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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 24, 2020. 15 comments

Sweet cheese börek will teach you to wrangle phyllo and keep the faith

Sweet cheese börek will teach you to wrangle phyllo and keep the faith

If you’ve ever attempted a recipe using phyllo dough, it will always include a note along the lines of, “Keep the phyllo covered at all times with a damp towel to keep it from drying out.” It’s a good note, because it’s true! Frozen phyllo dough can be convenient, but if it dries out just a tiny bit, it can be a nightmare. Phyllo demands precision. Phyllo demands to exist in a perfect world....

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 24, 2020. 18 comments

Small town gets giant chicken

Small town gets giant chicken

In central Georgia there’s a little town called Fitzgerald where the folks are friendly, time moves slowly like blackstrap molasses, and hundreds of wild Burmese chickens roam the streets. It’s the kind of place that could easily win your heart, if only you knew it existed. Mayor Jim Puckett might love Fitzgerald more than any person can, and is determined to put his town and its most famous...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 23, 2020. 5 comments

Last Call: Where do you stand on restaurant noise?

Last Call: Where do you stand on restaurant noise?
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Food writers tend to get lots of, shall we say, interesting unsolicited emails. I will not be sharing any of mine, as I’m saving them all to one be published as a horrifying...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 23, 2020. 7 comments

Mr. Peanut meets his maker in fiery crash, i.e. opportunistic Super Bowl ad

Mr. Peanut meets his maker in fiery crash, i.e. opportunistic Super Bowl ad

Mr. Peanut, American icon, has passed on. He is a peanut no more! He has ceased to be! He has expired and gone to meet his maker. He’s a stiff! He rests in peace. His metabolic processes are now history; he’s kicked the bucket, he’s shuffled off this mortal coil, he sleeps with the fishes, he’s run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible. EVERYONE START FREAKING OUT.

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 23, 2020. 12 comments

Men are trying to taste soy sauce by dunking their junk in it because the Internet told them to

Men are trying to taste soy sauce by dunking their junk in it because the Internet told them to

According to the world’s top scientific source, TikTok, it is possible for men to taste things through their balls. The basis of this theory: a girl named Regan who saw a 2013 headline from The Daily Mail that reported that testicles have taste buds. Though the study that article cited pertained only the junk of white mice, another report on extraoral bitter taste receptors, published in the

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 22, 2020. 16 comments

Walnut-stuffed eggplant is a showstopper of a healthy meal

Walnut-stuffed eggplant is a showstopper of a healthy meal

My mission in 2020: Eat more vegetables. I actually really

love vegetables , but the realities of modern life—like needing to rely on takeout meals while out and about, or being forced to eat 35 Hot Pockets for the sake of my career—can make it hard to eat as many greens as I should. So, I’ve started making vegetables the main dish when preparing weeknight dinners, only giving in to my...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 18, 2020. 22 comments

Last Call: Ben & Jerry’s new Netflix & Chilll’d ice cream has nothing on our brilliant ideas

Last Call: Ben & Jerry’s new Netflix & Chilll’d ice cream has nothing on our brilliant ideas
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Ben & Jerry’s knows its audience and has created the “official” ice cream for our modern lifestyles: Netflix & Chilll’d. It starts with a peanut butter base since we all...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 18, 2020. 12 comments

Popeyes chicken sandwich and Impossible Burger sales no longer at brink of madness

Popeyes chicken sandwich and Impossible Burger sales no longer at brink of madness

If you have yet to try the Popeyes chicken sandwich for fear that it may be sold out or

that you might get shot , worry no more: After months of madness, Carrols Restaurant Group—owner of more than 1,000 Popeyes and Burger King locations—says that sales of the chicken sandwich have finally stabilized.

CNBC reports that, according to Carrols CEO Dan Accordino, some Popeyes locations were...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 17, 2020. 5 comments

Polish potato dumplings are perfectly imperfect comfort food

Polish potato dumplings are perfectly imperfect comfort food

You know when a recipe instruction is total bullshit? When it says something like, “grab four large potatoes and a medium onion.” What do these measurements even mean?!? I’ve seen potatoes the size of a small cat before—is that the standard for large potatoes? Is it just the biggest potato I can find in the bin, or is it more like, reasonably sized potato + tiny potato = 1 large potato? Is a...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 17, 2020. 24 comments

I ate 35 Hot Pockets in 4 days to bring you these authoritative Hot Pocket rankings

I ate 35 Hot Pockets in 4 days to bring you these authoritative Hot Pocket rankings

