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02 Jun 17:42

Luscious Quince & Apple Golden Syrup Self Saucing Pudding!

Fergus Noodle

I'm gonna make the hell out of this

This heavenly quince and apple pudding was so good that we made it two nights in a row. The base is made up of tender pieces of quince and apple and it is topped with a light, buttery golden syrup topping. The bonus is of course the butterscotch sauce that sits at the bottom of the dish making this a one pot wonder.
31 May 23:00


by mugumogu

Maru:[Of course, ]

Maru:[I am in the box.]

Maru:[And I can't come out of this.]

Maru:[Am I possibly in this box throughout my life? Ok, it's not a problem so much.]

24 May 14:04

Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst [15]

by Susan Thye
Fergus Noodle

I've wanted to go here for ages

Have I ever told you guys the story about how I never used to eat cheese? The parentals don’t like cheese so by association I never ate it as a kid. Do you know what a Maccas junior burger is? A cheeseburger minus the cheese. It was no wonder I hated Maccas and it was only at the end of primary did I realise the magical powers of cheese after finally trying a cheese toastie.

And that was my segue to my visit to Buffalo Dining Club, a mozzarella bar for all the cheese lovers out there! I’ve visited Buffalo several years ago but this time I’d managed to drag the boy along because look! Giant wheel of cheese!

The Cacio e Pepe ($20) catches the eye of everyone in the room when the wheel of Grano Padano is carried out to our table and the spaghetti with olive oil, salt and pepper is mixed right in front of us. As the spaghetti is mixed in the wheel, flakes of parmesan is scraped off and transforms this amazingly simple but oh so tasty pasta. I could eat this every single day!

From the cold meat options which runs from mortadella, salamis and Jamon, I choose the San Daniele Prosciutto (60g/$9) which are delicate, thinly sliced ribbons that just about melts in the mouth. I instantly regretted not upsizing to a larger portion.

I can never resist ordering Burrata ($20) whenever I see it (other cheeses offered were Scarmoza, Buffalo, Caprino, Ciambella al Tarfuto) and picked Tempura Cauliflower and Pecorino crusted eggplant as the accompanying sides, because well, deep fry = win. The cheese also comes with some bread and crostini and a dollop of spicy nduja paste.

OOOOZY!!! Oh how I love burrata, so creamy and so deeeeelicious!

We’re also brought a jar of Buffalo’s own Chilli sauce which is pretty darn addictive, with a good amount of heat balanced with a truckload of garlic and sweetness of capsicum.

I couldn’t resist ordering the Buffalo Ricotta Gnocchi ($20) and it did not disappoint, the gnocchi was like little fluffy pillows of happiness and the napoletana sauce was rich but not overpowering.

Aaaand I had to get the Tiramisu ($10) which while creamy, was surprisingly light though I did wish there was a tad more booze in it heh

Buffalo Dining Club is pretty cosy and gets absolutely packed for dinner so if you’re like me and have issues with people and small spaces, then rocking up for lunch on a Saturday is your best option :P

Buffalo Dining Club
116 Surrey St,

Trading Hours:
Weds – Sat: midday – 11pm

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26 May 22:48


by mugumogu

Hey Maru, you are like the Japanese office worker who got drunk.

Maru:[Oh my...]

27 May 01:35



27 May 14:25

The Politics of Facial Hair

by Lisa Wade, PhD

Recently we ran a graph showing the evolution of facial hair trends starting in 1842. It showed that about 90% of men wore facial hair in the late 1800s, but it was a trend that would slowly die. By 1972, when the research was published, almost as many were clean shaven.

So, why did facial hair fall out of fashion?

Sociologist Rebekah Herrick gives us a hypothesis. With Jeanette Mendez and Ben Pryor, she investigated the stereotypes associated with men’s facial hair and the consequences for U.S. politicians. Facial hair is rare among modern politicians. “Currently,” they noted, “fewer than five percent of the members of the U.S. Congress have beards or mustaches” and no president has sported facial hair since William Howard Taft left office in 1913, before women had the right to vote.

Using an experimental method, Herrick and her colleagues showed people photographs of similarly appearing politicians with and without facial hair, asking them how they felt about the men and their likely positions. They found that potential voters perceived men with facial hair to be more masculine and this was a double edged sword. Higher ratings of masculinity were correlated with perceptions of competence, but also concerns that the politicians were less friendly to women and their concerns.

In other words, the more facial hair, the more people worry that a politician might be sexist:

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In reality, facial hair has no relationship to a male politician’s voting record. They checked. The research suggests, though, that men in politics — maybe even all men — would be smart to pay attention to the stereotypes if they want to influence how others see them.

Thanks to my friend, Dmitriy T.C., for use of his face!

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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30 May 17:03

Kanazawa gold leaf soft serve, giant seafood and the Ninja Temple

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Fergus Noodle

I love Kanazawa

A soft serve cone covered in edible gold leaf?! You bet we ate one. Cos if you're gonna add bling to your street snacks, it may as well be the 24 karat kind. It's no coincidence we found this beauty in Kanazawa which translates as "marsh of gold" in Japanese. They've been making gold leaf here since the late 1500s. Today the city is responsible for 99% of all gold leaf produced in Japan. The
24 May 17:15

Meet My Suburb: Parramatta

Fergus Noodle

Parramatta is cool now

When the hipsters move in, you know that a place is a changing. The city of Parramatta is one that is growing along with their population. With a large overseas born population, Parramatta's food offerings are diverse. Come with me as I explore it with local artist Tom Polo and discover where to find lunch for $2, coffee roasters, Cuban sandwiches, Polish goodies and North Eastern Chinese cuisine that you eat with a gloved hand!
24 May 14:27

Toyama black ramen, firefly squid and a Cheap Eats cover story for Good Food

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Fergus Noodle

Some very exciting soft serves

I'm back. If you've been following me on Instagram, you'll know I've just returned from a three-week holiday in Japan. The buy-one-get-one-free Jetstar sale tickets were too hard to resist. What did we do? Ate non-stop. We licked our way through a couple of soft serves too. Masuya Premium gyumeshi 480 yen (AU$5.20) with spicy sauce, green onions and egg with free miso soup We landed at
18 May 17:41

Searching High and Low For The Best Pizza In Sydney!

