Of Death And Cooking

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A couple of new food-related sites caught our eye last week...while we maybe should have been working. Aren't you glad we're willing to procrastinate?

[Editor's note: you should have been working--and stealing stuff from the Internet to cover your tracks doesn't count].

SympathyFood.com: Why say it with flowers when you can say it with a three-pound fully-cooked beef brisket, complete with potato and veg? That's the question David Storke had in mind when he founded SympathyFood.com.

The Mayor of Bowling Green, Virginia and "death care" specialist (that's pc for undertaker), created his unique website offering an alternative to all those lovely--but totally useless--floral arrangements his clients received in their times of need. Since 2006, SympathyFood.com has been flash-freezing and Fed Ex-ing roasts, casseroles, chicken fingers and more. You can even send a blueberry crumb coffee cake or a key lime pie for dessert.

Entrees serve anywhere from 2-16 people, ringing in at $25 to $150-plus. Unusual though it may sound, the company's website boasts that SympathyFood.com is now endorsed by hundreds of funeral homes nationwide, and its testimonial page contains several heartfelt, glowing endorsements.

So when your only two friends show up at the funeral...

FoodTube.net: Have you heard of FoodTube.net? At the risk of stating the obvious, it's like YouTube, only with cooking videos. The site has many amateur instructors to choose from--like Nikko, a single guy from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. His "Pad Thai Of Goodness..." video offers straight forward step-by-step instructions on how to make a very simple version of the popular spicy noodle dish. Not exactly rocket science, but since Nikko's profile pic shows him posing with a big ol' pint of beer, we're guessing he's going for the frat boy/bachelor demographic.

Juan Villaró, on the other hand, is a more professional, engaging host. The mustachioed chef from Barcelona is animated and seems to be very well-versed in the topics he's discussing. Too bad his videos are in some furrin' language...well, Spanish, so not exactly foreign. We still liked watching him cook, but we doubt we'd be able to duplicate any of his dishes at home.

Anyway, if you like food and you're tired of looking at nerdy guys lip synching or dancing animated babies on YouTube--as if sentient beings could ever grow tired of that stuff--maybe give FoodTube.net a try instead. You can even post your own DIY cooking video.

Just don't start forwarding links to us, okay? We're already in big enough trouble.

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