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.

This Purse Has a Secret That’s Perfect for Sipping

by in News, February 24th, 2017

This Purse Has a Secret That's Perfect for SippingYou’re out and about, and suddenly you realize it’s the perfect time to enjoy a glass of wine — while on a ridge overlooking a gorgeous sunset, say, or in the midst of a stroll or picnic with your main squeeze. Wouldn’t it be great if a spout suddenly materialized from that fetching purse you’re carrying and began dispensing the wine of your choice?

Guess what: Someone’s come up with a solution. Bella Vita’s PortoVino wine purse comes with a hidden, zippered, insulated compartment into which you can tuck a removable 1.5-liter bladder that you can fill with your favorite hooch (high-end, to match the bag, of course).

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Confused About the Expiration Dates on Foods? You’re Not Alone

by in News, February 22nd, 2017

Confused About the Expiration Dates on Foods? You're Not AloneIf you’ve tossed food a day or two past the “sell by” date on its label, figuring it’s not safe to eat, you may have been throwing away perfectly edible food. Such labels often mean the food tastes best — fresher — if it’s consumed by that date, but not that it’s not safe to eat thereafter.

Bummer about all the wasted food, but you’re surely not alone. Most of us, when it comes right down to it, have no real clue what those dates on the packaging of the foods we eat are trying to tell us. “Sell by,” “best by,” “use by,” “better if used by” and (more starkly) “expires on” — what’s the difference, and what are we supposed to do once the date that follows those words has past?

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Someone’s Come Up with a New Way to Infuse Meat with Sriracha Sauce

by in News, February 20th, 2017

Someone’s Come Up with a New Way to Infuse Meat with Sriracha SauceWhy take the time to season your meat the old-fashioned way — painstakingly preparing it with spice blends, brines, rubs and marinades — when you can tuck a hot-chili stick in it and call it a day?

A California-based company called Sugarmade, which, according to its website, specializes in promoting products that “hold disruptive potential to current markets,” is launching Sriracha Seasoning Stix, aka “Rooster Stix.”

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America Is a Nation of Beer Lovers

by in Drinks, News, February 17th, 2017

America Is a Nation of Beer LoversIt may seem as if America is becoming a nation of wine sippers — and it’s true that many of those who prefer wine today were more likely to opt for other kinds of alcoholic beverages a decade ago. But don’t worry, beer drinkers, because there are still more of you than there are of them.

Almost four out of 10 — 38 percent — of alcohol consumers over age 21 in the United States said beer was their beverage of choice, whereas 31 percent prefer wine and 28 percent like spirits/liquor most of all, according to a recent Harris Poll survey of 1,540 adults.

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Don’t Even Think of Trying to Wear These Chocolate Shoes

by in News, February 13th, 2017

Don’t Even Think of Trying to Wear These Chocolate ShoesThe perfect Valentine’s gift for a well-heeled, chocolate-loving guy? How about a pair of hyper-realistic chocolate shoes? L’éclat, a high-end chocolate boutique at the Rihga Royal Hotel in Osaka, Japan, presided over by chocolatier Motohiro Okai, has created just such a thing.

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McDonald’s Introduces New Shamrock Shakes with Chocolate

by in News, February 10th, 2017

McDonald's Introduces New Shamrock Shakes with ChocolateAs February arrives and the march to St. Patrick’s Day begins, McDonald’s can be counted on to return its beloved Shamrock Shake (pictured above) to menu boards across the land. Cool, minty, sweet and so, so green — what could be better than a Shamrock Shake?

How about a chocolate Shamrock Shake? Yes, McDonald’s is shaking up its stalwart seasonal offering with four additional variations on its popular theme.

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This Genius Dining Concept Means You Don’t Ever Have to Compromise

by in News, Restaurants, February 9th, 2017

This Genius Dining Concept Means You Don't Ever Have to CompromiseYou know those nights when you and your friends are deciding on a restaurant — be it somewhere you’d go to or order from — and everyone has a different opinion of the perfect choice? One person’s craving a burger, another is in the mood for Chinese food, and a third is into something upscale or adventurous?

Now, the lucky residents of Helsinki, Finland, won’t have to decide. American Express and Wolt, a delivery service in the city, have partnered to launch a pop-up restaurant, called Take In, that allows every person at a table to order from the restaurant he or she chooses and still sit and eat together.

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All Your Ghee Questions Answered

by in News, February 8th, 2017

All Your Ghee Questions AnsweredAre you a ghee whiz? Many of us probably aren’t even totally clear on what ghee is, despite the fact that the clarified butter is a staple in Indian food and a preferred fat among Paleo diet devotees as well.

Here are a few basics:

First of all, how do you pronounce it? With a hard “g,” as in “good” or “great.” (Listen here.)

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Is Your Italian Olive Oil the Real Deal?

by in News, February 1st, 2017

Is Your Italian Olive Oil the Real Deal?That bottle of good olive oil you just bought may claim on its label to have been made in Italy, but, since fraud is an issue, how can you know for sure that it’s the real deal? A new smartphone app aims to clear up any such murkiness.

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Google Reveals the Favorite Snacks of Football Fans in Every State

by in News, January 31st, 2017

Google Reveals the Favorite Snacks of Football Fans in Every StateWhat do football fans in your state love to snack on during the Super Bowl? Is it the same as your favorite big-game food? Google has provided some insight, releasing a list of the most-searched-for foods in the run-up to the Super Bowl in every state.

And the snack preferences as are diverse as this great country of ours. In California and Connecticut, they favor cupcakes, while in Colorado, it’s all about queso dip. In Maryland, residents are apparently madly Googling chickpea soup ahead of kickoff time. Mississippians are searching for sweet potatoes shepherd’s pie, and fans in Oregon are looking to cook up a Tater Tot casserole. Not surprisingly, dips of various types are mega-popular across the country, as are jalapeno poppers.

The big game is Sunday, of course, but it’s hard not to get hungry while reading the list right now. Check out the foods below and get related recipes to tackle. (Hut, hut … hike!)

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