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Monthly Archives: February 2011

On Food and Television

We’re back! After being out of circulation for some time, your favorite foodie TV show guide is back. There are some minor changes about the set-up but I assure you, this is all meant to give you the ultimate guide … Continue reading

Trader Joe’s: Keeping it Small While Making it Big

Trader Joe’s might as well be a well-known, well-kept secret. Unlike other mega chain stores like Wal-Mart and Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s has maintained a low-key status but with a high stream of loyal customers.  Trader Joe’s might as well … Continue reading

Our Superhero’s Favorites

This is a question that many of us, from children to adults, have always wanted to ask: what do our favorite superheroes eat? While there is differing opinions on what our caped, masked, and super-powered crusaders of justice satiate their … Continue reading

How to Properly Use a Knife: Take Note of the Knifeless Hand

This may come as a surprise to many, but a number of people do not know how to hold a knife properly — even you.  So how do you define “proper” if you’ve been using knives for, say, years, and … Continue reading

How Lycopene Can be a Great Natural Food Coloring

You have probably heard of lycopene from any tomato-related study or advertisements, and they’re right — lycopene is good for you.  Lycopene is actually a phytochemical, a carotene and carotenoid in bright red coloring.  It can be found in red … Continue reading

5 Places to Stay in Cancun

Cancun makes a visit to a tropical paradise worth remembering. Whether you’re planning to hit the beach with perfect weather or enjoy a nightlife mecca, Cancun, is the perfect destination for you. Start your day with bite at Limoncello, head … Continue reading

Review: Kyocera Ceramic Knife Set

How much do you have to spend for a good knife?  Quite a lot, but $65.50 is not too much for a couple of ceramic knives that will last for a very, very long time — the sharpest knife you’ll … Continue reading

The Top Twenty Edible Mushrooms

For centuries, mushrooms have been known as a delicious addition to any food. Whether it’s roasted, boiled, or stir-fried, their taste is simply out of this world. If we want to add some flavor to any dish we’re cooking, then … Continue reading

Monsanto Linked to Doomsday Global Seed Vault – Part 2

Part 1 Part 2: Plant breeders and researchers are among those who primarily utilize gene banks, and the world’s most ubiquitous plant breeders and plant-patenting GMO giants today are Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta and Dow Chemical. Monsanto has effectively monopolized the … Continue reading

Daily Deal : 58% of Wine at Lot18

You’re traveling over the Andes Mountains on a tour of Chile and Argentine wines. On the screen in your lush tour bus plays the movie Sideways. The moon scape to your right plays out before you and all you can … Continue reading

Low in Calories, High in Nutrition

A low calorie and high nutrition diet is probably the best way to go.  Low calories means lower health risks with the high nutrition content countering the energy needs calories typically provide.  High nutrition foods can make you feel less … Continue reading

Jean Chartron Chardonnay Clos de la Combe 2008

I have been on a Burgundian Chardonnay kick. I just can’t get enough of it. I’ve found this little gem at my local wine shop and I am hooked. I found myself buying 3 bottles the past 2 weeks. Jean … Continue reading

Cuisinart PSC-350 Programmable Slow Cooker: A Must For Every Home

Who doesn’t want to eat good food? I’m sure we all do. What makes for good cooking requires skill, patience, and, most importantly, time. I can pretty much say that we don’t lack on the side of skill and patience, … Continue reading

The Food Hall By Todd English

`The Olives Table’ by the dashingly handsome celebrity chef Todd English and professional culinary writer, Sally Sampson is in every way a typical celebrity chef / restaurant cookbook. It has good, interesting recipes, some insights into what makes a good … Continue reading

The KitchenAid Food Processor: A Kitchen Essential

Preparing food can be a very time-consuming task. Chopping, dicing, shredding, and even mincing food can take too much of our time. And since these tasks would require some skilled hands with the knife, we regular people might not be … Continue reading

Review: The Good and Best Wine Bottle Openers

If there is one thing frustrating about drinking wine, it is the moment you actually get to open one.  Unlike the movies where bottle opening seems like a simple flick of the wrist, getting the screw out somehow requires a … Continue reading

Haribo: The Company Behind Gummi Bears (and jelly goodness)

If you were like any normal kid who loved candy and sweets, chances are you were among the reasons why Haribo, at some point, had a shortage of gummy candy supply. Haribo products, most especially the famed Gummi Bears, are among … Continue reading

El Centro Mexican Restaurant NYC

There are plenty of Mexican restaurants in Manhattan but El Centro is something special. I’ve made a few visits to El Centro this year and have been pleasantly pleased each time. The restaurant is on the corner of 9th Avenue … Continue reading

Getting Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Home

Although fruit flies are usually prevalent in warm climate, there is still a chance that fruit flies can invade your home. Many people are revolted by fruit flies because they generally indicate unsanitary practices.  Nooks and crannies that have not … Continue reading