Fergus Noodle

They ate an insane amount of pizza

Pull up a chair and have a drink and a pizza ready for this story. This pizza challenge was years in the making and saw us crossing all over town to find the Sydney's best pizza. And we mean the really good Italian Napoletana style pizza. We went north, west and inner city for a fun day of pizza tastings, shenanigans and pizza highs. This is the long story of 10 hours of eating pizza and what can happen if you are crazy enough to do it!
22 May 01:45

Food Tripping in Melbourne

by Lisa Manche
Fergus Noodle

I really wanna go to Melbourne and have a donut time

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Melbourne is one of my favourite places to visit, and it seemed crazy that I hadn't been there since 2012. I love that there are always your old favourite places to revisit, and always plenty of new ones too. While this was only a very quick trip, I was excited to try some of the new restaurants that have popped up in the meantime. This time I was travelling with my housemate K - a girly trip full of food, shopping, cocktails and exploring. So here's a collection of photos from my iPhone and camera of some of my favourite things that we ate.

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doughboys, melbourne | spicyicecream

Do you follow Doughboys on Instagram? You really should. I definitely knew that these doughnuts were something I had to try. Doughboys are available at several cafes around Melbourne, but I visited their main outpost at the Mercat Cross Hotel and got three to take home - Blue Roast, Butterscotch and Bullseye, which ended up being our favourite. You can also get a 'Doughsundae' with a scoop of Gelato Messina. Please please open up in Sydney!

Doughboys Doughnuts on Urbanspoon

Doughboys Doughnuts, 456 Queen St Melbourne

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Also at the Mercat Cross Hotel I was happily surprised to find Fancy Hank's BBQ sharing the large light-filled space upstairs. I immediately wished I was hungrier or with a group of friends to allow me to try more of the meats on offer, and maybe some cocktails too. But I couldn't pass up the 'Fancy Sanga' with brisket, cheese, onion, pickles, mustard and sauce. I loved the barbeque sauce that I believe has a hint of coffee and the spicy mustard was perfect with the meat. And then I went back to the hotel to take a nap.

Fancy Hank's BBQ Joint on Urbanspoon

Fancy Hanks BBQ Joint, 456 Queen St Melbourne

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I ended up at Supernormal not once, but twice. The first night I was dining solo and the staff were amazing, seating me at the bar and explaining that the kitchen could do half serves of any of the mains or desserts so I didn't miss out on trying anything. It turned a potentially awkward dinner alone into a really special one. I loved it so much that I dragged K back there the next night to try two dishes I'd wished I'd ordered! The Prawn and chicken dumplings were quite simply, some of the best that I've ever had. I loved the chilli vinegar sauce. I wish I could buy it in a bottle and put it on everything I eat.

We also had the Slow cooked szechuan lamb with spring onion pancakes and coriander paste, which was so delicious. The sauce was spicy and flavoursome and the meat just fell apart perfectly. A great dish to share. All of the desserts sounded incredible and I had a hard time choosing. The first night I tried the Fried custard with ginger syrup, but the people next to me had the Peanut butter parfait with salted caramel and soft chocolate and it looked amazing so I had to try it the next time. It is a classic combination of flavours that is so popular for a reason. It was a rich dessert but I enjoyed every spoonful. Definitely put Supernormal on the list for your next trip to Melbourne!

Supernormal on Urbanspoon

Supernormal, 180 Flinders Lane Melbourne

shortstop, melbourne | spicyicecream
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My sole mission the next morning was to find coffee and doughnuts. At Shortstop, the coffee comes only 'black' or 'white' and I appreciated this simplicity in the age of 15 word coffee orders! As for the doughnuts, I tried the Coconut Lemon Meringue and Earl Grey glazed doughnuts, which were both almost perfect - super fresh, with fantastic unique flavours. Melbourne doughnut game is very strong, and Sydney definitely has some catching up to do.

Shortstop Coffee & Donuts on Urbanspoon

Shortstop Coffee & Doughnuts, 12 Sutherland St Melbourne

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Chapel Street Bazaar was heaven for the vintage obsessed, housing everything from clothes to records to typewriters to toys and so much glorious retro kitchenware. I wanted to move in! Even though I wanted to buy everything and bring it home in a large truck, I was quite restrained and picked up a few special pieces that I'm sure you'll see in my posts soon. K bought some great vintage handbags!

Chapel Street Bazaar, 217 Chapel St, Prahran

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kong bbq, melbourne | spicyicecream

One of my favourite meals of the trip was at Kong BBQ, by the creators of Chin Chin (which is coming to Sydney!!). Korean food and BBQ are both so on trend at the moment, and this fusion is popular for a reason. We wanted a way to try as much as possible, so this Bossam BBQ Tray made perfect sense - pulled chicken and pork, pork belly and beef brisket with lettuce, pickles, zucchini kimchi and walnut ssamjang. You can make your own lettuce wraps with any combination of meat and condiments that you like. So so good, and definitely worth a visit!

