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Leena Eats: Dynamo Donuts, where bacon lives in doughnut form!

By on Mar 31, 2010 in Food Porn, Leena Eats, San Francisco | 4 comments

Gourmet doughnuts, doughnuts for your dog, and yes, even bacon in doughnut form. Can I get a hell ya from the crowd?! More food porn after the jump! ~LTG! ************ Dynamo Donuts 2760 24th Street San Francisco, CA 415-920-1978 http://www.dynamodonut.com/ Twitter: dynamodonut

Amuse Bouche: Why don’t Australians like chocolate bunnies for Easter?

By on Mar 30, 2010 in amuse bouche | 2 comments

In Australia, rabbits are a non-native species that were introduced and disrupted several native species and multiplied frequently, essentially becoming a vermin. Aussies chose to celebrate Easter with a chocolate native animal, the bilby. Source: My mate Andrew, a native South Australian with several college degrees. ************ Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain.

Amuse Bouche: What is this year’s Peep death count estimate?

By on Mar 30, 2010 in amuse bouche | 0 comments

They estimate Americans will consume over 6 million marshmallow peeps this Easter, and many people will try to cook them. Sources: NPR and The Cooking with Peeps site *********** Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain.

Amuse Bouche: Who invented the Easter Bunny in the U.S.?

By on Mar 30, 2010 in amuse bouche | 0 comments

The Pennsylvania Dutch are credited with using a rabbit to celebrate Easter. They called it the Oschter Haws or Easter Hare, and it would hand out colored eggs to good children (and rabbit pellets to bad ones).* *This is not the only group credited with using a rabbit as their symbol of Easter/spring celebrations, just one of them. Source: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food & Drink in America, page 419. *********** Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain. ~LTG!

Gastro Friday Essay: The Pinata Weakness

By on Mar 26, 2010 in The Gastronomical Leena | 6 comments

I firmly believe you can judge the quality of someone’s character by whether or not they share their food with others. Friendships that never worked out for me always had one fact in common–the other person wasn’t a food sharer. In grad school, we learned that those who shared their food with others throughout history were the ones to survive, because when they needed food, they had others willing to share with them. Makes sense, right? This story is from a time before I adopted that belief, and I believe it tells a quite revealing tale about my true character: that I try to be a good person, but sometimes the glutton within takes over. I was around 9 years old, and got the great idea to have a pinata at my birthday party. What could be better or more fun than a shower of delicious candy for my friends? I remember even then, I put a lot of thought and effort into the...