Take that, Emeril!

January 4, 2010

We always knew the Obamas were eatin’ good in the neighborhood, but we didn’t realize how good until last night’s special Iron Chef America, which pitted Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali against Bobby Flay and White House Chef Cristeta Comerford.  The secret ingredient: anything from the White House Garden.  The four chefs scavenged the garden for their pick of seasonal produce, then returned to the DC set of Kitchen Stadium to make good on Michelle’s challenge: create a meal that inspires Americans, and focuses on eating healthy and locally.

Fashion faux pas survey: To match your Crocs to the First Lady's dress? (AP Photo)

Team Flay and Comerford won handily with: a fennel and apple salad with oysters; Fresh garden salad with fried lobster and squid in carrot juice, sweet and sour eggplant with pine nuts and currants; Broccoli clam “chowder” with a hint of ginger; all American BBQ with pork, slaw, collard green tamale, cauliflower gratin and watermelon radish pickles;  sweet potato tart with honey, topped with pecan brittle and ginger ice cream.

Isn't it considered cheating to smear caviar all over your dish? (Food Network)

This wasn’t Flay’s first interaction with the Obamas, though.  Our POTUS got a little training in the art of grilling from the master…


Eatin’ Good in the Neighborhood

September 18, 2009

Apparently a private vegetable garden isn’t enough for the Obama family.  Their need for vitamins A to zinc drew the First Lady to the newly established FRESHFARM Market on Vermont Avenue “by the White House.”  Only a week ago, our FLOTUS reportedly submitted a request to the city for the appropriate road closures, etc.  Usually, such a request takes months/years to be okayed.  Not the case here!

FLOTUS addressed the 300-person crowd, saying “I’ve never seen so many people excited about fruits and vegetables. Yay for vegetables!!!”

"I'm so excited about vegetables THAT I CAN'T CONTAIN MYSELF!!!" (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

"I'm so excited about vegetables THAT I CAN'T CONTAIN MYSELF!!!" (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

What did the First Lady purchase, you ask?  For a total of $28, she bought: a wheel of organic Camembert, chocolate milk, eggs, Tuscan kale, cherry tomatoes, Asian pears, “patriotic” potatoes (red, blue and German butterball), and hot peppers.

The Cheese Whisperer (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

The Cheese Whisperer (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

At one point, a fellow produce-junkie chided, “Don’t forget the brussel sprouts!,” to which Mrs. Obama replied “I don’t know if the president likes brussel sprouts.”

"Dont forget the brussel sprouts!" (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)
“Don’t forget the brussel sprouts!” (flanked by Sam Kass, White House Chef, and Adrian Fenty, DC Mayor) (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

When will FLOTUS start hawking the White House Garden wares?


FLOTUS is the bees knees!

July 20, 2009

The White House/First Lady announced a few months back that they would single handedly solve the decidedly sad story regarding honeybees. Well, not exactly, but in addition to the wildly popular First Garden, FLOTUS has authorized a First Beehive (FBhOTUS??), thus delighting the very vocal US beekeeper community. 

This tiny box can make that much honey?  Sign us up!  (Photo by Charlie Brandts)

This tiny box can make honey? Sign us up! (Photo by Charlie Brandts)

The upkeep has gone to Charlie Brandts, who worked as a White House carpenter and raised bees in his free time.  When White House Chef Sam Kass heard about Brandts’ hobby, he asked him to make honey for the White House kitchen.  Now, Brandts been promoted to First Beekeeper, and earned his keep by producing a whopping 43 pounds of honey for the first pull in July.    Sadly, the public won’t get a chance to sample the citrusy honey, as most will be used in the kitchen or as gifts.  The bees will also help with pollination of the nearby First Garden.

FLOTUS would look fetching in that outfit (Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Charlie looks good, but FLOTUS would look GREAT in this getup (Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)


Hamburglar of Love?

May 29, 2009

For a svelte athletic type, Obama sure likes his cow meat.  The Prez and his entourage descended upon a Five Guys near the DC Nationals stadium for lunch today, and set the hearts of like-minded burger lovers aflutter.  POTUS ordered a cheeseburger with the works (including jalapenos!), along with 2 bags worth of extras for his staff back at the White House (and perhaps for Michelle, who hit another DC Five Guys earlier this year). 

2012 Slogan: "American Beef--Never Frozen) (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

2012 Slogan: "American Beef--Never Frozen" (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

That peanut pit has got to be a public health hazard! (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

That peanut pit has got to be a public health hazard! (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Obama was there with Brian Williams of NBC, who is taping “Inside the White House.”  Our main questions: had Obama heard about the recent FG closing?  Perhaps our Man of Steel also has a Stomach of Steel?  See this series of videos, and you’ll feel like you were there.  If only Barry’s order had been number 44…

That's a LOT of burgers (PS. He carries his own take out!) (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

That's a LOT of burgers (PS. He carries his own take out!) (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


What Would Colonel Sanders Do?

May 14, 2009

Slow news day means…Barack products 411!

A few months back, those feisty and ever-entrepreneurial Germans debuted the perhaps most “out of the box” Obama item to hit the market stands yet: “Obama Fingers.”  The box advertises these as “tender, juicy pieces of chicken breast, coated and fried” and includes a curry dip, to boot.  Some folks  found the product to be merely humorous and exploitative of a sales opportunity; others found it to be somewhat malicious

We just wish we could’ve purchased our own box to celebrate Barry’s first 100 days in office!

My what large hands you have! (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

My what large hands you have! (AP Photo/Michael Probst)


White House Goes to Hell

May 6, 2009

Obama and Biden enjoyed lunch at Arlington, VA’s independent burger hotspot, “Ray’s Hell Burger.”  Like true men of the people, our fearless leaders waited in line AND paid for their meals (along with those of the accompanying press pool brave enough to order) .  According to the DCist, Obama either ordered a basic cheesburger ( medium well) or a swiss mushroom burger.  Those in attendance can agree he asked for spicy mustard (the POTUS likes it HOT!).  Biden ordered a swiss mushroom burger with jalapenos (the Veep likes it HOTTER!). 

Cheesy tater puffs for a $1.50?  Now, that's change we can afford! (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Cheesy tater puffs for a $1.50? Now that's change we can afford! (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
No White Castle? Kal Penn must be disappointed (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama Sushi? Oh Yes, They Did.

April 15, 2009
I'll have the #44 Barack N' Roll

I'll have the #44 Barack N' Roll (photo credit オバマさんの肌はアミ(小さなエビ)のつくだ煮を使用。髪は黒ゴマで、歯はかまぼこ)

Just when you thought the Obama-Mania couldn’t get any worse! Kawasumi-Sensei, a sushi chef at Tokyo University, created the ultimate sushi roll that has a striking resemblance to #44 himself. Ingredients include: brown rice for the skin, black sesame seeds for the hair, tiny baby shrimp for the lips, and fish-paste smile (yummy). You too can learn how to make this roll, but you’ll need to know how to read Japanese.