Table Scraps

Stop-Motion Submarine Sandwich

Stop-Motion Submarine Sandwich

PES is back with the stop-motion sandwich making skills we’ve all been waiting for. Table Scraps is a Food Politic column dedicated to the small morsels of stories, videos, and more. They don’t have enough calories for a full article but are just too good to let go to waste.

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December 22, 2014 at 10:45 amColumns Multimedia Table Scraps

These Cookies Are Too Pretty to Eat

These Cookies Are Too Pretty to Eat

Are you hoping to up your holiday cookie game this year? Let pastry chef Amber Spiegel be your inspiration. Her intricate cookie designs seem more at home on a knitted sweater than an edible good. It can take her up to 45 minutes to decorate a single cookie and she’s now somehow turned this into a full-time career. Her YouTube page is full set of step-by-step instructions for these winter cookies and other gratuitously designed […]

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December 3, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

If Famous Artists Had Played With Their Thanksgiving Meals

If Famous Artists Had Played With Their Thanksgiving Meals

San Francisco-based artist Hannah Rothstein has taken the simple Thanksgiving meal – turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and corn – and turned it into a work of art. Ten images show what a plate might look like if it had been put together by Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and others. If you thought playing with your food was just for children, these dishes will prove you wrong. Table Scraps is […]

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November 14, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

When Would You Say No to a Free Cupcake or Brownie?

When Would You Say No to a Free Cupcake or Brownie?

In a sort-of-prank filmed by Running Late with Scott Rogowsky, two guys stand outside a gym offering people free desserts. One man takes the cupcake gladly, as though he was hoping for an excuse to avoid his morning workout anyway. Others are baffled, some flat out angry. A funny experiment to see whether human will can triumph over dessert in the battle for exercise (and possibly truth, justice, and world peace). Table Scraps is a Food […]

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October 8, 2014 at 9:59 amColumns Table Scraps

Compound Chemistry: Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil?

Compound Chemistry: Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil?

I’m obsessed with honey. Ever since writing a paper on its history during my freshman year of college, I was hooked. Did you know that bees were the first domesticated “animal” we used for food? Or that it has antibiotic properties that can soothe burns? Maybe you heard that 80% of the food we eat relies on pollination? Oh, yeah, and it’s delicious and never goes bad. If the world needed to put together a […]

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September 26, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

GoPro Films the Process of Perfectly Poaching an Egg

GoPro Films the Process of Perfectly Poaching an Egg

Another culinary mystery solved thank to a creative GoPro owner. One inventive chef decided to stick his camera into a dish of boiling water and capture the process of poaching an egg on video. First we got to see inside a dishwasher cycle and now we’ve gone under boiling water to watch poaching eggs. What will we think of next? Table Scraps is a Food Politic column dedicated to the small morsels of stories, videos, and […]

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August 26, 2014 at 3:12 pmColumns Culture Table Scraps

The Top 12 Restaurant Don’t’s

The Top 12 Restaurant Don’t’s

Restaurant owners might be interested to learn that what really annoys their customers isn’t getting seated near the kitchen or bathroom. Consumer Reports recently released a survey showing people’s most common complaints upon dining out. Topping the list was having a dirty table or utensils, dirty or ill-equipped restrooms, and impolite or condescending servers. Most of these aren’t too surprising if you’ve ever worked in a restaurant. Customers don’t really mind when the food runner […]

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July 23, 2014 at 7:00 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

Kickstarting a $39,122 Potato Salad

Kickstarting a $39,122 Potato Salad

How much money do you think potato salad is worth? In a Kickstarter campaign that launched only five days ago, Zach Danger Brown set out to raise $10 to make himself a bowl of potato salad. Today he’s raised $39,122 – shattering his original goal by tens of thousands percent. Some of the original prizes for stretch goals include: $35 – I will make 4x as much Potato Salad. I know $40 isn’t 4x $10, […]

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July 8, 2014 at 11:57 amColumns News Table Scraps

The Underground World of NYC Truffle Dealers

The Underground World of NYC Truffle Dealers

What is it like to be a dealer for one of the most expensive foods in the world? In a video produced for Vice Munchies, “Day with the Dealer” we follow forager and specialty foods purveyor Ian Purkayastha. Purkayastha is the owner of Regalis foods, a business the 21-year-old built himself after years of grabbing edible plants from the woods. Table Scraps is a Food Politic column dedicated to the small morsels of stories, videos, and […]

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July 2, 2014 at 2:24 pmColumns Culture Table Scraps

Perfect Ice Cream is a Science

Perfect Ice Cream is a Science

What’s the difference between hard, crunchier ice cream and soft serve? This video by the American Chemical Society’s series Reactions might not help you make your own batch at home but will explain the science of how ice and cream come together to become a delicious summer treat. Also, how much fun does this look? -Tove K. Danovich Table Scraps is a Food Politic column dedicated to the small morsels of stories, videos, and more. They […]

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June 25, 2014 at 9:19 amColumns Table Scraps