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A Pizza Truck In Texas Created A Border Wall Pizza

It’s not everyday that you see a pizza causing controversy and backlash through the internet. But I suppose in the era of President “Agent Orange,” it should be of no surprise that the food industry is making their presence known.

Peace of Pizza food truck in Odessa, Texas just created the “Border Wall Pizza.” According to their Facebook page, the pizza is “half Mexican Taco pizza, separated by a white bread border, while the other side is a chicken and cheetos topped pizza inspired by the president’s skin tone.”

Once a local news station reported the pizza’s existence, internet trolls and political rightists alike expressed their outrage at the food truck’s decision to create a pizza suggesting their political values (Even if it’s purely satirical).

Politics aside, I don’t think I’m the only one curious as to how both sides of this pizza tastes. One thing’s for sure… one of those sides can’t be good for our health.

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How Talking Politics During Thanksgiving Could Have Worked In Your Favor

Politics and religion can be touchy subjects that make any get-together awkward.

Over the holiday weekend, the Twitter hashtag #SurvivalGuideToThanksgiving showed that you can spin this awkwardness in your favor, if you’re smart.

For instance, if you bring up politics during Thanksgiving, no one will judge you for leaving the room, and eating your dinner alone, without being bothered.

There’s also the chance that everyone will hate you, and simply leave you alone with all holiday goodies.

Then there’s this guy, who for a price, will gladly talk politics just to piss off your family.

Or if you want to avoid the holidays altogether, just do this.

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This Brewery Made A Beer Mocking Donald Trump, Everybody Wins

With all the craziness happening in the elections right now, it comes as a surprise to no one that the candidates will be mocked thoroughly and with no remorse. Some blonde tuft-haired gentleman in particular has done a tremendous job of drawing the ire of the public’s ever-judging eye.

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One brewery in Philadelphia called Dock Street Brewery seems to be at the forefront of this revolution, thanks in part to an entire series of beers made to pay homage to the Republican frontrunner. The series, called “Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Drumpf,” was named after a segment John Oliver did on Last Week Tonight in which he points out that the Trump family’s original name was “Drumpf,” and was changed to something (apparently) more attractive and likable.

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Dock Street Brewery even released a tastefully condescending statement regarding their newest creation and the purpose of it’s existence:

“Is it just us, or does this particular celebridential candidate always sound like he’s had a few too many? In his (dis)honor, Dock Street Brewery is brewing up a series of quaffable reminders to exercise your suffrage, and just dump Drumpf.”

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“Short-Fingered Stout,” is the name of the new beer, paying homage to Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s disparaging comments about Trump’s tiny wittle hands.

If you’re a Philadelphia native, expect the beer to be open to the public within the next couple of weeks.

 

 

via Dock Street Brewery, CBC

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Ever Think About Why Carrots Are Orange? Well, Here’s That Story

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Here’s something you’ve probably never thought about before: why are carrots orange? Turns out the veggies didn’t get their characteristic hue because of any accident of nature. Instead, we humans intentionally bred orange carrots—because of history.

Eaten by humans for millennia, carrots originally came from the Middle East and were introduced to Europe during the Middle Ages. For most of their history as food, they came in two varieties: white and purple.

The familiar orange color only appeared in the 17th century, which is not that long ago in the grand scheme of things. Why orange? It was (for obvious reasons) the favorite color of the family that ruled the Netherlands, the Orange-Nassau dynasty, and in particular of William I, Prince of Orange.

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During William’s rule, the mostly-Protestant Netherlands had, though a convoluted inheritance scheme of the incestuous European monarchy, become the property of the Catholic king Philip II of Spain. After two decades of persecution, the Dutch Protestants decided they’d had enough. Their lengthy but ultimately successful revolt, which William sanctioned and later led, became known as the Eighty Years’ War (1568-1648).

The descendants of the orange carrots that were bred in support of the House of Orange-Nassau—and, by proxy, Dutch independence from Spain—were later taken to England and eventually to the New World.

So how does cross-breeding a white and a purple carrot make an orange one? The photograph below shows the full spectrum available today, and how the orange carrots fit neatly between the two original colors.

 

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Recently, purple and white carrots have made a comeback as foodies have gotten into “heirloom” vegetable varieties.

