April 2011

The Overflow of Ketchup
April 27, 2011 8:15

Finally, a new word has entered the vernacular that stands up for what is just on the plate. A man coined "disrepectchup" (disrespect + ketchup) on Reddit on April 24 out of disbelief after his wife took a perfectly fit grilled lime pork tenderloin and added ketchup. 

We all know people that use disgusting amounts of ketchup, apply it to absurd foods, or liberally load up a food without even having tasted it first. Like salt, ketchup should be applied with a conservative hand only after testing the food and judging that a dab of ketchup would improve the dining experience...read more

Miniature Banana Splits: Hitting the Sweet Spot
April 26, 2011 18:49

While baseball season comes into full swing, so do my ice cream cravings. As a kid, it was a ritual to go to our town ice cream stand after softball games, win or lose. No matter how fierce we fought on the field, we all were friends when cones came into play.

Swatting mosquitoes, I would stand before the Kimball Farm flavor board, overwhelmed by my options and plagued by the eternal question: to play it safe with cookie dough, or swing away with a new flavor?

The thing about Kimballs is that its sizes are a little skewed. They serve kiddy, small, medium, and large, although the kiddy isn’t listed on the board. With two heaping scoops, it’s equivalent to a large at most other joints, and it’s really entertaining to see rookies’ faces when they are handed their “smalls”...read more

Starbucks' Free Coffee Brews Religious Debate
April 25, 2011 22:15


In response to Starbucks' free Earth Day brew, a "Child of God" sparks a heated spiritual argument on its "Celebrate Earth Day" comment page. Didn't their parents ever teach them to avoid discussing religion and politics with strangers on a Starbucks message board?

Happy Earth Day! Love, Starbucks
April 22, 2011 8:12

The white paper cup with a green logo has become representative of the coffee shop experience. For today, however, that will change. Bring your reusable mug or tumbler to Starbucks today and receive a free brewed, hot, or iced coffee or tea in celebration of Earth Day.

If you don’t own a reusable mug, Starbucks encourages you to buy one today by offering 20% on theirs. (Remember, even on Un-Earth Days, anytime you bring a reusable cup, Starbucks will take a dime off your drink.) Another option: ask for your coffee or tea in a ceramic “for-here” cup and Starbucks will pick up the tab...read more

Piglets in Blankies
April 19, 2011 13:49

It’s funny the way traditions develop. Two seemingly unrelated things become so connected that it is impossible to have one without the other. Thanksgiving and turkey. Easter and eggs. New Year’s Eve and pigs in a blanket. It might be an odd combination to some, but I can’t remember a New Year’s Eve without the little dog in my hand.
     My family rings in the New Year (and my dad’s birthday) sardined on the couch, watching the 24-hour marathon of "The Twilight Zone," courtesy of the SyFy Network. We have seen every episode too many times, but unlike my dad, they never get old. And I’ve even picked up a few cooking tips
     You’ll rarely find my sister in the kitchen, but wrapping weenies in dough is one thing that gets her off the couch. We actually enjoy making them together, almost as much as we enjoy eating them. And it can’t get much easier...read more

ShopHouse: The Next Asian Chipotle
April 14, 2011 15:14

photo courtesy of http://eater.com
Rumor confirmed! Syracuse’s favorite Mexican grill, Chipotle, will launch an Asian concept called ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. Serving up Vietnamese, Thai, and Malaysian dishes, the menu will “pair the bold and complex flavors of southeast Asia with fresh, sustainably raised ingredients; grilled and braised meats, a variety of fresh vegetables, aromatic herbs, spicy sauces, and an array of garnishes,” according to Tuesday’s press release. Similar to Chipotle’s successful model, customers will move down a line, customizing their meals.

"I have always believed that the Chipotle model would work well with a variety of different cuisines," CEO Steve Ells, founder of Chipotle and judge on NBC’s “America’s Next Great Restaurant,” said in the press release. “Chipotle's success is not necessarily about burritos and tacos, but rather about serving great, sustainably raised food that is delicious, affordable, and convenient"...read more

April 13, 2001 21:03

Maybe Flavorly has been tweeting too much, but we're seeing #hashtags everywhere! #yumm

Chick Pot Pies
April 12, 2011 16:52

      While most girls my age love a shoe shopping spree, I relish in a peaceful Sunday stroll through Williams-Sonoma. Rather than pacing aisles of flats, pumps, and booties, I obsess over blenders, mixers, and muffin pans. I’d take cookware over footwear any day.
     Most recently, I came across Le Creuset’s mini cocottes. I squeal with delight, the same way a pregnant woman might when picking up a tiny pair of baby shoes. Wook how wittle dey are! Instantly, I was inspired by all the mini meals I could make, and the first food that came to mind was a personal potpie...read more

Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day
April 11, 2011 16:33

Swing by the nearest Ben & Jerry’s for a scoop on the house this Tuesday in celebration of the 33rd annual Free Cone Day. From noon to 8 p.m. scoop shops worldwide will be serving up complimentary cones. Unfortunately for those of us stranded in Salt City, the closet scoop shop is a far-flung 95 miles up route 90 in Pittsford, NY. 

