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.

Pink Pineapples Are the Prettiest Things You’ll See All Day

by in News, June 12th, 2017

Pink Pineapples Are the Prettiest Things You'll See All DayIf you’ve ever said to yourself, “Hey, that pineapple looks great, but I wonder if it comes in another color,” the moment you have been waiting for has arrived. The world has brought you pink pineapples.

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Teeny Tiny Avocados Are Made for Solo Snackers

by in News, June 8th, 2017

The question raised by Trader Joe’s latest (rather cute) produce innovation is this: Have we been waiting all our lives for miniature, single-serving avocados?

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People Swear Charcoal Lattes Are Delicious

by in News, June 8th, 2017

People Swear Charcoal Lattes Are DeliciousRemember when charcoal was just a thing you used to heat your backyard grill? Then it became a trendy cocktail ingredient, rendering boozy beverages fashionably black. Soon your local barista may be handing it to you in your morning coffee cup.

Charcoal Lattes, using activated charcoal, are a thing in Europe and Asia, the New York Daily News reports. The images of the drink have been burning up social media, which had prompted speculation that America’s time will come. That time, in fact, may be now — as Chicago’s Werewolf Coffee Bar seems to have picked up on the trend.

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Starbucks’ Latest Innovation: Ice Cubes Made of Coffee

by in News, June 7th, 2017

Starbucks' Latest Innovation: Ice Cubes Made of CoffeeSome Starbucks innovations are assuredly better than others. But even those — or perhaps especially those — who wouldn’t go near a Unicorn Frappuccino with a pink-and-purple 10-foot pole may recognize the appeal of the coffee behemoth’s latest innovation: coffee ice cubes.

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Sweet Heat Skittles and Starbursts Are Set to Spice Up Snacktime

by in News, June 5th, 2017

Sweet Heat Skittles and Starbursts Are Set to Spice Up SnacktimeIs spicy the hot new trend in candy? The Wrigley Company is set to introduce “Sweet Heat” Skittles and Starbursts this December. The new flavors, which sparked attention at the 2017 Sweets and Snacks Expo held in Chicago in late May, will come in black packaging emblazoned with flames — because, you know, hot.

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Someone Has Made a Caffeinated Bagel

by in News, June 4th, 2017

Someone Has Made a Caffeinated BagelYou may think that your morning coffee-and-a-bagel routine could not be improved upon, but wait. What if someone put the coffee in the bagel, streamlining the whole eating/caffeinating process? Good news: Someone has.

Pre-coffee mind … blown.

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Will We All Soon Be Drinking Cheese Tea?

by in News, June 1st, 2017

Will We All Soon Be Drinking Cheese Tea?Here are two words you might not ever have expected to hear together: cheese tea. People are now swearing they go deliciously hand in hand.

So, what is cheese tea? Well, it’s tea with cheese in it. Yes, at first blush, that sounds gross. But we’re not talking stinky cheese — your Limburger, Taleggio or Stinking Bishop. The cheese in question is actually cream cheese — either sweet or salty — and the effect sounds more like a thick, cheesecake-y version of milky teas or bubble tea than anything else.

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Croissant Corsages Are the Latest Prom Craze

by in News, May 31st, 2017

Croissant Corsages Are the Latest Prom CrazeProm season, like so many stages of young people’s lives, is a time to both embrace tradition and to challenge — and to learn from mistakes and use them to redefine what is possible.

That’s why you’ve just have to love this season’s latest craze: prom croissants.

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Guy Gets Pizza Delivered to His Stalled Train

by in News, May 30th, 2017

Guy Gets Pizza Delivered to His Stalled TrainWhen we’re stuck somewhere in transit and getting increasingly hungry and irritated, most of are probably apt to just sit there feeling sorry for ourselves. But this guy, Mitch Katz, is not most of us.

On Sunday, May 14, Katz was stuck on an Amtrak train 161, which had stalled en route to Washington, D.C. — a mechanics-related service disruption ultimately resulted in a three-hour delay — and he found himself getting “hangry,” he tweeted. So, after more than an hour of waiting, he called to have a pizza delivered to his car on the train, stranded between stations, from a local spot.

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12 Things You Never Knew About Doughnuts

by in News, May 30th, 2017

12 Things You Never Knew About DoughnutsHere’s what we can all agree on about doughnuts: They’re delicious, the perfect morning-coffee companion. But most of us don’t know a whole lot more about our favorite fried-dough treat than that. So, to fill in the holes in your doughnut knowledge, we present to you these facts about doughnuts to sprinkle like sugar into your conversation on National Doughnut Day (June 2) and help you ring in the holiday.

1. Doughnuts — loosely defined — are believed to have existed way back to prehistoric times, but doughnuts more or less as we know them today are said to have been brought to what would become Manhattan when it was still New Amsterdam. They were not terribly appealingly known as olykoeks — “oily cakes.”

2. Many accounts credit Elizabeth Gregory, the mother of a mid-19th-century New England ship captain, with creating the first doughnut with a hole in the middle — and for giving the doughnut its name. According to one account, Gregory put hazelnuts or walnuts in the center of deep-fried dough to fill in where the dough was unlikely to cook through. Another version claims Gregory’s son, the captain, created the hole by spiking a doughnut on the ship wheel when he needed both hands to steer during a storm.

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