Today is my 33rd birthday.
Jon: Oh gawd… What is this?
Rory: Open it.
Today is my 33rd birthday.
Jon: Oh gawd… What is this?
Rory: Open it.
It was deduced by fans online that a new Star Wars character's name is actually a Beastie Boys reference. Ello Asty, an X-Wing pilot from The Force Awakens, is a tip of the hat to the Beasties' 1999 release Hello Nasty. [source]
40. End of the Road (Fresh Off the Boat, S02E02)
Previously on Adam Riff™:
I didn't chronicle my last trip to D.C. (Jan 2014). Just know that the frites at Granville Moore's are compulsively edible.
the partisan / thomas foolery / captain cookie and the milkman / board room / bethesda bagels / sundevich / thip khao / gbd / nando's / woodward takeout food / compass rose / daikaya / red apron butcher at union market / ice cream jubilee / maketto
Duck French Toast Panini (The Partisan)
duck confit, foie gras, red wine duck jus, fried egg
K.F.P. (The Partisan)
korean fried pig foot, valentina hot sauce butter, blue cheese
Rotissi-fried Chicken (The Partisan)
half fried, half roasted, honey hot sauce
Snickers Terrine (The Partisan)
peanut butter cheesecake, milk chocolate and peanut caramel, chocolate glaze
Fernet Ice Cream Float (The Partisan)
ginger beer, lime zest, fernet-branca ice cream, ginger-molasses cookies
My kind of menu.
Beef Fat Fries (The Partisan)
roasted garlic, rosemary, ranch aioli
which Matt could not stop eating.
Red Tree Ant Egg Laab Salad (Thip Khao)
"I call it Laos caviar," says chef Seng Luangrath. A commonly eaten protein in the Southeast Asian country and neighboring Thailand, the ova are hand-harvested from nests often built on the leaves of mango trees. Texturally, the eggs are like caviar, but splooshier. [source]
I couldn't discern the ant eggs. This salad was just sour.
Duck Laab (Thip Khao)
duck, minced salad, toasted rice, garlic, scallion, cilantro, mint
—The stand-out dish of our meal.
Avocado Sticky Rice (Thip Khao)
MarionBerry Ice Cream (Ice Cream Jubilee)
ripe marionberries from oregon blended with sweet cream ice cream and graham cracker crumbs
Passionfruit Guava Sorbet (Ice Cream Jubilee)
passionfruit and guava mingle with a touch of orange and hibiscus
Scrumptious ice cream. Beside the till was a container of crushed sugar cone that you could sprinkle on your ice cream gratis.
Maketto is a retail store, coffee shop, and Asian restaurant in one from the owner and chef of Toki Underground.
Taiwanese Fried Chicken (Maketto)
Scallion Pancake (Maketto)
Kingston Sandwich (Sundevich)
jerk chicken, pineapple salsa, greens, spicy slaw, garlic mayo
Khachapuri (Compass Rose)
cheese-filled bread, organic egg, local butter
The egg and butter are mixed with the cheese at your table.
"Chicken and Waffles" (Daikaya)
chicken kara-age, red bean taiyaki, wasabi butter, maple syrup
Ice Cream Luge (Pop's SeaBar)
mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwich, amaro
The ice cream sandwich is a luge for liqueur.
Face Bacon (The Pig)
jowl, smoked, slow roasted, maple
Fried Duck Heads (Thip Khao)
Now off to the other Washington.
I am extremely bummed that SMASH PUTT! closed.
Front-loading washers terrify me during spin cycles. They sound like they're out of control.
C-I-R-G-I-N seems like how a white female pop star or a Psychopathic Records artist might spell "surgeon," but I've never seen it spelled that way.
"iHeartRadio" is the cool dad-iest of corporate names. If that's what Clear Channel chose to re-brand as, imagine the names that were rejected.
related: TGI Fridays' Appley Madison campaign
My cousin Wayne lives in Taiwan. Whenever we see each other, the first thing he does is feel my stomach to gauge how fat I am.
Jon: Is it "coffee in the morning" or "fucking in the morning"?
Rory: Both. Miguel recorded two versions of the song.
Jon: Which one is canon, though? Is "coffee" a clean edit for "fucking"?
Fucking in the morning
I don't wanna wake you
I just wanna watch you sleep
It's the smell of your hair
Jon: The "fucking" version is kinda creepy.
Idea: A history of clean edits for "fuck."
Radiohead – "Creep" (1992)
You're so fucking special » You're so very special
Jay-Z – "Can I Get A…" (1998)
Can I get a "fuck you" » Can I get a "what what"
Nine Inch Nails – "Starfuckers, Inc." (2000)
Starfuckers Incorporated » Starsuckers Incorporated
Cee Lo – "Fuck You" (2010)
Fuck you and fuck her too » Forget you and forget her too
Tove Lo – "Talking Body" (2015)
If you love me right, we fuck for life » If you love me right, we love for life
Which is more disappointing: When an eatery only serves Pepsi products, or when an eatery only serves Boylan products?
Do hipster restaurants in Mexico only serve American Coca-Cola?
Ray's and Stark Bar in Los Angeles has a water menu.
Martin Riese, Water Sommelier, has curated a water selection that demonstrates the difference in taste between twenty-one different waters sourced from various regions of the world. Terroir affects water just like wine. Let us take you on a global journey of water.
There is a brand of water called "Beverly Hills 90H20."
39. Ariana Grande's Death (Scream Queens, S01E01)
"Kelly, bless you, my child." (This Is England '90, S01E02)
"The neck is the V." (Modern Family, S07E01)
Googling "California Selfie Conservancy" turns up nothing, but the field guide checks out. As for Data and Society…
Starring Rick Fox and Lolo Jones.
What is fun about that match-up?
The zombies are at least ninjas in this film.
Bears vs. Zombies (2016)
Ursidae or Ursigays? I hope it's both.
Former Chopped champions are pushed to their limits when they return to compete in an epic four-part tournament in CHOPPED: IMPOSSIBLE, premiering on Thursday, October 22nd at 8pm ET/PT.
Robert Irvine will command a seat on the judging panel.
Three competitors will power on to the Grand Finale, where one will win the chance to throw down in an impossibly daunting wild card round: against Chef Robert. [source]
Having exhausted ideas for themed episodes, Chopped adds a boss battle?
Isn't this just Beat Bobby Flay with more preliminary rounds?
Has Chopped done an episode with four wrestlers yet?
// TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
This time in Toronto, I experienced mad déjà vu.
While waiting for my order at a burritoria cheekily decorated with framed photographs of donkeys, I saw pamphlets on my table for The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada.
"Please become a Guardian of the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. […] Yes, I would like more information about the DSC's Sponsor a Donkey Plan."
Is this cheekiness too? I wondered.
The Sanctuary rescues the donkey with hooves so long it lives in constant pain and cannot walk. It saves a terrified mule shivering in a pen in a slaughterhouse. It offers a home to a much-loved donkey whose aging owners can no longer provide adequate care.
Of course it's in Guelph. Of course.
Why does Toronto have a logo?
The only other city with a logo I can think of is New York City.
This is an actual stage production.
Idea: A Con Air-themed donair restaurant.
Is it "donair" or "döner"?
organ döner – offal cooked on a vertical rotisserie
blood döner – blood sausage, vertically rotissed
bone marrow döner – extravagant street food
The toonie is the sexiest coin in North America.