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“Top Chef” Chaos

This week’s episode of Top Chef takes a step away from the food to focus more fully on mega-drama and frat-house antics—and some loyal fans have pledged to stop watching because of it. READ MORE

You’re Supposed to Burn It

Tools for creating aromatic smoke, à la the molecular gastronomists READ MORE

Dashing Up to New Brunswick

My logistical skills have been falling well short of Prussian military standard. Assigned to, essentially, meander for weeks on end, I’ve lost my organizational chops. READ MORE

Don’t Stare, Dear, You’ll Only Encourage Them

Sure, eating humans is wrong. But is eating meatballs made from your own lipo’d-out fat cannibalism, or art? READ MORE

From Scarface to Key Lime Pie

A culinary tour of seedy-but-cool Red Hook, Brooklyn READ MORE

Tears in My Beer

Revisiting crying while eating. READ MORE

The Cupcake Courier

It’s the ultimate cupcake conundrum: how to ferry bake-sale cupcakes to and from functions without crushing or smushing. A mother of two invented the answer. READ MORE

Taiwanese Deli 2.0

When it comes to Taiwanese street food, Won Won Kitchen is where it’s at, says ipsedixit. READ MORE

Persian Bakery Treats

In the Little Persia south of Santa Monica Boulevard, a couple of places stand out for ZoeZ: Rose Market, with its wonderful rose petal ice cream and other great flavors, and Orchid Bakery. READ MORE

Egg Sponge Cake at Golden Gate Bakery

shnigglebob loves the gai don go, or egg sponge cake, at Golden Gate Bakery. It’s a vaguely cone-shaped yellow cake wrapped in parchment, light and soft and almost sticky. READ MORE