If I told you that the “beer and sausage diet” had been dreamed up by a man, no one would be surprised, right? I mean, half of my guy friends already follow this diet religiously, even though they haven’t officially titled it as such. But if I told you that the man who made up this diet has actually been losing weight on it, you would be kind of surprised, right? Well, it’s true. Keep reading »
According to a new piece in the The Los Angeles Times, sommeliers who create specially curated, super expensive water menus are becoming more and more common at high-end restaurants. Water sommelier Martin Riese explains why:
“When you have good food, good wine and good spirits, you don’t want to contaminate that with [sic] water … All waters have unique tastes, and a lot of Americans think water is just water, but I completely don’t believe in that.Water has so many interesting nuances.”
I’ve been saying this since I was eight and my father would roll his eyes and tell me that I was a “snob.” I am not a snob; Arizona’s tap water (where I grew up) smelled and tasted like chlorine and made me feel sick. Apparently, I was born with a highly sensitive palate that could detect the thickness, minerality, sweetness and bitterness of various water varietals. Keep reading »
I know it sounds bizarre, but trust me on this one: this new Hot Pockets spot, featuring Kate Upton and Snoop Dogg, is a must-watch. Set to a Pockets-themed version of Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend,” it’s trippy, weirdly charming, and of course makes Hot Pockets look waaaaay more delicious than they have ever been and ever will be. [via Huffington Post]
Let’s face it: Butter makes everything better. I keep praying for the day quinoa is tossed aside and butter is labeled the new miracle food. My favorite part of going to brunch at a nice restaurant is the flavored butter they serve on freshly baked bread. Cracking open a warm doughy roll and watching the brightly colored butter melt into a delicious mess is more than I can take.
Over the weekend, I came across a vendor at the farmer’s market selling flavored butter for $8! Now, although all butter is not made equal, there is no reason you should have to break the bank to enjoy flavored butter. Try some of these easy recipes and enjoy the possibilities.
First up, my maple spice butter!
There are some moments that grab you by the lapels and shake you out of routine, serving as a reminder that life is beautiful and worth living. Weddings, new babies, graduations … this deep-fried macaroni and cheese burger. Reminiscent of the trendy ramen burger but even more deliciously gluttonous, the Mac Attack Burger is topped with two deep-fried discs of macaroni and cheese and topped off with Sriracha ketchup. The beef itself is practically a supporting player to all the melted cheesy goodness. This beautiful slice of Americana was created by chef Amanda Downing of the Chicago restaurant Rockit Burger. It’s only available until October 6, so if you live in Chicago, get over there and stuff your face in honor of the rest of us who are less fortunate. [People]
When I was growing up, every time my mom made one of her gorgeous cakes and set it on the counter to cool, I would sneak into the kitchen and slice a very small sliver off the top of the cake, just to try it. That little sliver would be so delicious that I couldn’t resist slicing off another piece, and another, and then pretty soon I would just be digging chunks of cake out of the pan with my hands like a crazed animal. If my mom had had one of these ingenious Nibble cake pans, which lets you bake a tiny taste-tester cake alongside the full-size one, our relationship would have been much more harmonious. I think I’ll get her one now as a belated cake-mangling apology. And one for myself too, just because it’s such a rad idea. [$26, Amazon]