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Monthly Archives: November 2012

An Introduction to Shoyu

The first time I experienced soy sauce was at a Chinese restaurant in across the street from Queens Center Mall. My aunt would take the family there for family meals. I loved it. Being Latin-American (I am Colombian born), these … Continue reading

Starbucks Coffee VS Starbarks Doggie Daycare

There’s a battle brewing between a small dog kennel and the corporate conglomerate Starbucks. Andrea McCarthy-Grzybek and her husband run a daycare and boarding center for dogs called Starbarks. Starbucks Coffee says their logo and the one used by Starbarks … Continue reading

The Rise of the Cupcake (Infographic)

We have seen the Anatomy of Cupcakes and now you will see how the this little cakes will rise from rag to riches. The modest cupcake was once a traditional dessert at children’s parties. Today the cupcake business is a … Continue reading

Top 10 Burgers in New York

If you are a tourist, you are not seeing the real NYC if you stick to Times Square. New Yorkers only brave “hell” when relatives or out of towners beg to see the lights. In fact, most of us stay … Continue reading

NatureBox: Subscription-Based Snack Delivery Service

NatureBox is a subscription-based online snack delivery service that sends monthly boxes to subscribers priced at $19.95, which includes shipping. Customers can pause or cancel orders anytime, or request a refund if they aren’t satisfied. Subscribers can choose from a … Continue reading

Worst Video Recipe in The World

I thought it could not get worse than Rachael Ray’s bacon recipe…I was proven wrong.

Putting the Punch in Rum – A Guide to Caribbean Rum (Infographic)

Did you know that the majority of the world’s rum production occurs in the Caribbean? Now I got more reasons to travel to this islands, beaches and rum cocktails! So if you’re heading to the Caribbean or have an interest … Continue reading

Sarah Palin To Publish New Fitness and Well-Being Book

Sarah Palin recently told People Magazine she is working on a new fitness and wellbeing book with her family. “Our family is writing a book on fitness and self-discipline focusing on where we get our energy and balance as we … Continue reading

Restaurants Offer Discounts to Gastric Bypass Patients

NPR’s Jessica Stoller-Conrad questions the wisdom of issuing surgeon-distributed food discount cards to patients that have undergone stomach-shrinking bariatric procedures designed to facilitate extreme weight loss. The cards are referred to as Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) cards, and when honored … Continue reading

Son Rats Out Dad in $3M Wine Cellar Theft

In economic hard times where record numbers of Americans rely on food stamps to survive, not even wine collections are safe from being pilfered by impoverished thieves. The operator of an Orange County, California business, Legend Cellars, where the public … Continue reading

Karlsson’s Sly New Marketing Scheme: “Vintage” Vodka

With wine the word “vintage” is typically associated with a season’s yield of wine from a vineyard, where weather and growing conditions affect wine from a particular harvest. But the war over vodka sales has prompted Karlsson’s, a boutique vodka … Continue reading

Rethink That Third Drink (Infographic)

A night out can quickly go from lighthearted fun to disaster when drinking and driving is involved. Alcohol-related car accidents and DUIs can cause your good night to come to a screeching halt and have you paying for the consequences … Continue reading

Death of Bumble Bee Worker Cooked Alive Remains Mystery

Bumble Bee seafood officials remain stumped over the death of a plant worker who was cooked to death in an industrial oven last month. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which is investigating the death, said it could … Continue reading

Nigella Lawson Attacks French Cuisine – Egotistical Chefs, Frothy Sauces

When French chef Pierre Gagnaire claimed to have created the world’s first entirely synthetic gourmet dish with molecular cooking, I feel certain that at least one person, Nigella Lawson, English food writer, journalist and broadcaster, was not at all impressed. … Continue reading

5 Tips for Dining in Croatia

I recently traveled to Croatia. It had been on my list of places to visit for over 10 years. I was dying to see their beaches, but quite honestly, I knew nothing about their culinary culture. I assumed (correctly) that … Continue reading

New York Eatery Uses Instagram as Menu

Samantha Murphy, writing for the social media site Mashable, recently reported on an interesting new food trend. Murphy notes when the owners of a new Latin-American restaurant Comodo, located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, noticed guests were repeatedly snapping pictures of … Continue reading

FriendsEAT Best Blogger 2012 Nominations Extended

We have been inundated with requests to extend the due date for blogger nominations due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will be pushing the due date to 3pm EST on November 23rd to accommodate.  There are almost 24 hours more … Continue reading

Research: Nutrition A Key Role in Prevention of Alzheimer’s

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association strongly advises that if you notice any of the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s in yourself or … Continue reading

Food Deals for Black Friday

As a frugal guy living in New York, I have been slightly removed from the Black Friday extravaganza that happens annually in the bigger stores. We don’t have a Walmart or Kmart in Manhattan (that I know of). These great … Continue reading

Review Red Rooster Harlem

I don’t know why it took me so long to get to Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster. He was one of the pivotal figures in my obsession with food. One of my first memorable fine dining experiences was NY restaurant week (many, many … Continue reading

