This post keeps popping up on Craigslist, so if anyone wants to be in Rocco’s new show, have at it. This show sounds fantastically boring in a seen-it-before way. What Food Network show haven’t we seen before that we would all watch? I am bored with lame hosts, such as Guy Fieri; no-talent presenters with the wrong attitude about food, such as Sandra Lee; and after awhile, who wants to see Emeril do anything? I think his new Whole Foods-headquartered show on Planet Green sounds and looks terribly boring. So what sort of food fun hasn’t been done yet?
My pal Matt Horn, the corporate executive chef at Schwan’s, sent me a website that is quite humorous. Check out Weird Meat. After last week’s post on meat-eating websites, maybe some of you have come across some others.
August 1 and 2 is the Bizarre Foods weekend at the Dome. Friday night I toss out the first pitch, and Saturday we are doing a fun meet and greet with giveaways from the Travel Channel. Come on down and say hi.
Last year at this time, my son sampled his first root beer float. He has still not forgiven me for holding out on him for so long. He took one pull on his straw and immediately looked up at me with the saddest and angriest eyes, as if to say, “Hey, you big goofball. I have been alive for almost three years, and this is the first time I get to try this?! That’s an outrage.” Needless to say, he has had a lot of them throughout the last twelve months, and my root beer intake has increased dramatically.
I just got back from Africa and was catching up on my e-mail, and I saw this from Tim Manners at Cool News quoting Eric Asimov in the NYT:
"No soft drink incites the passions the way root beer does. People love it or they hate it, but the don't ignore it. Few sodas have the mystique of a frosty mug of root beer ... Where else short of lemonade would we be able to find so much variety and home-brew creativity?”
Asimov, the wine critic for the Times, invited three of his colleagues, Florence Fabricant, Julia Moskin, and Kim Severson, to join him in tasting twenty-five different root beers. Shockingly, five of their top-ten favorites were sweetened with corn syrup, and three "are corporate products"—Dr Brown's (owned by Pepsico) and IBC and Stewart's (owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group). The panel had its disagreements about their favorites, but its top consensus choice was Sprecher, which Asimov describes as "a wonderfully balanced and complex brew." The panel also agreed that its least favorite root beers "were dominated by sweetener or vanilla." FYI, Root Beer Barrel posts reviews of more than 250 root beers. I love IBC myself and am not a fan of Sprecher. I love Goose Island root bee, and there is a local Portland, Maine, brew that I adore, whose name escapes me at the moment. What’s your favorite root beer?