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Some Guy Legally Changed His Name to ‘Bacon Double Cheeseburger’

by in News, March 4th, 2016

Changing your name to “Bacon Double Cheeseburger” might not sound kosher to everyone, but to a U.K. man formerly known as Sam Smith, who legally adopted the moniker in tribute to his favorite food, it apparently sounded like an absolutely delicious idea.

Smith, er … Cheeseburger, who is 33, lives in the London area and works, perhaps appropriately, as a “gas consultant,” applied for an official name change after — you probably won’t be shocked to learn — a night of drinking with his buddies.

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Millennials Are Drinking a Whole Lot of Wine

by in Drinks, News, March 3rd, 2016

Millennials Are Drinking a Whole Lot of WineWe may already be aware that millennials like to drink wine (big-name beers, not so much), but we may not have grasped just how much vino the young’uns are guzzling.

Now we know: a whole lot.

In 2015 alone, American millennials (in this case defined as those 21 to 38 years old) glugged through — or, more charitably, delicately sipped — 159.6 million cases of wine, according to new statistics on wine consumption unveiled by the Wine Market Council and cited by Wine Spectator. Figuring there are about 79 million millennials (estimates vary a bit), that’s more than two cases of wine per person. It’s also more wine consumption than any other generation. (Sorry, baby boomers and Gen Xers.) In fact, nearly half — 42 percent — of all wine consumed in the nation in 2015 was drunk by millennials.

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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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Burger Bash 2016 Winners: Morimoto and Jersey Dawg (and Rachael Ray)

by in Events, News, February 26th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalWith a sandy seaside backdrop, dozens of roaring grills, and tables outfitted with ketchup and mustard, the scene was set for a Burger Bash tonight at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which is celebrating its 15th birthday in Miami all weekend long with the likes of Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri and Alex Guarnaschelli. As burger lovers packed the expansive tents and got their hands on the between-the-bun creations before them, FN Dish was on hand to take in the sights, smoky smells and, of course, all the beefy, meaty tastes that only this fan-favorite Bash could provide.

Rachael Ray was once again on hand to host the sold-out tasting, and this year proved especially significant, as it marked the 10th anniversary of Burger Bash. In celebration of this landmark milestone, the Festival team wowed Rachael on stage with not only her own Bash award but also an oversize burger cake made by none other than cake-baker extraordinaire Buddy Valastro. FN Dish was on hand tonight and we caught up with Rachael to dish about the longtime success of the event. “I think that the Burger Bash is a fun idea because we challenge the world’s greatest chefs to put their talents on a, well, on a hug — on a bun,” she told us. “And it makes food more accessible and presents the chefs in a whole different light.”

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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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