All Posts By Amy Reiter

Amy Reiter is a writer and editor based in New York. A regular contributor to The Los Angeles Times, she has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Marie Claire and Wine Spectator, among other print publications, as well as for websites including The Daily Beast, MSN, Babble, AOL/Huffington Post and Salon, where she was a longtime editor and senior writer.

Caffeinated Peanut Butter Now Exists

by in News, October 4th, 2015

The next time you need a caffeine fix, you can pass by the percolator, skip the auto-drip and give your cold brewer the cold shoulder — and instead reach for the peanut butter jar.

Turns out you can now get a caffeine jolt — along with protein and electrolytes — from your PB. A new caffeinated peanut butter called Steem promises to deliver a smoother, more sustained release of energy than your basic cup of joe, thanks to, its makers claim, the longer time it takes your body to digest peanut butter.

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Don’t Worry — You Don’t Have to Eat This Neon Udon

by in News, October 1st, 2015

Don't Worry — You Don't Have to Eat This Neon UdonWas the world clamoring for glow-in-the-dark udon? No matter, the neon noodles have arrived.

A self-dubbed “mad scientist” and food writer from Japan who goes by the pseudonym Kurare Raku (and appears in photos wearing a fox mask) has created a buzz by tweeting out an image of fluorescent pink noodles floating in a glowing green broth.

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Keyboard Waffle Iron Makes Breakfast for Every Type

by in News, September 30th, 2015

Keyboard Waffle Iron Makes Breakfast for Every TypeWhy did nobody come up with this idea before: a waffle iron that makes waffles in the shape of a keyboard? Well, no matter. Now, thankfully, someone has.

Actually, Brooklyn-based graphic artist and designer Chris Dimino first created the prototype for the Keyboard Waffle Iron while he was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Assigned to take an old item and modify it to give it a new function, he turned a vintage Smith Corona typewriter into a very cool breakfast tool. (Bing!)

Dimino’s prototype was featured in a group show and got a lot of attention back in 2007, but it wasn’t until last year that he put his concept up on Kickstarter in hopes of raising the cash to manufacture the Keyboard Waffle Iron on a broad scale and make it available to the QWERTY-waffle-hungry masses. Dimino hoped to raise $50,000. Thanks to 850 keyboard-shaped-waffle-craving backers, he raised $66,685.

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Where Did the Pumpkin in Your Pie Come From?

by in News, September 28th, 2015

It’s pumpkin season — time to pick up a few big orange beauties at your local grocery store, farmers market, farm or roadside stand, carve them into scary (or goofy) jack-o’-lanterns, pop in some candles and show off your creativity to the whole neighborhood. It’s also the time of year we enjoy making from-scratch pumpkin pie, fresh pumpkin puree and pumpkin bread with real shredded pumpkin.

Still, though we love them, most of us take our gourds for granted. To remedy that, the Washington Post’s Wonkblog took a look at where America’s pumpkins come from, crunching numbers from the U.S. Agricultural Census as if they were fresh roasted pumpkin seeds. (Yum.)

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This Gadget Promises to Make Your Cheap Wine Taste Pricey

by in Drinks, News, September 27th, 2015

This Gadget Promises to Make Your Cheap Wine Taste PriceyIf your palate yearns for fancy Bordeaux but your wallet insists that you settle for Two-Buck Chuck, the company behind a new device called the Oak Bottle has you squarely in its sights.

The Oak Bottle, billed as “the first for-home-use barrel-aging apparatus,” promises to make your “cheap or average-tasting” wine and spirits far more palatable by infusing them with an oaky flavor in anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

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How Do You Pronounce Nutella?

by in News, September 25th, 2015

How Do You Pronounce Nutella?Whoa. American fans of a certain chocolate-hazelnut spread just got some nutty news. Or should we say some newty news?

Are you sitting down? Turns out the first syllable of Nutella is not pronounced “nut” (with a soft “uh”) but rather “newt” (with a hard “oo”). Sure, take a moment to digest the fact that most of us Yanks have been saying the brand name wrong all our lives.

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Drink Pink: How Rosé Got So Popular

by in Drinks, News, September 23rd, 2015

Drink Pink: How Rosé Got So PopularIf you’ve found yourself drinking more rosé — or drinking it for the first time — these past two summers, you’re part of a national trend. “Folks on the coasts had heard it for a couple of years, but 2014 was where rosé really became like, it,” Devon Broglie, Whole Foods’ associate global beverage buyer, recently told Eater.

But how did the pretty pink wine get so popular, so suddenly? Eater took a look. Here are a few takeaways:

It was no accident: Having noticed the rosé trend fermenting in wine-forward areas like Southern California, buyers at national retail chains, who have a nose for such things, made a conscious decision to decant it to areas across the country.

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Do Men and Women Experience Taste Differently?

by in News, September 21st, 2015

Do Men and Women Experience Taste Differently?Here’s one for the “Did you know … ?” file: Women have a keener sense of taste than men. Who says? Well, science, actually.

NPR’s The Salt blog recently gathered evidence that women may be better able to pick out the subtle nuances of flavor (and, relatedly, aromas) than men:

The nose knows. A 2002 Rutgers University study asked participants — men and women of all ages — to identify two odors in decreasing concentrations and found that women of reproductive age experienced an increase in their sensitivity to one of the odors by about five orders of magnitude, on average.

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The Touchscreen Generation Gets Its Automat

by in News, Restaurants, September 19th, 2015

The Touch-Screen Generation Gets Its AutomatHere’s one to file under “everything old is new again.”

A “fully automated restaurant,” called Eatsa, has just opened in San Francisco and is being hailed as “the future” of fast food. With its human-free ordering system and food delivery via glass-fronted compartment, it sure sounds a lot like the automats popular in days of yore. You know, where you put a few coins in the slot, reach in, and grab your sandwich or piece of pie?

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New Vending Machine Is a Fry Lover’s Fantasy

by in News, September 17th, 2015

New Vending Machine Is a Fry Lover's FantasyForget “Would you like fries with that?” There’s now a vending machine — a vending machine! — that makes freshly prepared french fries the main event, deep-frying them right on the spot and dispensing them piping hot. It’s a fry lover’s dream come true.

The machine is the brainchild of students and developers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The university’s website boasts that the vending machine is “soundless, odour free and safe” — and, judging from a video showing the machine in action, it couldn’t be easier to use.

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