• A unicorn among natural wines: Barbacarlo vertical Saturday April 9 at ViniVeri

    2 years ago - By Do Bianchi

    Ever since wine maven and merchant Jamie Wolff of Chambers St. Wines poured the 1996 not so long ago in Manhattan, Lino Maga's Barbacarlo — the legendary monopole from Oltrepò Pavese — has been the toast of the New York wine scene cognoscenti.
    Jamie's (and New York's) recent discovery has been a best-kept secret among the Italian wine glitterati for decades. And in recent years, library releases of these extraordinary wines have been popping up in the old country.
    Ubi major minor cessat . I couldn't have said it better than Jamie when he wrote :
    "Made from roughly equal parts Croatina...
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  • Pyrazines: Why Some Wines Taste like Bell Pepper 

    Pyrazines: Why Some Wines Taste like Bell Pepper 

    2 years ago - By Wine Folly

    Learn which red and white wines are known for having these savory (herbal and vegetal) aromas, why these aromas happen, and how to seek out high quality wines.
    Why Some Wines Taste like Bell Pepper
    A high presence of certain types of methoxypyrazine (the bell pepper aroma) is considered a fault in wines. Scholars have speculated that bad pyrazine aromas can be corrected with better vineyard management.
    If you've been wondering why youthful wines from particular grapes taste really fruit-driven and others have a wide array of savory flavors, the answer may be methoxypyrazine . A group of...
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  • (Irish) Whiskey Wednesday 8: RIP Merle Haggard

    (Irish) Whiskey Wednesday 8: RIP Merle Haggard

    2 years ago - By Lew Bryson

    I just found out that country music icon Merle Haggard died. I still intend to continue with my backed-up Irish whiskey reviews, because hell, they're whiskey, after all; they even spell it right (though Merle was a Dickel fan, and they don't). But I am going to listen to some Merle, including his classic Okie from Muskogee.
    Mad March Hare, 40%
    "They still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse, and white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all."
    I'm not going to reach for Merle references in these reviews, but I'll be damned if I ignore one that's looking me right in the eye. This is...
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  • Pinto Bean and Swiss Chard Baked Burritos

    Pinto Bean and Swiss Chard Baked Burritos

    2 years ago - By Cook Like A Champion

    Vegetarian dinners are pretty regular at our house, and I'm always looking for new meatless main dishes that aren't pasta. This has been even more true lately, thanks to my weird pregnancy appetite. I am lucky in that I haven't suffered from morning sickness with either of my pregnancies, but I still have days where nothing sounds good to eat (and days where the complete opposite is true).
    I've craved Mexican food even more than usual lately, which is to say basically all the time, but my on-again, off-again meat aversion has kept me from satisfying that craving. Given my love for all...
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  • Krystal Rocks Out with Jimmy Wayne

    Krystal Rocks Out with Jimmy Wayne

    2 years ago - By Restaurant News

    New Country-Fried Menu Comes With A Chance to Win A School Concert & Supplies
    Atlanta, GA ( RestaurantNews.com ) Some boots may be made for walking, but guests will want to use them to run into Krystal this season! Available now through May 1st, Krysta l is hosting a country-music concert sweepstakes featuring singer/songwriter Jimmy Wayne. The contest is all a part of the brand's new Country-Fried menu, available through the spring at participating locations. The two limited-time offers are Krystal restaurants' way of sharing Southern hospitality on a national stage.
    "Nothing says...
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  • Texas Chicken Begins Monumental Expansion in Middle East

    Texas Chicken Begins Monumental Expansion in Middle East

    2 years ago - By Restaurant News

    Restaurant Brand Opening 63 New Locations throughout Region
    Atlanta, GA ( RestaurantNews.com ) Building on its already highly successful international market presence, Texas Chicken has already started making a play to become the largest fried chicken franchise in the Middle East. A new agreement finalized with experienced restaurant franchise partner, The Olayan Group , a diversified multinational enterprise, will lead to the opening of 63 new Texas Chicken restaurants over the next several years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, and Oman. The new...
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  • Indulge in National Cheddar Fries Day at Snuffer's

