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Boxed Wines Are Back and Bigger Than Ever

by in Drinks, News, August 22nd, 2016

Boxed Wines Are Back and Bigger Than EverBack in the ’80s, wine in a box was pretty much the opposite of a status symbol — an indication that you clearly favored quantity and convenience over quality, when it came to wine. Boxed wines were a bottom-of-the-barrel, bulk affair. (You millennials will have to take your elders’ word for it.) Serious sippers wouldn’t go near anything that didn’t come in a bottle, with a cork.

In recent years, of course, a lot has changed when it comes to wine packaging, and now boxed wines are a different breed than they used to be. That is to say that many of them are actually quite good.

Here are a few things to know about wine in a box — then and now:

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Cocktail Bar Battles Cell-Phone Zombies with Foil-Lined Walls

by in News, August 18th, 2016

Cocktail Bar Battles Cell-Phone Zombies with Foil-Lined WallsEver find yourself at a restaurant feeling frustrated that your tablemates — friends, family, co-workers — are all glued to their phones, texting, emailing or posting images and messages on social media instead of, you know, actually making conversation with the people sitting directly across from them?

A British cocktail bar owner has taken aim at this problem in a big, bold way: by installing copper wire mesh in the ceiling and silver foil in the walls of his establishment in order to block access to the internet. Apparently, this sort of metal-wrapped signal blocker has a name: a “Faraday cage.”

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Let Them Eat Prosciutto (and Pepperoni and Salame and Soppressata and Capicola)!

by in News, August 17th, 2016

Let Them Eat Prosciutto (and Pepperoni and Salame and Soppressata and Capicola)!Should parents who raise their children on a vegan diet go to prison: si o no?

A lawmaker in Italy is pressing for legislation that will make feeding your child a strictly vegan diet, which precludes the consumption of animals and animal products, including eggs and dairy, punishable by one year in prison. The law proposes steeper sentences for cases where veganism has been deemed to have led to a serious health issue (up to four years) or death (up to seven years).

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Bottled Water’s Big Year, By the Numbers

by in News, August 16th, 2016

Bottled Water’s Big Year, By the NumbersThe year 2016 has the potential to go down in history for various reasons. One of them: It’s the year bottled water will outsell soda in the United States for the first time.

The national beverage-preference milestone, which has been on the horizon for a while, stems not only from health concerns about soda — which, Bloomberg recently noted, drove consumption to a 30-year low in 2015 — but also a large uptick in Americans choosing bottled water over tap. Bottled water is valued because of its portability as well as its potability. After lead contamination issues in places like Flint, Mich., Washington, D.C., and Newark, N.J., made headlines, people became concerned about the safety of the H2O flowing from their taps.

Here are a few illuminating numbers plucked from Bloomberg’s recent report about bottled water’s big year:

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The Avocado Bun Throws the Burger-Loving World Into an Uproar

by in News, August 15th, 2016

The Avocado Bun Throws the Burger-Loving World Into an UproarInstagram alert: Social media’s current food-nerd obsession is the avocado bun. What’s that, you ask? Why, it’s precisely what it sounds like: an entire ripe-and-ready avocado, halved and used as a sesame-seed-topped burger bun, with a cheeseburger, onion, tomato, pickles, lettuce and a “secret sauce” tucked between its gorgeous (yet mushy) twin mounds of green.

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A Bone-Broth Ice Pop to Satisfy Your Cravings for Ice and Meat

by in News, August 12th, 2016

At what point does a trend hit its limits? That meaty question may be worthy of consideration in light of this: Springbone Kitchen, a new New York City health-food restaurant specializing in “artisan bone broth,” is now selling a bone-broth ice pop.

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Look Out for Sticker Shock at the Coffee Shop

by in News, August 11th, 2016

Look Out for Sticker Shock at the Coffee ShopBad news, coffee addicts: It may soon cost more to fill your cup.

Thanks to strong demand and a comparatively weak global supply, arabica and robusta coffee beans may get pricier; it’s possible they’ll become the priciest they’ve been since early 2015, Reuters reported, citing its own poll of 11 traders and analysts.

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LeBron James’ Pizza Order Is Some Kind of Slam Dunk

by in News, August 10th, 2016

LeBron James' Pizza Order Is Some Kind of Slam DunkPop-quiz time! Which of the following toppings and extra ingredients does LeBron James order on his pizza: high-rise dough, spicy red sauce, shredded mozzarella, Parmesan, grilled chicken, turkey meatballs, banana peppers, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, green bell peppers, Kalamata olives, red onions, spinach, sea salt, oregano, arugula, olive oil drizzle?

It turns out that the answer is all of them. And while you’re at it, throw in an entree-size arugula with seasonal fruit salad (with chicken, please) and a S’more Pie — though presumably the NBA star prefers those on the side and not on the pizza itself. (Even if he did want the salad and campfire-evocative dessert on top of his ‘za, how would they fit with all those other add-ons?)

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Maneet Chauhan and Elizabeth Falkner Preview the 2016 Roots Conference

by in Events, Food Network Chef, News, August 10th, 2016

Chefs Maneet Chauhan and Elizabeth FalknerHosted by Farmer Lee Jones of The Chef’s Garden — a Huron, Ohio, vegetable farm run by Farmer Lee and his family — the annual Roots conference brings together chefs, food writers and culinary industry professionals for two days of conversation and critical thinking about the state of the food we grow, buy, cook and eat. This year’s conference, the fourth consecutive one since Roots launched in 2013, will take place Monday, Sept. 19 and Tuesday, Sept. 20 at The Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, Ohio. The events will focus on the theme of empowerment, both in the kitchen and out.

Food Network’s own Maneet Chauhan, a longtime Chopped judge, and Elizabeth Falkner, a two-time competitor on The Next Iron Chef, are on the roster of esteemed chefs projected to attend the conference. Maneet is set to join a panel in a discussion on Cooking Authentically as it relates to evolving cuisines, while Elizabeth plans to address attendees as a keynote speaker.

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Could This Be the End of Mushy Tomatoes?

by in News, August 9th, 2016

Tomatoes Get the Full GMO TreatmentThere’s nothing quite like a tomato at the peak of ripeness — firm, round and beautifully deep-hued, fragrant and sweet. Honestly, a good, ripe tomato is like candy.

Yet a few days later, that same tomato, past its prime, may be soft, puckered and hardly appealing — which is why, one imagines, the fruit is now getting the full GMO treatment from researchers.

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