Kong BBQ on Urbanspoon

Kong BBQ, 599 Church St Richmond

21 May 23:00


by mugumogu

Maru repeats a useless short cut afterwards.

Yes, your way is right!

Maru:[No! I think that this step is a shortcut.]

Maru:[However, it is hard to climb a little.]

It took many time until Maru climbed to the top.

Maru:[I am tired...]

Hana checks the security of the tower in Maru.

Hana:[I am more careful.]

17 May 15:19

Tartine, Mascot [10]

by Susan Thye

Alright stop, JAFFLE TIME! So the boy and I were headed to The Meat Emporium to stock up on some steaks but needed sustenance before we braved the coldness of their storeroom and I vaguely remembered that Tartine (635 Gardeners Road, Mascot) was in the area. And yes before you say anything I know Tartine is known for their tartines (open faced sandwiches) but I was super keen to try a whole bunch of their jaffles because hey, jaffles reminds me of my childhood!

Chef Anthony Telford (ex Public Dining Room) opened Tartine in Feb this year and I’m kicking myself for not visiting sooner. The space is quirky with super comfy couches and reclaimed furniture, bread comes from Brasserie Bread, meat from Haverick Meats, but best of all, everything on the menu is under 10 smackeroonies!

Jaffle stuffed with lasagne ($9.90). Wait, what? Nah your eyes did not deceive you, you read that correctly- it’s a jaffle stuffed with a whole chunk of lasagne!

Mmm lasagne innards! The textures and flavours in this baby is pretty cray, there’s the toasted white bread, the folds of soft lasagne sheets, the layer of creamy bechamel sauce and the rich tomato sauce studded with shredded beef. Gotta love me some carb on carb action!

I’ve been craving pizza all week so I just had to order the Pizza Jaffle ($9.90) which was stuffed with slices of hot salami, cheese and pizza sauce. I would’ve loved more cheese in this one but that’s because there can never been too much cheese on a pizza for me :P

I had high hopes for the Bacon and egg Jaffle ($8) but sadly the egg wasn’t oozy and gooey as I had envisioned. No matter, there was dessert to be had!

There’s 3 sweet jaffles on the menu (strawberries, ricotta, maple syrup and pear, ricotta, honey) but how could I not order the Nutella, bananas & marshmallow ($9.90)?! WOAHHH baby!!!

Innards shot! You know what’s perfect inside a jaffle? Nutella. Nutella is already awesome but when it’s all toasty warm and melty? Sublime. A river of hazelnut goodness surrounds slices of banana and gooey marshmallow and ohhh man this one is definitely one for the sweet tooths!

I’ll definitely be back to try the tartines and will definitely have to fit in another lasagne jaffle or two :P

635 Gardeners Road,
Mascot NSW

Trading Hours:
Mon – Sat: 8am – 3pm
Sun: 9am – 3pm

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18 May 17:28

Congressman opposes abortion except for those of his wife and mistress

by Maya Dusenbery

Meet Representative Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, who is a poster child for that particular set of anti-choicers who oppose abortion with four exceptions: “rape, incest, the life of the mother, and me.” 

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) publicly opposes abortion and has repeatedly run for office as a pro-life candidate. Last week, he was one of 242 House members to vote for a proposed 20-week abortion ban that has become one of the top priorities for the current GOP-controlled Congress.

An anti-abortion Republican casting a vote in favor of an abortion restriction is not typically newsworthy. However, DesJarlais’ positions on the subject are particularly controversial, thanks to evidence that emerged in 2012 that revealed he has advocated for at least three legal abortions in his personal life.

Three years ago, transcripts related to the congressman’s divorce trial showed that DesJarlais supported his ex-wife’s decision to legally end two pregnancies. He also had several extramarital affairs, and once pressured a 24-year-old woman to have an abortion after she told him she was pregnant with his child. “You told me you’d have an abortion, and now we’re getting too far along without one,” DesJarlais told the woman in a recorded phone conversation. “If we need to go to Atlanta, or whatever, to get this solved and get it over with so we can get on with our lives, then let’s do it.”

As Tara notes at ThinkProgress, DesJarlais’s “the only moral abortion is my abortion” stance is not atypical. Lots of people who identify as pro-life find their opposition to abortion is suddenly slightly less absolute when they themselves (or their partner or daughter) become unexpectedly pregnant.

But as the media again questions him after his most recent anti-choice vote, DesJarlais’s camp is insisting that he has a “100 percent pro-life voting record” and has “always advocated for pro-life values.” In reality, the publicly available evidence suggests he supported one woman in her choice to have abortions (pro-choice), pressured another woman to have one (anti-choice), and is using his legislative power to prevent the rest of us from having the freedom to make the same decision he’s benefited from in his personal life (hypocrite).

Header image credit: AP/Mark Humphrey 

17 May 21:30

Coconut and Passionfruit Tres Leches Cake

by Lisa Manche
coconut passionfruit tres leches cake

This cake is for my dear friend and housemate K. I don't say this lightly - I am seriously lucky to have this amazing lady in my life. I knew we'd be friends when I stepped into the kitchen and saw an amazing book collection and a cupboard full of roughly a dozen kinds of vinegar! She's always ready for some girl talk over dumplings and wine, she's a great travel companion and I (almost) don't even mind that the cat likes her better than me these days.

