What We're Reading: July 29, 2014

Dumplings

 

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

 

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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What We're Reading: June 5, 2014

Ice Cream

 

Eating food off the floor might actually make you healthier. [Daily Mail UK

 

The Starbucks Frappuccino truck hits the streets of Los Angeles. [LAT

 

The unusual story behind New York's iconic cookie. [Eater

 

Lower ABV wines make a splash on the summer beverage scene. [NPR]

 

Is “chemical cuisine” the next step in modern gastronomy? [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 3, 2014

Bagel with cream cheese

 

Better than Philadelphia? The little-known cream cheese winning over Calvin Trillin and Ruth Reichl. [NYT]

 

A tribute to Maya Angelou’s poetry in the kitchen. [NYT]

 

Panera pledges to drop all artificial additives by 2016. [USA Today]

 

Vetting wine through gamma radiation. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: May 29, 2014

bacon

 

The American Chemical Society explains the science behind the smell of bacon. [NPR

 

Meet the most expensive drink at Starbucks: the Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino. [LAT

 

Hazy beer isn't always a bad thing. [LAT

 

Experimental ocean-aged wine yields interesting results. ​[SF Weekly]

 

​World Cup participants beware: Brazilian authorities find expired food in hotels hosting soccer teams. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: May 21, 2014

coffee

 

Coffee rust fungus causes $1 billion in damage, decrease in production, and severe job loss in Latin America. [NBC]

 

Kraft recalls cottage cheese due to premature expiration and potential link to illness. [CNN Money]

 

California's warm winter might make wine taste better, but it threatens future production. [CBS... Read more >

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