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Spam (the Meat, Not the Mail) Is Getting Totally Trendy

by in News, November 4th, 2016

Spam (the Meat, Not the Mail) Is Getting Totally TrendyRaise your hand if you like Spam. Anyone?

Actually, some of you out there must be raising your hands. According to several recent reports, the retro canned meat product, which made its grocery-store debut in 1937, is making a comeback — perhaps even a major comeback.

Spam, long derided as a mystery meat, actually contains, according to parent company Hormel Foods, only “six simple ingredients”: “pork with ham, salt, water, modified potato starch, sugar and sodium nitrite.” Its popularity spread thanks to GIs stationed around the world during World War II, and the Minnesota-made tinned meat product is now sold in 44 countries; it has apparently built up a huge fan base in several particular countries and cultures.

For instance …

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Which of Your Favorite Starbucks Holiday Beverages Are Back?

by in News, November 3rd, 2016

Which of Your Favorite Starbucks Holiday Beverages Are Back?Every year, Starbucks simultaneously rolls out its signature holiday beverages and introduces a brand-new seasonal cup that they are served in. And this year, for (maybe?) the first time ever, that festive cup is not red but green.

Green is, of course, Starbucks’ signature color, and based on that and the description of the new cup in the recent company press release, it’s evident this new design is pretty personal. The cup shows a single line connecting an array of different people — everyone from coffee farmers to baristas to families — and was designed by Seattle-based artist Shogo Ota. It is also, says Howard Schultz, the company’s chairman and CEO, a design that represents “the connections Starbucks has as a community with its partners (employees) and customers. During a divisive time in our country, Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other.”

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Ballot-Worthy Bites: 11 Election-Themed Dishes and Drinks

by in News, Restaurants, November 1st, 2016

By Patty Lee

It’s been a heated election season, with no shortage of debates, speeches and campaign revelations, and the race to the White House has had everyone talking — including the country’s chefs and bartenders, who are taking politics into the kitchen. From burgers to ice cream to cocktails, check out the creative election-themed specials that bars and restaurants across the country are whipping up. Read more

A Drinking Fountain That Dispenses Free Wine Now Exists

by in News, October 31st, 2016

A Drinking Fountain That Dispenses Free Wine Now ExistsDream. Come. True. A public drinking fountain that offers up not water but Italian red wine (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, to be precise) — for free, seven days a week — may sound like the stuff of fantasy, but it is actually now a thing.

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Give Your Workout a Seasonal Jolt with These PSL Sneakers

by in In Season, News, October 27th, 2016

Give Your Workout a Seasonal Jolt with These PSL SneakersWhy drink a pumpkin spice latte when you can wear one on your feet? OK, you don’t really need to answer that. (“Well, for one thing, PSL is a beverage. …”) The point is that someone — the athletic-shoe maker Saucony’s apparently caffeinated design team, to be specific — has made sneakers inspired by Starbucks’ signature autumnal coffee drink, and they look good enough to sip. (Maybe the designers’ culinary creativity was sparked by this similarly appetite-stirring Nike sneaker.)

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What’s Your State’s Favorite Halloween Candy?

by in Holidays, News, October 24th, 2016

What's Your State's Favorite Halloween Candy?Alabama and Washington love Airheads. Connecticut and Rhode Island prefer peanut butter cups (Reese’s, if you please). And candy corn is the Halloween treat of choice in five states, uniting in sugar Oregon, Wyoming, Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina.

We know these sweet-tooth truths because product-focused social media company Influenster put the question of fave Halloween candy to its members and distilled the 40,000 survey responses from across the nation into a sweet-by-state U.S. map.

Other revelations:

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How to Tell If Your Wine Is Bad

by in Drinks, News, October 20th, 2016

How to Tell if Your Wine Is BadYou’re out to dinner with friends and decide to order a bottle of wine, but there’s something about the wine that seems … sort of … off to you. Still, you’re no wine expert, so how can you really know? Should you just swallow your doubts and drink the wine anyway? Or should you risk seeming high-maintenance and send it back?

It can be difficult to tell whether a wine is actually bad or just not your cup of tea — to mix a beverage metaphor. Happily, the web is filled with advice from oenophiles (including this recent article on FoxNews.com) on how to handle the situation. It all basically comes down to three things:

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What’s the Most-Popular Delivery Food in Your State?

by in News, October 18th, 2016

What's the Most Popular Delivery Food in Your State?Noting that online dish-delivery orders are sharply on the rise (they more than doubled from 2010 to 2015, while telephone orders consistently declined, according to Quartz), Eater asked the online and mobile food-ordering companies GrubHub and DoorDash which foods were most popular in regions around the country and broke it down state by state. (Pizza, presumably quite popular, may not have been thoroughly represented, since a lot of pizza purveyors have their own ordering systems.)

Here are seven interesting takeout takeaways:

1. Chicken is the most-ordered food in 12 U.S. states (including Michigan, Rhode Island, and a whole swath of Southern states like North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida), earning it top takeout honors, according to Eater’s number crunchers.

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Burger Bash 2016 Winners: David’s Cafe and Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

by in Events, News, October 14th, 2016

New York City Wine & Food FestivalIf you’ve ever reveled in the smoky air of your backyard while grilling up a burger or two, you can imagine what guests of Friday night’s Burger Bash were in for when they walked into Manhattan’s Pier 92. Not one but dozens of chefs and restaurateurs came together at this rooftop party to serve up hundreds of juicy, cheesy, piled-high burgers to hordes of hungry fans, all eager to get their hands on the between-the-bun creations.

2016 marks the ninth year of this beloved New York City Wine & Food Festival event, and like in festivals past, the burger offerings put forth ranged from the classic (hello, American cheese) to the downright creative — think lamb-beef-combo patties and lobster toppings, which kept partygoers coming back for more. With so many burgers on display, it was up to both guests and judges — such famous, food-loving figures as Chopped judge Marc Murphy, Josh Capon, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka — to decide which was worthy of the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice awards, respectively. We caught up with judge Josh, who knows what it takes to make a winning burger — he’s won a whopping six Burger Bash competitions — and he told us that the perfect burger would have “perfect meat, perfect bun, perfect toppings and perfect execution.” Simply put, he said he’d be looking for “balance.”

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Science Is Working on a Cure for Garlic Breath

by in News, October 12th, 2016

Science Is Working on a Cure for Garlic BreathWe’ve all been there after indulging in a deliciously garlicky dish: supremely satisfied — and also self-conscious that your breath seriously reeks. Garlic breath can last as long as 24 hours after you consume garlic. They don’t call it the “stinking rose” for nothing.

Thankfully, science is on it. Researchers at Ohio State University have determined that chewing mint leaves and eating apple or lettuce (either raw or cooked) may remedy garlic breath. They arrived at this simple conclusion after engaging a group of study participants to chew three grams of softneck garlic cloves for 25 seconds. Then the participants were immediately given either water (the control), apples (either raw, juiced or heated), lettuce (raw or heated), mint leaves (raw or juiced) or green tea.

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