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.

Introducing Belty, the Belt That Knows When You’ve Eaten Too Much

by in News, January 12th, 2015

Tape Measure and Blue JeansWe’ve all been there after a big dinner: Your belly strains against the waistline of your slacks, in search of a little more space. Slowly, surreptitiously, you reach down and loosen your belt, one notch, maybe two, hoping to bring your meal-swollen midsection a bit of relief without attracting the notice of your fellow diners.

A new product introduced over the weekend at CES in Las Vegas aims to change that scenario: Belty, the smart belt, is designed to automatically adjust itself based on how much you’ve eaten and exercised.

Belty, from the French startup Emiota, is designed to help in other ways too. It’s equipped with sensors that track your overall health and fitness via cues from your abdomen. If it deems your inactivity to be excessive, it will send you an alert to prompt you to get off your duff and get moving, and it will also connect to a smartphone app that offers you real-time fitness data.

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Wine Ice Cream (Yes!) Will Surely Test Your Resolve

by in News, January 9th, 2015

Mercer's Dairy Port Wine Ice CreamWhen you can’t decide between wine and ice cream, a dairy in upstate New York has just the thing: wine ice cream.

Mercer’s Dairy, based in Boonville, N.Y., has been in business for more than 60 years and has actually been making its adults-only Wine Ice Cream since 2007, spooning up a modest cupful of awards along the way. Recently, however, the magical mash-up of two beloved diet staples has caught the gimlet eye of social media, which has responded with the enthusiasm you might expect.

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A Chili Cheese Dog Pizza with a French Fry Crust? This Guy Went There

by in News, January 8th, 2015

French Fry Crust PizzaPity the poor pizza crust. Recently, snack food mash-up fans have cheered attempts to replace it with everything from Doritos to potato chips. Now a guy named JP Lambiase, who posts weekly videos to YouTube under the handle HellthyJunkFood — “not to be confused with healthy,” he warns — has has created a pizza crust made out of french fries.

He did it in response to a plea issued via YouTube: “JP I want you to make a French Fries pizza and you might think what do I mean well its like a regular pizza but you don’t use any dough just fries on the bottom,” someone named thejoman wrote. The request ended with a heartrending final word: “please.”

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Serena Williams Fills Her Hopman Cup — with Espresso

by in News, January 7th, 2015

Tennis Balls and Coffee BeansThat coffee craving can find you anywhere — even on the tennis court.

Those of us who are hopelessly addicted to drinking coffee have all probably found ourselves, at one time or another, in the middle of our workday, thinking, “Without a cup of coffee right now, I simply cannot go on.”

But while most of us can probably walk to the office kitchen or pop out to the coffee shop around the corner to satisfy our urgent java jones, Williams had to get an official to sign off when, midmatch against Italy’s Flavia Pannetta at the Hopman Cup in Australia, she made a desperate plea for a double shot of caffeine.

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Holy Mackerel! An All-Canned-Seafood Restaurant Aims to Leap Across the Pond

by in News, January 5th, 2015

TincanYou may not think of eating something straight out of a can as being the pinnacle of fine dining, but the people behind Tincan, a pop-up restaurant that just wrapped up a months-long London run, are apparently hoping to change that. The all-canned-food eatery – serving fancy, tin-packed “artisan” seafood from all over the world – has vowed to take its aluminum-encased concept to New York City in 2015.

Don’t call the idea fishy. And no, this is not your mother’s tuna.

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Palcohol Isn’t in Stores Yet, but States Have Already Banned It

by in News, January 3rd, 2015

VodkaPalcohol, the new powdered alcohol that promises to be portable, potent and, with the addition of water, potable hasn’t hit store shelves yet. Currently awaiting label approval, it may not do so until next spring. But that hasn’t stopped several states — Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont – from banning it. Yes, already.

Minnesota, Ohio and New York are also considering pre-emptive bans on powdered liquor, and according to the Associated Press, you can now add Colorado to that list.

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Cat Cafes Are Purrfect for Some, but Soon the Dog Cafe May Have Its Day

by in News, January 2nd, 2015

The Dog CafeCat cafes have been getting a lot of attention of late. But a cuddly new concept is hot on the kitty coffee shop’s tail: The Dog Cafe.

Animal aficionados in Los Angeles are aiming to bring America its first dog cafe. Aspiring Dog Cafe founders Sarah and Aaron Wolfgang have launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo in hopes of raising $200,000 to make their dog-and-java dreams a reality.

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The Restaurant Biz Is Catching Pac-Man Fever

by in News, December 31st, 2014

Pac-Man PizzaPac-Man has always existed in a thrilling eat-or-be-eaten world. (Back off, ghosties.) Now the classic arcade game, which made its debut in 1980, will be linked to fun and food in a whole new way: In late January, the company behind Pac-Man, Namco Entertainment, Inc., plans to open its first Pac-Man-themed restaurant in a shopping center in suburban Chicago, Schaumburg’s Woodfield Mall.

The eatery, which the company cutely says on its website is “noming soon,” will be named Level 257 – a reference to a play level that, thanks to a technical glitch, cannot be reached in the original game.

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Pizza Hut’s New Menu Tracks Your Eyes and Reads Your Mind

by in News, December 30th, 2014

Pizza Hut's New Menu Tracks Your Eyes and Reads Your MindOrdering a pizza has always been the lazy way out of dinner prep. Now it’s gotten even lazier. Like, way lazier.

Pizza Hut is experimenting with a new technology that allows you to summon a pizza without lifting a finger or saying a word. In locations across the U.K., with an eye toward a possible eventual U.S. roll-out, the pizza powerhouse is replacing regular menus with tablets customized to track customers’ eye movements as they peruse their options.

Yes, now you can order pizza using only your eyes.

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How Do You Battle Chile Burn?

by in News, December 28th, 2014

Chili PeppersHas this ever happened to you? You’re going about your business in the kitchen, making chili, salsa or some other deliciously spicy dish, slicing up hot peppers and – yowch! – suddenly you feel the burn. The chile oils and capsaicin are doing their fiery thing on your hands, and before long you’re miserable and not sure what to do.

It happened to me the other night while I was chopping jalapenos, and after a few hours of repeated and fruitless hand washing, I set my stinging fingers gingerly tapping on my keyboard in a desperate search for whatever ingenious solutions the Internet might present.

I discovered that a) I probably should wear gloves next time I cut peppers, b) I should refrain from touching my face or eyes and c) people swear by some pretty far-out solutions for jalapeno burn.

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