She doesn't really go for sweet desserts, but she loves all things dairy, so when making her a birthday cake, I thought this triple hit of milk would be perfect. The cake itself is a really nice simple one that is very easy to make. The special part comes in the way of the three milk mixture. Keeping in line with the things that she loves, I used coconut milk as one of the three, along with sweetened condensed milk and regular milk.

coconut passionfruit tres leches cake

I've been much more fussy with cakes lately - I'm much more into pies and puddings just generally - but Tres Leches will always be an exception. I think it's the most delicious, moist cake ever. I love that you can get creative with the milks and flavourings you use, like my crazy Pandan version from a few years ago. I loved the slightly tropical twist that the coconut milk and passionfruit gave this version. If summer fruit is in season where you are, it would also be delicious with mango!

I'm happy to say that K loved her birthday cake, and we shared a piece while watching an especially beautiful sunset from our front window. Can't wait to share many more adventures and many many more glasses of champagne with you K!! xx

coconut passionfruit tres leches cake

Coconut and Passionfruit Tres Leches Cake
Adapted from Donna Hay
Serves 6-8

  • 180g butter, softened 
  • 1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 5 eggs 
  • 1½ cups (225g) self raising flour, sifted 
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 1 cup (250ml) sweetened condensed milk 
  • 1 cup (250ml) coconut milk
  • 2 cups (500ml) pouring cream 
  • fresh passionfruit pulp, to serve 
  • coconut chips, to serve
Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Place the butter and sugar in an electric mixer and beat for 8–10 minutes or until pale and creamy. Add 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and lemon zest and beat to combine. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add the flour and beat until just combined. Spoon the mixture into a lightly greased 20cm cake tin lined with non-stick baking paper and bake for 30–35 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.

Using a skewer, make holes all over the top of the cake. Place the milk, condensed milk, coconut milk and remaining vanilla in a jug and mix well to combine. Gradually pour the milk mixture over the cake and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until the milk mixture is absorbed. Place the cream in a bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Top the cake with the cream and drizzle with passionfruit pulp and coconut chips to serve.

14 May 17:20

Tom Yum Spaghetti - Crazy but Delicious!

This cross cultural mix of Thai flavours and Italian spaghetti is not as alarming as it sounds. In fact, it's one of the most delicious and flavoursome recipes we have eaten recently. Spaghetti which is really not that different to noodles is flavoured with a spicy, sweet, tangy and savoury sauce from tum yum paste and tender prawns finish off this toothsome dish.
13 May 23:00


by mugumogu

Maru aims at the toy seriously.

But hey Maru, your eyes are funny!

Maru:[Don't laugh! I am distracted.]

08 May 14:00

Unburied but Forgotten: Asian Bodies in Agent Carter

by Guest Contributor

By Guest Contributor Anna Cabe

Like many feminist-cum-superhero fanatics, I eagerly awaited the Marvel Cinematic Universe mini-series, Agent Carter, the company’s first real attempt at a female hero-driven property. In many ways, it delivers. The show makes good use of its 1940’s setting with strong costume and set design and snappy period music. The cast are mostly wonderful and show great chemistry—with the standout, of course, being Hayley Atwell, the titular Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.) Agent Peggy Carter.

Agent Carter Premiere Poster

Agent Carter Premiere Poster, via Marvel Cinematic Universe Wikia.

As Agent Carter, Atwell kicks multiple men’s (and one equally badass woman’s) asses, wrings tears from viewers’ eyes, makes us laugh with an archly delivered quip, and looks smashing in an evening gown and red lipstick. She flips the script of the superhero’s girlfriend—She doesn’t die! She isn’t always being rescued!—and has her own adventures after her boyfriend, Captain America, “dies.” When I finally finished the season (I live overseas with sketchy Internet so I’m slow to catch up to broadcast shows), I sang its praises all over Twitter and Facebook.

That said, Agent Carter has not escaped criticism for limitations when it comes to both race and gender, namely a painfully white and very male cast. Defenders of the casting have deflected this criticism in the name of “historical accuracy,” as though American history is exclusively white unless the subject is slavery, immigration, and the Civil Rights Movement. And of course, this is a show set in an alternate timeline in which superhuman Captain America is the United States’ first line of defense against a Nazi supervillain named Red Skull. A few substantial brown characters hardly seems a stretch of credibility or a distortion of history by comparison.

Indeed, Agent Carter’s roster represents a lost opportunity to cast meaty roles for Black actors in particular, as the New York City of the era had a vibrant Black culture and societybarely touched in the series. Building on this criticism, in this piece I explore how Agent Carter also marginalizes Asians.

Firstly, there aren’t many Asian faces on the cast. Only two Asian characters get any significant screen-time: a woman who is one of Howard Stark’s many former conquests and is unnamed onscreen in episode 6, “A Sin to Err,” and S.S.R. Agent Mike Li, introduced—and promptly killed off—in episode 5, “The Iron Ceiling.” To put it concisely, one is a red-shirt, killed off to show the danger the main characters are in, and the other merely more evidence of Howard Stark’s raging libido and callousness towards women. At least we know Stark’s pecker is #YesAllWomen. Okay, gotcha.

Edith Oberon in

Edith Oberon, Howard Stark’s former paramour, in “A Sin to Err” (1.6). via Marvel Cinematic Universe Wikia.

In the “The Iron Ceiling,” Peggy, Agent Thompson (Chad Michael Murray), and the Howling Commandos go into the U.S.S.R. to track a lead on Howard Stark. S.S.R. believes Stark has committed treason by selling his dangerous inventions to enemy powers. By this point, we know Agent Thompson as a competent agent and a Navy Cross winner but also an arch-chauvinist, having told Peggy in the last episode, “The Blitzkrieg Button,” that no man would ever see her as an equal and believing up until the mission really goes underway in the U.S.S.R that Peggy will be a burden and not an asset. We also know Thompson received his Navy Cross for service in the Pacific Theater in World War II, after he killed six Japanese soldiers about to attack his sleeping camp in Okinawa.

