31 August 2008

The End of the Human Race.

So much potential. Gone in seconds. The powerful forces of Nike & NYRR tanked. Imploded.  

Ideas for next year, kids:

Start on time. Crazy. But when the majority of racers are waiting at the start because "people are still getting here" 30 minutes late, they tend to get pissed off and DON'T WANT TO SMILE for the TV cameras. They also may want to trip the people who were late.  

Have a clear course that can actually accommodate the number of racers.  It's hard to start a race on time if the (late) incoming racers are still crossing the course between miles 1 & 2.  Oh, and if you have a double loop course, it's not a good idea to ask the main pack to "stop for a few minutes to let the leaders go by." Not unless you plan on stopping the clock or are willing to risk hordes of angry people trample you. 

Organize a race and not a marketing event.  An anonymous source from NYRR shared some interesting thoughts "we had no control over the course or the race... Nike wanted 10,000+ people and they weren't going to start until they were all there.  And they wanted it on Randall's Island - regardless of whether it was the right place." Thanks Nike.  Glad you thought this one through.  And NYRR - understand the need for corporate partnerships but your main responsibility should be the runners. This course was simply unsafe in many places. It kills your credibility.  Bad bad bad.  

The Human Race in NYC deserves to die out.  

28 August 2008

You Are What You Eat.

Hmmm. I've been out and about, focusing on my ongoing endeavor of taking over the world with my cheap and evil ways. Alas, I ignored my minions. So, for fun, although not as exciting as I had hoped, Very Good Taste shared this list of top 100's foods. Seems like I'll eat about anything. And, yes, McDonald's is as horrific as roadkill. See the directions below. Go to it C&E's.

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Italicize any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at A Very Good Taste linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo Gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Bakalava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abelone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S'mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (clay, in case anyone is wondering)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three- Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

19 August 2008

Job Porn - Food Food Food

If you go ga-ga over Mario Batelli, Emeril or Sara Lee then just stop.  Actually, you should just read another blog.

BUT if you betray the one you love the most to be in the same room as Mark Bittman, Alice Waters, Jeffery Steingarten and Ferran Adria mark bittman, Jeffery Steingarten, or Ferran Adria, then condense your fabulous food obsession into one paragraph and let Jessica Coen know why you are the only one who could possibly write for NYMag.com's Grub Street.

Oh, and let's not forget Julia. She was a spy too - how cool is that? A true C&E.

15 August 2008

Because I Care.

Ah, not really. This is for purely selfish reasons. You can look, but don't touch. 

Cheap & Evil Conquers "The Warehouse"

Cheap and Evil fashionistas are ready to do battle in scorching temps for the best of couture at Barney's Warehouse Sale in NYC 14 August - 1 September. The available goods will make any girl rationalize yet another Carolina Herrera gown - it's a given your next black tie will be with the same crowd and repeats are no-no for any self-respecting C&E.  And, it's the perfect time to practice your best C&E behavior: "Excuse me, that jacket is a size 2 and you can't get your arm in it.  May I have it please?"  "You are just swimming in that Marc Jacobs trench.  Why don't you go snack on your daily carrot stick while I hold on to it for you."

Fight for the goods, ladies, take no hostages. Endure.