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Jul. 31 2010 — 10:32 am | 29 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

Goodbye, and Good Eating

aboard the Kandy Kruise 09/14/2007

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Well, I haven’t posted anything in quite some time due to the forces of the outside world draining all life force and time from me … but I do want to say goodbye to everyone whose path I’ve ever crossed here on TrueSlant. We’ve had some uproarious debates — mostly about food on my page — and many laughs. This site is also where I trudged through the most gut-wrenching writing I’ve ever attempted, and I will always remember and be grateful for that. 

The group of writers and readers here really are/were a part of something special.

Thank you to Lewis for being the man with the plan, and Coates for trying his best to keep me writing even when the universe wouldn’t permit me to.

I hope to bump into you all, virtually or not, very soon. And yes, pancakes still suck.

Mike Hess

Feb. 1 2010 — 9:49 am | 43 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

New York Daily News Word Fail of the Day

It’s called a nephew. Thanks.

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Jan. 12 2010 — 10:18 pm | 222 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments

Diarrhea Strikes NY Times Dining Critic, It Seems

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Sam Sifton is the new New York Times food critic, and from the sound of it, a pig’s foot at one of Manhattan’s hottest new eateries kicked him straight in the colon.

It’s not often that while reading a restaurant review in the New York Times thoughts of the scatological nature occur. Maxim or even Esquire I could understand… but the Grey Lady?  So, you can understand why Sifton’s references to the gnarly aftermath of a pig’s foot at hip new April Bloomfield eatery The Breslin really got me intrigued. The explosive (heh) quotes after the jump! continue »

Jan. 12 2010 — 9:32 am | 1,727 views | 1 recommendations | 5 comments

Is Alton Brown ‘Ill’ and ‘Ugly Skinny’?

Alton Brown is a rare breed on The Food Network these days: A fully interesting and informative personality who opts for knowledge and technique over cutesy name hybrids and easy-but-terrible ingredients. So, while reading comments on a Serious Eats article regarding Alton’s recent diet (sardine and avocado sandwiches — to be addressed later) and weight loss, I have to say I got a bit defensive of my favorite FN host when readers equated his newfound skinniness to thinking he had cancer or some sort of body-diminishing illness.  “Way too skinny and very unhealthy,” one commenter says. “It sounded a lot like what an anorexic or someone who had a recent health scare would say,” another says about a recent Alton interview. Another: “He has that look about him- as if he is recovering from something or had gone through radiation/chemo.” Can’t a dude lose some weight or make a lifestyle change anymore without people thinking they’re going through chemo or have some Hollywood diva eating disordefr? First, watch the video, and after the jump, we’ll discuss.

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Dec. 27 2009 — 4:37 pm | 61 views | 0 recommendations | 7 comments

My Quest to Make Chicken Liver Acceptable

liverChopped liver or liver in general seems to be one of those things that unless you grew up eating it, you’re just not a fan. I was quite a picky eater growing up, but it was always around for the holidays. Now that I eat pretty much everything (except spiral ham), I love the stuff — as you may have been able to tell thanks to my how-to Caselulla video — ith the mineral-packed funkiness and richness … best on grilled bread with a sprinkle of good salt on top.

So, seeing Mark Bittman’s New York Times piece today about French Pâté, essentially Frenchified chopped liver seasoned by a non-Jew — face it, there ain’t much punch in traditional Jewish food — and a breeze to make. Perfect, right?

Not so much. continue »

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    Oysters. Bone Marrow. Spanish hams. Fish tacos. Shanghai soup dumplings. Sea urchin. Summer tomatoes still warm from the sun. There, my favorite foods are out of the way. To cut to the chase, food is in my genes. My father, grandfather and great grandfather were butchers. I've cooked for fun and pay since I can remember, helping out at my dad's catering company/butcher shop and eventually the catering wing of Zagat's highest-rated restaurant in the country (you've never heard of it). Why am I not a chef or caterer? I'm just too much of a pansy. I didn't want the hours/heat/instability to ruin my love for cooking, so now it's pure recreation. Since ditching the chef idea, I've written for many major news networks and magazines, spanning everything from a blood-soaked Marine invasion into Fallujah to Britney Spears' underwear (lack of, actually) to properly sourcing pork. I hope to share the deliciousness of life with you. Also, pancakes suck.

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