Written by Caroline Wazer of History Buff

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The Powerful Food Symbolism in Season 3 of ‘House of Cards’

Friday, in the middle of the night, hearts palpitated with excitement as Netflix posted the entire third season of its hit series House of CardsBased on the trilogy of novels and the BBC mini-series, this season marks a major departure from the US series’ source material, resulting in some haphazard character development for everyone on the show.

Despite the lackluster season, I couldn’t help but notice how much food was used both as a symbol and a weapon, attempting deeper complexities than the pig slaughter analogies of yore.

Sating (and Sedating) Doug

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I don’t always have ex-prostitutes try to murder me, but when I do, nothing says “thank you for your service and keep your fucking mouth shut” like a stocked fridge (if that’s what you can call all this healthy food).

Like the flowers the Underwoods (Claire) left for Doug at the hospital, the gesture slowly withers away as he realizes he’s no longer in the inner circle. This seems like a great time to break sobriety, but why do it in a normal way?

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Though Doug fully breaks down into drunkenness as the season progresses, he starts courting alcohol again in an interesting way to ensure you’re partaking in exactly one shot of alcohol: a handy, dandy syringe (hooker resembling Rachel Posner not included).

Doug makes sure that the beginning of his descent comes at someone else’s physical hands while he still orchestrates the entire situation. Losing control of his mobility and livelihood makes surrendering control to his addiction that much harder. Opting for a phallic, menacing way to reintroduce this substance abuse asserts his virility while appeasing his desires.

 

Boozing Up the Secretary of State

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Nothing butters up a Cabinet member quite like some good Scotch.

Desperate to get in Cathy Durant’s good graces, Claire goes so far as to play the classiest game of beer pong ever to make her diplomatic partner more pliable.

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Cathy giggles her way through their girls’ night, while Claire’s “freed inhibitions” are more notably calculated. Ultimately, the suds go flat, policy agreements bubble over, and Claire’s left with a victory despite losing the game.

We don’t see much manipulation from Claire after this night as she gradually grows some semblance of a conscience.

 

Boiled Peanuts

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Let’s not pretend as though some of us didn’t hear “penis” not “peanuts” and had to rewind the episode a little.

While peanuts are generally indicative of good health and longevity, boiling peanuts results in their saltiest incarnation. Francis successfully tempts Supreme Court Justice Jacobs into trying one, but fails in getting him to leave the bench.

The peanuts are a benevolent symbol, like Francis’s concern for the Justice’s health, but Jacobs knows of the dangerous salt within them and Francis’s proposal.

 

Bloody Pomegranates

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Pomegranates are deeply rooted in the mythologies of numerous cultures for various reasons, but are universally used to represent blood, due to their multitudinous red seeds. This can either be attributed to life or death and was unsurprisingly exploited in a conversation about both between Jackie Sharp and her husband.

Jackie’s doubts about Francis make her political decisions murky, while her husband, a cardiologist, holds no qualms about the consequences of cutting into people, evidenced by his methodical slicing of a pomegranate. The scene and the characterization of the couple suggest that dying in politics is just as bad as physically dying, perhaps worse (a far-reaching tie-in with source material themes).

 

Eggs Cetera

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Of course, I didn’t forget about the goddamn eggs.

In the second episode, Claire’s trying to earn her way into the United Nations (UN) as the US Ambassador, while handling the most obvious symbols of womanhood and fertility the First Lady duty of picking the (painted hardwood) eggs for the White House Easter Egg Roll. She rejects the excessively “feminine” pink egg, but is equally drawn to and perplexed by the black egg, absentmindedly holding onto it on her way to make a concession statement to the press.

Knowing Claire, from her general frigidness to #abortiongate, any viewer could read how easily it strips the construct of femininity away from her. She ultimately gives the egg to Francis.

By the end of the episode, she demands her appointment to the UN, a request that makes her stomach turn. She proceeds to crack two eggs into a pan, frying up her womanhood and First Lady duties simultaneously.

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Claire’s desire to work as the US Ambassador is coded as “masculine” ambition, but she acquires the position through nepotism, which highlights her weakness as a candidate and woman. This frustration reaches a tipping point in the season finale, especially when she realizes Francis still has the black egg.