There is nothing good about Hot Pockets, and I am saying this as a person who, for some reason, enjoys a Hot Pocket every now and again. Have I ever been under the impression they were good? No. I have always known what I was getting into and have always understood the consequences. Hot Pockets are not so much a food as they are an act that is committed. They are a method of both...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 17, 2020. 14 comments

Sandi Toksvig is leaving The Great British Bake Off

Sandi Toksvig is leaving The Great British Bake Off

After three years, Sandi Toksvig is leaving The Great British Baking Show (also known as The Great British Bake Off, depending on what side of the pond you’re on). Unlike previous exits on this show, there’s no drama surrounding this decision; while Toksvig is leaving to pursue other creative opportunities, she is a genuine polymath who has written novels and plays, founded a political party,...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 16, 2020. 8 comments

New Yorkers condemn Bill de Blasio’s bagel lies

New Yorkers condemn Bill de Blasio’s bagel lies

Yesterday was National Bagel Day, and Bill de Blasio—New York City mayor and highly unnecessary presidential candidate—chose to mark the occasion by tweeting out his bagel order. And, in typical de Blasio fashion, something that should have been simple managed to turn into an entire incident.

New York City has the best bagels in the world. But our BEST bagel?

Bagel Hole in Park Slope. No...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 16, 2020. 16 comments

Last Call: WWE ice cream is back! WOOOOOOO!

Last Call: WWE ice cream is back! WOOOOOOO!
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

WWE ice cream bars were the best frozen treat that ever was and the best that ever will be, and now they’re back, baby! Can I get a hell yeah!

I honestly have no idea why it...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 16, 2020. 19 comments

Kentucky becomes the latest state to yearn for nut juice

Kentucky becomes the latest state to yearn for nut juice

No one can deny the American dairy industry is in trouble: In November Dean Foods, the country’s largest milk producer, declared bankruptcy; last week, the 162-year old Borden Dairy Company filed for bankruptcy protection, citing multiple factors such as historically low prices, declining demand, and (in typical 21st-century fashion) competition from Walmart. Many dairy farmers are blaming...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 15, 2020. 10 comments

Zume fires pizza robots, pivots to pizza boxes

Zume fires pizza robots, pivots to pizza boxes

Zume Pizza launched in 2016 with a single mission: to “disrupt” the restaurant industry, using robots and artificial intelligence to eliminate human jobs. Now it has announced that, after four years, its self-contained pizza-making trucks will no longer roam the streets of Silicon Valley.

Zume raised close to a billion dollars to revolutionize the pizza industry, but, after acquiring Pivot...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 15, 2020. 9 comments

Burger King releases—wait for it—a new burger

Burger King releases—wait for it—a new burger

Burger King has announced the release of a brand-new sandwich guaranteed to shock and delight your taste buds: The Cheddar BACON KING (capitalization theirs). Company representatives told The Takeout that the new sandwich features two “savory flame-grilled beef patties, topped a with hearty portion of thick-cut smoked bacon, melted cheddar cheese and topped with ketchup and creamy mayonnaise...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 15, 2020. 13 comments

Man becomes meme when all he wants to do is eat kebab

Man becomes meme when all he wants to do is eat kebab

Last week in Portsmouth, U.K., Chris Hill did exactly what millions of other Brits do on an average Friday night: he dropped by the pub for a little bit, then decided to wash down the evening’s pints with a quick bite from the local kebab shop. Hill lucked out, though, because for the price of his meal he was treated to dinner and a show:

The excitement began when an unidentified gentleman...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 14, 2020. 13 comments

CES 2020 was basically an unending parade of kitchen robots

CES 2020 was basically an unending parade of kitchen robots

Last week, the world’s top technology companies gathered in Las Vegas to show off the newest achievements in tech’s unending quest to make humans obsolete improve our daily lives. There are many incredible advancements in food prep technology to get excited about, like these gangly robot arms that can squeeze out dollops of sriracha and are not meant for squeezing the life out of their human...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 11, 2020. 14 comments

Last Call: We’re a little testy about these macarons

Last Call: We’re a little testy about these macarons
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Look, testicles are ridiculous. Instead of being stored in a place where they’d be safe, they’re in a delicate, dangly little sac that flops around every which way, leaving...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 11, 2020. 12 comments

What do you get when you cross a manatee with a chicken nugget?

What do you get when you cross a manatee with a chicken nugget?

You get a Managget! Or a Nuggetee? Whatever the hell this is:

Currently for sale via Facebook Marketplace in Riverview, Florida, is a manatee-shaped nugget. The listing tells potential buyers that they “must see to appreciate.” While the $5,000 asking price might seem steep, remember that the manatee nugget is in Florida, where you can

duct-tape it to a wall and make a tidy $115,000 profit.

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