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 Mug Lets You Drink Beer and Work Out at the Same Time

by in News, May 2nd, 2015

BeerThere are probably those among us who consider bending an elbow to raise a beer to be the height of exercise. Those people may want to consider a relatively new product called MugMuscles.

A beer stein with one of those hand-grip exercisers built right into the handle, the product aims to let you work out and drink beer at the same time. (You may want to wait to squeeze the gizmo between sips, though, to prevent unfortunately timed spills.)

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Drink in the Rich, Nutty Taste of Pistachio

by in Drinks, News, May 1st, 2015

PistachiosTrend alert: It may sound nutty, but pistachio cocktails are all the rage in drinking establishments across the country.

“Drink makers are not only rimming glasses with the crushed green nuts, but creating syrups, foams, orgeat and even infusing whiskey, sherry, and brandy,” Eater reports. “Almond who?”

At Gunshow in Atlanta, bartender Mercedes O’Brien is using infused pistachio rye as “the focus” of her Boulevardier-inspired Forager, combining it with strawberry Campari and coconut sweet vermouth, Eater notes. In Chicago, Sable Kitchen & Bar lead bartender John Stanton riffs on a mai tai, incorporating pistachio syrup into his Dans Le Nuit, which also includes Pierre Ferrand Ambre cognac, lemon juice, Marie Brizard orange curacao and simple syrup, garnished with orange peel.

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No Bones About It: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Sure Eats a Lot of Cod

by in News, April 26th, 2015

CodIf you’ve ever asked yourself, “Self, what does Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson eat every day?” you now have your answer, courtesy of Muscle & Fitness magazine: cod. Lots of cod. Really just staggering amounts of cod.

Johnson eats 10 ounces of cod (along with two whole eggs and two cups of oatmeal) for his first meal of the day, and then follows that up with 8 ounces of cod (along with 12 ounces of sweet potato and one cup of veggies) as a second meal of the day.

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Coffee Breaks in Space Are Getting a Whole Lot Better

by in News, April 24th, 2015

Espresso MachineEuropean cafe culture has spread across the globe — and now it’s about to travel beyond it. The International Space Station is getting its own coffee bar.

While astronauts and cosmonauts have long had to settle for instant coffee during their lengthy stays in the orbiting laboratory, now an espresso maker is rocketing their way.

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Watching the Making of a Tiny Cheeseburger Is Big Fun

by in News, April 23rd, 2015

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What is it about someone using tiny utensils to cook tiny meals with tiny ingredients in a tiny kitchen that so wins our hearts?

Watching the guy in this video (whose hands are not tiny) dice a diminutive onion with a diminutive knife induces a decidedly non-diminutive smile; listening to the mini burgers sizzle and snap in their tiny cast-iron pan may cast a happy glow over your day.

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Are Carbonated Teas the Latest Cafe Trend?

by in Drinks, News, April 21st, 2015

Carbonated TeaWe can all look forward to getting our fizz on this summer, sipping artisanal sparkling teas — refreshing blacks, cool greens — according to Eater. Upscale coffee shops are increasingly serving them in bottles and on tap, kind of like a “daytime beer,” writer Liz Clayton reports.

In fact, it’s the hoppy quality of beer that has, in many cases, inspired the high-end sparkling tea trend. (Note, too, that Lipton is also now trying to take sparkling tea to the masses.)

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Charcoal Cocktails Light Up the Drink Scene

by in Drinks, News, April 19th, 2015

CharcoalIt’s just about outdoor-barbecue season. Time to stock up on charcoal for your grill. And while you’re at it, you may want to get some extra briquettes for cocktail hour. Wait, what?

Yes, friends. Charcoal — black, bitter and smoky — is apparently the new “it” cocktail ingredient. And it’s not just a matter of look and taste.

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This New Machine Puts Fizzy Cocktails at Your Fingertips

by in News, April 17th, 2015

SodaStream MIXIf cocktails are delicious and fizzy drinks are delicious, then it stands to reason that fizzy cocktails are delicious. That may be the thinking behind the recent enthusiasm for carbonated cocktails and a new wave in home carbonation systems that render effervescent any beverage, including those of the alcoholic variety.

Perlage offers a superfancy (and pricey) professional cocktail bottling system, targeted at the hospitality industry, and a less expensive system and kit for consumers to use in the home. And now SodaStream is introducing a version of its popular seltzer maker designed to “carbonate any and all liquids, from pure fruit juices to alcoholic beverages.” (Apparently people have been employing their soda makers for this off-label use for a while now anyway.)

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The Spaghetti and Meatballwich Is a Wish Come True

by in News, April 15th, 2015

Spaghetti and MeatballwichRamen burger, shmamen burger. The Carving Board, a Southern California sandwich place with locations in Tarzana, Hollywood and West Los Angeles, has just put an Italian-comfort-food twist on the trendy noodle-bun-with-meat-in-the-middle hand-held meal.

Ladies and gents, feast your eyes on (if geography doesn’t allow you to treat your taste buds to) the Spaghetti and Meatballwich.

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Sneaky Pepper Grinder Shuts Down Screens at Mealtime

by in News, April 14th, 2015

Devices at MealtimeAnyone who has ever been frustrated by family and friends focusing on their phones — or tablets or the TV — at dinnertime will be fascinated to hear about a device co-masterminded by an Australian pasta-sauce brand and its ad agency, Clemenger BBDO Sydney: The Dolmio Pepper Hacker, a fully functioning pepper grinder with a twist.

When you turn the top of the mill to season your meal, the grinder sneakily shuts down all Wi-Fi-connected and other electronic devices to which it has been linked via an automated switch for half an hour — just long enough to enjoy a pleasant family meal.

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