 minutes to Chestnut’s 60. The takedown wasn’t completely unexpected; last year, Rolling Stone‘s James Montgomery called Matt Stonie “The Future of Competitive Eating.”

The new champ, 23 years old and 120 lbs., attends Mission College in Santa Clara, California. He’s majoring in nutrition and plans to become a dietitian. “A lot of people say it’s ironic,” he told Molly Vorwerck of the Mercury News.“I think a lot of it is you kind of have to have an interest in food….”

Related:

“Joey Chestnut is focused on gobbling wieners after splitting from fiancee,” Beckie Strum, New York Post

“Why would someone eat 50 hot dogs?” Robert Pursell, PBS Newshour

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2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 20, 2015

2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back in Washington DC, June 24th to June 28th and July 1st to July 5th. This year’s festival has a smaller footprint; the site is between 3rd and 4th Streets NW, near the Capitol Reflecting Pool, National Gallery of Art East Wing, and the National Museum of the American Indian.The free Festival features music, dance, craft and foodways demonstrations and evening concerts, all from Peru. Don’t miss the related activities around town.

The festival schedule is here. See you on the line at the food concessions.

Festival map. Festival blog.

More:

“Major Changes Coming to This Year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival,” Mark Segraves NBC 4 Washington

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The Nutella Affair

June 19, 2015

The Nutella Affair

Not since Louis XII seized Milan has there been such conflict between France and Italy. French Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal urged the public to stop eating Nutella, the chocolate hazelnut goo, to help prevent deforestation. Nutella is 20 percent palm oil, and palm plantations are often created by cutting down huge swaths of topical forests. Italy went into an uproar, since Nutella is made by Ferrero, the huge confectionery firm based outside Turin. Michele Anzaldi of the Camera dei Deputati was outraged by the grave e brutto slur against eccellenza italiana.

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Bayou Bakery Opens on the Hill

May 13, 2015

Bayou Bakery Opens on the Hill

Celebrity chef David Guas has a new DC outpost of his Arlington café on Capitol Hill. The Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery has just opened at 901 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, in the carriage house of the historic Old Naval Hospital, built in 1866.

The carriage house has some more recent history. In 1990 the nonprofit Community Action Group began operating out of it. CAG, affiliated with Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Catholic Church, an African American parish, ran a program helping homeless men and women with drug addictions find treatment, housing, and employment. In 2007, when the city and private donors paid millions to turn the main building into the Hill Center, a nonprofit facility teaching kiddie yoga and French cooking, the program for the homeless was evicted from the carriage house to make space for a profit-making restaurant.

Bon appétit.

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Seis de Mayo

May 6, 2015

Seis de Mayo

Last night, the 5th of May, millions of Americans commemorated the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla (1862) with volleys of shots — of tequila — bravura barrages of beer, and murderous margaritas. Unsurprisingly, this morning finds heads held hostage and stomachs seared from nacho napalm. Today’s Spanish vocabulary lesson:  crudo means ” hangover.”

If you celebrated Cinco de Mayo with cerveza, celebrate Seis de Mayo this morning with el desayuno de los campeones, the Breakfast of Champions. The traditional Mexican hangover cure is menudo  tripe soup or stew.

Emergency hangover instructions issued by the Department of Homeland Security suggest a stockpile of canned menudo —Juanita’s,  Pico PicaLa PreferidaLa Costeña, — but if you prefer fresh relief, have an ambulance deliver a few pounds of white honeycomb beef tripe (culin or pancita), posole (white hominy), dried or fresh chili peppers (ancho, poblano), onion, garlic, and maybe a nice calf’s foot (veal knuckle). Sure beats corn flakes.

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Jeb Bush is on the Paleo Diet

April 26, 2015

 Jeb Bush is on the Paleo Diet

While his rival Marco Rubio says we can’t go back to the ideas of the past, Jeb Bush is on the “Caveman Diet.”

Ex-Governor Bush is sticking to the Paleo diet on the campaign trail, and he’s lost 30 pounds.

Archaeologist Jean-Denis Vigne concludes that the Paleo diet is “more inspired by the myth of the noble savage than by the realities revealed by science.” That’s a pretty good description of the candidate’s economic policies, too.

More:

“How to Really Eat Like a Hunter-Gatherer: Why the Paleo Diet Is Half-Baked,” Ferris Jabr, Scientific American

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The Pope Gets a Neapolitan Pizza

March 24, 2015

The Pope Gets a Neapolitan Pizza

A  few days back, Pope Francis told an interviewer that he misses being able to go out for a pizza. When His Holiness visited Naples, known for its pizza, Enzo Cacialle of Pizzeria Don Ernesto handcrafted a special Papal pie, jumped a street barricade, and handed the pizza to Pope Francis in the Popemobile:

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The Pope Loves Pizza

March 14, 2015

The Pope Loves Pizza

Pope Francis observed the second anniversary of his election on Friday by predicting he won’t be pope for long, just “four or five years.”  He doesn’t mind being pope, he told Mexico’s Noticieros Televisa, but he misses his freedom:

“The only thing I would like is to go out one day, without being recognized, and go to a pizzeria for a pizza.”

Attention American pizzaioli: His Holiness will visit the USA in September with stops in New York, Philadelphia, and DC, so clean out your ovens by the end of August.

There is speculation that Pope Francis has pizza on his mind since meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month, a year after she told him:

“Next time we will go into the piazza for a pizza.”

Frau Merkel, what a tease. She doesn’t call, doesn’t write ….

More:

“Pope Francis just wants to get pizza like a normal person,” Chris Perez, New York Post

Related:

“Pope Francis’ popularity extends beyond Catholics,” David Masci, Pew Research Center

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Meanwhile, in Wienermobile News ….

February 16, 2015

Meanwhile, in Wienermobile News ....
An Oscar Mayer Wienermobile crashed into a pole in central Pennsylvania on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. The self-propelled 27-foot hot dog on wheels slid off a road and into a utility pole in Enola PA, near Harrisburg. We suggest that accident investigators look for drips of slippery mustard.

The front of the weenie roll crumbled in this pole-ish sausage mishap, but no injuries were reported, and there’s no evidence the driver was hot-dogging. The crash snarled local traffic, since rubberneckers relish this sort of thing.

Oscar Mayer has several Wienermobiles, used to promote and advertise tubesteak products. Probably 10 wieners and 8 rolls, right?

Here in DC an NTSB spokesman was unavailable, and we could not reach former Wienermobile driver Paul Ryan for comment.

More:

“What happens when a giant hot dog on wheels slams into a pole?” CBS News

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