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.

Do You Live in a S’mores-Loving State? Check Out This Map

by in News, August 10th, 2015

Do You Live in a S'mores-Loving State? Check Out This MapSure, you got your fruit pies and crumbles, your ice cream and frozen pops, but there’s a solid argument to be made that no other dessert captures the taste of summer quite like s’mores. With the milk chocolate made melty by the toasted-to-taste marshmallow and smooshed between two graham crackers, s’mores evoke the snap of the campfire, the nighttime cool after a hot summer day, songs under the stars, and the comfort of family and good friends.

Yeah, we all love s’mores, but some states apparently love them — or at least love to tweet about them — more than others.

In honor of National S’mores Day, which happens to be today, Twitter’s Data Analytics team has compiled a list of the top s’mores-lovin’ states of the summer, based on which of them tweeted about s’mores the most from May 1 to July 31, 2015. (Check out the cool companion heat map above.)

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England Has a Shop Specializing in Potato-Chip Sandwiches

by in News, August 9th, 2015

England Has a Shop Specializing in Potato-Chip SandwichesPeople around the world like a lot of different things in their sandwiches. (See also this video.) And while we in the United States may generally prefer to eat our potato chips on the side, in the U.K. folks are apparently partial to eating them between two slices of bread — right where you might expect to find your lunch meat or PB&J or whatever.

Capitalizing on this taste for crunchy potato-chip sandwiches (“crisp butties,” they call them) is Mr. Crisp, which bills itself as “England’s first crisp sandwich shop” (apparently Belfast quite enjoyed a crisp sandwich pop-up — Simply Crispy — that launched there in January), offering sandwiches filled with “over 50 varieties of crisp for you to enjoy.” Customers also get their choice of bread (white or brown, teacakes or baguettes) and topping: Try it with ketchup, jam, peanut butter, Marmite or the mayonnaise-like “salad cream,” or get crazy and order it with chocolate spread. Crisp sandwiches start at £1 and go up to £1.50, depending on your toppings. (Marshmallow, anyone?).

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Why Your Cupcake Might Not Taste as Sweet as Mine

by in News, August 8th, 2015

Why Your Cupcake Might Not Taste as Sweet as MineYou love to eat sweet things: yummy cakes, delicious candy bars and sometimes, maybe, on special occasions, crazy-decadent combinations of both. But did you ever stop to wonder if these things taste the same way to the person sitting across the table from you, digging in with – wait, is that equal gusto?

The answer — surprising or not — may be no. A recent study conducted by sensory scientists, and led by Danielle Reed at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, in Philadelphia, has determined that some people are more sensitive not only to bitter compounds, but to sweetness as well.

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How Come Everyone’s Suddenly Drinking Seltzer?

by in News, August 5th, 2015

How Come Everyone's Suddenly Drinking Seltzer?Seltzer may not be the most-flavorful drink in the fridge, but that hasn’t prevented it, in recent years, from rising like a carbonated bubble to its current status high up on America’s preferred list of beverages.

The Washington Post notes that, while sales of regular and diet soda and “vitamin” drinks have flattened and declined over the past decade like the contents of a half-consumed can, sales of Perrier, San Pellegrino and their fizzy ilk have more than doubled over the last five years, reaching, at last measure, around $1.5 billion — a growth that has exceeded even that of other bottled waters.

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Why Wacky Ice Cream Flavors (Chorizo? Poutine?) Are the New Normal

by in News, August 4th, 2015

Why Wacky Ice Cream Flavors (Chorizo? Poutine?) Are the New NormalRemember when ice cream came in basically three flavors: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry? At a certain point, the options grew to include at least 31. But even those of us who favor flavors like rocky road, pralines and cream, and Jamoca Almond Fudge probably never imagined a world in which foie gras, bacon, chorizo, salt and pepper, and durian-banana ice creams were a thing.

Yet here we are in a world of ice cream flavors that are — shall we say? — unusual. Why do we seek out such oddities, when the flavors we already have — including chocolate chip and mint chip, cookies ‘n’ cream, and fudge ripple — are so delicious?

Eater has taken a look at the wacky-ice-cream-flavor trend. Here are a few takeaways:

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Scientists Say They’ve Discovered a Sixth Basic Taste: Fat

by in News, August 2nd, 2015

Scientists Say They've Discovered a Sixth Basic Taste: FatFirst, there were four basic tastes: sour, sweet, salty and bitter. Then scientists said they’d uncovered a fifth: umami, the savory flavor of, say, truffles, meat and anchovies, summoned by monosodium glutamate, or MSG. Now researchers at Purdue University say they’ve found evidence that there’s a sixth basic taste: fat.

Fat — the longest of the three fatty acids you can find in a mouthful of steak or a dribble of olive oil — “is likely another one of the basic tastes. I think we have pretty clear evidence for this,” Purdue professor of nutrition science Richard Mattes, the new study’s lead author, told the Washington Post.

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A New Trend Is Brewing: Tea Sommeliers

by in News, August 1st, 2015

A New Trend Is Brewing: Tea SommeliersSommeliers in restaurants, as we all know, usually recommend the right wine to drink with a dish. The right pairing can summon amazing flavors, just as the wrong one can completely knock the taste of everything off track.

Now there are people who do the same thing for tea, NPR’s The Salt blog reports. Yes, tea sommeliers are an actual thing.

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Trend Alert: Yogurt That Is Savory, Not Sweet

by in News, July 29th, 2015

Trend Alert: Yogurt That Is Savory, Not SweetHere in the U.S. of A., we think of yogurt as a sweet treat. That’s apparently by design. Back in the 1940s, a European immigrant named Daniel Carasso, a member of the family that founded Dannon, added fruity jam to the bottom of tangy, tart fermented milk to make it more appealing to us sugar-loving Americans, NPR’s The Salt blog reports.

Nowadays, we enjoy yogurt all sorts of ways — in a cup, a cone or a tube you can squeeze, in flavors familiar or far-fetched — but one way we’ve rarely eaten it is … salty. That may be about to change.

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You Just Can’t Control Yourself Around Free Office Food, Can You?

by in News, July 28th, 2015

You Just Can't Control Yourself Around Free Office Food, Can You?Tell me this has never happened to you: You’re at your desk, working diligently against deadline (or surreptitiously doing a touch of online shopping, whatever), when all of a sudden an intraoffice email pops up alerting you that there are free doughnuts — free doughnuts! — in the conference room.

Suddenly, you’re off like a shot, ditching your desk chair so fast you leave it spinning, in order to make sure you don’t miss out on the gratis grub. Your response may lack dignity, and you may not even have been hungry, but, dude, we have all been there.

How to explain this common response to free office food? The Huffington Post has consulted experts and concluded it is part nature and part nurture.

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Your Reusable Bag Made You Buy That Ice Cream (It’s Not Your Fault!)

by in News, July 27th, 2015

Your Reusable Bag Made You Buy That Ice Cream (It's Not Your Fault!)You actually remember (for once!) to bring your reusable shopping bag with you to the market. With your environmental concerns front of mind, you stock up on organic fruits and veggies. Then, feeling virtuous and self-satisfied, you reward yourself with a container of your favorite ice cream or a big bag of chips.

Sound familiar? Scientists have spotted a trend: When consumers bring their own bags along to the supermarket, they tend to buy more organic produce — and more treats and snack foods.

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