by Amy Reiter in News, April 17th, 2015
by Amy Reiter in News, April 15th, 2015
If cocktails are delicious and fizzy drinks are delicious, then it stands to reason that fizzy cocktails are delicious. That may be the thinking behind the recent enthusiasm for carbonated cocktails and a new wave in home carbonation systems that render effervescent any beverage, including those of the alcoholic variety.
Perlage offers a superfancy (and pricey) professional cocktail bottling system, targeted at the hospitality industry, and a less expensive system and kit for consumers to use in the home. And now SodaStream is introducing a version of its popular seltzer maker designed to “carbonate any and all liquids, from pure fruit juices to alcoholic beverages.” (Apparently people have been employing their soda makers for this off-label use for a while now anyway.)
by Amy Reiter in News, April 14th, 2015
Ramen 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.
by Amy Reiter in News, April 12th, 2015
Anyone 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.
by FN Dish Editor in News, April 9th, 2015
If 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.
by Amy Reiter in News, April 7th, 2015
Fresh off the heels of the announcement that Food Network and Cooking Channel earned a whopping 11 Daytime Emmy nominations, and that our chefs and shows have received prestigious James Beard Foundation Award nominations, there’s news that brings even more reason to celebrate. Once again, The Webby Awards has recognized Scripps Networks’ apps and digital series, this year with nine nominations and honoree designations.
Committed to “honoring the best of the Internet,” The Webby Awards celebrates the best websites, online film and video, and mobile sites and apps, and more. This year, the Food Network In the Kitchen app earned a nomination in the Mobile Sites & Apps: Lifestyle category for tablets, while FoodNetwork.com is an honoree in the Websites / Television category and Food.com is among the honorees for Mobile Sites & Apps: Food and Drink category.
by Amy Reiter in News, April 6th, 2015
Most 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.”
by Amy Reiter in News, April 5th, 2015
You 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.
by Amy Reiter in News, April 3rd, 2015
The 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.
by Amy Reiter in News, April 2nd, 2015
When 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.
Here’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.