The Oster Bottle Opener: Never Break a Cork Again

We all want to have a good time, and it’s a fact that we all enjoy a nice glass of wine. After a hard day of work there are few things that are more enjoyable than a well deserved glass … Continue reading

Millions of Moules at Millesime

I always worry about NYC restaurants that occupy large spaces in areas with low foot traffic. Few of these establishments survive. I immediately think of English is Italian. I loved dining there…and then it was gone. Millesime may survive it’s … Continue reading

Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home: Fast and Easy Recipes For Any Day

After receiving awards for their previous books, the cooks at the famous Moosewood Restaurant have provided another vegetarian cookbook that focuses on simple, healthful and easy-to-prepare foods. The book is perfect for those who are just starting on a vegetarian … Continue reading

10 Classic Cognac Cocktails

Any bottle of brandy that bears the word “cognac” signifies its makers’ triumph in meeting the standards of the French certifications of Appellation d’origine controlee.  As a variety of brandy, a cognac should be produced within the following zones in … Continue reading

What is Cognac?

The Cognac region in France is a map of different grape varieties that will be turned into this pretty elusive brandy.  Similar to champagne, cognac is not a cognac unless the grapes and the process come from this specific portion … Continue reading

The Autonomous Saucier: A Handy Aid in Cooking

Cooking is a form of art, and since it’s an art, there’s a need for technique. Lack of technique can transform an otherwise wonderful dish into a complete culinary disaster. Take for example, making sauces. We all know how to … Continue reading

Haitian Cuisine

Situated on the island of Hispanola in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean, Haiti’s cuisine is immersed in different cultural influences that are unique to the region.  With its rich history that includes French, Spanish, African and American elements, … Continue reading

Monsanto Linked to Doomsday Global Seed Vault – Part 1

Part 1 “If you control the oil you control the country; if you control food, you control the population.” — Henry Kissinger The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, also known as the Doomsday Vault, is located on the Norwegian island of … Continue reading

Cuisinart Central Coffee Maker: The Real Deal

Coffee is the liquid of life. That’s a truth I always experience every time I wake up and sip a hot cup of coffee in the morning. The bitter, yet smooth, flavor tickles the tongue. The aroma perks me up … Continue reading

Salt: The Ultimate Flavoring

If you are asked about your favorite food flavoring, I’m sure that you’d be thinking of cheese, bacon, vanilla, tomato sauce, and other stuff. Now, the list may go on and on, but you shouldn’t forget one seasoning that must … Continue reading

10 Tips for Trouble-Free Dining with Kids

  We all want to have a good time when we go to restaurants. It’s a social affair where we bond with family (and friends if we bring them along as well). But bringing kids to dinner can be an … Continue reading

The Best of French Press: The Bodum Brazil Coffee Press

Now, enjoying that fine cup of coffee in the morning with your coffee maker can be a very nice tradition. And why not? The mornings can be cold and chilly, and you’d certainly want something to perk you up a … Continue reading

The Cuisinart Immersion Blender

Sometimes, cooking a perfectly smooth and creamy soup can be a very messy affair. Remember those food processors that we’ve used in the past? Well, they work pretty well when it comes to pureeing stuff out of the pot, but … Continue reading

Battle of the Slicers

Not all of us have the perfect flick of the wrist and the quick fingers to make cutting and slicing easier and safer.  After all those nights of wanting to make uniform slices without chopping off my fingers, I came … Continue reading

Battle of the Waffle Irons

As my quest for a waffle maker began after a lovely Sunday brunch that served fresh fruits over waffles (and as pancakes can get tiring sometimes), I asked around for recommendations.  There were two brands that got repeated quite a … Continue reading

Top 10 Pinot Noirs Under $15

Sideways was a wonderful and horrible thing for Pinot Noir. Sure it brought attention to the grape, but now everyone and their mother is making sub par pinot noir that is either spiked with other grapes, completely flaccid or just … Continue reading

The Fat Flush Plan

There are tons of diet books out there. This one works. I decided to give it a try after a friend recommended it. Dr. Ann Loise Grittleman, an award-winning nutritionist, shares her diet plan in her book: the Fat Flush … Continue reading

Book Review: In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

How can a basic need get so complicated? In a world where we weigh our food, count the calories, select the “right” products and dive into multiple diets; the current Western lifestyle footprint has somehow made something as simple as … Continue reading

What is an Estaminet?

If the Parisians have their bistros, the Alsatians their winstubs and the cast of Cheers have their, well, Cheers, then the northern French have their estaminet.  Even in what seems to be a less-heard-of place in France, nothing beats a … Continue reading

Soup’s on at Menchanko-Tei

While Menchanko-Tei is not my favorite noodle house in NYC, it does make for a nice choice when you are craving a steaming, comforting cup of soup. If you are getting a cold, skip the restaurant, but have them deliver … Continue reading

Review: Not You Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook

Today, people are focusing on the economy and being conscious with time and energy. This is the reason why many American households own a slow cooker. Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook provides an enormous collection of recipes featuring innovative … Continue reading