by Amy Reiter in Drinks, News, February 17th, 2017
by Lauren Haslett in News, February 16th, 2017
It may seem as if America is becoming a nation of wine sippers — and it’s true that many of those who prefer wine today were more likely to opt for other kinds of alcoholic beverages a decade ago. But don’t worry, beer drinkers, because there are still more of you than there are of them.
Almost four out of 10 — 38 percent — of alcohol consumers over age 21 in the United States said beer was their beverage of choice, whereas 31 percent prefer wine and 28 percent like spirits/liquor most of all, according to a recent Harris Poll survey of 1,540 adults.
by Amy Reiter in News, February 13th, 2017
Thinking of eloping in Vegas? Do you love Taco Bell with a fierce passion that reserved only for your favorite fast-food establishment and the inventor of the magical fourth meal? Then you might want to pay attention.
Taco Bell wants to reward the love its serious fans have for the brand with even more love — by letting some of those fans have their weddings at its flagship Cantina location in Las Vegas.
No, this is not a drill, folks. You can now get married at Taco Bell, and the favorite late-night snack stop wants to help you do it in style!
by Amy Reiter in News, February 10th, 2017
The perfect Valentine’s gift for a well-heeled, chocolate-loving guy? How about a pair of hyper-realistic chocolate shoes? L’éclat, a high-end chocolate boutique at the Rihga Royal Hotel in Osaka, Japan, presided over by chocolatier Motohiro Okai, has created just such a thing.
by Amy Reiter in News, Restaurants, February 9th, 2017
As February arrives and the march to St. Patrick’s Day begins, McDonald’s can be counted on to return its beloved Shamrock Shake (pictured above) to menu boards across the land. Cool, minty, sweet and so, so green — what could be better than a Shamrock Shake?
How about a chocolate Shamrock Shake? Yes, McDonald’s is shaking up its stalwart seasonal offering with four additional variations on its popular theme.
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.
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.