by Amy Reiter in News, Restaurants, February 9th, 2017
by Amy Reiter in News, February 8th, 2017
You know those nights when you and your friends are deciding on a restaurant — be it somewhere you’d go to or order from — and everyone has a different opinion of the perfect choice? One person’s craving a burger, another is in the mood for Chinese food, and a third is into something upscale or adventurous?
Now, the lucky residents of Helsinki, Finland, won’t have to decide. American Express and Wolt, a delivery service in the city, have partnered to launch a pop-up restaurant, called Take In, that allows every person at a table to order from the restaurant he or she chooses and still sit and eat together.
by Amy Reiter in News, February 1st, 2017
Are you a ghee whiz? Many of us probably aren’t even totally clear on what ghee is, despite the fact that the clarified butter is a staple in Indian food and a preferred fat among Paleo diet devotees as well.
Here are a few basics:
First of all, how do you pronounce it? With a hard “g,” as in “good” or “great.” (Listen here.)
by Amy Reiter in News, January 31st, 2017
That bottle of good olive oil you just bought may claim on its label to have been made in Italy, but, since fraud is an issue, how can you know for sure that it’s the real deal? A new smartphone app aims to clear up any such murkiness.
by Amy Reiter in News, January 30th, 2017
What do football fans in your state love to snack on during the Super Bowl? Is it the same as your favorite big-game food? Google has provided some insight, releasing a list of the most-searched-for foods in the run-up to the Super Bowl in every state.
And the snack preferences as are diverse as this great country of ours. In California and Connecticut, they favor cupcakes, while in Colorado, it’s all about queso dip. In Maryland, residents are apparently madly Googling chickpea soup ahead of kickoff time. Mississippians are searching for sweet potatoes shepherd’s pie, and fans in Oregon are looking to cook up a Tater Tot casserole. Not surprisingly, dips of various types are mega-popular across the country, as are jalapeno poppers.
The big game is Sunday, of course, but it’s hard not to get hungry while reading the list right now. Check out the foods below and get related recipes to tackle. (Hut, hut … hike!)
by Amy Reiter in News, January 27th, 2017
We all expect fancy barista-made coffee drinks to set us back a few bucks, but soon even a cup of inexpensive instant coffee — your Folgers, your Maxwell House, etc. — may feel like a splurge.
A drought in Brazil has adversely affected the supply of robusta coffee beans — the kind used for many instant and packaged coffees — and driven up prices.
by Amy Reiter in News, January 25th, 2017
One thing that unites America? Our common love of cheese.
The consumption of cheese and butter in the United States is at an all-time high, Bloomberg reports, citing a December report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cheese consumption has risen especially sharply in the last two years, now clocking in higher than it has since the government began keeping tabs on it, in 1975.
by Amy Reiter in News, January 24th, 2017
We already know millennials love coffee. Now we know just how much they’re willing to stake on it: their future financial security, apparently.
A new report from Acorns, a “micro investing” app, suggests that a startling percentage of millennials cop to spending more money on coffee than they spend saving for retirement.
by Amy Reiter in News, January 23rd, 2017
In the last few months, trend-watching bloggers have breathlessly declared ube, the sweet purple yam, to be “the new most Instagrammable food,” “the current flavor of the moment,” “Filipino America’s breakout food” and, reassuringly, “more than just a hipster trend.”
That’s not pure hyperbole. A search for “#ube” on Instagram yields almost 158,000 posts showing toothsome-looking images of just about everything you can imagine: cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, doughnuts, waffles, pancakes, lattes, rainbow-sprinkle-topped milkshakes and so much ice cream in shades of pale lavender, bruise-y plum, vivid violet and deep aubergine.
So what, aside from its lovely hue, should you know about ube? Here are a few things:
by Amy Reiter in News, January 20th, 2017
You know that drowsy feeling you get after a big meal, like you might just pass out right there at the table? Call it a “food coma” or, more fancily, “postprandial somnolence,” but whatever you prefer to label it, researchers have now confirmed that the phenomenon is real — and may have determined the foods most likely to bring it on.
Neurobiologists at Scripps Research Institute, in Florida, and several other institutions say their research on the behavior of fruit flies indicate a connection between eating and sleeping. The researchers, led by Keith R. Murphy, devised a system for measuring the impact of food on sleepiness and found that, after consuming a great deal, fruit flies conk out for about 20 to 40 minutes, depending on how much they’ve eaten, before returning to their typical wakeful state.
Unicorn macarons? It probably goes without saying that there’s nothing like them. And we probably also don’t have to tell you that, now that they exist, people are going crazy for them.
Introduced only a few weeks ago by Mac Lab Bakery & Cafe — a Duluth, Georgia, bake shop owned by spouses — the adorable golden-horned, rainbow-sprinkled goodies have become an instant Internet sensation, garnering thousands of likes on Instagram and generating breathless media coverage. They’ve been dubbed “the most magical of desserts,” “the most majestic of desserts,” “the most adorable dessert ever,” and a variety of other superlatives.