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.

The Spaghetti and Meatballwich Is a Wish Come True

by in News, April 15th, 2015

Spaghetti and MeatballwichRamen burger, shmamen burger. The Carving Board, a Southern California sandwich place with locations in Tarzana, Hollywood and West Los Angeles, has just put an Italian-comfort-food twist on the trendy noodle-bun-with-meat-in-the-middle hand-held meal.

Ladies and gents, feast your eyes on (if geography doesn’t allow you to treat your taste buds to) the Spaghetti and Meatballwich.

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Sneaky Pepper Grinder Shuts Down Screens at Mealtime

by in News, April 14th, 2015

Devices at MealtimeAnyone who has ever been frustrated by family and friends focusing on their phones — or tablets or the TV — at dinnertime will be fascinated to hear about a device co-masterminded by an Australian pasta-sauce brand and its ad agency, Clemenger BBDO Sydney: The Dolmio Pepper Hacker, a fully functioning pepper grinder with a twist.

When you turn the top of the mill to season your meal, the grinder sneakily shuts down all Wi-Fi-connected and other electronic devices to which it has been linked via an automated switch for half an hour — just long enough to enjoy a pleasant family meal.

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Woman Bites Into Oyster, Finds 51 Pearls

by in News, April 12th, 2015

Woman Bites Into Oyster, Finds 51 PearlsIf you’ve ever bitten into an oyster and discovered a pearl, you probably felt pretty lucky (once you got past the initial tooth-jarring alarm). But a diner at a restaurant in Franklin, Tenn., got lucky 51 times over with a single oyster.

Toni Elliott – a big oyster fan — was enjoying her lunch order of fried oysters a couple of weeks ago at Puckett’s Boat House when she discovered one, then two … and ultimately 51 tiny, shiny pearls in the final oyster on her plate.

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Beyond Taste Cliches: Men and Women Really Do Order Differently in Restaurants

by in News, April 7th, 2015

MenuMost of us probably don’t like to think of ourselves as falling into any specific stereotypes, including gender-based ones, but it appears that, when it comes to what we order in restaurants, we often do.

Men go for the meat. Women like their vegetables. Those gender-based taste preferences, while somewhat oversimplified, aren’t only the stuff of cliche, the Wall Street Journal reports. Rather, they frequently hold true.

“Many chefs say it is remarkable how many diners continue to order largely along gender-based lines,” Alina Dizik writes in the Journal. “Restaurants and menu consultants say it pays to balance gender preferences, both when designing individual dishes and when planning the overall menu.”

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This Chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch Puts Your Easter Candy to Shame

by in News, April 6th, 2015

This Chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch Puts Your Easter Candy to ShameYou may think you overdosed on Easter candy, but your chocolate bunny — be it hollow or solid — has nothing on the life-size chocolate sculpture of actor Benedict Cumberbatch UKTV unveiled on Good Friday to celebrate the launch of a new channel, Drama, on its on-demand service, Play.

Six feet tall, made of 88 pounds of Belgian milk chocolate (500 melted bars of it!) and apparently not an April Fools’ Day joke, the sculpture of the Sherlock star, who was voted Britain’s “dishiest” dramatic actor in a poll of U.K. women, took a crew of eight (including a sculptor, a chocolatier and a model maker) 250 hours to create. Cast, carved and then painstakingly refined, the meticulously detailed 33-percent-cocoa creation — dubbed Benedict Chocobatch — was crafted according to Cumberbatch’s measurements and red carpet appearances.

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Forget Peanuts and Cracker Jacks, Because … Nachos on a Stick

by in News, April 5th, 2015

Nachos on a StickThe Milwaukee Brewers have hit it out of the park, culinarily speaking, on behalf of tortilla-chip-chomping baseball lovers who think everything tastes better on a stick.

This season, the company overseeing Miller Park concessions, Delaware North, says it will tempt Brewers fans with its Inside the Park Nachos: a stick of beef, covered with refried beans, encrusted with Doritos, deep-fried and topped with squiggles of sour cream and liquid-y cheese.

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50 Years Ago, Astronauts Smuggled This Corned Beef Sandwich Into Space

by in News, April 3rd, 2015

Corned Beef SandwichWhen you think “space food,” you probably think Tang and freeze-dried ice cream — not a whopping deli corned beef sandwich on rye. Turns out there’s a reason for that.

Fifty years ago, on March 23, 1965, a hefty corned beef sandwich achieved uncharacteristic weightlessness after it was smuggled into space aboard NASA’s Gemini 3 in the spacesuit pocket of astronaut John Young. Backup command pilot Wally Schirra, a noted prankster, had handed the two-day-old sandwich, which he’d bought at the now-defunct Wolfie’s Restaurant and Sandwich Shop in Cocoa Beach, Fla., to Young the morning Gemini 3, the first American two-man space flight, blasted off. Young, the pilot, surprised Gemini 3 command pilot Gus Grissom with it during their flight.

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These LED Bottle Lights Are a Real Corker

by in News, April 2nd, 2015

These LED Bottle Lights Are a Real CorkerHere’s a product to tuck into your “reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose” ideas file: a rechargeable cork-shaped bottle light that turns your old, empty bottles into romantic lamps you can use to light your dinner table or those backyard barbecues you’ll be throwing when the weather (finally) warms.

The bright LED lights, developed by a company called Suck UK and available (for $15) on its website as well as on Foodiggity and on Amazon, fully charge (and recharge) via USB (in your charger, laptop or other device) in one hour and give you three uninterrupted hours of clean bottled light. (A red indicator light lets you know it’s charging.) Powered by an internal polymer lithium ion battery, the bottle light, which is topped by sustainably harvested cork from Portugal, is safe for both indoor and outdoor use.

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What Does Great Art Taste Like? You’ll Soon Know

by in News, March 29th, 2015

TateArt is a matter of taste, of course, but a new exhibition set to open in late summer at the Tate Britain, in London, will take that idea to a whole new level.

Visitors to the exhibition, Tate Sensorium, winner of the Tate’s annual IK Prize, will be given sensory stimulators — sounds via headphones, bottles of scent — to experience the artwork on display with all of their senses: not only sight, but smell, touch, hearing and, yes, taste as well.

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Japan Has Apple Pie and Carrot Kit Kats for Easter

by in News, March 27th, 2015

Kit KatsWhen it comes to Kit Kat creativity, we American candy-bar lovers have nothing on our Japanese counterparts. In Japan, where Kit Kats are crazy popular, Nestle offers a variety of limited-edition Kit Kat flavors, many of them season- and holiday-specific.

You got your cheesecake-flavored Kit Kats (of various sorts), your pineapple Kit Kats, your kiwifruit Kit Kats, your maple Kit Kats, your choco-banana Kit Kats – even your baked potato Kit Kats and your soy sauce Kit Kats. You got your Christmas Kit Kats, your Halloween Kit Kats and your cherry-blossom-season Kit Kats.

This year, for the first time, Nestle is offering special Easter-edition Kit Kats: Apple Pie and Carrot flavor.

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