Forky Friday: 5/17/13

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Welcome to another edition of Forky Friday!

For a change of scenery, this post is being produced in the dark confines of our hotel room in Orlando, Florida. With amber goggles shielding our bleary eyes, Henry and I are silently tapping away on our laptops while the Double-Os sleep in the neighboring bed. Every time I hear one of them stirring, I (quietly) slam my laptop shut and hold my breath. Who said being a blogger wasn’t glamorous?

I’m here at Disney World to attend the Food Blog Forum all day Saturday, but I hope to squeeze in some family time at the parks during my non-conference moments. These past few weeks have been a nonstop flurry of activity, so I’m looking forward to decompressing with my boys — and there’s nothing more relaxing than being flung around like a rag doll on a bunch of thrill rides. Whee!

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Enough about me — let’s get to the links. The gems I’ve curated this week include a restaurant’s “wild” menu that has some people seeing red, a spot-on rant by one of my favorite food writers, some cool giveaways, a bunch of tempting recipes, and a video that’ll inspire you to book a gastrotour of Spain.

Let’s dig in!

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  • I’m actually a tad disappointed that Orlando is so far away from Tampa because I want to check out the Safari Tacos at Taco Fusion. Recently, there was a huge uproar about certain “exotic” fillings on their taco menu – specifically, lion meat. In response, the owners defended their decision to keep lion on the menu in a thought-provoking post on the company blog. What’s your take on lion tacos?
  • You know who probably won’t share a platter of lion tacos with me? James Beard Award winning blogger/hunter/angler/gardener/cook/writer Hank Shaw. Last year he wrote a great post about where he draws the line when it comes to choosing which species he’ll eat.
  • Speaking of drawing the line, Michael Ruhlman wrote another fantastic rant about how America has a serious THINKING disorder when it comes to food. I definitely agree with his stance that everyone should just focus on eating real, home-cooked meals. One day me write pretty like him.

Now onto the less controversial stuff…

  • Take care of your knives, people. The Kitchn describes three ways you might be inadvertently ruining your knives in this helpful post.

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  • Don’t get hate me for saying this, but my favorite ways to prepare pork belly don’t have anything to do with makin’ bacon. Here’s a fantastic example of what else you can do with it: Spiced Pork Belly recipe paired with a Fennel and Tomato Salad. (Hat tip to Food Republic!)
  • Wanna win some cool stuff? George Bryant a.k.a. The Civilized Caveman is having an epic giveaway for a nifty KitchenAid mixer right here. If smoky meats are more your thing, Paleo Nick is giving away a kickass Smoke Vault smoker right here. If you haven’t visited both of these gentlemen’s sites before, you’re missing out on some crazy good recipes.
  • Who misses cereal around here? Luckily for you, Simone Shifnadel has perfected a recipe for a grain-free Sweet Cinnamon Cereal.

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(Image courtesy of zenbelly)

  • This video from The Perennial Plate makes me want to eat my way through Spain so badly it hurts.

  • Last, but not least, I wanted to thank all my Facebook pals for being such a lively and helpful community. You ROCK. Whenever I need answers to any dining/cooking dilemmas, you guys always deliver. Just the other day, in response to a question I posted on behalf of a reader, I received over 100 wonderful tips about how to plan a Paleo camping trip. If any of you have questions for this incredibly knowledgeable and generous community of Nom Nom Paleo readers, leave ‘em on my Facebook page!

Toodles!


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