What We're Reading: August 20, 2014

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The new Whole Foods in Evanston wants to let customers "sip and shop." [Evanston Patch

 

Short Stacks is the new hybrid cookbook-magazine that is all about the recipes. [NYT

 

The exclusive, highly priced, and thankfully nonfunctioning chocolate bathroom. [ABC

 

Facts about the dreaded "freshman fifteen," and how to avoid it. [... Read more >

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Wine Wisdom: Five Rosés to Drink Before Summer Ends

Wine Wisdom: Five Rosés to Drink This Summer

 

Our love for the modern cocktails at the JBF Award–winning Bar at the NoMad is tried and true. But we also think that patrons would be remiss to overlook the restaurant’s globe-spanning wine list, tightly curated by sommelier Tom Pastuszak. Here, he shares some recommendations for what we all want to be drinking this summer: rosé, rosé, and more rosé.

 

 

Ravines Pinot Rosé 2013, $15

"This delicate, aromatic, and super-fresh Pinot Noir–based rosé comes from New York’s up-and-coming, cool-climate Finger Lakes region. Beautiful strawberry and cherry aromatics lead to a citrusy-fresh character on the palate."

 

Chateau Musar Jeune Rosé 2012, $15

"Made from the Cinsault grape, this unique and exotic rosé hails from Lebanon’s high-altitude and... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 7, 2014

 

From burritos to live crabs, it seems you can get anything from a vending machine these days. [HuffPo

 

Some high-end restaurants are tapping the concert ticket model instead of old-school reservations. [NPR

 

A Cornell professor offers tips for boosting sales of healthy dishes at restaurants. [The Atlantic

 

The prodigal grandson: the descendant of the inventor of Doritos wants to hack snack foods. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 30, 2014

Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

A mom is outraged by ice cream sandwiches that don't melt. [Huffington Post

 

A photographic history of the picnic. [National Geographic

 

Get the scoop at one of the nation's best ice cream parlors this summer. [NY Daily News

 

You might know beer and wine, but do you know mead? [Serious Eats

 

The ancient roots of intoxicating foods. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 29, 2014

Dumplings

 

In China, the production of dumplings might increase global warming. [NYT

 

Top chefs weigh in: is culinary school really worth it? [Eater]

 

One study finds that teaching kids the health benefits of vegetables makes them less appealing. [The Atlantic

 

What's the deal with raw chocolate? [Food Republic

 

Downton Abbey bordeaux and Game of Thrones beer are just the beginning of the pop culture... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 22, 2014

Pie

 

Cake vs. Pie: Which is more American? [VOX

 

White House welcomes 54 kids to cook for the President and First Lady. [NPR

 

In New York, tea is the new coffee. [WSJ

 

A few tips on how to make bad wine taste better. [TIME

 

A new toaster provides edible selfies. [ABC

 

FDA warns that powdered caffeine is dangerous. [... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Fuoristrada Grillo

Photo by Rina Oh

 

At a recent Beard House dinner, we noticed some unusual packaging for the wine served with chef Mark Ladner’s timballo di gattopardo. The pairing, a 2012 Fuoristrada Grillo, wasn't poured from a bottle, but from a slim, rectangular carton that was not unlike a cafeteria juice box. We reached out to Momofuku beverage director Jordan Salcito, who coordinated the evening's pairings, to learn more.
 
Salcito explained that she was on the lookout for Grillo, a Sicilian grape whose “naturally rich texture and earthy, mineral profile” would complement the timballo’s braised poultry, green peas, and summer truffle. She landed on the Fuoristrada Grillo by Monte Bernadi, a winery known for biodynamically farmed Tuscan bottlings.

 

The wine also had a surprising feature: it was packaged in... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 10, 2014

Grapes

 

Extremely expensive grapes are given as wedding gifts in Japan. [Food Beast

 

The science behind taste-altering foods. [Wired

 

Pilot initiates pizza party for passengers on a grounded plane. [Huffington Post

 

The latest in croissant cross-breeding: the Crupcake. [ABC

 

Fortune fabrication: the process of making the all-knowing cookie. [Food Republic

 

Forget Pinkberry: Frobot is the fro-yo... Read more >

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Wine Wisdom: Add These Regions Less Traveled to Your Bucket List

 

Fresh off the Barn at Blackberry Farm’s win of the 2014 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine Program, Andy Chabot, the restaurant’s food and beverage director, tells us about his favorite less-traveled wine regions. 

 

Paso Robles, California
I imagine that Paso Robles is what Napa was like in the ’70s: farm country, plenty of incredible wines, and friendly winemakers who open their doors to visitors. A nice bonus is that local restaurants sell many of the area’s hard-to-find wines.

 

Chablis, France 
A quick trip from Paris, this is a fantastic region for white-wine lovers. It’s not overly touristy, and there are some very fun restaurants and hotels with great wines. All seven of the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis sit together in a bowl like an amphitheater. 

 

Tokaj, Hungary
The traditional Aszu Tokaji wines from this region in northeastern 
Hungary are among the world’s finest dessert wines, but... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 3, 2014

Margaritas

 

The many origin stories of the margarita. [History Channel

 

Chinese oenophiles have acquired a taste for South African wines. [Bloomberg

 

A doctor in Seattle might have solved the peanut allergy issue. [NBC

 

There's more to simple syrup than just sugar and water. [Food Republic

 

The California Strawberry Commission fights to keep strawberry breeding a public affair. [... Read more >

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