by Amy Reiter in News, March 3rd, 2015
by Amy Reiter in News, March 2nd, 2015
Hot sauce will not be outdone. Mere months after French mustard maker Maille opened a high-end Manhattan boutique offering more than 20 varieties of mustards in jars and on tap (to be hand-poured into stoneware containers) and introduced its own “Mustard Sommelier” to New York City condiment lovers, a hot sauce tasting room is poised to open in Brooklyn with … wait for it … its own “Hot Sauce Sommelier.”
I know, sigh. But these purveyors of bottled heat are remarkably earnest about their endeavor, which they are cutely calling Heatonist. Previously peddling their wares in a wheeled cart, the Hot Sauce Mobile, which eventually proved unequal to their aspirations, they’ve decided to establish a permanent shop in the heart of hipster Williamsburg, where, according to a Kickstarter page set up to fund the project, they plan to set up a “charred oak hot sauce bar. Tasteful and timeless — like a fine hot sauce.”
by Amy Reiter in News, March 1st, 2015
If you want to eat and drink like a billionaire, forget the filet mignon, oysters, caviar and truffles, never mind the champagne and fine wine: Just scarf down a boatload of snack foods and soda pop.
That’s what mega-wealthy investor Warren Buffett does. At 84, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO – renowned for both his frugality and his curiously lowbrow taste in food – says he drinks at least five 12-ounce servings of Coca-Cola, made by a company he owns a great deal of stock in, every single day.
“I’m one quarter Coca-Cola,” Warren Buffett told Fortune. “If I eat 2700 calories a day, a quarter of that is Coca-Cola.”
by Amy Reiter in Drinks, News, February 28th, 2015
Ballerinas have their leaps; beer has its hops. Nevertheless, beer cans and ballet dancers would seem to have little in common — until you watch this unexpectedly graceful video about the making of aluminum beer cans.
After taking their bows in the factory, these cans will go on to contain Hops on Pointe beer, a pale lager (6.7 percent alcohol) created by Wellington, New Zealand, brewery Garage Project for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
The Garage Project calls its beer and ballet pairing, originally bottled, “an unusual pas de deux,” noting that it “teases the boundaries between high and low culture.”
by Amy Reiter in News, February 27th, 2015
Mmmm … the aroma of coffee. Even some people who don’t drink it enjoy coffee’s heady scent. And those of us who are coffee drinkers may respond to the smell of a freshly brewed pot with a love that can be embarrassing in its fervor.
Why do we adore it so? Past research has indicated that just the smell of coffee sends a wake-up call to the brain and reduces the stress of sleep deprivation, and now there’s an infographic that parses the chemistry of coffee’s aromatic appeal.
“There are a number of different ways in which coffee’s aroma compounds are created,” Compound Interest, the chemistry blog that created the infographic, explains. It adds that the Maillard reaction, a chemical reaction between amino acids and sugars that makes browned foods like seared steak so delicious, “is a big contributor here, the reaction between proteins and sugars in the coffee beans producing a range of products.” What’s more, the site notes, “degradation and decomposition of other compounds in the coffee beans can also produce aroma compounds.” Brewing also plays a role.
by Amy Reiter in News, February 21st, 2015
Anyone who watched the Academy Awards on Sunday night knows singer-songwriter John Legend (aka John Stephens) and rapper Common (Lonnie Lynn) killed it with their rousing performance of “Glory,” from the film Selma, sparking a standing ovation from the audience and leaving some celebrity faces streaked with tears. Then they slayed it all over again when they collected their golden statuettes for Best Original Song.
But what you may not know is that Legend is also apparently handy with the morning meal.
by Amy Reiter in News, February 19th, 2015
You know the old commercial: How many times would you have to lick a lollipop in order to reach the coveted center of a Tootsie Pop? One, two, (crunch) three? Although it ended with the wistful assertion that “the world may never know,” science has finally provided an answer: about 1,000.
Cleverly avoiding the vexing issue of the premature bite, researchers at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Florida State University immersed hard candy in a water current, formulated a theory for how flows cause dissolving and shrinking, and made a few calculations to come up with their lollipop-lick estimate.
by Amy Reiter in News, February 17th, 2015
How much do you pay for a typical jar of peanut butter? Three or four bucks, maybe five? For super-typical peanut butter, though, you can expect to pay a bit more: $761 for three six-ounce jars, which works out to be about $254 per jar.
That’s how much the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, charges for its pasty PB known as “Standard Reference Material No. 2387.” And if you want to know what’s so unusual about the government agency’s peanut butter, aside from its catchy name, the answer is: nothing. Nothing at all. Which is precisely the point.
by Amy Reiter in News, February 15th, 2015
Here are a few of the things most of us know about popcorn:
1. We love the way it tastes and smells.
2. We especially love it while we’re watching a movie.
3. Sometimes, when we’re feeling decadent, we like it with butter.
4. Other times, when we’re feeling more virtuous, we enjoy it more or less straight up.
5. There’s nothing quite so distinctive as the sound it makes when it pops.
Here’s one thing you probably didn’t know: why it makes that distinctive popping sound when it pops.
by Amy Reiter in Holidays, News, February 14th, 2015
Dream of having a body like Beyoncé’s? Well, dream on, dreamgirls. But now, at least, you can follow her diet regime and have it delivered to your door.
The most-nominated woman in Grammy Awards history (calm down, Kanye) has just launched a vegan home-delivery meal service, 22 Days Nutrition, in partnership with her trainer and exercise physiologist Marco Borges. The meal program, based on Borges’ “22 Days Nutrition challenge,” which Beyoncé and Jay-Z embarked on back in the winter of 2013, is based on the idea that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, meaning that, on day 22, you’ve more or less locked in a good habit (put a ring on it!) or kicked a bad habit to the curb.
How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day today?
You could cook an elegant meal for your special someone, your family or your sweet self. You could sit around and eat a big box of bonbons. You could go out to a fancy restaurant — or a not-so-fancy one. Or you could let two tiny hamsters do the celebrating for you.
Seriously, there is so much to love about this absurdly adorable video of tiny hamsters going on a tiny date, taking a tiny gondola to a place called Tiny Tony’s Restaurant. (“Tonight’s special: Perciatelli Pasta with Red Quinoa Meat Balls,” reads a tiny hand-lettered sign perched on a tiny easel.)