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Weekly Chow


We are coming into the third week of protests in Hong Kong, and emotions continue to run high as a resolution seems very far away still. In such times, I've found myself looking for little sparks of inspiration to keep positive. From the simple act of reciprocating sign lettering for food to adding conversation prompters to table settings, I hope this dose of Weekly Chow keeps you ticking along for another week! Failing that, the video of primary school kids dining at a fancy New York restaurant is bound to bring a smile to your face...

What happens when you treat 7 year olds to a 7 course tasting menu at Daniel... (NYT Magazine)

Why you should cook at home more often, by Mark Bittman. (TIME)

This talented lady offers beautiful hand-lettered signs in exchange for lunches in NYC. What a brilliantly enterprising idea! (Will Letter for Lunch)

Keeping it simple - the only 4 spice mixes you'll ever need for curry. (The Times)

On top of faux luxury goods, copycat branded restaurants are now springing up in China. (CNN)

Ever been sat next to someone at a dinner party and had nothing to say to each other? These conversation prompting napkins are here to help! (Cup of Jo)


Fuck Yeah Noms said...

I gotta say, I find the whole "Let's take children to Michelin star restaurants and write down their reactions" really jarring. For a start, The Bold Italic have beaten this into the ground (http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/5607-a-four-year-old-reviews-the-french-laundry) and of course 7yos aren't going to be really into 7 course tasting menus. How fucking cute, they don't like to eat caviar, aubergine or fancy foamy oysters. Instead of taking seven 7yos to a tasting menu so you can have some cute pictures, what about taking seven underprivileged young adults (or even adults) who despite whatever background they may be from, are passionate about food and would never have this opportunity?

Perhaps Chef Daniel should focus more on getting his star back than stupid gimmicks to write viral copy.


Valerie said...

Aw, Sgt Noms, I get that the kid reviews are gimmicky, but from an anthropological standpoint, I find it quite interesting to see how children respond to food in a fine dining context! I agree though that the same exercise could be replicated, certainly with young adults and grown ups who would otherwise not be able to afford the opportunity, as their comments and reactions would be just as "fresh" as those of the kids - albeit minus a dose of the cute.

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