As it turns out, however, Agent Thompson isn’t the hero his country thinks he is. At the end of “The Iron Ceiling,” Thompson—who has showed signs of PTSD throughout the episode—admits to Peggy that the soldiers he killed had come to his camp to surrender. He hadn’t noticed their white flag until it was too late.

“I’ve been trying to tell that story since I came home from war,” he says to Peggy.

“You just did,” she answers sympathetically.

Agent Thompson confesses to Agent Carter in

Agent Thompson confesses to Agent Carter in “The Iron Ceiling,” via Marvel Cinematic Universe Wikia.

The exchange is meant to be a tender moment of bonding between two people who, up to this point, have been antagonistic; it’s a moment of character-deepening vulnerability for Agent Thompson. Both Atwell and Murray sell the hell out of the scene.

And yet, it doesn’t completely work for me.

The problem: humanizing Agent Thompson’s character comes, as it so often does in TV storytelling, at the cost of treating people of color as marginal and purely instrumental bodies. Time and again we see how the deaths of people of color or white women are used to generate sympathy for white male characters, to give their seemingly impermeable armor a few cracks. The viewer is invited to lament—oh no! They died because of him? Because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time? Let’s pity the man for his mistake. To err is to be human.

But “human” is a label rarely afforded those whose deaths are used to create a tragic backstory for more central, white characters. Agent Thompson’s Japanese victims aren’t given the time or space to be human, much less superhuman; they are mere specters that haunt Thompson’s past. What’s more, the kinds of bodies that too often serve this narrative function belong to the already marginalized, to those already denied anything resembling significant, nuanced characterization in television and other media.

The cheap tragedy of Agent Thompson’s backstory is highlighted by the fact that the incident isn’t meaningfully brought up again in Agent Carter. Thompson is nicer to Peggy after confiding in her, but to the show’s credit, he doesn’t really change substantially by the end. When Peggy, Howard Stark, Stark’s butler and Peggy’s sidekick Jarvis, and a team of S.S.R.  agents, who finally recognize Peggy’s worth, save the day, Thompson takes all the credit and buries any mention of Peggy’s or the disabled Agent Sousa’s contributions. Because if he already lied about the much bigger problem of having murdered six surrendering soldiers, why not lie again for another prize?

There’s really no one on the show to push back against Agent Thompson’s lying. Peggy chose compassion, and as I mentioned before, there’s no developed Asian, much less specifically Japanese, character in the show who might challenge Thompson on that count. Hell, the only Asian agent with a name, Agent Li, dies in the same episode Agent Thompson confesses that he isn’t a WWII hero.

This episode is especially galling given the historical setting of the show. The United States imprisoned Japanese-American citizens in internment camps all along the West Coast because they might be “dangerous,” just as Agent Thompson assumed the soldiers approaching his camp to be. There are also troubling echoes of all-too-real coverups of U.S. military atrocities, and the lack of consequences for those responsible when such atrocities are brought to light. When American soldiers murdered about 500 Vietnamese people in My Lai hamlet, mostly women, children, and the elderly, on March 16, 1968, claiming, incorrectly, they were harboring Viet Cong, the murders were covered up for nearly a year by high-ranking officials. The eventual leak of the story led to such outrage that 14 officers were charged with the crime in 1970.

Only one was convicted.

This history of the U.S. government and its military abducting, detaining, killing, and hiding from sight the Asian bodies they fear and call enemy makes the erasures of Agent Carter all the more painful. This is the history in which the bodies are buried and forgotten.

With yesterday’s announcement Agent Carter has been renewed for a second season, its creators have a new opportunity to respond to this and other criticisms. Let us hope that the bodies they uncover in the future—Asian bodies and all the bodies of the marginalized—stay unburied and unforgotten.

Anna Cabe lives, teaches, and writes in Indonesia. Her work appears or is upcoming in The Hairpin, The Toast, the Atticus Review, and Pink Pangea, among others. She will be attending Indiana University-Bloomington’s MFA program as a fiction candidate in the fall. In her spare time, she’s either ranting about movies on Twitter  (@annablabs) or killing it at karaoke.

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11 May 17:37

Bach Eatery, Newtown for a Birthday Dinner to Remember!

Fergus Noodle

4 Webz. Seems dumb. Only 1 feijoa thing

A small, unpretentious but welcoming eatery on Newtown's busy King Street, The Bach Eatery serves up delicious food imbued with a New Zealand theme of freshness and fun. The extremely well priced Trust The Chef's menu features a range of share courses picked by the chef. The crispy pork belly with gnocchi and watercress puree is an exercise in delicious tooth sticking deliciousness and don't miss the Thirlmere chicken liver pate, NZ blue eye cod croquettes and the soft and silky pappardelle pasta topped with shavings of parmesan and a soft coddled egg. Not to mention the hokey pokey creme brulee!
06 May 16:30

“If my shorts make you uncomfortable, YOU are the problem.”

by Maya Dusenbery

Spring is here and you know what that means. In high schools across the country, it means the dress code enforcers are sure to be cracking down on girls and their “distracting” knees, clavicles, and shoulders. 

Continuing the awesome trend of teenage girls fighting back against sexist dress codes, one student made a pre-emptive strike by posting these reminders around her school:

photo of flyer objecting to dress code

Nothing to add.

(h/t Reddit via Styleite)

08 May 15:34

Quote of the Day: “Men used to marry to have sex” so they no longer have an incentive

by Maya Dusenbery
Fergus Noodle

who doesn't love being worn down?

Suzanne Venker is back at Fox News doing what she does best: blaming feminism for something everything. This time, it’s feminism’s fault that men supposedly don’t want to get married anymore. Why? Because there’s exactly “nothing in it for them.” 

