My favorite thing about traveling is eating, and my favorite thing to eat is cheese. If I won the lottery tomorrow, my next big trip would be a cheese-themed world tour, stopping off in every country to sample their best fromage, sip expertly paired wines, and go to bed every night bloated and blissfully happy. Care to join me? To get started, let’s drool over six of the finest cheese shops in the U.S. and Europe, shall we?
This morning my father-in-laws baked me gluten-free blueberry muffins made with their garden grown blueberries! I forgot how much I enjoy a homemade muffin warm from the oven. Classic blue berry muffins are just the beginning. There are so many creative combinations to try. Check out these 10 muffing recipes.
How cute are CafeCats, a line of kitty-themed marshmallows? Made by Japanese confectioner Yawahada, the cats float to the top of your hot beverage to peek out as you sip. Yawahada also makes marshmallows that melt in your mug to reveal a little pink cat paw floating in your drink. Too cute! As of right now, the marshmallows are only available in Japan, though the company hopes to sell to international customers in the future. If you don’t live in Japan but plan to visit in the future, you can preorder the treats to be delivered when you’re in town. I feel these could make a great gift for those awkward social gatherings where you only sort of know the host – everyone loves cute desserts! [Laughing Squid, Catsparella] [Image via Yawahada]
My boyfriend and I decided to give up eating meat about a year ago, shortly after we moved to Nashville. We’re pescetarians, so we’re not completely vegetarian, but I’d say we eat a completely meat-free diet about 90 percent of the time. From an outsider’s perspective, our choice makes very little sense. While we lived in Portland, which is a veritable wonderland for vegetarian and vegans (there were three vegan grocery stores, two raw vegan restaurants, and five vegetarian restaurants within walking distance of my house), we happily feasted on brisket, carne asada, pulled pork, chicken, and turkey fairly often. Then, upon moving to the southern U.S., a region known for its mastery of meats, we decided to give it up.
Even living in Tennessee, switching over to a vegetarian diet hasn’t been that difficult. It’s actually been really fun hunting down meatless options at country diners and trendy new restaurants. The hardest thing about this lifestyle change hasn’t been food-related at all, it’s been explaining it to people, and figuring out how to deal with their reactions. Keep reading »
Stuffed chicken breast is one of my favorite things to cook.As the chicken cooks, its juices enhance the flavors of whatever it’s been stuffed with, so that each and every bite bursts with flavor. Don’t be intimidated! Stuffed chicken breasts look fancy, taste yummy, and are idiot proof, seriously. Click for eight unique stuffed chicken breasts recipes…
Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I were out with some friends when the topic of preferred pizza toppings came up (as it does in every great conversation). One of the guys at the table admitted he had a penchant for anchovy pizzas, but his motives were less than pure: “I order anchovies on my pizza so my wife won’t eat it and I can have it all to myself,” he said. “That’s exactly why I order IPAs!” said another guy, holding up his beer, “otherwise my girlfriend will drink it!” My initial reactions to these confessions was, basically, “Oh shit, they’re onto us!” You see, stealing food from my boyfriend is one of my favorite pastimes, especially in restaurants, where I turn into a toddler as soon as his order arrives and start whining, “I want thaaaat!” I view most of our meals together as a challenge to see how much of his food I can steal without him noticing, through sleight of hand and/or emotional manipulation. Most of my friends do this too. But alas, it seems you guys are finally developing some effective defenses. In the spirit of full disclosure, here are nine other covert tactics women have been using to steal your food: Keep reading »
With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, tacos are getting a lot of attention. I can’t blame the masses for craving those tasty little handfuls, but let’s not forget about huaraches! Huaraches are a very popular alternative to tacos, specifically in Mexico City. The masa-based dough is fried into oval cakes traditionally topped with salsa, beef, queso fresco, and cilantro. Like tacos, the topping possibilities are endless! Try these out…
I’m such a sucker for any article or video that’s called, “What (Fill In The Blank) Is Like Around The World!” You can fill in that blank with pretty much anything and I will click and read and enjoy and share that shit on Facebook. Case in point: this video tour of common breakfast foods around the world. To follow it up, those clever foodies have a new video out that showcases the preferred drunk foods from countries around the world. After watching it, I have a new life goal: get drunk in the Czech Republic, if only to enjoy a fried mozzarella sandwich afterwards. Sweet mother of god, that thing looks SO good. Which meals are making your beer-soaked tastebuds tingle? That was a gross sentence, sorry, but seriously, tell me which one looks best to you! [YouTube]
I was having a good morning, until I discovered that the waffle donut is a beautiful thing that exists, but is sadly only available 800 miles away in Chicago. Frisky readers who live in Chicago, do all of us a favor and go to the Waffles Cafe, order up one of these wonuts in a flavor of your choosing and report back. I need to live vicariously through your breakfast. Dammit, what a perfect food hybrid. [Thrillist]
One day, I dream of having a party and only serving meatballs. Doesn’t that sound like a dream come true? (OK, maybe not if you’re a vegetarian … sorry, Mom.) My Italian brother-in-law is the king of meatballs. His secret recipe cannot be beat or mimicked. I have long given up on mastering the Italian-style meatball, but have branched off to tackle other flavors. Have you ever had a Thai turkey meatball? What about a hoisin-blackberry glazed meatball? No? Click to discover the many options for these little nuggets.