FOOD/DRINK NEWS!  1:39 pm February 9, 2011

Eat To Survive, Indulge To Be American

by Arielle Fleisher

Children need iPhones, not mats Wednesday, February 9: The USDA has just targeted its first fancy-food victim in the War on Fat: pizza. It turns out that a slice of American factory-franchise pizza is supposedly not good for you. But what about the gigantic triangular cheese slabs purchased on the vomit-crusted streets of Adams Morgan, or the slices served out of a truck by a college graduate? And what about Pizzeria Paradiso, which serves excellent pizza that’s probably even kind of good for you, if you stick to a traditional thin-crust pie with tomato and olive oil and garlic and basil and a light sprinkling of Italian cheese? Select pizzas are half-off Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-7PM. [New York Magazine/ Pizzeria Paradiso]

  • Wednesday, February 9 through Thursday, February 10: During this pre-spring lull when there’s nothing better to do while we wait for the crushing heat and wilting humidity to return, at least there’s free coffee to be enjoyed: SeamlessWeb will be giving out free coffee from their coffee truck today at Farragut North and tomorrow from various locations in the Chinatown area. [SeamlessWeb]
  • Sunday, February 13: February is supposed to be the month you learn random facts about black people, but, uh, here’s one about Italians: Sunday is National Tortellini Day, and to celebrate the Copper Pot Food Company will be giving out Tortellini stuffed with pheasant, duck and boar, for free, at the Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market. [GregsList DC]
  • Food Trucks: The Fojol Brother’s Food Truck was THE food truck that convinced Washingtonians that ethnic food served from a truck is better than ethnic food served in buildings by actual ethnic people — and the truck was just recognized by as one of the top food trucks in ALL OF AMERICA. Huzzah! And Tex-Mex chain Austin Grill will soon have its very own food truck, which means food trucks have gone corporate, so maybe we can go back to eating inside now? [Eater, Washingtonian]
  • Food to look forward to: How many high definition teevees can fit in a 2,200-square foot sports bar? The new bar Touchdown on U Street, NW will have 15, but that’s because it’s NOT TRYING HARD ENOUGH. How can we continue to watch Al Jazeera Live during March Madness if there are only 15 teevees in the bar? Though not an answer, right below Touchdown will be Codmother, a London-influenced fish and chips restaurant that just barely has a worse name than its upstairs neighbor. [Washington Business Journal]
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chascates February 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Anti-pizza = Anti-Italian American. Right, Justice Scalia?

bureaucrap February 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Of course!!! Why didn't I see it before??? This whole "egypt-revolution-democracy" thing is just a nefarious plot by crypto muslin Michelle Obama to gain possession of the Great Pyramid of Cheops and have it renamed "The Food Pyramid". And then slowly and gradually replace the stones with fruits and vegetables, so that no one will notice. Damn Leftist-vegetarian-Sharia-loving-Islamic hippies…

mereoblivion February 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Darn, beat me to it–and funnier to boot.

PalinPussyPower February 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm

You betcha it's the uppity black lady also such what with her socialist fooditary diet for which American parents can not dictate to their children in such way as we should be able to feed them. Also.

RedneckMuslin February 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Food Pyramid?! Geez! Everyone's trying to get on this Egyptian bandwagon!

jus_wonderin February 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Are Food Trucks like Gingerbread Houses???

Barbara_i February 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm

During this year's snowpocalypse, it was only our extra layer of fat that kept us from perishing. Take that, FLOTUS!

SorosBot February 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm

My stuffy nose, dry cracked itchy skin, and just plain freezing body would welcome a return of the crushing heat and wilting humidity; at least that brings the benefit of women in skimpy outfits, this winter cold does nothing good.

MinAgain February 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm

They can have my pizza when they pry it from my cold fat fingers.

freakishlywrong February 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Damn! Now I have to wrack my brain for something funny to write! I would have said greasy though. A la Huffpo; peed and peed.

V572625694 February 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Is it all-food, all-the-time day on our Wonkett? If so, carry on. My appetite can withstand this and worse.

OT: It's a good day on MSNBC for those of us who consider Tamron Hall our pretend girlfriend.

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x111e7thst February 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

On the one hand fat diabetics will be my main food source right after the great collapse, on the other that is an incredibly disgusting thought.,

alfred light February 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Food Trucks are SO 2010.

fuflans February 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

i would follow michelle into mordor.

but not without my pizza.

Worthly Wokette Skum February 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Hint for waist watchers: you don't have to eat the whole truck!

mereoblivion February 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm

But why are the Xians so up in arms over Michelle and her cohorts advising us what to eat? I thought they believed in the incarnate diety.

PabaBritannica February 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I just moved to DC last week, so this is my first real chance to partake in some sort of special Arielle-inspired deals. Hooray, coffee at work!

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