Beyond the fact that there’s no actual evidence of the “problem” that Venker is addressing, this quote really drives home what a sad view of romantic relationships between men and women anti-feminists like Venker have:

Men used to marry to have sex and a family. They married for love, too, but they had to marry the girl before taking her to bed, or at least work really, really hard to wear her down. Those days are gone.

When more women make themselves sexually available, the pool of marriageable men diminishes.

After this point, Venker defiantly writes, “Scoff if you wish. Call me a fuddy-duddy. But how’s that new plan working out?” as if she imagines feminists’ problem with this statement would be its prudishness and not the idea that men need the incentive of sex to marry — and that the era when men had to “wear [women] down” to get laid were the good ole days.

As for how the new plan’s working out? Personally, I can safely say that even if I end up a life-long spinster, I will be thankful to live in a time when people marry out of love, mutual respect, and a desire for companionship.

Header image via.

07 May 16:42

Gay Israeli men and surrogate babies evacuated from Nepal, mothers left behind

by Mahroh Jahangiri

After the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th, international media has provided what is surely a disproportionate number of pieces on the ordeal of foreign citizens during a disaster that has killed 7,500 Nepalis, injured twice as many, and according to the UN, affected 8 million — more than one quarter of Nepal’s population. 

Among these human interest stories focused on white families is one that really caught me off guard: “How an Earthquake Highlighted the Plight of Israeli Gays and Their Surrogate Babies” (or for more nuance, read Time‘s “Israel Evacuates Surrogate Babies From Nepal but Leaves the Mothers Behind).” As Time reports, an Israeli Boeing-747 returning from Nepal last week completed the evacuation of 26 babies, all born within the past six weeks to surrogate mothers in Nepal. Some of the babies were with their parents — mostly gay Israeli men denied access to surrogacy at home –and others were cared for by Israeli passengers.

None of the surrogate mothers were allowed to travel.

Israeli father with baby and older womanThere is something particularly unnerving about Western men gathering their Nepali-born babies and boarding a foreign aircraft, while the women that birthed those babies are left stranded in a disaster zone. DarkMatter shared this news on their Facebook page with the caption, “so many layers.” I think they are right, and unpacking these layers has left me with more questions than answers, but here are some initial thoughts.

Much of the media coverage of the evacuation has glamorized Israel — and other Western countries — as humanitarian actors. While the relief currently being provided to Nepal is undoubtedly helping many, it is crucial not to confuse such false charity with what Paulo Freire described as true generosity, which fights the systemic injustice that necessitates such charity in the first place.

In many ways, this is an example of pinkwashing, which DarkMatter has covered extensively: in which the state of Israel uses gay rights (everything from Pride celebrations to asylum to evacuating gay fathers) as a distraction from its occupation. As they duly note, “the erasure of race and class violence and suppression of race and class warfare by gay rights is not an Israel-only phenomenon.” This case in Nepal is just another example of the focus on white, Israeli, and other settler queer bodies, while ignoring the ways in which they benefit from race and class privilege.

It also reveals the hypocrisy of Western countries calling poor countries homophobic, backwards, etc. — remember the reason that these Israeli men are going to Nepal is because gay parents are discriminated against at home. While Israel or the United States do not have a monopoly on anti-queer violence, they certainly are not exceptions.

While this increased attention to why discriminatory laws exist preventing gay couples from having surrogate babies is important, that the well-being of  the surrogates in Nepal has been largely ignored is really disturbing. It reflects the fact that our media only tends to care when white couples and white babies are hurt. It shows how social justice movements in wealthy countries can be completely detached from their role in perpetuating global inequality. And it reveals, as Israeli social activist Alon-Lee Green writes in Haaretz, that “without much deep or serious thought and almost without noticing, we have allowed capitalism to expand to include the bodies of numerous disadvantaged women.”

Indeed, this case leaves me with just a whole lot of questions about how surrogacy can operate justly in a world that routinely exploits poor women and women of color.

What does it mean for brown women to be commoditized machines to deliver white babies? Western gay men are using women in the Global South largely as gestational surrogates; the eggs come from elsewhere, mostly from women in Europe, Ukraine, or South Africa. It seems nothing less than utterly fucking absurd to me that men are going out of their way to seek a white woman’s eggs to implant into a brown woman’s womb. What does it mean when low-income, brown women’s bodies are desired for bearing the brunt of pregnancy — for exclusively facing potentially fatal health risks — but not seen as desired genetic material? What does it mean for a gay man in the Global North to ask a woman of color in abject poverty, “Will you carry a child for me?” in the same breath as “I don’t want my child to look like you.”

What does it mean for a surrogate mother in India or Nepal to be “cheaper” than a mother in the United States? As Time reports, “[Surrogacy] can cost up to $150,000 in the U.S. and Canada but only $30,000 in Nepal.” When the service in question is a woman’s body itself, by sanctioning these uneven prices with our language, are we suggesting that brown woman bodies are literally “worth” a fraction of the amount? Some people have pointed out that this fraction is still much more than a woman in Nepal or India might be able to make in a year. How then do we look at individual choices and autonomy while recognizing systems that collectively put certain women at risk, limit their financial agency, and rarely do anything to support women long-term?

On that note, what support do surrogates have long-term? Again, there was something particularly eerie and symbolic about Western men gathering their Nepali-born babies and an aircraft forbidding the mothers from leaving a disaster zone. But while a state may only be expected to airlift its own citizens, this tragedy is just a painfully explicit reminder that the responsibility for a surrogate mother’s well-being is often absolved right after delivery — leaving mothers with the medical costs and health risks that often do stem directly from their pregnancy.

