Shameless self-promotion: A while back, we launched a weekly newsletter, The Awesomeness Digest. Focused on food, restaurants, and culture, we have covered topics like eating Belizean rat; working as a cook in a Viking-themed park; the baffling concepts of Lørdagspizzaen and Fredagstacoen; other oddities. Feel free to read and/or subscribe over at Substack.

Notes from all over, two quick notes from right here edition


Last call to vote in our “Best of…” this early? Yes! The votes have come in faster than the past few years and have already gone past our arbitrary closing-number. Thus the ballot will be closed at the end of the day. Vote!

Somewhat quickly (or not quickly at all, or maybe even not at all, who knows?!) after the “Best of…” comes Nuclear Spiceawar, the third and probably last in our series of spicy food contests. (I mean, everyone is saying they're “coming out of retirement one last time” and all.) Our highly official planning meeting will take place tomorrow, so if you have any input on how a spicy food contest should be run, feel free to tweet @SpoCOOL or email