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Let's backtrack. The theme of the episode was "taste," and Blue Ginger's Ming Tsai guest judged. At first, I thought the theme seemed a bit lame for a show that obviously centers around taste during every episode, but I was quickly swayed when the show revealed my favorite Quickfire Challenge ever: the taste test. The theme also led to some of that heated Top Chef drama that I love. We'll get to that in a bit.
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Before we get into the burger itself, I have a wee bone to pick with the ad copy. While I realize that the tag line is about lean ground beef, it still rankles me. Calling beef fat is a compliment as far as I'm concerned. Evidently, the NCBA is not promoting beef brisket or other luscious cuts that form the backbone of Texas barbecue with this campaign.
Now that my rant's over, let's get back to the burger. It's certainly one of the most healthful specimens that we've written about this month. And with a spicy sesame-soy mayonnaise and Asian slaw dressing the peppery burger it's probably quite tasty. So far, I understand the East part of this burger. I guess the West part refers to the beef itself since there's nothing particularly Western about any of the other ingredients.
Celebrity chef Ming Tsai was on hand at Rock Center for a cooking demo that included sweet-and-sour cranberry chutney. No word yet as to whether any rowdy Gothamites decided to jump into what Ocean Spray dubbed its Big Apple Bog.
The cranberry campaign touched down in Chicago today with the Windy City Bog, which will remain at the Chicago Tribune Tower until November 9. And if you happen to live in Los Angeles, you too can view a ridiculous amount of cranberries. The Red Carpet Bog will be at the city's Hollywood & Highland Center from November 14 to November 16. [via: Grub Street]
It looks like Jamie Oliver isn't the only chef to be launching his own podcast. Chef Ming Tsai, who has starred in a number of televised cooking shows, has
just recently launched one titled Simply Ming. As you might guess if you watch his shows on public television, the podcast is essentially a rebroadcast of the existing shows, though in a form that is much more convenient for some people to view. This does mean that, unlike Jamie's show, the content of the program is not exactly original.
In the podcast, which is being released via the Culinary Podcast Network, Tsai will be tackling basic cooking problems - such as hot to prepare fresh ginger - and demonstrating more advanced techniques - like how to execute a perfect pan toss without loosing the contents of the pan. It still sounds like it's worth checking out, as Tsai is highly skilled and fun to watch. And repeats or not, the show is definitely a step above some of the content that is currently on the Food Network.
iTunes users can download the show here.
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