Blogging Food instead of Eating…Is not a good diet

March 7, 2007

Dash Hammerskjold is world renowned for his breadth and depth in the field of pizza, having published several influential articles on the topic in Critical Inquiry. Living in the pizza hell of the united states after living in two of its capitals (Chicago, and New York) has led me to seek out good pizza with a veracity I usually reserved for subaltern studies, or proving famous scholars are misreading texts. (Although, one can not misread as there are no incorrect readings.) My trips to New Haven are practically pilgrimages to Sally’s and Pepe’s (my least favorite of the big 4, but the one I visit the most), and I spent winter break seeking out the best thin crust pizza in Chicago.

Anyway, I found this on technorati today. In the post, the author claims that a good pizza requires three things: 1) Lots of Cheese, 2) A good amount of Crust, and 3) A very tasty tomato sauce. Anyone who has ever had a New Haven pie knows that the traditional New Haven apizza is made with very little cheese (nary a sprinkle of Parmesan) and has the thinnest possible crust. Despite that, it is a terrific pizza. I urge the doyens of said blog to have a good New Haven pie before making such generalizations.

Anyway, I only bring this up because I find the concept of the aforementioned blog, “Mixed Drinks With Dr. Pepper,” brilliant. I’m glad there’s finally a blog out there to answer the age-old question, “Does Dr. Pepper go with Sloe-Gin?” Or even Rye, and Campari for that matter. I must say, I’m glad I’m not the one who has to taste all these disgusting beverages, or eat Egg Drop Soup with Quesadillas. They’re doing the world (or at least me, who would probably have tried to combine the two dishes) a favor in their experimentation. I may even have to add them to the Blogroll.

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12 Responses to “Blogging Food instead of Eating…Is not a good diet”

  1. JT Says:

    Your pizza snobbery is turning Bostonian pizza into the subaltern. The “good” of Chicago/NY pizza only exists because of the “hell” of Bostonian pizza. Shame on you, sir. Hardt and Negri would be pissed. xo. JT.

  2. dailysalad Says:

    JT-I’ve been thinking about your comment for some time now. I agree that I have unfortunately established a binary between New York/Chicago pizza (which, of course should not be linked) and Boston. But did I deny Bostonian pizza the right to speak? Perhaps. As such, let me make ammends. The original Pizzeria Regina is great, and Santarpios is not without its merits. I hasten to begrudge Boston more. Of course, Boston has probably subalternized other cities with regards to its own regional specialties. One never reads about Kansas City baked beans or Miami Clam Chowder. My sincerest apologies to anyone offended by my catachresis of the term subalternize (really JT’s catachresis).

  3. JT Says:

    perhaps, sir. but is New York pizza really other than chicago or boston pizza? or are these categories created out of self reference? or is it my fault for reducing the other by comparing it to self, thus “killing” the other, as levinas would hold? why am I writing about pizza and not colin farrell’s insatiable sexual appetite? another topic for another theoretical time. xo. The Pilgrim.

  4. Annie Says:

    New Haven pizza is a different animal than NYC or (I assume) Chicago pizza.

    Although if you want a horrible piece of pizza (why would you?) kosher restaurants always deliver on that promise. And, for the record, earlier this year TONY did a review of every Ray’s pizza in NYC comparing them using a complicated rubric. Interesting reading, if nothing else.

  5. dailysalad Says:

    I agree that New Haven pizza is a very different animal than either New York or Chicago pizza, but that does not disprove my counter-argument to the claim that a great pizza requires lots of cheese and crust.

    I couldn’t agree more about the lacunae of good kosher pizza restaurants. In my time eating kosher pizza, the only slice I’ve really enjoyed has been from Cafe Viva, whose kashrut is certainly questioned (open on shabbat). Pizza Cave is ok when you eat at pizza cave, and all the rest are terrible.

    Oh, and in case anone’s interested, here’s the url of the article Annie mentioned: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/Details.do?page=1&xyurl=xyl://TONYWebArticles1/583/features/the_ray_s_parade.xml

  6. mina Says:

    As a fourth-year New Havenite, I’ll throw in my undeserved two cents: New Haven-style pizza is fantastic for drunken transport (the aforementioned thin crust enable hot-dog style folding and rapid consumption), and for the presentation of subtle, herbal flavor (which isn’t overwhelmed by copious cheese).

    However, our pizza is often less filling, and the crust can be too weak to support heavy toppings like broccoli and sausage.

  7. dailysalad Says:

    Fourth-year New Havenites are always allowed to toss their hat into the ring–especially if they run excellent weblogs, and reside in either Branford, D-Port, or Suleiman the Magnificent. Mina is more than correct about toppings laying too heavy a burden on the thin crust. And she’s certainly right about is unfilling nature, which, paradoxically, leads one to eat more pizza.

    It should be added, for the record, that thought I have become an effete cosmopolitan and espouse the virtues of the New Haven slice, my first true pizza love will always be a good Chicago deep dish pizza, in many ways the antithesis of apizza.

  8. JT Says:

    dude, you’re just bitter because those porn movies with the pizza delivery dude asking the flutesy blonde, “did you order a large sausage?” never has a deep dish or ny slice. its always some weird local place with a token italian name, like Pepe’s, Gino’s, or Soprano’s Pizza & Wings. moral of the story: if you want to get boned by the character that delivers pizza you need to drop the snobbery like back in grade-11 when you begged your sober body to drop acid in your eye so you get off on it faster. boning some smoking blondie or handlebar adorned stud with a nine-inch thumper is worth an 11 buck crap pizza. thats my story i’m sticking to it. is boning the highest human good? certainly a higher good than pizza.

    handlebar mustaches: cliche or pastiche?

    xo. R.V.J. Carrington.

  9. dailysalad Says:

    JT- I have to say, I’m really amused by the premise of your comment. Why is it that the Pizza-delivery-man porn archetype always has some generic pizza place, and not a finer establishment? Btw, Hollywood has embraced the trappings of this archetype as well: see, or don’t see, the Patrick Dempsey vehicle “Loverboy” about a pizza delivery man-cum-gigolo. My first thought is certainly location. With most porn produced in Southern California and Miami, the possibility of getting good deep dish pizza is incredibly low. The directors most likely do not want to take the viewers out of the film by inserting such a puzzling element into the film. Though not exactly a plot flaw, having a character order a deep dish in one of these scenes would be distracting, and distance the viewer from the scene. As such, the scene would probably lose all use value.

    I’ll post more solutions as I come up with them.


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