This blog has been quiet for quite some time now. I do apologize for that. I haven’t done much fast food or soda writing recently.
I’m currently working on a new project called “The Meatloaf“. It’s a comedy site, and has nothing to do with meatloaf. I just thought the name was funny. Check it out if you’re so inclined!
For the last six months, I haven’t really written about fast food for Serious Eats. Instead, I’ve penned a column on soda with my girlfriend, Carey, who happens to be the Senior Managing Editor of the site. It’s one of a few co-authored columns, but it suits us well: I cover regular soda, which she hates; she covers diet soda, which I can’t stand.
I’ve had a few ruminations brewing in my mind, and I thought I’d share them.
I’ve been tremendously busy lately, and mostly writing about soda, not fast food. Carey Jones and I are co-writing a column about soda. The most interesting pieces, from my point of view, are us covering all the Coke Freestyle Machine, and my blind taste test of Pepsi, Coke, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and Cane sugar.
If you only read one of these articles, it should be the one in which we try all 127 flavors in the Coke Freestyle machine. It took place over 5 days at the Five Guys on 7th avenue in Brooklyn. I mean, who could try all 127 flavors in one sitting?
For the better part of the last year, I’ve catalogued some of the exploits of being a Fast Food Blogger. I’ve tremendously enjoyed giving you all a glimpse into the life of a fast food writer, but my tastes (in writing at least) have changed. I’ve passed the torch for Fast Food Bureau Chief to Will Gordon, and I think he’s already done a great job to spice up the column. I’m now focusing on Soda for drinks.seriouseats.com/ along with Carey Jones.
This does NOT mean I dislike fast food, as my tastes haven’t changed. (In fact, I was at Five Guys just yesterday.) I’ve always preferred sitting down to long meals, tasting bits of many things, and enjoying my food along the lines of the Slow Food movement. On top of that, in college, I was a French and Italian major, which are two regions of the world which adhere to Slow Food Principles. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to marry two passions of mine: food and romance languages. So, I will be switching to writing more about Slow Food on slowfoodr.wordpress.com
I’ll continue to post fast food related items to FastFoodr, and it will continue to serve as my main site for SeriousEats.com related posts. However, I want to begin to explore a new and different part of the food world. I hope you’ll check out the new site!
It’s always nice to leave New York. As great as it may be, it can feel confining. I jumped at the opportunity to spend this week touring Texas and New Mexico with SeriousEats.com editor Carey Jones. One week driving around the South / Southwest, paid for by someone else? I’m in.
The first stop on Day 0 was Houston. If “Highway” doesn’t come right after “Houston” in the dictionary, it should. I’ve never seen so many highways in my life. Though the city is laid out on a map in rather straightforward terms, it seemed as if they elected to build highways instead of regular roads. For a relatively “new” city, it makes sense. Supersize for your growing population.
The first stop was El Real, a former theater converted into a Tex-Mex restaurant. Carey grew furious as I spent the better part of the dinner transfixed by “A Fistful of Dollars,” which they projected on the wall. Their puffy tacos were quite good: crispy tortillas filled with picadillo beef, a peppery and spicy loose ground beef. Not to miss were the house salsas, and the queso. A can’t miss, though, are their churros: quite possibly the fluffiest, crunchiest churros I’ve ever had, dusted ever so gently with sugar and cinnamon. These weren’t the stale, microwaved junk they Sodexho served you in high school; no, handmade by a Mexican baker, they’re to die for.
At the end of Day 0, we’d had 5 tacos, 4 salsas, and 1 amazing churro. Not a bad way to christen a journey!
A few months ago, I published the first half of an interview I did with the CEO of Biscuitville, Burney Jennings. He told me a great deal about the company, its operations, and its philosophies. You can read the first part of the interview here.
As I said in my first article, “fast food executive” conjures the image of a rotund man in a suit. Burney looked more like a golf pro: slim and trim, with a big smile. Here is part two of our interview.
I love New Mexico. My parents have been taking me there since I was a child, and I always loved it: hot days and cool evenings, dry air, and New Mexican Green Chile. Blake’s Lotaburger piles the green chile on their burgers, and they are awesome. Their other toppings are nothing to write home about, but their green chile burger is some of the best food out there under $5.
You can read my review on Serious Eats here.