Farewell, beloved Midwestern potato chips Seyfert's, we hardly knew ye

Growing up in the Midwest, I felt like I saw Seyfert’s potato chips everywhere, all the time, and yet I never picked up a bag. Why? The labels are so wholesome! The colors are so primary! “Seyfert’s Snackin’! It’s Lip Smackin’!” is a totally solid tagline. And yet, they never came home with me. Now I fear it may be…

If you didn't know the name Joel Robuchon, know he changed mashed potatoes forever

You would be forgiven if you didn’t know about French chef Joel Robuchon, who died of cancer Monday at age 73. He was not the most famous chef in the world, if we’re judging fame by household recognition. But for fine-dining chefs who aspire to Michelin-star status (the Michelin Guide being the pre-eminent restaurant…

Dear taquerias: Please don’t forget the crispy potato taco

The first time I ever encountered potato tacos, I was 17. It was a Sunday—band practice day. During a break between overly angsty fits of distorted guitar, our chief songwriter, David, said to me, “Let’s go get potato tacos.” I’d never heard of such a thing. Even though I lived just across the Mexican border, I was…

From fried green tomato to crispy taco, we tried Lay’s new chip flavors

In Fran And Cameron Eat On The Company Dime, A.V. Club staffers Fran Hoepfner and Cameron Scheetz eat on the company dime. This week, our resident and compulsive snacker critics got their hands on the three finalists from Lay’s 2017 “Do Us A Flavor” contest. This year’s flavors are everything bagel with cream cheese,…