    Indulge in National Cheddar Fries Day at Snuffer's

    2 years ago - By Restaurant News

    Enter now for chance to win free Cheddar Fries for a Year; National holiday set for 4/20
    Dallas, TX ( RestaurantNews.com ) Everyone knows Snuffer's Cheddar Fries are among life's most cherished indulgences. But did you know they're so good, they even have their own national holiday?
    This April 20, Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar is proud to celebrate the first-ever National Cheddar Fries Day. Everyone is invited to visit one of Snuffer's nine North Texas locations on this special day, whether you're looking for a delicious meal or just craving a cheddary snack.
    Need more incentive? Guests...
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  • Romano's Macaroni Grill Ranked 1 Italian Restaurant Chain

    Romano's Macaroni Grill Ranked 1 Italian Restaurant Chain

    2 years ago - By Restaurant News

    NRN Consumer Picks survey ranks brand tops in Italian category, 5th overall among casual-dining chains, based on customer preference and brand strength
    Houston, TX ( RestaurantNews.com ) Nation's Restaurant News (NRN) announced today that Romano's Macaroni Grill was the top-ranked brand in the Italian/Pizza segment among casual-dining chains in its 2016 Consumer Picks survey.
    Macaroni Grill also ranked 5th overall among casual-dining brands, moving up from its No. 7 ranking in 2015.
    The annual survey, which NRN produced with WD Partners, is a comprehensive look at customer preference...
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  • Zero-Click Ordering from Domino's - When One Click Is One Too Many

    Zero-Click Ordering from Domino's - When One Click Is One Too Many

    2 years ago - By Restaurant News

    New app is the easiest way ever to order Domino's
    Ann Arbor, MI ( RestaurantNews.com ) Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery and digital ordering platforms , is launching the easiest way for consumers to order yet: zero-click ordering. As a brand that is committed to providing customers with ordering choices, the new Zero Click app for iOS and Android™ is available beginning today and allows customers to easily place their Easy Order.
    When Domino's launched the Easy Order in 2013, which refined the ordering experience down to five clicks, it seemed...
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  • Dip Your Way to Creamy Goodness

    Dip Your Way to Creamy Goodness

    2 years ago - By Simmer and Boil

    Whether it's cheese or chocolate, fondue can do no wrong in our eyes. With either bread or fruit, you just need the right compliment of sweet and savory and even the unexpected. Here are some swoon worthy recipes that are just waiting for you to dip on in.
    Chocolate-Frangelico Fondue : This hazelnut dream is ready in just 35 minutes and perfect for drizzling over strawberries, ice cream, cake-anything that you like!
    Photo: Francesco Tonelli
    Cheese Fondue with Apples: Garlic, nutmeg, and dry white wine linger inside this perfect cheese fondue making it delicious by itself, with apples...
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  • This Kitchen Tool Does It All, And You Probably Have One

    This Kitchen Tool Does It All, And You Probably Have One

    2 years ago - By Simmer and Boil

    Credit: Chris Cole / Getty
    Folks, this is the miracle kitchen tool you've been waiting for. It slices, it dices, it cores. It smashes garlic to smithereens and deftly scrapes vanilla seeds from the pod. You can butcher a crown roast or skin a single salmon fillet. It takes seconds to clean and moments to hone and sharpen. And a great one will last you a lifetime.
    What is this miracle kitchen tool you ask? Yep, it's your standard kitchen knife .
    In a world of tomato hullers, avocado pitters, and vanilla bean splitters, a great knife is truly all you need. All those gadgets save a minute...
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  • © Courtesy of Pine RidgeWine Wednesday: The best Napa Valley

    © Courtesy of Pine RidgeWine Wednesday: The best Napa Valley

    2 years ago - By Food & Wine

    © Courtesy of Pine Ridge Wine Wednesday: The best Napa Valley wineries to visit feature a tasting room in a cave, artisanal cheese pairings, on-site sommeliers and more.
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  • © John CullenWine Wednesday: The crush pad at Norm Hardie's

    © John CullenWine Wednesday: The crush pad at Norm Hardie's

    2 years ago - By Food & Wine

    © John Cullen Wine Wednesday: The crush pad at Norm Hardie's modern winery in Prince Edward County, Canada is the place to be for glasses of his energetic wines, matched with wood-fired pizzas . Here, more must-visit spots in Prince Edward County .
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  • Is Baghdad The Next Great Food City?

