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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Review Quivira Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2011

When I first started drinking wine, I fell head over heels for Sauv Blanc. Lately, I’ve been tasting a lot of disappointing sb’s. They are either too acidic, only have citrus flavors, or are plain boring. Quivira cut into my … Continue reading

Just Homer!

Why Raw? Organic RAW vs. Pasteurized Milk (Infographic)

Really? Raw milk vs. Pasteurized milk? At first I was like raw milk have a lot of germs and bacteria and pasteurized is a lot better because it is heated and all. But wait until you take a quick view … Continue reading

Review Biltmore Reserve Chardonnay 2010

Imagine my surprise as I took my first delicious sip of the 2010 vintage of Biltmore Reserve Chardonnay from NORTH CAROLINA. Yup, North Carolina is making good wine. I was blown away. Wine maker Sharon Fenchak created a Chardonnay that … Continue reading

Organic Milk Wars

Larry Hansen was dairy operations manager for milk quality and supply at Horizon Organic for four years before taking a similar job at Organic Valley, a dairy farmer cooperative that is the second largest supplier in the US. Now the … Continue reading

The Anatomy Of A Cupcake (Infographic)

Everyone loves cupcakes. I mean, who doesn’t? The classic treats can be so delectable when presented in such a creative way. Cupcakes must be one of the most popular food items that everyone has a craving. There’s just something about … Continue reading

Why Obamacare Will Make YOU Pay More When Dining Out

McDonald’s CFO Peter Bensen said complying with the Affordable Care Act will cost as much as $420 million annually. As a result, in 2014 when the new law goes fully into effect, it’s possible McDonald’s menu prices will be raised … Continue reading

That Bacon!

And Spork Was Born

Hanneke Eerden’s Pasta with Smoked Salmon

This is a guest post from the fabulous Hanneke Eerden. She is the brains (and beauty) behind The Dutchess Cooks. If you love food, grilling, and great writing…her blog is for you. Without further ado, here’s Hanneke’s Pasta with Smoked … Continue reading

Give Up, Use Fork

Havens Olympic Cocktails

The Olympics are right around the corner and restaurants around the country are getting ready to cheer on our teams.  The Sanctuary Hotel is celebrating with some very special cocktails created for their rooftop bar, Haven. The cocktails will be available … Continue reading

Is Groupon Good for Your Business?

Just as Wal-mart has compromised many small US businesses across the country in order to bring consumers lower prices (buying from Chinese suppliers who employ slave labor), so too has Groupon, who in its quest to provide consumers with huge … Continue reading

Where Does Your Seafood Come From? (Infographic)

Obviously it came from the sea. No, kidding. Seafood is one of the biggest part in the food chain, knowing 3/4 of our planet is made up of water. Do you know which country holds the greatest export share and what’s about … Continue reading

Blanca’s Summer 2012 White Wine Picks

I love drinking wine in summer. There are few things better than sipping on a cool, refreshing glass of wine in the sunshine. I did the roundup of my favorite roses for summer earlier this month, now it’s time for … Continue reading

Hanneke Eerden’s Cream Cheese Chicken

I’m sure you’ve noticed that we have a great guest blogger this week: Hanneke Eerden. She is the brains behind The Dutchess Cooks. She creates super tasty recipes (and is a great person to know). Hungry? What are you waiting … Continue reading

Waterstone 2011 Carneros Chardonnay

I am currently sipping on the 2011 vintage of the Waterstone Carneros Chardonnay. I always wish California was a bit more inventive with their names. Like this wine, pleasant and easy to drink, but with an easily forgettable name and … Continue reading

Food Poisoning: Who’s At Risk (Infographic)

It takes several steps to get food from the farm or fishery to the dining table. They called that steps the food production chain. Food poisoning or Food borne illness can affect anyone who eats food that are contaminated by bacteria, viruses, … Continue reading

Chick-fil-A’s Troubles Arise Due to Homophobic Views

Gay rights and same-sex marriage are issues that have increasingly surfaced in the restaurant and food industry. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) recently announced a boycott of General Mills, owners of the Betty Crocker brand, after General Mills declared … Continue reading

