It happened without any pomp and circumstance, but on February 7, 2010, Off the Broiler reached its fourth birthday, 1015 posts later.
To all my supporters, friends and family, to all the restaurants and businesses that I have profiled over the years, and especially to my wife, Rachel, who puts up with my craziness and obsessive-compulsive food photography that frequently causes her dinner to go cold, I extend my greatest thanks and appreciation. Without you I could not have done this.
Okay everyone, It’s promotion time. My friend and local Brooklyn girl Daisy Martinez has a nuevo season starting THIS SATURDAY, at 9:30am on Food Network. Don’t wanna get up that early? Set the Tivo!
FOOD NETWORK’S NEW LEADING LADY HEATS UP “IN THE KITCHEN”
Season Two Premieres: Saturday, July 11th at 9:30am ET/PT
This summer, Viva Daisy!, the newest addition to Food Network’s “In the Kitchen” line-up, returns for a second seasons. Popular TV personality Daisy Martinez shares her secrets for quick, simple Latin cuisine in Viva Daisy! premiering Saturday, July 11th at 9:30am.
In Viva Daisy!, viewers come home with Daisy Martinez and learn tips and tricks for creating quick, simple, mouth-watering meals inspired by her love of Latin cuisines. Daisy dishes for friends and family with recipes like savory Barbecued Short Ribs of Beef perfect for a “Family Night,” Avocado Stuffed with Crab-Mango Salad for a refreshing “Ladies Brunch,” and creamy, corn-filled Humitas (Empanadas) with Cilantro Pesto for “TV Night.”
Gourmet Magazine’s Diary of a Foodie features lots of great video food porn.
I don’t often link to the bigger content sites, as I prefer to highlight individual bloggers that would otherwise get buried in the mainstream media. However in the case of Gourmet Magazine, they’ve got same utterly fantastic video content, direct from their PBS television series Diary of a Foodie, which is produced by Zero Point Zero Productions, the same people that bring you Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.
Suffice to say that the folks at Zero Point Zero are the Shaolin monks/Kung Fu masters of video pornography, and Gourmet Magazine gives them an incredible Hi-Def canvas to work with.
The Diary of a Foodie website features entire episodes from 3 seasons of the show. I recently started watching this program on PBS, but you don’t have to own a HDTV set to get in on the fun.
I recently saw the “Ancient Traditions” episode from season 3, which was originally shown in January, about food in Korea, which was utterly mind blowing. I encourage you to sit and watch every single one of these episodes, especially if you are a fan of No Reservations. It’s just like taking a trip with Tony but without the angst and the cigarettes — and it’s narrated by hardcore food bloggers and food writers from around the world who you’ve probably never even heard of.
In September of 1966, the NBC television network released an iconic but short lived series that would inspire generations of inventors and technologists to bring about changes in our daily lives in the use of technology that many of us take for granted but was once within the realms of strictly Science Fiction.
The economy, as we all know, is hurting. Bad. Really bad.
In recent weeks, I’ve watched my co-workers and colleagues, my closest friends and several members of my family lose their jobs. And over the last several months I’ve seen favorite restaurants and food-related businesses starting to drop like flies. I dread every single time I have to log into the blog software in order to post a (CLOSED) update to a restaurant entry. Now it seems like I have to do it several times a month.
What is the solution? Our government is doing its best to try to stimulate the economy. And just about everyone is making sacrifices, no matter what your income level is.
Some people — like my former partner in eGullet, Steven Shaw — would suggest that we stop spending money, that we sit back and ride this thing out. That we all eat out of our cupboards for a week or a month, that we hide under our blankets and cuddle up for the big storm and then hope everything is all right at the end. I firmly believe this is the wrong thing for us to do, people.
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I would consider myself to be a law-abiding citizen and as a writer, someone who has respect for copyright laws, particularly as it applies to the written word and major works of media, such as music, television shows and movies. So I completely understand why a company like Time Warner (or even ZDNet’s parent company, CBS) would be aggressive in protecting those copyrights, particularly in cases where music videos and TV shows are being uploaded in their entirety to popular video sharing sites, such as YouTube and Vimeo, in high-quality formats. This type of blatant content theft is unnaceptable and the media companies that own this content are perfectly within their rights to have it removed.
In the not so far off future, computing for most of us will be reduced to remotely delivered subscriber services, running on cheap, commodity high-definition display units.
What is The Screen? I don’t think it has been well defined what the interface or the experience really is going to look like, but I have a very good idea. Certainly, I’m not expecting anything along the lines of Minority Report or even something like Microsoft’s “Surface”, although it’s certainly possible that some day, people might use UIs like that for certain niche applications. Initially, early versions of The Screen will almost certainly look very much like the platforms you use now — Windows, Mac, and definitely Linux.
The only difference is you won’t own the computing hardware it runs on — all you’ll really need is a screen (an HDTV with HDMI inputs) mouse, keyboard and broadband, and you’ll be buying your computing services like a utility, just like you pay your electric or Cable TV bill today. And like your Cable TV bill, you’ll subscribe to computing “Channels”, complete with applications and hosted data, with balls to the wall clouded backup services to match.
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