If you’re willing to make the trek, you can taste any of their new flavors, including: 
Late Night Snack: Inspired by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – Fair Trade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with a Salty Caramel Swirl & Fudge Covered Potato Chip Clusters (the fudge uses Fair Trade cocoa, too!)
Bonnaroo Buzz: Inspired by the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – Light Coffee & Malt ice creams with Whiskey Caramel swirls & English Toffee pieces
Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream: Vanilla ice cream with fudge covered waffle cone pieces & a caramel swirl
Clusterfluff: Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Caramel Cluster Pieces, Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Swirls...see more

Lunchtime Lexicon: The OED adds foodie words to the menu
April 6, 2011 23:39

Four times per year, editors update entries and add new words to the Oxford English Dictionary. Filtered through a fine sieve, the lingo that makes the cut often reflects the current cultural trends. This time around, the OED added to the menu some delicious new terms. Here are four of Flavorly’s foodie favorites:

Babycino Pronunciation:/beɪbɪˈtʃiːnəʊ/ 
noun (plural babycinos) a drink of hot milk that has been frothed up with pressurized steam, intended for children: naturally, all the kids enjoyed their babycinos
Origin: 1990s: blend of BABY and CAPPUCCINO...read more

Bienvenudos a Marshall Street, Chipotle
April 5, 2011 23:46

After months of anticipation, Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its doors on Marshall Street. Hundreds of salivating students flocked to get a first taste, though customers reported speedy service. 
     Syracuse senior Matthew Ziegler swung by the joint around 8:45 p.m. for a burrito bowl, waiting just five minutes. He also attended the opening of the DeWitt, where he stood in line for over a half hour. “I may be their biggest fan,” he says. “It’s just all the right combinations of flavors and textures. It’s like a party in my mouth...read more

Say Hello To My Little Ethiopian Friend 
April 5, 2011 18:53

     For this next post, make sure you have a valid passport. We are saying ciao to Italy, land of cannolimeatballs, and pizza, and popping in to Ethiopia for what Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmerman calls the “next big thing.” But the thing about this “next big thing” is that it’s not big at all. 
     To call it tiny popcorn would be misleading, because there’s nothing corny about it. It’s actually popped sorghum, the fifth-most produced cereal grain in the world, trailing only corn, rice, wheat, and barley. When popped, it mimics the movie theater munch, only slightly sweeter. It’s a relative of corn, plus some protein and fiber and minus some of the calories, fat and gluten, making it celiac-safe...read more 

McRunning a Marathon: The “McRunner,” Joe D’Amico, stood still long enough for Flavorly to catch up with him
April 4, 2011 22:40

     Joe D’Amico, a marketing manager at a financial services company in the suburbs of Chicago, broke his personal marathon record at the LA marathon on March 20 by 46 seconds after 30 days of eating only McDonald’s. 
     “It was my 15th marathon and I was truly looking for something different, a new personal challenge,” says D’Amico. Not that running 100 miles per week and balancing work and family life isn’t hard enough, but he sought an added challenge that would be entertaining.
     After pitching the idea to his wife, she thought he was crazy. So did his running buddies, friends, and co-workers. But D’Amico decided to tackle the challenge anyway.   
     He laid out a few simple rules to follow. He could eat only McDonald’s for 30 days... read more

Q&A with Supermarket Scrabbler Andy Wright
April 1, 2011 18:03

Shoppers are sticking it to supermarkets worldwide by rearranging products to spell words that you would feel uncomfortable reading while buying groceries with your mother. Flavorly Facebook-messaged Andy Wright, creator of the "Supermarket Scrabble"  group and long-time scrabbler, to discuss his scrabble-ography.
For how long have you been scrabbling?
I've been scrabbling since the supermarkets made the mistake of putting the big letters on the spice jars, although I've been re-arranging letters in car spares shops for longer than that. 

Why did you start the “Supermarket Scrabble” Facebook group?
I set up the group in April last year because I wanted my friends to realise I was just as puerile now as I was at school... read more

Naughty and Spice
April 1, 2011 14:39

WARNING: This post is rated R for strong sexual content and language.

The Facebook group "Supermarket Scrabble" is holding an "APRIL FOOLS DAY BONANZA" event that encourages grocery shoppers worldwide to spell crude words by rearranging products on supermarket shelves and snap photos. Andy Wright of Newcastle, England created the group "to make trips to the shops more fun," according to its description. It has a large British following (hence the English slang), although the challenge knows no borders... read more

Scrabblers' sneaky shots from the aisles: