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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Top 10 Restaurants in Amsterdam

Dining has never been better here in Amsterdam – well, not for the last two decades. This part of the Netherlands offers cuisine of international class, taste, and culture. From the small cafes and breakfast tables, to fantastic lunch and … Continue reading

Multi-State Recall of Romaine Lettuce Contaminated With Listeria

On Thursday, September 29, 2011, The FDA indicated that True Leaf Farms, a Salinas, California company, is voluntarily recalling 90 cartons of chopped romaine because of the potential of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled product was shipped between September … Continue reading

Tyson Recalls Tainted Ground Beef in 15 States

On Tuesday Sep 27, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued yet another recall. This time Tyson Fresh Meats is recalling approximately 131,300 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. This recall … Continue reading

Cooking Secrets Made Healthy

In making dishes, it is no longer just about how the food tastes or how it is presented. I think it’s about time that we give dining a healthier chance in the same manner as giving people a healthier shot … Continue reading

Rick Perry “Unfit For President” After BBQ Road Kill Remark

North Carolina newspaper columnist Jeffrey Weeks recently expressed his revolting disfavor for Rick Perry — but not over politics. Jeffrey Weeks is appalled by Perry’s reprehensible comments on Southern cooking. “Rick Perry is not fit to be president of the … Continue reading

CDC: 72 Sick, 13 Deaths Linked to Cantaloupes – Expect More

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now claims 72 illnesses, including 13 deaths, are linked to cantaloupes. Health officials say they are investigating three additional deaths that may be connected to listeria. The number of infected persons identified in … Continue reading

Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Dinner At Zio in NYC

For those of you who read my post on Barone Ricasoli; you know I fell in love. If you’re interested in getting a taste of Tuscany; this is an event you should reserve for. On Monday, October 3rd at Zio … Continue reading

The Misguided Holy War on Salt

Almost at birth we are warned about the dangers of salt. We are bombarded with salt hyperbole and issued dire warnings to carefully monitor our intake of salt by teachers, nurses, doctors, and friends. To season food with salt is … Continue reading

Top Chefs’ Guide to Being Healthy and Staying Thin

Staying thin and healthy is difficult for a regular person. When you are in the food industry it is even harder. We’ve seen many food celebrities and chefs go down some dark paths. There are rumors that Paula Deen has … Continue reading

Wisconsin Law Prohibits Serving Margarine Instead of Butter

A 44-year-old Wisconsin law making it illegal for restaurants to serve margarine as a replacement for butter is the focus of Republican state Rep. Dale Kooyenga’s effort to repeal the law. Breaking the law is punishable by up to three … Continue reading

2011 Best Food Blogger

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Sexy Cooking Celebrities: Padma Lakshmi

Whether she dresses up or dresses down, Padma Lakshmi remains a sexy icon on television. Known for being a model, book author, and television personality, Padma never runs out of style and sassiness. I’m not surprised people love watching her … Continue reading

Wal-mart Buying Grassroots Approval – One Nonprofit At a Time

In early September of this year, Wal-Mart announce plans to donate $1Million to a well-known urban farming nonprofit based in Milwaukee. The money donated by Wal-mart to Growing Power Inc. will help the Milwaukee organization strengthen 20 community food centers … Continue reading

Texas Co. Recalls 40K LBS Ground Beef; Cantaloupe Recall Widens to Kansas

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a recall notice of ground beef on Sep 23, 2011, due to possible E. Coli O157:H7 contamination. Palo Duro Meat, an Amarillo, Texas, company, is recalling 40,000 pounds of frozen fine … Continue reading

Press Release: FriendsEAT Releases Best Food Bloggers 2011 Results

Food blogging has become a valuable source for foodies and culinary aficionados. FriendsEAT has just revealed the results of its community poll to find out who the best food bloggers of 2011 are. New York, NY September 26, 2011 – … Continue reading

Becoming your own Sommelier

Choosing wine at a restaurant can be intimidating to a novice. When I first got into the wine industry; I knew nothing (I mean nothing) about wine. All I knew was that I liked Chianti Classico. Pretty limited knowledge. Some … Continue reading

Healthy Drink Options At The Bar

On a typical Friday night, bars are packed with people ordering bar food and drinks that are loaded with calories. If you are watching your weight or are looking for a healthier option; look no further. The drinks that I am … Continue reading

Sexy Cooking Celebrities: Nigella Lawson

One of the prettiest faces of food television, Nigella Lawson is a lady that is beyond beauty and brains. This voluptuous British cook is well known for her rather unintentional flirtatious style of presentation, and her sexy native British accent. … Continue reading

Chef Najat Kaanache’s Whimsical 5pirits Gastronomy

World renowned chef, Ferran Adria and El Bulli recently became the center of attention of almost all sorts of media presentation. Now, that this famed restaurant in Spain recently surrendered its throne, I think it’s finally time to give the … Continue reading

Sexy Cooking Celebrities: Rachael Ray

The name Rachael Ray has been synonymous with Food Network’s success in getting people’s attention for over a decade. Rachael Ray is a brand name, a household name as a celebrity “chef”. Pardon me, a celebrity cook (she admitted she … Continue reading

Review El Quim De La Boqueria in Barcelona, Spain

When I decided to head to Barcelona; I knew I had to make a stop at the Boqueria. What I did not know was in which of its famed stands to eat. That was until one of my favorite people … Continue reading

Obese People Now Outnumber The Hungry Globally

According to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), on a global scale, obese people now outnumber the hungry amid a growing food crisis. In other words, most every one in the First World is on a diet while … Continue reading

Review Ohla Gastrobar in Barcelona, Spain

In our search for restaurants with good value; we found Ohla Gastrobar . It is located on the first floor of the Ohla Hotel right by the Palau de la Musica. What a gorgeous place. High ceilings, a touch of the … Continue reading

DOJ Spent $8 per Cup of Coffee, $16 per Muffin, $32 Each on Cracker Jacks & Popcorn at Conferences

A new report on food and beverage costs issued in September of this year, details the “extravagant” spending of both the Obama and George W. Bush administrations. The report issued by the Justice Department’s inspector general concluded that with service … Continue reading

Michele Bachmann Wants to Deregulate Food Industry

Standing in opposition to the over-regulation of small organic farms, small raw milk clubs, and yearlong sting operations on Amish farms is warranted, but to accuse the government of over-regulating giant U.S. corporate owned food producers amounts to pure lunacy. … Continue reading

Make your ipad more kitchen friendly

A few days ago, I was checking out a recipe in the kitchen, next to the kitchen sink. I know…not the smartest move; especially when I splashed water all over it. After panic wore off I kept thinking that there … Continue reading

Your Subconscious Mind, Whole Foods and “Consumer Priming”

Has anyone ever deliberately influenced your subconscious mind and altered your perception of reality without your knowing it? Author Martin Lindstrom says Whole Foods Market, and others, are doing it to you right now. In Martin Lindstrom’s new book Brandwashed, … Continue reading

Three Days Left: Best Food Blogger 2011

There are only three days left until we close up voting for 2011′s Best Food Blogger. The nominees were your choice. Now it is time to make your voice heard. Things have changed up a bit from our last update. … Continue reading

Supermarkets Phasing Out Self-Service Lanes

Massachusetts-based supermarket chain Big Y, which has 61 Massachusetts and Connecticut stores, is the latest supermarket chain to phase out its self-service checkout lanes, according to USAToday. The company says the self-serve lanes, opened in 2003 to speed up the … Continue reading

Corn Industry Ignores FDA Warnings of “Corn Sugar” False Advertising

Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), used as a sweetener in virtually everything from cereal to ketchup, fell to a 20-year low last year as concerns grow about its health and environmental impact. To mitigate the public relations damage, The … Continue reading

Montepulciano: A Place of the Past, a Taste of the Future

My quest for Italy’s best wines is just heating up. From the breath-taking land of Chianti, we are now traveling to another Tuscan town in Florence, Italy. The town of Montepulciano is a modern day celebration of the Renaissance period. … Continue reading

10 Most Insulting Things Said by Gordon Ramsay

The most notable insults by Gordon Ramsay Continue reading

Ordering Pizza? Just Wave at Your TV From The Couch

Imagine being able to order and pay for a pizza by waving at your TV from the couch. That’s what MasterCard has planned for an upcoming prototype commercial product. This integration with Xbox Kinect is just one of several mobile … Continue reading

Modifying Family Meals Can Control Juvenile Diabetes

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the statistics of children (meaning under age 20) who are diagnosed with diabetes type 1, I freaked out. There are about 215,000 American kids suffering from this deadly disease. My … Continue reading

Review 41º Barcelona Spain

During our trip to Spain; we knew we had to try something by the Adrià brothers. We were unable to secure reservations for Tickets; so we reserved at 41º, it’s “younger, hipper, more accessible twin”. We arrived a few minutes late at … Continue reading

Chinese Party Officials Maintain Secret Organic Gardens

Reporting from Beijing, Barbara Demick with the Los Angeles Times claims organic gardening in China is a virtual top secret affair with the cleanest, safest produce channeled to the rich and politically connected. Meanwhile, notes Demick, the population at large … Continue reading

Harvard’s Food Pyramid

Here is the new Healthy Eating Plate that was created by Harvard Health Publications along with nutrition experts at the Harvard School of Public Health. The idea was to counter the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health … Continue reading

ASCAP and BMI: Crime Does Pay

Music is a part of everyone’s lives. For some people, it is an expression of oneself. For the people in the music industry, it has become a way of living. When it comes to the pride of creating such beautiful … Continue reading

How to tell if your eggs went bad

Eggs are probably one of the most essential foods that you can buy from the market. Whether you’re making dishes, baking cakes and cookies, when the recipe calls for eggs, they should be there. Eggs have been a part of … Continue reading

Study: Popular Apple Juice Brands Contain Arsenic (Higher Than Limit for Drinking Water)

Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show, claims that after learning of reports of arsenic in apple juice, he launched an extensive investigation of his own. Using an independent lab for sophisticated, state-of-the-art testing, Oz says he discovered … Continue reading