“You should know,” Ryan Felton said sheepishly into the phone, “that I can’t really... drive stick.” Felton, being the slippery bastard that he is, waited until I sent the hiring paperwork to him in November 2016 to deliver this news to me. “Well,” I told him, “your job will mostly be covering the tech industry, so... it’s not super necessary? But we are, at heart, a car enthusiast site. You should probably learn at some point. Hell, I’d be happy to teach you.” “Okay,” he agreed. I’m not really sure if he ever learned, exactly. He is, as I mentioned, a slippery bastard. Today, we gather to mourn Ryan as he abandons us for presumably less swear-filled pastures as a senior investigative reporter at Consumer Reports. They are lucky to have him. While we’ll all laugh at his 90-minute (lol) train-and-bus commute from Brooklyn to Yonkers, each way, we will miss him dearly. I especially will miss him. … [Read more...] about Ryan Felton Leaves Jalopnik; America’s Frauds And Liars Breathe Sigh Of Relief; Staff Gets To Order Meat At Lunch Again
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Burning Questions Burning Questions is The Takeout's Q&A feature that satiates your food and drink curiosities As holiday baking reaches its peak, you’ll catch me with any excuse to avoid making pie. I’ve made only a few incredible pies in my time. The rest: fine, but forgettable. Soggy bottoms, cracked tops, butter cut too small, filling too runny. With so many potential pitfalls, I can’t even be mad at myself. A perfect pie is a tall order. In fact, pie feels like the riskiest way to marry hot baked fruit and some form of sugared carb. Are you team butter or team shortening? Or do you combo? What if your chosen fat is too warm? Cut too big? What if your dough is too wet? Too dry and cracked? What if you didn’t deep-freeze every piece of equipment that touches the dough, including your own hands, for less than 12 hours in advance? Did you blind bake first? What do you mean you didn’t? What do you mean you don’t know what that means? … [Read more...] about What’s the difference between a crisp, cobbler, crumble, buckle, galette, and pandowdy?
Best Deals of the Day The best deals from around the web, updated daily. Holiday necessities, a Nespresso machine, and the Shark Navigator Pro vacuum are some of the best deals on the web today. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletter to never miss a deal. Best Tech Deals If you’ve been meaning to buy yourself some noise canceling headphones, there’s no time like the present. These Sony XB950s are all the way down to $113 today, a match for the best price we’ve ever seen. They would also make a great gift for anyone that spends a lot of time on planes or trains. If you’re like us, you have a long list of items you hope to get on Black Friday. Like, spreadsheets and phone alarms might be involved. But if snagging a Fire HD 10 Tablet is one of your goals, you can go ahead and check that box today, because it’s already at its Black Friday price of $100. It’s almost like Amazon knows you so well … [Read more...] about Friday’s Best Deals: Fire HD 10 Tablets, Sony Headphones, GiR Spatulas, and More
Best Deals of the Day The best deals from around the web, updated daily. Apple’s 12" MacBook, Tarte Cosmetics custom kits, and a Qi charging pad lead off Wednesday’s best deals from around the web. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to never miss a deal. Best Tech Deals The Anker PowerCore Fusion is one of our biggest sellers ever, because it combines a USB wall charger and a portable battery pack into a single product. Now, RAVPower has their own alternative with a slightly larger 6700mAh battery inside, and you can grab it for just $23 with promo code KINJABYC. They sent me one to check out, and despite the larger battery inside, it’s barely bigger or heavier than the Anker, and would make a great holiday stocking stuffer. Apple’s 12" MacBook is one of the thinnest and most travel-friendly laptops out there, and you can get the current 2017 model for $1,000, complete with an upgraded 512GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, and a core M3 … [Read more...] about Wednesday’s Best Deals: MacBooks, $50 Everlane Jeans, Christmas Trees, and More
Burning Questions Burning Questions is The Takeout's Q&A feature that satiates your food and drink curiosities Most of us assume that extra virgin olive oil, or sometimes EVOO in recipe shorthand, is the good stuff. After all, cookbooks call for it specifically, and it even has “extra” right there in its name. But what about its non-extra-virgin siblings that might just be labeled “olive oil” or “light-tasting olive oil”? Are they inferior oils for bargain-hunting plebeians too cheap to pony up for the good stuff? Not exactly. In fact, if you’re using olive oil in a delicately flavored dish, you may even prefer the standard stuff. Here’s why. Defining extra-virgin olive oil Extra-virgin olive oil is essentially the oil that’s pressed out of olives once the water and pulp parts are removed. It can’t be heated up or have any chemicals added to it. (Those standards are mostly set by non-government groups such as the … [Read more...] about What is non-extra virgin olive oil, and when should I use it?