The Cockroaches are the Stars at This Vegan Restaurant

The motto of Kingsland Vegan restaurant in Australia is apparently: “Be Vegan. Make Peace.” And while I am an avowed carnivore, I have nothing against my vegan brethren. But it appears that Kingsland owner Khanh Hoang might be taking his “make peace” motto a little too far especially when it comes to cockroaches.

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It seems that ACT health inspectors found both “live and dead cockroaches” in the restaurant. According to Hoang, he knew about the cockroach infestation but did nothing about it because he didn’t want to kill any living thing. Or as Hoang’s lawyer stated: “(Hoang) had passionate vegan values but accepted, in hindsight, that his morals had been misguided.”

So let me get these “vegan values” straight: it’s not OK to kill cockroaches because they are living things, but it’s completely OK to serve your vegan food with cockroach remains, droppings, etc… in them.

The Double Down Dog or Things That Will Give You a Heart Attack

For those of you whom 1) a regular hot dog just isn’t enough or 2) fried chicken has become blasé or 3) having a heart attack is one of your life’s goals, KFC has introduced the Double Down Dog in the Philippines:

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It’s a hot dog wrapped in fried chicken instead of a bun. Plus it’s slathered in cheese. And if the thought of putting this in your mouth gets you all hot and bothered, unfortunately, you’re out of luck as this was a limited promotion that ended today. But perhaps if it was popular enough, it’ll come back and not just to the Philippines. One can dream, right?

Bon Appétit!

Oh, the Humanity! (Ramen Edition)

I was greeted by this disturbing news headline when I went online earlier today:

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In what can only be described as tragic news out of North Carolina (though isn’t everything out of North Carolina automatically tragic?), truck driver Larry Scholting fell asleep behind the wheel of his big rig early this morning and crashed his vehicle on I-95.

Luckily, neither Scholting or anyone else was hurt in the accident, but that’s not to say there were no casualties. Behold:

South Koreans Love Ramen More Than Anyone Else in the World

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According to a study released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the World Instant Noodles Association, South Korea leads the world in the consumption of ramen per person. According to the report, the average Korean eats 74.1 servings of ramen per year, In second place, the Vietnamese with a meesly 60.3 servings per person.

Firstly, holy fuck there’s actually a World Instant Noodles Association?! Secondly, it doesn’t surprise me that my peeps lead the world in this field. We do eat a lot of that shit which isn’t surprising considering the best instant ramen in the world is a Korean brand:

A Love Affair with Spam

Hawaii loves spam. I love spam. YOMYOMF loves spam. But, why is this canned meat so popular in the 50th state? Zagat explains it all in this informative video, interviewing historians, local chefs and food writers. It’s a fun mini-doc and yes, it makes me want to eat some spam. And eggs. And rice. Time for a midnight snack….

McDonalds Gives You Crabs and It’s a Good Thing

McDonalds in Japan is now offering Crab Croquette Burgers with a patty made from snow crab and mushrooms served on Ciabatta bread.

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The Japanese must have a thing for fast food crab burgers since this follows on the heels of Wendy’s Japanese snow crab burgers that were being served awhile back.

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A Hawaii Thanksgiving Revisited

THANKSI’m back in Honolulu for the holiday season! I also want to update how my family celebrates Thanksgiving like any red-blooded Hawaii locals. I wrote about Thanksgiving in Hawaii years ago and how it’s very similar to an Asian American style Thanksgiving meal, except that even non-Asians from Hawaii eat like this too.

For this year (and luckily), with a successful chef for a brother, we had some very ono kine grinds (delicious food), which as always, a mishmash of East and West.

First up, the beautiful table spread:

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Looks “traditional” enough, right? We’ve got our carbs, we’ve got our proteins, we’ve got our fiber and foliage here. We definitely stepped it up as a family and moving it up as a lunch, instead of dinner, and hosting it at my brother’s restaurant. Here are the highlights:

Just in Time for the Holidays: Sriracha Beer

No joke, Oregon-based Rogue Ales has plans to release Sriracha Beer sometime next month because apparently nothing says “Happy Holidays” better than alcohol that tastes like hot sauce.

10407208_744220762319696_3899039205524910429_nI’m usually pretty open to trying anything new that can go in my mouth, but I have to admit this…well, this sounds like more of a prank you pull on someone at the bar—“let’s throw some of this spicy shit in Billy’s beer while he’s taking a pee.”

Still in the YOMYOMF spirit of exploration and adventure, I’m ready and willing to give this a shot. Stay tuned for the results but it can’t be worse than this:

Goldfish in your Tea

The weather’s finally starting to chill out and feel more Autumn-like here in Southern California which makes it the perfect time for a cup of tea. But if you’re tired of the same old tea bag, how about this:

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They’re goldfish-shaped tea bags from the Taiwan-based Charm Villa and these tea bags supposedly come in Oolong and rose tea flavors.

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Ramen+Donut=Ramnut

In recent years, we’ve seen everything from ramen burgers to ramen pizza, but now comes the ramen hybrid that may just top them all in sheer awesomeness…or sheer grossness, it’s hard to tell. Behold the Ramnut:

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Though it sounds like something you’d find in a sex toy store, it’s actually a hybrid of ramen and donut, two things you’d normally think wouldn’t do well hanging with each other, but I’m up for trying anything once.

8 Hawaii Meal Jaunts

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Whether you’re into surfing, non-stop shopping, or peeping at a beach, you still need to eat. Food in touristy Waikiki is a greater challenge than you think. Places are everywhere, surrounded by every luxury brand and corporate restaurant battling for your bandwidth by advertising.

I’ve been to Hawaii over a dozen times and although I’m always on the search for new experiences in food, I’ve visited most of the stalwarts where Hawaiian cuisine can be had. In Waikiki, where most visitors stay, there are plenty of five star restaurants with four “$” prices. There is a Nobu that’ll surely cut local fish well, Ruth Chris will butter up a beastly steak, and Roy’s can cook an Opah perfectly. I understand the folks who want to visit each of these, especially when they’re on vacation. After all, Hawaii is all about luxury eating that’s belt loop pushing. Being from Los Angeles, I can eat at each of these places within a short drive, hence the challenge to find anything dynamic.

Oh Crape, Japan’s Got Crepe Vending Machines

Since I’ve been writing a lot recently about the gross bizarre wonderfully eccentric food choices in Asia, thought I’d continue that trend with a look at Japan’s crepe vending machines.

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That’s right—you can now get crepes (or “crapes” if you will) from these vending machines for under $2 U.S. and supposedly they are very good.

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