Celebrity Grub

Dave Grohl Tips $1000 on One Drink at a Bar in Philly — What?

Is it me or does it seem like celebrities are trying to outdo each other with their tips?

During Memorial Day Weekend at the Smith and Wollensky in Rittenhouse, Foo Fighters frontman and ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl reportedly left a $1000 tip for his bartender, twice.

The highly successful musician, who only ordered one drink on Friday night and just a few on Saturday, left the tip in his signature “I’m just a really nice dude”-Dave Grohl-esque fashion. I’ve never met the guy before, but word around the internet is that Mr. Grohl is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.

With all of these high-rolling tips making the headlines, it makes me wonder one thing…where the hell were all these cool-ass celebrities when I was selling cupcakes??



Who Says You Can’t Find a Good Man at a Bar These Days?

Don’t you love going to your favorite watering hole where you know there will be great music, cheap but strong drinks, and a bartender who will take a knife to the lung for you? Wait…what?

Well, that’s what happened to one very lucky D.C. woman who was the victim of a purse-snatching incident a few weeks ago. Luckily for her, she happened to be accompanied by a very heroic local bar-tender (and unarmed I might add), Mike Boone, of Trusty’s Bar.  While it seems that the unidentified woman was spared any injuries, Mike was not so fortunate. He suffered 8 stab wounds, at least one of which punctured his lung, and narrowly missed all of those other important organs we need to live.

After spending 4 days recovering in the hospital, Boone was able to identify the perpetrator in a line-up and police officers quickly made an arrest. Unfortunately, his bad luck doesn’t end there. Facing a plight many of us do these days, Mike has no health insurance to cover the cost of his medical bills — and that doesn’t include the $8,000 helicopter ride he took to receive medical attention.

Even though Trusty’s Bar held a fundraiser to help cover some of his medical costs, it seems as though you can still make donations to help Mike out. Listen ladies, it’s unknown if the woman Mike rescued is involved with him in any type of romantical way- so you could still slip him your number on a napkin… but maybe with an $8,000 check.

After all, he did provide exceptional customer service.

[Via WTOP]



Traveling Bartender Portable Bar

Set up your own personal bar at any event to let your guests know exactly where they need to go to get drunk. The bar also serves as a great place to protect the good stuff from those moochers who’re crashing your party. (Bartender not included)

($110 @ Home Wet Bar)


Pumpkin Bars

Fall is here (most of you “fell back” last night… we don’t have daylight savings in AZ so no extra hour here). As with every fall, pumpkin is everywhere – lattes, scones, muffins… and now – bars! Mmmmm sweet, tasty, delicious pumpkin. BF’s not huge on pumpkin (or so he thinks), even though he loves pumpkin pie, doesn’t mind my pumpkin bread, and devours these pumpkin bars.

Anyone who has been in Williams Sonoma in the fall knows about these pumpkin bars.

Sometimes I drop by WS just to see if they have these samples out. These are one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. The trick to the bars’ complex flavor is using pumpkin butter instead of pumpkin puree. Some might call that “cheating”, but I call it genius. Besides, it’s not the only “cheating” taking place here, we’re also going to use…..

YELLOW CAKE MIX (gasp!)  Madness, I know.

The recipe at WS uses their very own Muirhead pumpkin butter (of course), but at $10.95 a jar, who wants to buy that? Don’t get me wrong, the stuff is delicious, but $10.95 is a little steep…  and what happens if you don’t have a WS near you (you poor soul, you)? Any pumpkin butter should do, just make sure you get the right amount in there – 13.5 ounces (-ish).

Though the recipe claims these are “dessert bars”, they’ve been enjoyed just as much as a “coffee cake” replacement. Whatever you do this fall, you simply must make these, they’re de-lish. Don’t let the box cake mix scare you away… I promise you won’t regret it…

First, place all but 1 cup of the cake mix into a medium bowl

Stir in 1/2 cup of melted butter and 1 egg until it’s thoroughly mixed, then press into the bottom of a prepared 9 x 13-inch pan.

In a separate bowl (or the same bowl, rinsed, if you’re not into wasting dishes like yours truly) mix the jar of pumpkin butter with two eggs and milk. Pour mixture over the cake mix.

Combine the reserved cup of cake mix with the flour, sugar, softened butter, and cinnamon. Mix together until crumbly. I find the best way to do this is with my (gloved) hands. Get in there real good and just keep smooshing (yes, that’s the technical term) the butter until it’s evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

Sprinkle over the pumpkin butter layer and bake at 350F for 35 – 40 minutes until golden brown. After cooled, cut into squares and enjoy these bite size pumpkin treats. Take them to work to bribe your coworkers, give them to your neighbors as a holiday gift, or feed them to your significant other to make them too fat to run away from you …. Ignore that last part.

Pumpkin Dessert (or Breakfast) Squares

  • 1 package yellow cake mix; set aside one cup
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 3 eggs, large
  • 1 (13.5 oz) jar pumpkin butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350° F.

  1. Divide yellow cake mix, placing all but one cup in a mixing bowl. Stir in the melted butter and one egg until well mixed. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9×13″ pan.
  2. Mix the jar of pumpkin butter with remaining two eggs and milk. Pour pumpkin mixture over the cake mix layer.
  3. Whisk reserved 1 cup of cake mix with the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Add softened butter and cut in with fork, pastry cutter, or your hands until crumbly. Sprinkle over top of the pumpkin layer.
  4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

“Tagalong” Bars: Girl Scouts, Meet Your Maker!