All of this just goes to show the need to reimagine transational solidarity, as well as the fact that while surrogacy is an issue on which few reproductive rights and justice groups are currently working, it is one that deserves our close attention. As Helen McDonald writes over at AutoStraddle, “as we fight for reproductive justice, let us also advocate for surrogate safety, so that assisted reproductive technologies are not simply another system that commodifies and exploits Black and Brown people around the world.”

Header image credit: Time

05 May 22:57


by mugumogu

Hey Maru, as it was Children's Day yesterday, I gave the ornamental helmet to you.


However, unfortunately you do not look good with the ornamental helmet.
I revise it for you.

Wow, perfect!


Hey Hana, it is your turn.


Hana:[It's not my style!]

30 Apr 19:38

Peer reviewer says female researchers should get a male co-author to “check” study

by Maya Dusenbery


A peer reviewer’s suggestion that two female researchers find “one or two male biologists” to co-author and help them strengthen a manuscript they had written and submitted to a journal has unleashed an avalanche of disbelief and disgust on Twitter today—and prompted an apology from the publisher of the journal, which media reports have identified as PLOS ONE.

Evolutionary geneticist Fiona Ingleby was shocked when she read the review accompanying the rejection for her latest manuscript, which investigates gender differences in the Ph.D.-to-postdoc transition, so she took the issue to Twitter.

Earlier today, Ingleby, a postdoc at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, posted two excerpts of the anonymous review. “It would probably … be beneficial to find one or two male biologists to work with (or at least obtain internal peer review from, but better yet as active co-authors)” to prevent the manuscript from “drifting too far away from empirical evidence into ideologically biased assumptions,” the reviewer wrote in one portion.

“Perhaps it is not so surprising that on average male doctoral students co-author one more paper than female doctoral students, just as, on average, male doctoral students can probably run a mile a bit faster than female doctoral students,” added the reviewer (whose gender is not known).

To recap: A reviewer who thinks it’s not surprising that the study found male students authored more papers than female students on the basis that men, on average, can run faster thinks that it’s the paper’s authors who would might be unduly influenced by “ideologically biased assumptions.” The reviewer also suggested that perhaps the male students tended to get published in better journals than their female counterparts “simply because men, perhaps, on average work more hours per week than women, due to marginally better health or stamina.”

I mean, when you’re reaching to supposed physical differences between men and women to explain away gender disparities in academia, you might want to question how your ideological bias against seeing sexism at all costs might be blinding you to the empirical evidence.

30 Apr 01:37

April Bites

by Lisa Manche
Fergus Noodle

I don't usually wanna eat Zumbo too much but I wanna eat that lemon meringue thing at the top

april bites… easter treats

April was a funny month. I can't believe it's over, but at the same time Easter feels like so long ago. I feel like winter has snuck up on us early this year - so of course I caught a nasty cold :( But there was still lots of good food and fun moments in between bowls of chicken soup and empty tissue boxes. I also booked a flight to Manila so now I have two overseas trips to look forward to this year. This weekend I'm headed down to Melbourne for the first time since 2012 for much eating and drinking and celebrating my lovely housemate's birthday! Don't forget to follow along on Instagram.

april bites… north bondi fish

I took my little sister Beth for a gorgeous birthday lunch at North Bondi Fish early in the month. Everything we had there was great, but I especially loved the citrus cured salmon bruschetta. I'll write up a full review soon.

april bites… sunflowers

You just can't look at a bunch of sunflowers and feel unhappy.

april bites… homemade bread

When I was sick at home with a cold, I got the craving for homemade bread and whipped up a batch of No Knead Bread. It made the whole place smell amazing as it was baking, and was delicious still warm with lots of good butter.

april bites… adventures

As soon as I got my strength back, I went on long walks around the neighbourhood and found this typographic gem.

april bites… sunset

This photo of an amazing #sydneysunset from my window went crazy on Instagram. I love living here. Every time you look out the window it is different. I'll never take that view for granted.

april bites… burger

The Coogee Pavilion burger is regularly included in Sydney's Top Burger lists, so I had to try it for myself, and I can say it definitely deserves a place. I wish the cheese was melted, but everything else was delicious. Super impressed with the food and decor in this gorgeous venue.

april bites… petaling street

Steph, Karen and I braved the cold and wind for a girly catch up over Malaysian at the new Petaling Street outpost in Chatswood. I was surprised to find that I loved the pippies. (Photo from citrusandcandy Instagram)

april bites… tagine

I was sitting on the couch next to a pile of clean laundry and got a fright when it started to move. I found this little terror curled up inside!

april bites… donuts

The best snacks for movie night? Sprinkle covered doughnuts. Of course we had to rewatch The Avengers and Winter Soldier before going to see Age of Ultron ;)

Inspiring Reads
  • I feel like we all need a little help with this sometimes - 8 Tips for Achieving Work/Life Balance via Random Little Faves
  • This Pink Colour Study from I Spy DIY is AMAZING.
  • These photos from Marrakech via Designlovefest have definitely sparked my wanderlust. That blue!
  • Have you ever thought about making your own gummy candy? A Beautiful Mess shows you how. 
  • These Vertical Roll Cakes from Call Me Cupcake are so unique, and as always Linda's photos are incredible. I can't stop looking at them. Would you go for the chocolate or strawberry rhubarb?

