All Posts By Amy Reiter

Amy Reiter is a writer and editor based in New York. Her work has appeared in publications including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Glamour and Marie Claire, as well as Salon, where she was a longtime editor and senior writer. In addition to contributing to FN Dish, she blogs for Food Network’s Healthy Eats.

Why Wine Tasting Is a Big Brain Game

by in News, April 14th, 2017

Why Wine Tasting Is a Big Brain GameSo much has been written about the complexity of wine tasting — the science and subjectivity behind the sip — that you might think there was nothing new to learn about the subject. Think again. In an interview with NPR about his recent book, “Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine,” Yale neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd has lots of surprising things to say about how we taste wine.

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This Couple Served Pizza Cake at Their Wedding

by in News, April 13th, 2017

This Couple Served Pizza Cake at Their WeddingTraditional wedding cakes can be things of true, tiered beauty, but some couples prefer to kick it a bit more whimsical when it comes to dessert on their big day. That’s where sweet trends like pie tables, cupcake towers and doughnut walls come in.

But even those alterna-treats look downright conventional next to the saucy wedding cake a Miami couple — high school sweethearts Jessica and Tony Sanchez — served the guests who had gathered to celebrate their nuptials. Their choice? A pizza cake.

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Is ‘World’s Strongest Coffee’ Worth the Risk?

by in News, April 11th, 2017

Is 'World’s Strongest Coffee' Worth the Risk?There are cups of coffee — and then there are cups of coffee with so much caffeine it really doesn’t seem advisable to drink them. Black Insomnia Coffee, which got its start last year in South Africa and has just become available in the United States, is likely the latter.

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No-Kid Policy Pays Off for ‘Elegant’ Italian Eatery

by in News, Restaurants, April 10th, 2017

No-Kid Policy Pays Off for ‘Elegant’ Italian EateryRemember that Italian restaurant that recently decided to reward the parents of well-behaved children with a discount? An Italian restaurant in North Carolina is taking the opposite approach — skipping the carrot and grabbing the stick.

Caruso’s, an Italian fine dining establishment in Mooresville, North Carolina — “Traditional, classy, intimate,” its website declares, in a fancy script font — has decided to ban children under 5. (“No Children’s Menu Available,” the site underscores.)

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Why Some People Can’t Stand Cilantro

by in News, April 7th, 2017

Why Some People Can't Stand CilantroIt’s hard to find someone who’s totally neutral about cilantro. People seem to either truly enjoy the stuff or just totally hate it. You can even find people bonding online about how much the herb — a common ingredient in many world cuisines — disgusts them.

People who like cilantro find it refreshing, vaguely citrus-y. Those who revile it often use say it tastes like soap or lotion or, conversely, something dirty and rotten, like garbage, stinky feet or bugs.

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13 Things You Never Knew About Peeps

by in News, April 6th, 2017

13 Things You Never Knew About PeepsFor chick lovers with a serious sweet tooth, springtime means one thing: Peeps.

The colored-sugar-covered marshmallow birdies and bunnies — made by Just Born, the family-owned company (founded in 1923 in New York, but since 1932 based, appropriately, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) also behind Mike & Ikes, Hot Tamales and Peanut Chews — are an Easter-basket staple. We all know that.

Recently the Peeps people taught us a few things you may not know about the seasonal sweets. Peep all the fun facts below.

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Personalized Potatoes Put a New Spin on Mash Notes

by in News, April 5th, 2017

Personalized Potatoes Put a New Spin on Mash NotesWhether you say po-tay-to or po-tah-to, you gotta call a recent marketing move by a startup called Potato Parcel what it is: a strange, starchy stroke of genius.

In mid-March, a bunch of NBA players started posting to social media photos of potatoes bearing messages or images on them that they had received in the mail. Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki got one emblazoned with his own colorful photo. “Whoever sent me this POTATO!!!! Much appreciated….,” he tweeted.

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Americans Are Eating Way Less Beef

by in News, April 4th, 2017

Americans Are Eating Way Less BeefWhere’s the beef? It’s not on Americans’ plates as much as it used to be.

United States consumers ate 19 percent less beef in 2014 than they did in 2005, according to a new report published by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The NRDC calculates that Americans’ reduction in U.S. beef consumption shrank their carbon footprint as much as they would have had they eliminated the annual tailpipe emissions of 39 million cars.

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In Japan, People Will Pay Big Bucks for Ultra-Fancy Fruit

by in News, April 3rd, 2017

In Japan, People Will Pay Big Bucks for Ultra-Fancy FruitWould you pay $27,000 for a couple of melons (if you had $27,000 to throw around)? In Japan, that happens.

Last May, a deep-pocketed bidder shelled out a record-setting 3 million yen ($27,240) for two premium cantaloupe melons in an auction in the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market. And that bidder is not alone in blowing big bucks on primo produce.

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Candy Sandwiches Hit a Sweet Spot on Twitter

by in News, March 27th, 2017

Candy Sandwiches Hit a Sweet Spot on TwitterSomeone on Twitter posted pictures (apparently originally shared by someone else on Instagram) of two very unusual sandwiches on yummy-looking baguettes — one featuring “liquorice allsorts” (those colorful, stripey, sugary, sometimes fruity, gelatinous liquorice candies) and another boasting slices of “chocolate orange” and lettuce, but “no butter.”

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