Nosh Pit Reading List
Vodka with a beer chaser, the history of Manny's, a Seattle empire builder, and Old Bay Seasoning for everyone!
Esquire’s Eat Like a Man blog: Because I’m prone to occasionally burn my digits—ironing a shirt in the morning, taking anything out of the oven, lighting one of the two or three cigarettes I allow myself a year—Elizabeth Gunnison’s advice on how to patch a burn with vodka is a kitchen hack I’ll definitely (probably sooner than later) be putting to good use. The big takeaway: Vodka’s “freezing point is well below 32 degrees (-173, to be exact), meaning that it gets colder in liquid form than water ever can. The deep cold not only soothes and numbs a burn better than simply applying ice, but actually staves off the inflammation and damage that cause nasty blisters and scars.” —James Ross Gardner
Grub Street: A quick overview of the wondrous spice blend that is Old Bay–a seafood seasoning developed in the 1940s that today is used by such chefs as Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese and the Momofuku empire. Home cooks will appreciate the various ways in which author Ian Knauer incorporates the rub into dishes beyond seafood. —Chris Werner
Zillow via Curbed Seattle: Top Chef obsessives, if that brief second-episode clip of contestants exclaiming over the view wasn't enough for you, here's a look at the Olive 8 penthouse where the contestants (and apparently some staff) stayed during filming. Wait, so they had room service?—Allecia Vermillion
Seattle Met: If it’s cheesy to admit that the best thing I’ve read all week was in my own magazine (December issue, page 87), it’s also genuinely true: James Gardner’s story of Manny—the Manny’s Pale Ale Manny—reveals the improbable success of a young obsessive, and the beer he made synonymous with Seattle. —Kathryn Robinson
Food and Wine: The magazine named Seattle chef Renee Erickson (Boat Street Café, The Walrus and the Carpenter, The Whale Wins), one of the ten 2012 "Empire Builders," because, they write, "she translates her obsession with just about everything from the ocean into unfussy, delicious dishes." In addition to being the only Seattle chef on the magazine's list, Erickson is also the only woman who made the cut. —Erica C. Barnett
NPR: The new Robert Zemeckis film, Flight, tells the story of an alcoholic airline pilot dealing with the aftermath of a horrific crash. His beer of choice is Budweiser. And Budweiser wants out. Even though Anheuser-Busch controls almost half of North America's retail beer sales, they lack the power to remove their product from the big screen. When the movie hits DVD though, we'll see if Denzel is drinking the real deal or, maybe, a "Beer-weiser." —Cassandra Callan