    2 years ago - By Food Republic

    It sounds like a bad pun. But despite ongoing violence, the restaurant scene in Baghdad, the capital of war-torn Iraq, is " booming ," according to the Associated Press. By that, we mean it's doing really, really well. The number of cafés and restaurants is up 40 percent since 2013 in the city, and about 200 new ones are currently in the planning stages, the AP reports.
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  • 5 Homemade Cocktail Recipes Made With Different Base Spirits

    5 Homemade Cocktail Recipes Made With Different Base Spirits

    2 years ago - By Food Republic

    Food Republic's Brian Quinn has been all over the cocktail beat during the past few years, highlighting drinks from bars across the U.S., ranging from the simple to the difficult to the impressively unique. Have some extra mole bitters lying around your home and don't know what to do with them? Care to immerse yourself in a weekend project that involves infusing your mezcal with pork fat? Brian's your guy, and his Cocktail of the Week is one of FR's most popular regular columns. Let's take a look at five of his recent cocktail recipes, each utilizing a different base.
    Vermouth
    Cheap and...
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  • NYC: Taste Of The Nation Is Back With A Better Culinary Lineup Than Ever

    2 years ago - By Food Republic

    Food festivals and events are a dime a dozen these days, but there's always been something different about the annual Taste of the Nation celebration, taking place later this month in New York City. The yearly nosh fest features many of the city's top restaurants and bars serving up all-you-can-eat menu items and drinks for a great cause. All proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry 's effort to fight childhood hunger in America.
    This year's event is led by restaurateur Danny Meyer, Anissa chef Anita Lo and the Betony team of Eamon Rockey and Bryce Shuman. The host committee includes...
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  • Brewbound Partners with Dogfish Head for Special CBC Edition of Brew Talks on May 4

    Brewbound Partners with Dogfish Head for Special CBC Edition of Brew Talks on May 4

    2 years ago - By Brewbound

    Brewbound is excited to announce that there will be a special edition of the traveling Brew Talks meetup series on Wednesday, May 4 during the 2016 Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia.
    In partnership with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Brewbound will host two thought-provoking panel discussions with executives from the country's top craft breweries and a pair of retail experts. A special one-on-one conversation with Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione will also be featured.
    Register Today > > >
    This industry-only event will take place at World Café Live (located at 3025 Walnut Street...
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  • Eight Questions with Rodney Ferguson, President and CEO of Winrock International

    2 years ago - By Food Tank

    Food Tank, in partnership with American University, is hosting the 2nd Annual Food Tank Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 20-21, 2016.
    This two-day event will feature more than 75 different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policymakers, government officials, and students will come together for panels on topics including food waste, urban agriculture, family farmers, farm workers, and more.
    Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with Rodney Ferguson , the President and CEO of Winrock International, a nonprofit that works to empower the...
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  • 31 Indigenous Crops Promoting Health and Contributing to Food Security

    2 years ago - By Food Tank

    Human beings have used thousands of plant species for food throughout history, but only 150-200 species of plants are cultivated today. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), twelve of these species provide 75 percent of the world's food. Three of these crops, rice, maize, and wheat contribute to nearly 60 percent of the protein and calories obtained by humans from plants. Since the beginning of the 20th century, some 75 percent of plant genetic diversity has been lost.
    Indigenous crops may offer a sustainable solution to food insecurity and the increasing loss of...
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  • Angry French Winemakers Flood Highway With Spanish Vino

    Angry French Winemakers Flood Highway With Spanish Vino

    2 years ago - By Eater

    Wine, wine everywhere and not a drop to drink A group of French winemakers flooded a highway with thousands of gallons of wine earlier this week, in apparent protest of the high volume of Spanish wine being imported into the country. Decanter reports that since last last year, French vintners have been incensed about the rise in Spanish wine imports into France. The government has done little to stop the trade, so the French took matters into their own hands last week and hijacked five wine tankers. They emptied the trucks' wine stores into the street, causing a flood of tens of thousands...
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