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Spam-pler Platter: Texas BBQ, Bourdain likes ladies who lunch

November 17, 2008 |  2:00 pm


  • The New Yorker food issue is here: "the best Texas BBQ in the world" is at Snow's in Lexington, according to Texas Monthly and Calvin Trillin; the rise of extreme beer; carrot soup and religious theory with Prince; a profile of roving food writers Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid; how master bladesmith Bob Kramer earned his knives; and more.
  • Spam, "the ham that didn't pass its physical," is doing boom business in bust times. N.Y. Times
  • A conversation with Olivier Roellinger, the famous French chef at the Relais Gourmand who is giving back his Michelin stars and closing his restaurant. The Daily Beast
  • The most powerful chef in the world, Dan Coudreaut, works at McDonald's: "The sad fact is if it doesn't have the word bacon, ham, or sausage attached, pork doesn't sell." Details
  • Anthony Bourdain to Mario Batali: "Why would you take a trip through Spain with someone who clearly doesn't eat?" (In "Spain -– On the Road Again," Batali and walking coat-hanger Gwyneth Paltrow travel the country looking for culinary gold.) Short Order dishes about the Bourdain/Batali back-and-forth at the Miami Book Fair International. Via Eater L.A.
  • Stealth vegetarian restaurants, like Avanti in Costa Mesa (recently named Best Restaurant Orange County by OC Weekly), are growing on omnivores. Good Food
  • Buta no kakuni: Japanese braised pork belly that's so tender you'll have trouble slicing it without the meat falling apart. Wandering Chopsticks
  • It's not the holidays until you have that first magical buzz of the season. Beer for Chicks recommends Deschutes 2008 Jubelale. Hoppy Holidays.
  • Caroline on Crack samples the fall menu at Ivan Kane's annoyingly named Café Wa s: coquille Saint Jacques scallops on potato puree and lardoons; crab Napoleon medallions made with heirloom tomatoes, lump crab and avocado; filet au poivre (filet mignon and haricots vert on a brioche with green peppercorn sauce); pot de crème; and chocolate soufflé.

Photo: A Spam boat sails in a sea of blue Jell-O at a Ventura County Fair contest for the best Spam dish. It did not win. Steve Osman / Los Angeles Times