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.

Is There a Cereal Generation Gap?

by in News, March 2nd, 2016

Is There a Cereal Generation Gap?Is eating cereal for breakfast a generational thing: something relished by baby boomers, nostalgic for the crunchy and sweet morning manna of their youth, and disdained by millennials, too lazy to wash their bowls?

That’s the conclusion reached by Kim Severson in a recent New York Times article.

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College Students Learn Complex Science with Chocolate

by in News, February 26th, 2016

College Students Learn Complex Science with ChocolateChocolate can make anything better — including, it turns out, complex matters of science. That’s apparently the thinking behind a materials science and engineering course on offer at Johns Hopkins University in which undergraduate students learn the concepts of thermodynamics by experimenting with chocolate.

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Whole Foods’ New Youth-Oriented Chain May Offer Tattoos

by in News, February 25th, 2016

Whole Foods' New Youth-Oriented Chain May Offer TattoosHere’s an idea you may not have seen coming: a tattoo parlor in your friendly neighborhood Whole Foods. Also maybe a record store.

As part of its push to appeal to young, hip, budget-minded shoppers with its new chain, 365 by Whole Foods Market, the high-end grocer has put a call out to independent businesses of all Millennial-attracting stripes to offer their goods and services within Whole Foods stores or outside on the stores’ patios.

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5 Things to Know About ‘Natural’ Wine

by in Drinks, News, February 23rd, 2016

5 Things to Know About 'Natural' WineThe word “natural” is notoriously indistinct and ill-defined when it comes to food (though that may one day change). The term may seem especially cloudy when it is applied to wine. Yet, NPR’s The Salt blog notes, “natural wine” is currently a cult hit.

WBUR reporter Andrea Shea, clearly a fan, has offered a primer on natural wine. Here are a few things to know:

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The World May Soon Get a Dumpling Emoji

by in News, February 19th, 2016

The World May Soon Get a Dumpling EmojiRemember all the agitation and excitement about the taco emoji? Now it’s the humble dumpling’s turn.

The Dumpling Emoji Project is an effort — launched by New York Times writer Jennifer 8. Lee and designer Yiying Lu — to celebrate what its founders have deemed a “seemingly universal food, popular throughout the world’s cultures.”

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Why Ikea Is Changing Its Meatball-Dining Experience

by in News, February 15th, 2016

Why IKEA Is Changing Its Meatball-Dining ExperienceChances are fairly good that you have, on occasion, stopped in at Ikea to buy not a new, reasonably priced piece of furniture with an unpronounceable Swedish name, but a plate of reasonably priced meatballs (or one of any number of other reasonably priced foods), and pulled out of the parking lot with an empty trunk and a full belly.

Ikea has noticed. And it is making a few adjustments to cater to customers like you — who come to eat in its in-store restaurants, rather than to shop for furniture and other household items.

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Are San Franciscans Eating Out More Than New Yorkers?

by in News, Restaurants, February 14th, 2016

Are San Franciscans Eating Out More Than New Yorkers?For many New Yorkers and San Franciscans, eating out is a way of life, and the plethora of high- and low-end, trendily chic and authentically ethnic restaurants from which to choose, with new hot spots opening up all the time, is a point of pride.

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Guess What America’s Favorite Comfort Food Is

by in News, February 13th, 2016

Guess What America's Favorite Comfort Food IsIf I were to ask you what America’s favorite comfort food is, there are those among you who would probably guess macaroni and cheese, chocolate, burgers and fries, or even popcorn.

All of those are good, solid guesses, but according to a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll, none of them is the correct answer. In actuality, Americans’ favorite comfort food is …

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This Customizable Gum Lets You Chew Dessert All Day

by in News, February 12th, 2016

This Customizable Gum Lets You Chew Dessert All DayThere was a time, not that long ago, when chewing-gum flavor choices were relatively limited: You had your mints and your cinnamons, your bubble-gum flavor and your catchall tutti-frutti.

Of course, one look at the vast and varied gum display at your local drugstore today makes it clear that those humble days are long gone.

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A Deep Dive Into Your Morning Cup o’ Joe

by in News, February 11th, 2016

A Deep Dive Into Your Morning Cup O' JoeMost people who drink coffee do so because they enjoy the flavor of a freshly brewed cup — or the boost it can bring. An increasing number of studies have sweetened the pot with data suggesting that drinking coffee may have health benefits including a lower risk of cardiovascular and liver diseases, diabetes and overall mortality.

Recently, the technology site Ars Technica parsed the science behind a good cup of coffee.

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