02 May 14:00

La Cocina de la Abuela, Marrickville

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
There’s something you need to know about the huaraches gigantes here. It’s not gigantic – it’s colossal. The 40cm long torpedo of homemade fried tortilla dough laden with chicken, chorizo, capsicum, lettuce and fresh cheese is called a huaraches because it looks like a sandal of the same name. Huaraches gigantes $22 40cm long homemade tortilla with refried beans and your choice of chicken,
29 Apr 01:28


by mugumogu

Maru is licked by Hana for a long time.

29 Apr 14:27

Trans Teen Takes on the DMV, Wins Right to Wear Makeup

by Lisa Wade, PhD

Sociologists are interested in studying how our institutions — in addition to our ideologies and interactions — reflect social norms in ways that tend to reproduce the status quo. A great example happened recently in South Carolina. In this case, the institution is the Department of Motor Vehicles, the norm is that boys and men don’t wear makeup, and the case is Chase Culpepper, a male-bodied trans teen who wanted to wear makeup in her driver’s license photo.

The officials at the DMV told her that she wasn’t allowed to wear makeup in the photo because it would be a “disguise.” As reported by NPR:

The department… cited a 2009 rule that prohibited applicants from “purposely altering his or her appearance so that the photo would misrepresent his or her identity.”

They told Culpepper to take off her makeup or go home without a license. She did what they said. She shared these before and after photos with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, who shared them with the public.


It’s hard to defend the idea that somehow makeup distorts a man’s identity, but not a woman’s. It has exactly the same illusory power on a female face as a male one; that’s exactly why women wear it. The DMV’s policy did nothing, then, to help it do its job, it only served to press citizens of South Carolina to conform to the gender binary, at least as far as their primary form of identification went.

With the help of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, Culpepper sued and the DMV settled. As part of the settlement,

[they] agreed to change its policy to allow people seeking drivers’ licenses to be photographed as they regularly present themselves, even if their appearance does not match the officials’ expectations of how the applicant should look. The department also promised to send Culpepper a written apology and train its employees in how to treat transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals in professional settings.

This is what institutional change looks like, at least potentially. Thanks to Culpepper and her advocates, the South Carolina DMV is a little bit less gender binary than it was before.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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29 Apr 12:21

Chocolate Whisky Pudding with Passionfruit Ice Cream

by Lisa Manche
Fergus Noodle

Yeah! It's self-saucing pudding season!

Chocolate Whisky Pudding with Passionfruit Ice Cream

The weather here in Sydney has been crazy. We've had record amounts of rain, a freak weekend hail storm that had the inner west building snowmen, and winds that got downright scary up here on Heartbreak Hill. Luckily save a broken window and a few umbrellas, we had no damage, but thousands of people did. The amazing volunteers at the SES deserve so much credit and appreciation for all of their hard work helping those affected. I wish I could give them all a hug and some pudding.

Chocolate self saucing pudding, one of the ultimate comfort foods. It's the perfect thing to make you feel toasty and warm on autumn nights. It's a little bit magical too - how the boiling liquid that goes on top somehow becomes the rich sauce under a layer of cake-like pudding.

Chocolate Whisky Pudding with Passionfruit Ice Cream

Whenever I make it now, I can't help but think of my Nan and all the times I helped her make it when I was a kid. It was a favourite then, but now I like it even more. Nan didn't use whisky in hers! You already know how much I like chocolate and passionfruit together. If you're not yet convinced of this magical flavour combination, believe me it works, and it is definitely something you've got to try out for yourself.

I've used the flavour combination before in brownies, birthday cake and s'mores - and now I've made a wonderful no-churn ice cream to go with these warm and saucy puddings. With winter seemingly starting early this year, you've got a good few months to try out this delicious recipe. I hope you do!

Chocolate Whisky Pudding with Passionfruit Ice Cream

Chocolate Whisky Pudding with Passionfruit Ice Cream
Serves 4

Passionfruit Ice Cream
  • 2 cups (500ml) pouring cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pulp of 4 passionfruits
Chocolate Whisky Pudding
  • 70g butter 
  • 200g brown sugar 
  • 1 egg 
  • 150g self raising flour 
  • 40g cocoa 
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup whisky
  • 70g dark choc, chopped

To make the ice cream, whip the cream to soft peaks. In another bowl, stir together the condensed milk, vanilla and passionfruit pulp. Fold the whipped cream gently into the condensed milk mixture. Pour into a loaf tin or glass container. Freeze overnight.

To make the chocolate whisky puddings, preheat oven to 170°C (340°F). Beat butter and 125g sugar until pale and creamy (3-4 minutes), add egg and beat to combine. Sift over flour, baking powder and 30gm cocoa and mix to combine. Stir in milk, vanilla and whisky, then chocolate. Divide among 2 lightly buttered ovenproof bowls (or 4 smaller ramekins) and set aside.

Combine remaining sugar and remaining cocoa in a heatproof bowl, add 180ml boiling water, stir to combine. Pour over pudding batter, dividing equally, then bake until puddings are risen and a skewer withdraws clean (15-20 minutes). Dust with cocoa and serve hot with passionfruit ice-cream.

29 Apr 17:32

Work in Progress and Aqua S Ice Cream Parlour, Sydney CBD

Fergus Noodle

I love soft serve let's go

A night out in Sydney's CBD starts with a quick meal at Work In Progress, an Asian eatery from Merivale and Papi Chulo head chef Patrick Friesen. Originally meant to be a temporary venture for March only, its won ton soups, crunchy agedashi tofu and range of Korean fried chicken have proved so popular it is staying open indefinitely. Dessert is a 10 minute walk down George Street where ice cream parlour and Instagram hit Aqua S churns out soft serve ice cream surrounded by a halo of fairy floss, with toasted marshmallows, caramel popcorn or popping candy atop fortnightly changing flavours.