by Rupa Bhattacharya in News, October 15th, 2014
by Amy Reiter in Holidays, News, October 13th, 2014
A restaurant in D.C. is making waves for levying an surcharge on patrons who want to savor their cocktails with perfectly crystal-clear ice cubes. To be fair, the equipment needed to make crystal clear ice cubes can be expensive for restaurants, reaching the mid four figures — and if you want to do it yourself, it’s a whole process, involving coolers and chisels.
The advantage to clear ice isn’t just aesthetic — a byproduct of the clear-ice-cube-making process is denser, more slowly melting ice, which will dilute rocks drinks more slowly. That said, a large cube of not-clear ice will do almost as good a job. Use a large silicone ice cube tray to make 2-by-2-inch cubes or spheres that are perfect for sipping drinks.
by Amy Reiter in News, October 11th, 2014
You love food, and you love Halloween. How can you satisfy both of your passions at once? No, not with fists full of bite-size candy bars you will sneak from that big bowl you’ve set by the door for trick-or-treaters. Or at least, that’s not the only way. You can also let your food-nerd flag fly proudly by dressing up — or dressing your kid up — in a food-themed Halloween costume (pictured above).
While you can certainly buy food-related costumes (cute ones, funny ones), any cook worth his or her salt knows that homemade is best. And if you’re hungry for ideas (no, really, stop with the chocolate bars), the Internet is filled with ideas — floating around like apples in a bowl, ripe for bobbing.
These egg and bacon costumes will let your kids show off their sunny-side-up attitudes, not to mention their love of cured meats. Food Network Magazine offers step-by-step instructions on these and other appetite-stirring creations.
by Amy Reiter in News, October 9th, 2014
How do you like your whisky? Neat? On the rocks? Do you prefer to bend it like Beckham?
Wait … what?
Yes, soccer star and global symbol of hotness David Beckham is now trying to do for premium liquor what he has done for men’s underwear: make it sexy for a desirable demographic (or perhaps make it desirable for a sexy demographic).
Beckham (hardly the first celebrity to link his name to a liquor brand) joined forces with British liquor giant Diageo and American Idol creator Simon Fuller (the man also responsible for bringing Beckham’s wife, Victoria, to fame via the Spice Girls) last week to launch Haig Club whisky at an event in Edinburgh, Scotland. The single-grain spirit is produced by Diageo-owned Scotch distillers House of Haig, Scotland’s oldest grain distillery, which traces its roots back to the 17th century.
by Amy Reiter in News, October 7th, 2014
When you look at a leaf of lettuce, perhaps slightly wilted, what do you see? Uh, a leaf of lettuce, right? Maybe the makings of a salad or something to add a bit of crunch to your sandwich?
Artist Victor Nunes sees a warrior’s robe, a woman’s elegant frock or the twirling skirt of a dancer. He sees a variety of arresting hairdos, the leaves and branches of a tree reaching gracefully up to the sky.
For his “Faces” series, which he shares on Facebook, Nunes combines everyday objects — and often foods — with his whimsical line drawings to create wonderfully amusing images that encourage viewers to take a closer look at household items they may not generally glance at a second time.
by Amy Reiter in News, October 6th, 2014
It’s not uncommon for parents, when they’re concerned about their kids missing them at school, to sneak a little note into the kids’ backpacks or special treat in their lunchboxes to cheer them up. But Li Ming, a stay-at-home mom in Singapore, has taken that concept to a whole new level with the elaborate bento boxes she makes for her two sons.
Ming says she “started bento-ing” in 2008, when her older son was in nursery school, and graduated to making the more involved, ultra-adorable charabens, or character bentos, when he began primary school in 2011. “He missed me terribly then and had problems adjusting to the longer hours at primary school. I started packing him charabens, along with lunch notes, hoping to cheer him up and let him feel my presence and love through them,” she explains on Bento, Monsters, the blog where she documents her bentos and offers recipes, tips and tutorials.
by Amy Reiter in News, October 3rd, 2014
We Americans have a lot to say on Twitter about the foods we eat. But what do the foods we eat — and tweet about — say about us?
In a recent study, a group of researchers at the University of Arizona sorted through more than three million food-related tweets — posted between October 2013 and May 2014, with hashtags like #dinner, #breakfast and #lunch — to spot local and regional trends. Their goal was to predict rates of obesity, diabetes and even political preferences in those regions for purposes noble (improving public health efforts) and commercial (cannier target marketing). But along the way they compiled a map highlighting the “most distinctive food word per state from the corpus of food-related tweets.”
by Amy Reiter in News, October 1st, 2014
We shop for fruits and vegetables with the best intentions, but then bury them in the crisper and forget about them. We bring home a doggy bag, toss it in the fridge and overlook it. We make a yummy dinner and then let the leftovers go bad, eventually unearthing them only to toss them in the trash.
One neglected bunch of broccoli or container of takeout may not seem like much, but wasted food is actually a bigger issue in America than we may realize. The next time your family complains about being served leftovers, here are a few facts and figures about food waste to toss their way, culled from an eye-opening story on the Washington Post’s Wonkblog about how Americans throw away more food than plastic, paper, metal or glass:
- 35 million: Tons of food Americans threw out in 2012, according to Environmental Protection Agency estimates
by Cameron Curtis in News, September 30th, 2014
Do you crave healthy stuff like yogurt and fresh fruit in the morning and then, as the day wears on, hanker for greasy, fatty, sugary foods like french fries and cookies at midnight? It might help your mood (if not your calorie count) to know that you are not alone.
Data collected by the consumer technology and wearable device company Jawbone indicates that most people start the day focused on eating dairy, fruit and grains. Then, as the hours creep by, our desire for those foods declines, and our interest in foods rich in oils, fats and sugars rises. Those less-healthy cravings hit a bump at about 4pm (“Snack Time!” Jawbone’s number crunchers note) and rise precipitously after 8pm, peaking between about midnight and 4am before declining in time for breakfast the next day.
by Amy Reiter in News, September 30th, 2014
“We do a lot of boiling and straining,” said Ross Hunsinger of Atlas Sodaworks as he strode back and forth between the pot of boiling root beer ingredients on the stove and the massive chinois strainer on the counter. As he led the hands-on soda making class at Portland Feast, his excitement about soda-making and soda syrups was definitely about to bubble over.
Here are two words that could strike fear into the hearts of sweets lovers across America: sugar shortage.
United States candy companies, including Spangler Candy Co., the maker of Dum Dum Lollipops and candy canes, and Goetze’s Candy Co., which makes the world a better place with its Caramel Creams (a personal favorite), and chocolate manufacturers like Hershey and Chocolate Truffle Co. are contending with low sugar supplies and elevated prices, Bloomberg reports.
The problem, which stems from a centuries-old tariff-based restriction on sugar imports and a trade dispute with Mexico, persists in the U.S. even though world sugar production is way up. In fact, Bloomberg notes, the discrepancy between the sugar prices in the U.S. and around the world is the biggest it has been in two years.