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.

Researchers Say They Can Now Zap the Fat Out of Chocolate

by in News, July 5th, 2016

Researchers Say They Can Now Zap the Fat Out of ChocolateAttention, fatphobic chocoholics: Researchers may have found a way to zap the fat content right out of chocolate — literally.

A group led by Rongjia Tao, a Temple University professor of physics who has expertise in fluid dynamics, has discovered that the flow of chocolate in liquid form (as it is during the manufacturing process) may be improved by running it through an electric field, thus lowering the level of fat needed to make it flow.

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New Orleans Baseball Team Lets Fans Vote for Food-Inspired Names

by in News, July 1st, 2016

New Orleans Baseball Team Let's Fans Vote for Food-Inspired NamesNew Orleans is a great food town — and the Big Easy’s big pride in its culinary pleasures apparently reaches way beyond its amazing eateries and into its minor-league baseball stadiums.

The New Orleans Zephyrs, a triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins that makes its home in the Crescent City suburb of Metairie, Louisiana, recently invited fans to suggest a new name for the team. After whittling down the list of proposed monikers, the team has unveiled its seven finalists, inviting the public to vote for their favorites on the team’s website.

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Algae Cooking Oil May Be the Future of Frying

by in News, June 27th, 2016

Algae Cooking Oil May Be the Future of FryingForget canola and corn, soybean and peanut oil. Soon we may all be cooking with oil made from algae.

A company called TerraVia is marketing an edible algae oil — Thrive Culinary Algae Oil — that may be the first of its kind. The forward-thinking cooking oil is said to be sustainable (made from a highly renewable food source) and healthy. According to the Thrive website, it is higher in monounsaturated fat than other cooking oils; about one tablespoon of it contains about as much of this “good” fat as does one whole avocado.

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Would You Drink Wine That’s Blue?

by in Drinks, News, June 23rd, 2016

Would You Drink Wine That's Blue?It’s hard to imagine that the world was clamoring for blue wine — what’s wrong with red, white and rose? — but the presumed dearth of demand hasn’t stopped someone from making it. A group of someones, that is.

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After Three Bad Nights of Sleep, Coffee Can’t Do Anything for You

by in News, June 21st, 2016

As a rule, we Americans don’t get enough sleep. In fact, one in three of us are consistently stinting ourselves on the seven or more hours our bodies need each night, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. We know who we are (though we may be too tired and cranky to admit it).

So how are we getting through the day, not to mention the five-day workweek? One word: caffeine.

Unfortunately, that cup of coffee or tea (or soda or whatever form of caffeine you generally enjoy) will get you only so far.

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Drink Too Much? Blame Your Glass

by in Drinks, News, June 17th, 2016

Drink Too Much? Blame Your GlassIf you find yourself getting unexpectedly tipsy while enjoying a glass of wine or two, check the size of your glass. A new British study, led by researchers at the University of Cambridge, has shown that drinking wine from a large glass — even when the amount of wine in the glass is the same as usual — encourages you to drink more wine in a shorter amount of time.

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Tip-Free Movement Still Going Strong

by in News, Restaurants, June 15th, 2016

Tip-Free Movement Still Going StrongThe no-tip restaurant movement has not been without its setbacks. Several restaurants, such as New York City’s Fedora, San Francisco’s Bar Agricole and Trou Normand, and the seafood chain Joe’s Crab Shack, which tried out a tip-free policy at 18 Midwest restaurants, have ramped back their experiments and (to one degree or another) reinstated tipping, citing customer reluctance to embrace the trend.

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Frankly, the Price of This Hot Dog Is Insane

by in News, June 14th, 2016

Frankly, the Price of This Hot Dog Is InsaneIf you thought the hot dog you bought at the ballpark, stadium or arena last time you went to a pro ball game was pricey, check this: A food truck in Australia is selling a $100 ($75 U.S.) frankfurter.

No, it’s not a sausage stuffed with gold. The “Haute Dog,” a hot item at Melbourne’s Good Food and Wine Show, a stop in the Maille Mustard Mobile’s yearlong journey across Australia, contains pure grass-fed Australian peppercorn beef.

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Get In On the Classic French Dessert Trend

by in News, June 13th, 2016

Get In on the Classic French Dessert TrendAttention, trend watchers: Retro pastries a la France are currently very much a la mode in New York City.

New York magazine food writers Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite have detected a recent “proliferation of classic French desserts” in eateries throughout NYC, declaring, “This is a moment for meringue, for lush pastry cream, and for looming souffles.”

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Your Morning Coffee Now Comes in Chewable Form

by in News, June 10th, 2016

Your Morning Coffee Now Comes in Chewable FormMany of us drink coffee for the taste (an iced latte sure does hit the spot) or the sense of coziness (yummy mornings with your mug and the paper) and conviviality (meeting a pal for a cup and a catch-up) as well as the hit of caffeine. But for those who want their caffeine buzz straight up, without the sippable frills, thrills and potential spills, there is now a new solution: chewable coffee.

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