by Amy Reiter in News, June 8th, 2017
by Amy Reiter in News, June 7th, 2017
Remember when charcoal was just a thing you used to heat your backyard grill? Then it became a trendy cocktail ingredient, rendering boozy beverages fashionably black. Soon your local barista may be handing it to you in your morning coffee cup.
Charcoal Lattes, using activated charcoal, are a thing in Europe and Asia, the New York Daily News reports. The images of the drink have been burning up social media, which had prompted speculation that America’s time will come. That time, in fact, may be now — as Chicago’s Werewolf Coffee Bar seems to have picked up on the trend.
by Amy Reiter in News, June 5th, 2017
Some Starbucks innovations are assuredly better than others. But even those — or perhaps especially those — who wouldn’t go near a Unicorn Frappuccino with a pink-and-purple 10-foot pole may recognize the appeal of the coffee behemoth’s latest innovation: coffee ice cubes.
by T.K. Brady in News, Recipes, View All Posts, June 5th, 2017
Is spicy the hot new trend in candy? The Wrigley Company is set to introduce “Sweet Heat” Skittles and Starbursts this December. The new flavors, which sparked attention at the 2017 Sweets and Snacks Expo held in Chicago in late May, will come in black packaging emblazoned with flames — because, you know, hot.
by Amy Reiter in News, June 4th, 2017
When Italy’s Count Negroni first stirred together gin, Campari and vermouth to make his namesake cocktail in 1919, he never could have predicted the craze that would follow nearly 100 years later. The drink was pretty obscure until the recent cocktail culture brought attention to it, and today the Negroni is a fixture on trendy cocktail menus across the country — both in its classic form and in fun new creations. Read more
by Emily Lee in Community, News, June 1st, 2017
You may think that your morning coffee-and-a-bagel routine could not be improved upon, but wait. What if someone put the coffee in the bagel, streamlining the whole eating/caffeinating process? Good news: Someone has.
Pre-coffee mind … blown.
by Amy Reiter in News, June 1st, 2017
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Mark your calendars, sugar fiends: Tomorrow is the first Friday of June – better known as National Doughnut Day. In keeping with tradition, some of the nation’s most-popular purveyors of fried dough will be doling out their sweet, pillowy creations for free. But did you know there’s a longer story behind this beloved foodie holiday?
It all started in Chicago back in 1938, when the Salvation Army decided to honor the women who served on the front lines during WWI, providing infantrymen – known as “doughboys” – with coffee and doughnuts. (It’s even said that they fried the doughnuts inside the soldiers’ metal helmets!) What began as a fundraiser for the needy during the Great Depression has since morphed into a larger-scale celebration of delicious fried dough, a cornerstone of the American foodscape.
So tomorrow, as you sink your teeth into some sweet, glazed rings, remember the Doughnut Lassies of 1917 — and don’t forget to share your pics online using #NationalDoughnutDay or #NationalDonutDay!
Dunkin’ Donuts – Nationwide
When: All day
Like last year, Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating National Doughnut Day by giving away one free doughnut per customer with the purchase of any beverage. Guests can choose any kind of doughnut (or “donut,” as the chain calls it) they like. The offer is valid at all participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations nationwide, throughout the entire day on Friday, June 2.
by Amy Reiter in News, May 31st, 2017
Here are two words you might not ever have expected to hear together: cheese tea. People are now swearing they go deliciously hand in hand.
So, what is cheese tea? Well, it’s tea with cheese in it. Yes, at first blush, that sounds gross. But we’re not talking stinky cheese — your Limburger, Taleggio or Stinking Bishop. The cheese in question is actually cream cheese — either sweet or salty — and the effect sounds more like a thick, cheesecake-y version of milky teas or bubble tea than anything else.
by Amy Reiter in News, May 30th, 2017
Prom season, like so many stages of young people’s lives, is a time to both embrace tradition and to challenge — and to learn from mistakes and use them to redefine what is possible.
That’s why you’ve just have to love this season’s latest craze: prom croissants.
by Amy Reiter in News, May 30th, 2017
When we’re stuck somewhere in transit and getting increasingly hungry and irritated, most of are probably apt to just sit there feeling sorry for ourselves. But this guy, Mitch Katz, is not most of us.
On Sunday, May 14, Katz was stuck on an Amtrak train 161, which had stalled en route to Washington, D.C. — a mechanics-related service disruption ultimately resulted in a three-hour delay — and he found himself getting “hangry,” he tweeted. So, after more than an hour of waiting, he called to have a pizza delivered to his car on the train, stranded between stations, from a local spot.
Here’s what we can all agree on about doughnuts: They’re delicious, the perfect morning-coffee companion. But most of us don’t know a whole lot more about our favorite fried-dough treat than that. So, to fill in the holes in your doughnut knowledge, we present to you these facts about doughnuts to sprinkle like sugar into your conversation on National Doughnut Day (June 2) and help you ring in the holiday.
1. Doughnuts — loosely defined — are believed to have existed way back to prehistoric times, but doughnuts more or less as we know them today are said to have been brought to what would become Manhattan when it was still New Amsterdam. They were not terribly appealingly known as olykoeks — “oily cakes.”
2. Many accounts credit Elizabeth Gregory, the mother of a mid-19th-century New England ship captain, with creating the first doughnut with a hole in the middle — and for giving the doughnut its name. According to one account, Gregory put hazelnuts or walnuts in the center of deep-fried dough to fill in where the dough was unlikely to cook through. Another version claims Gregory’s son, the captain, created the hole by spiking a doughnut on the ship wheel when he needed both hands to steer during a storm.