VIDEO: We Eat the Hottest Pepper in the World

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Spice can be a funny thing. It can pierce, it can fade, it builds, it can be sudden, it can hurt, but it can also hurt oh so good. At Clay Oven in Irvine, where you can currently take The Shiv Challenge and eat the hottest pepper in the world, spice does all of those things.

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This Is How You're Supposed To Eat Sushi


I, like most people my age, started eating sushi in high school, as part of a little Otaku streak. I just kind of picked it up, dunked in soy sauce, and avoided wasabi/horseradish whenever I could.

Thankfully, I don't do that anymore.

For those of you who still do, here's a great instructional video produced by Vice's food imprint, Munchies, featuring Naomichi Yasuda, one of the best sushi chefs in the world (formerly of New York, you might've seen him on Anthony Bourdain's Tokyo episode of Parts Unknown).

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This Is What Poaching An Egg Looks Like

Photo by Charles Lam

Poaching might be egg preparation 101, but it's definitely the most difficult basic preparation, and I've always sort of wondered what was actually going on in the pot as I was trying my hardest to make a few vortexes.

Well, thanks to GoPro and, I don't have to worry any longer, 'cause the website's Davy Devaux dropped a GoPro into the boiling water with his egg.

It's an experience. Check it out the video after the jump.

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The Best Way to Cook Frozen Steaks Might Just Be.. Cooking Them Frozen?


Everyone knows that you should never freeze a steak if you don't have to. Did you invest in a cow and now have several hundred pounds of beef to store? Alright, freeze it. But buy a steak today to eat tomorrow? Just leave it in a fridge.

But how do you cook steaks that you've frozen for storage? After a water bath? A night in the fridge?

Well, according to America's Test Kitchen, you might just want to sear them from frozen.


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Bill Nye Has Been Uploading Episodes to YouTube; Here's the Episode About GMOs


I am of the generation that grew up with Bill Nye in the classroom. We love him, and I'm excited to tell you guys that he's been uploading more or less every single episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy and The Eyes of Nye onto YouTube.

Aw yeah, time to relive your childhood.

There's not too many, food-related episodes, we have Alton Brown for that, but Nye did produce an episode of the more technical Eyes of Nye on GMOs. In it is a fairly balanced look at genetically-modified foods. Check it out, and try not to lose too many hours to the playlist.

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Molten Lava: The Best Way to Sear Your Steaks

Rare, please

Alton Brown contends that the best way to cook your steak is to grill it directly on top of some coals, ash be damned. No other way will you get the maximum sear while keeping the center nice and red.

Well, I think humanity has found a better way: Grill your meat over some molten lava.

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This 'Trekking' Burger Is a War Crime Against Burgers

Oh, thank you, Ashens

Camping food can be.. interesting. Sometimes, you can be out with an amazing camp cook and have a great meal. Sometimes, you'll be out with a bunch of journalism students, one of which who is vegan, and then accidentally throw all of the vegan chicken on the ground. Sometimes, you'll be so tired from hiking that even granola bars taste amazing.

But there will never be enough hiking in the world to make this "trekking burger" palatable.

It comes in the can, it's precooked, and everything between bread is an unidentifiable vomit texture.

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This Hangover Omelet Is the Worst Hangover Omelet Ever


The perfect hangover breakfast is the holy grail of breakfasts. It needs to be hearty, it needs to be filling, it needs to stay down, AND it needs to be easy enough to cook with a horrible headache.

Sure, hearty and filling are easy to do when you're feeling fine, but have you ever tried to roll a burrito while dry heaving? Or make a perfect egg in a basket when you can't even see straight?

And thus is the sad story of this hangover omelet. It looks perfectly delicious, but it's not really hangover appropriate.

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This Chinese Tourist Trap Might Be the Fastest Line Cook in the World

Flip 'em, flip 'em good

No one gets quiet as good as cooking flashy as people who cook for tourists, whether it's curling up some dragon beard candy, chopping coconuts, or flipping miniature pancakes like our friend here.

It takes a lot to impress tourists after all, or else, why would they even buy what you're selling. Case in point: The video after the jump. The guy flips miniature pancakes so quickly that I momentarily forget how much I hate pancakes (that's a story for another post).He might be the fastest line cook in the world, but one things for sure: Someone's buying those pancakes.

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The Life of a New York Truffle Dealer: Turf Wars, Moving Product, and Salmon Sperm

Pictured: Way more money than I make in a week

Selling truffles can be a rough business, seeing how they're worth more per gram than most drugs. There's stiff competition, smuggling, and yes, salmon sperm.

Munchies, an imprint of Vice, just released their newest mini-doc following one of the largest truffle dealers in New York. It's an interesting look at specialty food, and though it clocks in at a decent time commitment (12 minutes, the horror), it's super interesting.

Check it out after the jump.

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