Two Great Wine Events in NY This Week

My friends over at Terlato wines told me about these two events, and I think they’re definitely worth sharing. Wednesday July 25 6pm: There will be a four course wine dinner with Chimney Rock wine maker Elizabeth Vianna at NY … Continue reading

Hanneke Eerden’s Salad with Steak and Blue Cheese Dressing

This is a guest post from the gorgeous and talented Hanneke Eerden. She is the brains (and beauty) behind The Dutchess Cooks, a Netherlands based food blog with recipes from all around the world. Seriously, check her out, she’ll have … Continue reading

NYC August FriendsEAT Dinner at Fiorini

Each month (ok…almost each month), FriendsEAT selects a restaurant to have dinner at. We work out some very special pricing, work out deals with wineries to sponsor our dinners AND we always do something very special at each meal. The … Continue reading

What’s in Rice? (Infographic)

How much do we know about rice? Well all I know is that its a carbohydrates packed food, which I’m wrong since its  almost 70% made up of water. Maybe this infographic we have today will help us learn more … Continue reading

Is Whole Foods Organic Food From China Safe?

In March, Whole Foods (see Whole Foods Horror Stories) felt compelled to address a news report accusing the company of selling organic frozen vegetables, under its 365 brand, that were picked and packaged in China. In addition to Chinese frozen … Continue reading

50% Off Your Restaurant Bill, If You Had Gastric Band Surgery

New legislation expected to be passed soon in Campinas, near Sao Paulo, a city in southeastern Brazil, will mandate that restaurants offer a 50 per cent discount to anyone who can prove they have undergone gastric band surgery. Gastric band … Continue reading

Hanneke Eerden’s Crawfish Salad

Hanneke Eerden is our guest blogger this week. She is the brains (and beauty) behind The Dutchess Cooks, a Netherlands based food blog with recipes to make you salivate within seconds. Without further ado, here’s Hanneke’s Crawfish Salad (hurry up … Continue reading

Special Interests Win Over House Farm Bill

The Farm Bill, approved by the House Agriculture Committee in the middle of July, includes a frightening new amendment by Republican Rep. Steve King. King’s amendment would deny individual states the ability to regulate any farm product, overturn the new … Continue reading

Sushi: Delicious and Nutritious (Infographic)

Whoever said tasty food had to be bad for you obviously never tried sushi. Seems legit. “Is sushi healthy?” is a common question we receive, and the answer is an emphatic “Yes!” Check out this awesome sushi infographic, which outlines … Continue reading

Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls 29,339 Pounds of Ground Beef

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced Cargill Meat Solutions, a Wyalusing, PA., establishment, is recalling 29,339 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The 85-percent-lean ground beef was produced at Cargill’s … Continue reading

Best French Roses for Summer 2012

The FriendsEAT summer rose tasting is becoming tradition. This year, we were joined by Sommelier Robert Terek, Wine Director Justine Hah, and Wine Director Matthew Harrell.  French roses are fabulous and I think more people should drink them. The wines … Continue reading

Hanneke Eerden Smoked Chicken Salad

This is a guest post from the fabulous Hanneke Eerden. She is the brains (and beauty) behind The Dutchess Cooks, a Netherlands based food blog with recipes to make you salivate within seconds. Without further ado, here’s Hanneke’s Smoked Chicken … Continue reading

FDA Spying On Whistle Blowing Scientists

Earlier this year, six current and former FDA employees filed a complaint against the agency to stop them from illegally spying on employees’ private communications to Congress and other oversight agencies. The FDA targeted its employees with a covert spying … Continue reading

Tiny Takumi Tacos at Smorgasburg

After hearing all the hype, Antonio and I decided to make the subway ride to Smorgasburg. Of course, we decided to do this two weekends ago when it was about 98 degrees outside. There was no respite to be had … Continue reading

12-Step Path to Recipe Perfection (Infographic)

Who would not love this Infographic we have today? Every foodie and wannabe be chefs out there would be so glad with this one. America’s Test Kitchen gives the public a peek to their 12-step path to recipe perfection.