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.

Why There Aren’t More Food Emoji to Choose From

by in News, January 3rd, 2017

Why There Aren’t More Food Emoji to Choose FromYou’ve just welcomed the new year by sending everyone you know a celebratory emoji depicting a bottle of bubbly popping its cork (approved as part of Unicode 8.0 in 2015) or two Champagne glasses clinking (approved as part of Unicode 9.0 in 2016). Yet you find yourself perpetually yearning a new emoji, something new and different with which to let your food-nerd flag fly.

Breakfast fans have a bacon emoji, a pancakes emoji and — for those who take it continental — the croissant emoji. But where is the waffle emoji you crave? It’s enough to make you send out an unamused face emoji (approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010)!

The food-emoji approval process is something of a mystery for the lay-texter or tweeter, but in a “brief history of food emoji,” NPR’s The Salt blog provides or steers us toward a few insights. Among them:

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Will Tea Be Hot in 2017?

by in News, December 30th, 2016

Will Tea Be Hot in 2017?No one knows exactly what the coming year will hold, but food experts have their suspicions — and a group of them are predicting that 2017 may be a big year for tea.

Green tea, for example, may be particularly hot. It has just landed on a list, based on a national survey of 1,700 dietitians conducted by food and health PR firm Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian magazine, of the top 10 superfood trends set to take off in 2017. Green tea’s rise reflects a trend toward more “mindful eating” and the consumption of foods with “health-promoting qualities,” Today’s Dietitian Mara Honicker said in a release about the survey.

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McDonald’s Wants to Be Your New Starbucks

by in News, December 29th, 2016

McDonald's Wants to Be Your New StarbucksIf Starbucks took fancy Euro-esque coffee options to main-street America, and Dunkin’ Donuts, with its 59 cent espresso shots and two-buck-and-change cappuccinos and macchiattos, brought them to the dollar-doughnut-loving masses, who will bring them to the Big Mac-and-fry eaters of the world?

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By the Numbers: Small Beer’s Big Year

by in Drinks, News, December 28th, 2016

By the Numbers: Small Beer's Big YearIf you’re a beer drinker and variety is your thing, you’re in luck. You could now drink a beer from a different American brewery every single day for more than thirteen and a half years (13.5 years!) and never have to return to the same brewery twice.

That’s because, according to a recent report from the Brewers Association, a trade association focused on small and independent United States brewers, the number of breweries in the U.S. has climbed, as of the end of November, to a record-setting 5,005.

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This Candle Will Make Your House Smell Like Fried Chicken

by in News, December 22nd, 2016

This Candle Will Make Your House Smell Like Fried ChickenScented candles that smell like vanilla or rose petals, pine needles or apple pie, lavender or luxury perfumes are for chumps. A candle that releases the aroma of fried chicken? That’s a candle a fried-food lover can really warm up to. And now, thanks to the chicken-centric KFC powers that be, it is, yes, a thing that exists.

KFC New Zealand recently offered up a limited-edition KFC Scented Candle (complete with Colonel Sanders’ smiling face on it) on Instagram as a reward to lucky contest winners. To enter, KFC Scented Candle cravers had to share ideas for KFC merchandise by commenting on KFCNZ’s Instagram account.

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These ‘Bacon & Eggs’ Kicks Are Like Breakfast for Your Feet

by in News, December 20th, 2016

These 'Bacon & Eggs' Kicks Are Like Breakfast for Your FeetPutting your feet into a couple of fried eggs with a side of crispy bacon in the morning doesn’t sound as good as eating those things — at least at first. But a new pair of breakfast-inspired sneakers may just change our minds about that.

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This Record-Setting Ice Cream Cone Has 121 Scoops

by in News, December 19th, 2016

This Record-Setting Ice Cream Cone Has 121 ScoopsOne hundred and twenty-one scoops of yummy ice cream piled on a cone and ready for gleeful consumption may seem like a gelato lover’s unrealizable fantasy. But thanks to the fast scooping, artful packing and impressive balancing skills of an Italian man named Dimitri Panciera, that dream is now a reality. A Guinness World Record-setting reality, that is.

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That’s Amaro: The Old-School Italian Liqueur Getting New Attention

by in Drinks, News, December 16th, 2016

That's Amaro: The Old-School Italian Liqueur Getting New AttentionWhat’s amaro? No, it’s not what you get when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie. That’s amore. (Thanks, Dean!)

That bitter liqueur your old-school Italian relatives used to drink after a big meal? Yes, friends, that is amaro — and NPR’s All Things Considered reports that it’s getting an “American revival.”

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Smelly Foods to Avoid When You’re Dining al Desko

by in News, December 15th, 2016

Smelly Foods to Avoid When You’re Dining al DeskoAnyone who has ever heedlessly heated up last night’s leftover broccoli or tuna casserole in the office microwave knows the shame of the smelly office lunch. Ew! Why, oh, why do so many high-rise office windows not open?

Your co-workers may never forgive or forget, bringing it up at meetings for many months to come and bestowing unflattering nicknames on you. So do you have to resign yourself to a daily greeting of “Hey there, stinky!”? Or is it time to fire up the ol’ resume and dodge the bad rap by getting out of Dodge?

Nothing so drastic may be necessary, as it happens. Because now, armed with info, you can take precautions.

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A Meat-Lovers-Only Online Dating Service Is a Juicy Idea

by in News, December 14th, 2016

A Meat-Lovers-Only Online Dating Service Is a Juicy IdeaVegetarians have their dating services — apparently lots of them — but what about a dating service for the poor, neglected meat lovers of the world?

Turns out, there is one — or at least there’s the tongue-in-cheek promise of one in Australia. The meat-delivery service Carnivore Club, which serves carnivores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union, marked its launch into the land Down Under with a video ad touting an online dating service called, cleverly, Meat Your Match.

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