Everyone loves girl scout cookies. I think part of their allure is that you can only have them one time out of the year. You spend the entire year building them up in your head, even resorting to stalking little girls… Apparently stalking children is OK, so long as they’re the ones using the treats to lure you to their vans… “Come over here, I have a van full of cookies”… I’m onto you, girl scouts…

No matter how much you love girl scout cookies, there’s no way you can look past their insane price tags. Well you can, but I had to limit myself to two boxes last year. TWO BOXES!!! I mean, they’re usually parked right outside the grocery store, which sells similar cookies at half the price. I get that we’re helping their cause, but really? Four to five dollars a box? And there’s only like twelve cookies in there… that’s going to last me what, six minutes? Maybe seven if I slow down to savor them…

Some time last week I made the millionaire shortbread recipe from my Baked cookbook, but was completely underwhelmed. I may post the recipe, since tons of people rave about it, but it was just too… monotonous. It didn’t have enough flavor, and the flavor it did have just kinda melded together into one basic flavor: sugar. I tried sprinkling some sea salt on top which helped, but not enough to make me eat them. I had however been planning to try my hand at Tagalongs for some time, and the millionaire shortbread motivated me to finally make them, being that they are similar in that they are layered shortbread bars.

No way I’m rolling and cutting 43824239430 shortbread cookies, pressing a little indent into each one, filling it with peanut butter and then covering it in chocolate. Just typing that made me tired. Bar form? Now that’s what I’m talking about. I knew what not to do with the shortbread from the millionaire bars, so I found a new shortbread recipe and set myself on the path to girl scout cookie heaven. If you like Tagalongs, you’ll love these – they’re so good. You must make them. Must.

In honor of “Peanut Butter Month” here at Foodbeast, and because Girl Scout Cookie Season doesn’t start for another 64 days, 4 hours, and 12 minutes… HOME MADE TAGALONG BARS!!!

Home Made “Tagalong” Bars

For the cookie layer

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

For the peanut butter layer

  • 1 2/3 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the chocolate layer*

  • 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, cut into cubes

For the cookies:

  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and milk. Add flour and mix on low until just incorporated. It will be on the dry side.
  3. Pour out onto parchment paper and form into general rectangle shape. Roll close to 9 x 13” and transfer into 9 x 13 baking pan. Press into bottom of pan until it reaches the edges, leaving a slight lip on the edges.
  4. Poke holes in shortbread with a fork and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes, until lightly golden on top. Cool completely on wire rack before topping.

For the filling:

  1. Beat the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until mixed. Spread over shortbread layer. It will be thick and difficult to spread, an offset spatula worked best for me J

For the topping:

  1. Melt chocolate, butter, and corn syrup in a double boiler*. Pour over peanut butter layer and place in fridge to harden.


*If you’re lazy you can use just melted chocolate, about 7 or 8 ounces will cover it.

*Melt in a double boiler, a non-reactive bowl over simmering water, or a microwave in 30 sec intervals @ 50% power

*Cut with a knife, wiping with a warm, damp cloth in between. They may get a little messy…

[ shorbread adapted from here ]

[ chocolate layer adapted from Baked ]


Life-long Discount For Getting a Grilled Cheese Tattoo in Ohio

It’s called the “Melt Tattoo Family”, and it’s Ohio’s Melt Bar & Grilled  ‘prestiguous’ club with one main right of entry — a tattoo of a Melt Bar and Grilled logo. The Cleveland, OH base restaurant offers up members of their club 25% off any purchase at Melt Bar and Grilled, for life. For those in Ohio, the deal beckons, as the restaurant will celebrate the grand opening of their third location in Independence, OH tomorrow, October 7th.

The restaurant built up a massive following (currently clocking in over 40,000 fans on their Facebook page) and has even attracted the like’s of  Adam Richman, the host of The Travel Channel’s Man v. Food. Richman attempted to put down the restaurant’s monster grilled cheese, a sandwich that features 13 different cheese, 3 slices of grilled bread, and a pile of hand-cut fries & slaw.

The entire dish weighs over 5 lbs., and completing it without any help or trips to the bathroom will credit you with a t-shirt or a Melt Pint Glass, a $10 gift card and immortalization in their online Melt Challenge Hall of Fame.

At the time of this article, it looks like nearly 300 folks have immortalized ink on their person for the 25% promo, and close to 100 customers have completed their Melt Challenge. Which will you conquer?

Melt Bar & Grilled


14718 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107


13463 Cedar Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118


Liberty Commons
Rockside Road
Independence, OH




Former NBA Player Sues Restaurant for Discrimination

He shoots! He… sues? Former NBA player Joe Barry Carroll is suing the Tavern at Phipps in Atlanta, Georgia with the argument that he and his associate were victims of a discriminatory restaurant policy.

Carroll and his associate Joseph Shaw were escorted out of the upscale bar in August of 2006 when they refused to give up their seats to white women. The restaurant claims they were merely enforcing a “good manners” policy that has been implemented at the restaurant for over 20 years. The bar tender who was serving Carroll at the time claims that there were no other men at the bar. When the two refused to give up their seats, the two were escorted out of the restaurant by security.

Carroll’s attorney Jefferey Bramlett alleges that after interviewing current and former staff of the bar, the restaurant encourages behavior that is discriminatory towards African Americans such as slow-serving blacks during hectic times and systematically limiting the number of black staffers

(via Yahoo! Sports)