Getting a kid to eat his vegetables has been parents' battle cry for generations. It's a war where one would think the parents have the tactical advantage (like size, the ability to manipulate sliverware, bribing, punishing), but infants and toddlers have proven valiant in resisting their opponents' efforts. There may be a new development that could bring both sides together on this issue: Patatina and her citrus friends. The brainchild of Sabine Cassel, the mother of French actor Vincent Cassel and the former food editor of Elle, Cassel has written an e-book for children about called "Patatina and the Citrus". Patatina, a potato, learns more about a family of citrus neighbors. The e-book includes healthy recipes that are easy to understand and follow, and document the many fine qualities of Patatina's citrus gang which correlate with the benefits of healthy foods. With interactive features, bright colors, and a pleasing storyline, kids will learn about fruits and veggies in a way that doesn't force them to bend to anyone's will.
Are you the type of person that puts sriracha on your eggs every morning? Do you overload your pizza slices with red chili flakes, to the point where the cheese beneath it is difficult to spot with the naked eye? Do you go out of your way to order items on a take-out menu that has 1-3 chili peppers next to it? Look no further, because this collection of spicy herbs is for you. The Liquor and Heat line, brought to you by the innovative spice company TongueSpank, is sure to quell all of your spice-craving needs.
One of the best things about the change of seasons is, of course, the change in beverages. You'd be hardpressed to find someone who doesn't enjoy a steamy hot chocolate on a cold winter night, but we're looking to go a little bit harder than that here. With the recent explosion in craft brewing here in the states, every brewery, from the most micro to the international conglomorates, are trying their hand at creating the perfect seasonal drink. One of America's most enjoyed brewsmiths, Burlington, Vermont-based Magic Hat, has upped the ante in recent years, expanding their selection from the well-known #9 "Not Quite Pale Ale," and two other year-rounds, "Circus Boy Hefeweizen" and "Single Chair Ale Pilsner", to also include libations for every season. Magic Hat was kind enough to send out a sampler of a few bottles on this year's menu, including the Humdinger Series Graupel wheat wine ale, heart of Darkness stout, and G-Thing! ginger spice ale.
Devotion Spirits, Inc. is proud to announce that they are the first and only brand in the world to receive approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to have "Gluten Free" and "No Sugar Added" labels on their new line of gluten free and sugar free vodkas.
With the increase in gluten sensitivity, many Americans are finding themselves needing to change their diet. But gluten is not only found in foods that we consume it is also found in certain beverages. If you are currently in the market for gluten free alcohol you may be coming up short in your search. Now with Devotion's new line of gluten and sugar free vodkas, everyone can enjoy guiltless drinks!
Here at Joonbug, we pride ourselves on our adventurous spirit, our thirst for the unknown or the unfamiliar, and our celebration of all things American. The dinner we attended recently, hosted by the Richmond Region Tourism group, represents all three of these pillars of culinary exploration.
With cuisine featured by three prominent chefs from Richmond, and beer pairings from Richmond’s local Hardywood Brewery, we were delighted to be part of such a wonderful evening dedicated to showcasing food from a region that is often overlooked in the scope of the national culinary scene.
The holidays can get really expensive. If you’re not going to be home with family this year, sitting back and stuffing your face as your mom slaves over a hot stove- then you’re probably wondering… “what am I going to do?” That's when you look in your wallet and realize, you’re broke. We've all been there. But don’t fret, we’re here to help with our guide on how to celebrate Thanksgiving on a budget.
First, let’s start with the turkey. You probably have a huge, juicy turkey in mind. But if your bank account is saying other wise, there are alternatives--seriously. Here are some alternative, fun options to try with a twist on the traditional turkey.
Since its inception on April 3, 1892, the Ice Cream Sundae has been an all American favorite for kids and adults alike. Made generally of toppings, ice cream, nuts, whipped cream, and the infamous cherry on top, the sundae, like all great American treats, has transformed itself multiple times over the years as each generation has taken this old-time treat and put a new and creative spin on it.
November 11th marks National Sundae Day and this year is extra special because it marks the 120 year anniversary of everyone’s favorite dessert! Not only is the sundae a treat all Americans love, it is also a treat that has a rightful place in our nation’s history. During the Great Depression, one luxury that the working class could afford was a sundae, and during World War II, the Navy built custom floating ice cream parlors to boost troop morale.
New York is home to both the mainstream and those who prefer life off the beaten path. In so much, Brooklyn, home to hipsters, and many things antiestablishment, is also a breeding ground for microbreweries, a trend that is sweeping the East Coast and the rest of the country. Sarah and Giancarlo Annese run beerunion.com, a blog about craft beer, and are craft beer experts. Both have turned their passion from tasting beer and writing into fanning the flame of a movement bringing brewers, distributors, and tasters together. Despite the emphasis on local sourcing, microbreweries have an established foothold in the local economy and are developing a larger consumer base. Giancarlo and Sarah selected beer for this year's NYC Craft Beer Festival: Winter Harvest, coming up on November 23 and 24th. We were able to ask Sarah and Giancarlo a few questions about their passion for local beer, and they kindly took the time to fill us in on the virtues of microbreweries, and where they might be going.
Brunch in New York is becoming more of a staple, straddling the fine line between sophisticated dining and a hangover cure for underacheivers. The term "drunk brunch" is especially popular with the party crowd, who can't be bothered to find an egg after a night of heavy drinking, let alone cook it. If you need a brunch that will nourish your sould while not throwing shade on your life choices, all while giving your tastebuds a much-needed kick in the pants, then MexiBBQ needs to be your regular brunch spot.
The actual first appearance of the doughnut still remains a mystery. Archaeologists have unearthed fossilized bits of what seem to look like doughnuts dating back as early as prehistoric Native American times, and accounts of making fried dough goes back centuries and can be seen across the globe.
But the first known appearance of the doughnut in the states came around the early 19th century, when they were referred to as “oily cakes” by Dutch settlers. Elizabeth Gregory, a New England ship captain’s mother, has become well known in history for her delicious deep fried dough which she flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, and lemon rind. But although delicious, her round fried dough balls did not cook all the way through so she would often stuff them with walnuts or hazelnuts- hence the name “doughnut” was born.
Walking into Max Brenner is like dying and going to a chocolate covered heaven. Boxes of chocolate to your right, a chocolate bar complete with knowledgeable chocolate baristas to your left, and warm brown walls covered with chocolate adages. We joined The Door for an exclusive tasting of the newest additions to the Max Brenner menu and celebrated recent renovations to the Union Square location, just in time for the holidays.