by Amy Reiter in News, Restaurants, September 19th, 2015
by Amy Reiter in News, September 17th, 2015
Here’s one to file under “everything old is new again.”
A “fully automated restaurant,” called Eatsa, has just opened in San Francisco and is being hailed as “the future” of fast food. With its human-free ordering system and food delivery via glass-fronted compartment, it sure sounds a lot like the automats popular in days of yore. You know, where you put a few coins in the slot, reach in, and grab your sandwich or piece of pie?
by Amy Reiter in News, September 16th, 2015
Forget “Would you like fries with that?” There’s now a vending machine — a vending machine! — that makes freshly prepared french fries the main event, deep-frying them right on the spot and dispensing them piping hot. It’s a fry lover’s dream come true.
The machine is the brainchild of students and developers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The university’s website boasts that the vending machine is “soundless, odour free and safe” — and, judging from a video showing the machine in action, it couldn’t be easier to use.
by Amy Reiter in News, September 14th, 2015
Ice cream, by definition, melts when it’s out of the freezer (well … usually, anyway). But now scientists in the U.K. have come up with an ice cream that does not melt, even when you leave it out in the sun — and they predict it will be available in stores within three to five years.
The key to this expectation-defying extenda-frozen dairy treat is a protein, called BslA, that makes the air, fat and water contained in ice cream clump together, causing it to resist melting and stay firm, even when it’s sitting out in warm weather, and preventing the formation of ice crystals, so that it mimics the smooth texture of high-end ice creams.
by Amy Reiter in News, September 11th, 2015
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the year of the sheep. But the trend trackers at New York magazine have declared it to be the year of the bagel — at least in the city that never sleeps, yet nevertheless loves nothing more than waking up to a nice brunch.
In its Fall Preview issue, NYC’s namesake mag heralds the “rebirth of Jewish appetizing” and a “brewing bagel war” — a “schmear campaign,” its headline writers cleverly dub it — pointing to the opening, this autumn, of several new bagel eateries and a few “microfactories” determined to bring satisfaction to anyone with a hankering for a bagel, cream cheese, lox and all the fixins.
by Amy Reiter in News, September 9th, 2015
Those of us who have only ever thought of flour tortillas as ultra-skinny discs, with little to nothing in the way of puff, have apparently been missing out on a whole other variety: thick, bready flour tortillas, a New Mexico regional specialty.
Author Tracie McMillan writes, on NPR’s The Salt, about the moment when, during a visit to a New Mexico restaurant, she first encountered and instantly flipped for these “thick, charmingly floppy tortillas, dotted with browned bubbles and closer in thickness to pancakes than the wan, flaccid discs” she — and the rest of us — are used to tossing in our carts at the local grocery.
Why, she wonders, had the “magic” thick tortillas — rendered puffy thanks to baking powder, perfect for soaking up regional stews, yet nearly impossible to find on the East Coast — never caught on, while the thin ones became ubiquitous? McMillan uncovers a few reasons:
by Guest Blogger in News, September 8th, 2015
Get ready for a more subdued look in your cereal bowl — or on your fast-food tray. As food companies reformulate their products to eliminate artificial dyes, in response to consumer demand, they’ve been looking for natural alternatives. But coloring derived from fruits, vegetables and spices — ingredients like beets or carrots — has its limits in terms of vividness.
General Mills, which announced in June that it would eliminate artificial colors in the 40 percent of its cereals that still contain them, has warned that when its reformulated cereals hit shelves this year, the red pieces in Trix, which will now get their hues from radishes and strawberries, will not look the same. The popular cereal’s blue and green pieces will be missing altogether.
“We haven’t been able to get that same vibrant color,” Kate Gallager, General Mills cereal developer, told the Chicago Tribune.
Other changes to expect, thanks to the movement away from synthetic colors and toward natural hues?
by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, News, September 7th, 2015
By Lauren Haslett
We all know there’s more than one way to eat a slice of pizza. Some people actually use utensils, some go for the crust first, some of us are advocates for folding, and others just bite in without contemplating the many possibilities of pizza eating.
Patti Wood, a renowned body language and human behavior expert who teaches at Emory University, recently shared her insight with Redbook Magazine and the world at large on just how many ways there are to attack a deliciously cheesy, melty slice (there are exactly four, if you’re wondering). And she explained what those methods reveal about the eaters’ personalities.
Wood is often consulted by media and tabloids to weigh in on celebrity body language, determining from Beyoncé’s or Jay Z’s stance and expressions whether they’re on the brink of divorce, for example. But apparently her same method can just as easily be applied to the average person and his or her favorite way to chow down on a cheap slice of pizza.
Wood’s four approaches to pizza eating correspond to four personality types: drivers, influencers, supporters and careful correctors. Each personality type (and its corresponding pizza-eating tactic) is laid out below. Where do you fall on Wood’s pizza-and-personality scale?
by Amy Reiter in News, September 3rd, 2015
First he conquered the ranks of Food Network Stardom with his Season 7 competition win, then he tackled the world of between-bread creations on Sandwich King and just two years ago he joined forces with four other co-hosts for the ultimate celebration, The Kitchen. Now Jeff Mauro is setting his sights on something offscreen: the restaurant scene. His first restaurant, Pork & Mindy’s, which he’ll launch with business partner Kevin Corsello, is slated to open at the end of 2015 and will feature a hybrid of “food, music and art,” according to Jeff, and the very best in barbecue.
Pork & Mindy’s will open in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, a city that’s currently known more for lakeside skyscrapers than for smoky barbecue. But Jeff’s planning to change that when he releases his over-the-top meaty menu in the Windy City. According to Jeff, the focus will be on “real, authentic, slow-smoked barbecue,” and he adds that just as the eatery’s name suggests, there will be plenty of pork. “All our pork is cooked 14 hours in a natural wood smoker, bone in and shredded.” Though the foundation may be pig, including what he deems “pig candy … caramelized crispy bacon brittle,” the offerings go far beyond that, to smoked legs of lamb, chicken and chuck roasts.
by Amy Reiter in News, Restaurants, August 29th, 2015
Wine and cheese, the perfect pair? Well, yes, but there’s also beer.
The porters, stouts and ales we favor in winter — rich and sweet, with subtle notes of chocolate and caramel, fruit and spice — make solid companions for a panoply of cheeses, from earthy Stiltons to pungent Epoisses to Basque sheep-milk cheeses, Eater notes. However, the site contends that we shouldn’t overlook summer’s saisons, Pilsners and pale ales for cheese pairings, as long as we make sure these subtler brews are not overwhelmed by a too-strong fromage.
Thanks to food trucks, we’re used to being able to enjoy everything from edamame and escargot on a stick to tacos and giant cheese-filled Tater Tots rolling right up to us as we stroll down the street. But one on-the-spot food fancy the mobile-food movement hasn’t really taken upon itself to address — thanks, primarily, to a host of thorny alcohol-specific legal issues — is the craving for a cocktail.
Until now, that is.