I know most of you scoffed when you heard that a movie titled “Hot Tub Time Machine” was actually coming to a theatre near you. The only reason I even saw it was because a friend somehow got nine passes to a free screening of the film a few weeks before release. I thought it was some sort of joke, but still – free is free and everyone went, rolling our eyes the whole way. Of course, none of us would have been there if it had cost money. We sat through the entire thing (all 99 minutes of it) and when the lights came up, all turned to each other hesitantly, almost embarrassed:
“Guys, did you think…was that…that was actually really funny”
It’s 2:30pm. You just opened your eyes after a crazy time out the night before. Your head throbs. Your stomach feels miserable. You swear that your blood stream might actually be running with alcohol. What is the first thing you reach for? Advil. The second thing? Water. Third? Your car keys to take yourself to McDonald’s, Arby’s, IHOP, Norm’s or whatever greasy fast or diner food establishment is closest to your house. The below recipe from the Town Talk Diner in Minneapolis, MN may not be an Egg McMuffin, but it will certainly fill up your aching tummy to the brim.
Today we have an AWESOME credit sequence from the show True Blood. It’s grimy, it’s greasy, it’s sexy. Brought to you by the fab Gary Calamar (who also produced the soundtrack):
And if that’s not enough, there’s an entire program on the Food Network devoted to terrible-but-oh-so-delicious eats – Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives hosted by the slightly crazy but generally enjoyable Guy Fieri. Check out a list (with addresses and websites!) of some of the places he visits here.
To make the burgers: Toss the pork shoulder and fat back with the salt and the spice mix and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Grind through the coarse die of a grinder and form into 4 (8-ounce) patties.
To make the spicy kraut: Soak the store-bought kraut in water for 20 minutes, drain excess water. Render the bacon; add the onion and saute until translucent. Add white wine and cook off the alcohol. Add sauerkraut and spices and enough water to cover. Simmer for 1 hour. Cool. Mix in garlic-chili paste.
To assemble: Cook burger patties until medium-well. Melt 2 slices of cheeses on top of each patty. Place on toasted bun and top with spicy kraut.
This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.
Love that Oscar Wilde guy – he says some great things (see quote in title).
With the festival days away and the set times announced days ago, it seems the entire city of Los Angeles is buzzing about Coachella. What locations have the best line up? Who do I want to be at the front of the stage for? How can I make it to both Matt & Kim AND Florence and The Machine? Well, that’s my big dilemma at least.
But the real scene isn’t what’s happening on the festival grounds – but behind it, next to it, around it. Whether you’re staying in a house, a hotel, a condo or a tent if you’re going to Coachella you need to be prepared to party. Some are almost as star-studded as the festival itself, and I know people who are more excited about them than seeing any of the bands in the Sahara Tent.
Just remember to pace yourself, because no one wants to clean up a vomiting stranger in their pool at 3pm when they could be seeing Frightened Rabbit.