Menu For Hope Winner Announced, and More…


The results are in!

The winners of this year’s Menu For Hope IV fundraiser have been announced over at Chez Pim. Head over and see if your name is on the list…the long list…of winners.

(I didn’t win lunch at Arpege, but if the winner wants to take me, I can certainly free up some time and pencil it in on my calendar.)

This year, a whopping $91,118 was raised, and if you’re the lucky winner of the KitchenAid Mixer, Ice Cream Attachment, and signed copy of The Perfect Scoop (prize EU17), get in touch with me so I can arrange to get you your prize!

Radio Interviews

I’m going to be giving a couple of radio interviews this weekend. You can find out details on my Schedule page. Listen in!

Fun Links

Here’s a few things from around the web that I’ve enjoyed this week:

Why we will always love the French.

Can the $11,000 coffee maker brew up a decent cup of Folgers?

I give it a month. Tops.

No, that wasn’t me lying on the floor of that goth bar with an empty glass of absinthe in my hand…

Makes me want to go back to Istanbul.

Saddest note of the week.

Another American chocolate-maker emerges.

And a favorite American candymaker is back behind her stove.

Paris’ dirty secrets are open to the public. And the lines are huge!

Take your first nude swim in Paris…it’s on the house!
(Link rated PG-13)

Are adding spinach to brownies and avocado to chocolate pudding ideas worth (allegedly) copying?

A billion dollars is a whole lotta carrot-flavored chapstick.

Getting to the bottom of your mixer.

Finally—a game where there aren’t any losers.

…now that’s my kinda game!

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  • suzy
    January 11, 2008 8:48am

    I’m wondering what you think about that new blade for the kitchenaid. It looks like a great idea. Is it?

  • January 11, 2008 9:28am

    Suzy: It seems like a good idea, although not so easy to clean! Haven’t tried it out, but if anyone else has, feel free to let us know.

    btw: there is a small screw that, when turned, will lower and raise the bowl height on the KitchenAid, so the beater reaches closer to the bottom. Check your manual to find it as each model is different.

  • Steve
    January 11, 2008 12:14pm

    So, in Paris it’s either a skimpy swimsuit or none at all? I’m afraid I’d look ridiculous either way.

  • January 11, 2008 3:52pm

    I’m such a spoiled brat. I’m actually bummed that I didn’t win anything! (I entered 4 raffles)

  • Dana
    January 12, 2008 12:41am

    We recently went to a chocolate dinner that was in part by Taza. There was even chocolate in the salad. Their chocolate is delicious, though being stone ground, it has a rougher texture than most other chocolate. We sat at the bar with one of the owners of Taza and learned lots of interesting things.

  • January 12, 2008 4:45am

    Hillary: I didn’t win anything either, and I bid on more prizes than you did :~)

    Wait ’til next year…

    Dana: I haven’t tasted their chocolate yet (they said they’d send me a sample), but ‘stone-ground’ isn’t necessarily unique. I know ScharffenBerger uses granite rollers to make very smooth chocolate. Using metal rollers can heat up the beans, encouraging them to express more of their fat, which isn’t a bad thing when making chocolate. Am interested in tasting it-thanks!

    Steve: I’d rather go naked than wear one of those skimpy suits.

    If I can do it, so can you!

  • Yoko
    January 15, 2008 10:07am

    Hey David!

    Delighted that you are coming to the Big Easy in April.
    You will be in time for crawfish.

    Please do stop by at my favorite ice cream shop in Uptown New Orleans, Creole Creamery.

    I love their salted caramel.
    Peace, love and rock’n’roll, cher!

  • January 17, 2008 4:10pm

    Thanks for the link to the cake, David! There were indeed no losers on that one – we were eating cake for a week! Cheers!