Balut, the terrifying hard-boiled duck fetus that’s also a tasty aphrodisiac

Every culture has a culinary specialty that raises the eyebrows—if not the gorges—of people from other cultures. Scots have haggis. Swedes have surströmming. Filipinos have balut, a hard-boiled duck egg. It sounds innocent enough, until you find out the egg is fertilized and allowed to develop from 16 to 20 days…

The psychology of restaurant seating as seen in Johnnie To’s PTU

My soft spot for Johnnie To’s crime thriller PTU partly comes from having wandered onto one of PTU’s sets during the film’s shoot and nearly shutting a door on star Simon Yam’s hand. It’s not that I’m thrilled to have almost caused Yam to lose his fingers (he was a real mensch about the whole thing, by the way). It’s…