Holy moly. I'm kinda shocked. In season one of iCarly, there was an episode that called for Spencer to be making dinner.
If you watch my shows a lot, you know I always try to make even the simplest things – like making dinner – more interesting, different, or weird (in a funny way, hopefully).
Okay, so Spencer was making dinner. Spencer, this wacky character who's a cool artist… which is why I felt that he couldn't make something "normal" like hamburgers or chicken. I felt that Spencer should make something creative, fun, and original.
Two of my favorite foods are spaghetti and tacos. Boom! I had Spencer make spagehtti tacos. That sounded fun, inventive, and I wanted to eat one myself. And I thought it would sound appealing to the iCarly audience.
Later, I wrote spaghetti tacos into a few more episodes of iCarly. I even did one episode where the main story was a spaghetti taco competition against a professional chef from TV.
In the past year, on occasion, I get tweets and emails from fans showing me pics of spaghetti tacos they made at home. I thought that was pretty cool – that something I came up with and showed on TV actually motivated some fans try it themselves.
But I still didn't think spaghetti tacos were much of a big deal – just a little inside thing between me and iCarly fans.
Well, a month ago, I was contacted by a very nice woman, Helene Stapinski, at the New York Times. She wanted to interview me because (she told me) spaghetti tacos have become wildly popular.
Wildy popular? Really?
I was a little surprised to hear that. But I was happy to chat with her about spaghetti tacos, how I came up with the idea, and how I'd featured them in iCarly.
Next thing I know, there's this HUGE ARTICLE in the New York Times about how spaghetti tacos are sweeping the nation. The article appeared this past Wednesday on the COVER of the Food & Wine section – of the freakin' NEW YORK TIMES. Crazy!
Since then, the spaghetti taco thing has been everywhere. I gotta say, I find the whole thing very cool, fun... and it just makes me smile. (For a healthy recipe for spaghetti tacos – from the amazing Hungry Girl – CLICK HERE!)
If you're interested, click some of the links below to take a look at the crazy stuff that's been going on this past week with this spaghetti tacos.
New York Times, October 6, 2010
Live with Regis & Kelly, October 6, 2010
KNBC (NBC), Los Angeles, October 7, 2010
News 12 Long Island, October 8, 2010
Perez Hilton, October 9, 2010
NY Times Blog, October 8, “4-Star Spaghetti Tacos?”
Daily Fill, October 7, feature with art “iCarly Creates Culinary Phenomenon”
GrubStreet.com (Mario Batali's restaurant partner), October 7, 2010 http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/10/bastianich_plans_a_spaghetti_t.html?e=grubstreet--20101008
Babble, October 7, feature
Orlando Sentinel, October 7 feature with art “Spaghetti tacos, that’s what’s for dinner”
Gothamist, October 6, feature “New Trend Alert: Spaghetti Tacos”
My Fox Dallas, October 7, feature “Are your Kids Eating Spaghetti Tacos”
The Stir, October 7, feature Spaghetti Tacos: A Carb Craze for Young & Old?
Heraldnet, October 6, feature “Where Italian meets Mexican: The Spaghetti Taco”
Broward Palm Beach New Times, October 7, feature "Spaghetti Taco Craze Courtesy of Nickelodeon Show"
Gapers Block, October 7, feature with art “Spaghetti Tacos”
Cluster Flock, October 7, “Spaghetti Tacos”
New Times, October 7, feature “Spaghetti Taco Craze Courtesy of Nickelodeon Show”
All Voices, October 7, feature with art “Spaghetti Tacos - eat spaghetti without a plate while in the car”
Xomba, October 7, feature with art “The iCarly Spaghetti Taco: Kids' Favorite Dish Covered in New York Times”
Epoch Times, October 7, feature “Spaghetti Tacos: Latest Culinary Craze for Kids”
Third Age, October 7, feature “Spaghetti Tacos Becoming More Popular Thanks to Help From Internet”
Mother Nature Network, October 7, feature “Spaghetti Tacos are latest Kid Food Craze”
Omaha World Herald, October 7, feature “Spaghetti tacos? Ask a kid to clarify”
UPI, October 7, feature with art “Hit Nick Show iCarly Spawns Hit Food”
Now Public, October 7, feature with tutorial video
NY Observer, October 6, feature
The Atlantic Wire, October 7, feature
Pitch, October 7, feature “Spaghetti Tacos”
WTOP, October 6, feature with video
Dictionary.com – the hot word
And now, check out a recipe from a creative iCarly fan for DESSERT spaghetti tacos!!!