“Felt wrong to throw it out, for some reason.” – Francis Underwood

Francis’s possession of the black egg is representative of how he has held Claire’s biological and career goals captive by his own “masculine” ambition. Additionally, until Claire rediscovers the egg and her agency as a woman, Francis appears to have significant emotional depth. He exhibits remorse and other compassionate traits coded as “feminine” throughout the season.

Although this particular egg is durable, the notion of fragility in its organic counterpart is what humanizes the couple. Thus, by their final argument, gender washes away until they’re only locked in a battle for humanity.

For the first time in the show’s history, I’m not excited about next season, but I have never eaten so many eggs while writing before.

picthx Netflix

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Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act, Get Ready for A Riot

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We just got word that despite past promises to promote GMO transparency, Obama signed HR 933, which contains the Monsanto Protection Act, into law. According to The Austin Chronicle, the measure protects genetically modified seeds from litigation by “allowing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to override judicial rulings and grant temporary permits for conventional farmers to plant and grow genetically modified crops while pending review.” Hence the “Monsanto Protection Act,” a name given by activists against biotech giants avoiding GMO labeling.

After Obama signed HR 933, and thus the provision, into law on Tuesday,  many have argued that the biotech rider was purposefully slipped in as the larger bill progressed and thus, wasn’t given proper review by Judiciary Committees.

Prior to the measure, courts had the ability to suspend the farming of GMO crops in the face of health or environmental risks. “It sets a terrible precedent,”  stated the International Business Times. “Though it will only remain in effect for six months until the government finds another way to fund its operations, the message it sends is that corporations can get around consumer safety protections if they get Congress on their side. Furthermore, it sets a precedent that suggests that court challenges are a privilege, not a right.”

It seems as if the pleas of more than 250,000 Americans who have since signed a petition asking the president to veto the measure, may fall of on deaf ears.

H/T + PicThx Digital Journal

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According to New Survey, Democrats Prefer KFC, While Republicans Opt for Chick-Fil-A

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Curious about whether someone’s a Democrat or a Republican — but don’t want to ask them about their political affiliation directly? Well, just ask them about if they prefer KFC of Chick-Fil-A. Apparently, that’s one surefire way to find out.

A new survey released this week by Public Policy Polling insists that Democrats and Republicans definitely have different food preferences. For example: Democrats like KFC better than Chick-Fil-A (39/18) while Republicans take Chick-Fil-A over KFC (48/29).

What else?

According to the study:

  • Democrats are cool with vegans (a 48/22 favorability rating) while GOP voters have a negative opinion of them (31/41).
  • Democrats prefer regular soda (47/31) while Republicans prefer diet (42/34).
  • Democrats are the party of bagels (34%) and croissants (32%) while Republicans prefer to eat donuts (35%).

And strangely enough — Republicans are more likely to believe that Olive Garden constitutes “a quality source of authentic ethnic food” (43/41), while Democrats (41/44) think it doesn’t. (We can’t help but to ask, incredulously: Really? What authentic ethnic food is this, exactly?)

It seems that both parties can agree on a few things, though: dinner is their favorite meal of the day. What else do they agree on? Things like fast food (both parties agree it’s awful for you) and (gasp) Coke over Pepsi.

H/T Public Policy Polling + PicThx Politico

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What Your Favorite Food Brands Say About Your Politics

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Did you know that Red Bull fans are more likely to vote for Obama and that Chick-fil-A die-hards are more likely to vote for Romney? At least, that’s what the data shows in these charts offering a political breakdown of what our food preferences say about our political sentiments.

Utilizing data gathered from its Trendsetter app, Engage will be working with BuzzFeed to map out cross-references between polling information and Facebook “likes” and influence. What we get is a visual chart connecting our favorite brand name foods and restaurants to who we’re most likely to vote for this presidential election.

“Whether you support Obama or Romney, that support is more often than not a manifestation of where you live, what you watch and where you fit in culturally,” explained Patrick Ruffini, president of Engage.

Mind you, this is just just the beginning. Engage plans on creating 12 new infographics further depicting how other cultural influences (from television to games), shed led on our politics.

See more food get political at Buzzfeed.