National Peanut Butter Lovers Month (Infographic)

I’m going to be honest if I were to choose between Nutella and Peanut Butter, I’d go for the second one. Yes I’d go for peanut butter! I’ve talked about how I love and how did my love for this … Continue reading

Why Restaurant Owners and Chefs Hate Food Bloggers

A few months back we covered a story about Marisol Simoes, the owner of two trendy restaurants who retaliated against one of her customers, Elayna Katz, because on the web, Katz dared to criticize Marisol’s eatery for bad service. Marisol … Continue reading

China’s Ongoing Food-Safety Nightmare

As we’ve previously chronicled, from fish imported from China raised on human waste, to plastic rice, China is endlessly plagued by horrendous food scandals. In a recent report regarding Chinese food exports to Europe in the Global Edition of the … Continue reading

10 Things You Should Know About Sriracha (Infographic)

I love spicy foods, but just a little bit spice. And if you love your food spicy too you should know the one of the best hot sauces we have is Sriracha! Todays’ infographic are things every lover of Sriracha … Continue reading

Top 10 Ways to Keep Chef’s Whites White

Marie-Antoine Careme (1784 to 1833), a popular French chef abandoned by his parents during the French Revolution, was an early practitioner of haute cuisine. Careme took a series of kitchen jobs before apprenticing in a famous pastry shop, and is … Continue reading

Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence: Sellout, Savior, or Both?

Raised in South Carolina, Tyler Florence is a long-time veteran of the Food Network. He graduated from the College of Culinary Arts at the Charleston, South Carolina campus of Johnson & Wales University, and was given an honorary doctorate from … Continue reading

Hidden Costs of Thanksgiving (Infographic)

Thanksgiving day is just a few hours from now. I know we already got few of Thanksgiving Infographic but today will be quiet different from the two. It simply illustrate how Thanksgiving day can be so much fun and at … Continue reading

Anthony Bourdain is Fighting Mad

Most everyone by now knows No Reservations host Anthony Bourdain is leaving the show to host a new weekend food and travel program on CNN. Bourdain, who hosted No Reservations on the Travel Channel since 2005, explained in a recent … Continue reading

DIY Starbucks Holiday Drinks (Infographic)

I don’t hate Starbucks coffee that much, it’s just that they’re too expensive for a cup of coffee that we can find in any coffee shops for a less price, or even tastier! But worry no more for today’s Infographic … Continue reading

Sushi Bar Caught with One-Way Mirror In Ladies Room

According to a news report in Austria, a sushi restaurant in Vienna installed a semi-transparent Venetian mirror in the ladies room (see image) allowing men to peer into the ladies room on the other side of the wall while they … Continue reading

Restaurateur Accused of Poisoning Girlfriend to Force Abortion

Last month, several news agencies reported that Joshua Woodward, a popular Los Angeles restaurateur, was accused of poisoning his girlfriend to cause her to suffer a miscarriage. The 40-year-old investor in Table 8 in Los Angeles and Miami turned himself … Continue reading

Hot Buttered Drinks (Infographic)

Softened butter on freshly baked bread is one of life’s little luxuries. Butter is also a quick fix for a flavorless vegetable, a delicious spread over grilled fish or meats, and adds that perfect finishing to a rich savory sauce. … Continue reading

Nominate Your Favorites for the 2012 BEST Food Blogger Contest

The wait is over. Nominations are open for the second annual FriendsEAT “Best Food Blogger Contest”. We want you to nominate your favorite food blogs, those that make you drool; those responsible for those five extra pounds you just can’t … Continue reading

NY Chocolate Show

What a sweet experience! I attended the NY Chocolate Show this weekend. For me, and many others who love chocolate, this is the show of the year. The crowd was large, but great. Lots of people vied for the best … Continue reading

5-Hour Energy Shots Linked to 13 Deaths

According to the Food and Drug Administration, in the last four years, 13 deaths have been reported associated with 5-Hour Energy drinks. Last month, the FDA received five fatality filings related to another popular energy drink, Monster Energy. A summary … Continue reading

The Rise of Civilization Coexisted with Drinking Animal Milk

Writing for Slate, Benjamin Phelan tackles the phenomenon known as lactose intolerance: the inability to digest milk and milk products because of a deficiency of lactase. It seems all humans were lactose intolerant until around 10,000 B.C., when a genetic … Continue reading

The Mysterious Honey Bee Extinction (Infographic)

That might be impossible but yes bees are getting extinct! Bees are a vital part of our ecosystem and the have been unexplainably dying off is not healthy for Mother Nature. This infographic tries visualize the severe decline of the … Continue reading

Where to Charge Up For Black Friday 2012 in NYC

You’ll be fighting off hoards of women (and some men) at the sales rack on Black Friday. You’ll need to have energy before and you’ll need to recharge after. Look no further. We’ve put together a list of great restaurants … Continue reading

Oprah Plans Start of Organic Food Business

According to filings for the US Patent and Trademark Organization, several applications for “Oprah’s Organics” were filed late last month for, among other items, organic salad dressings and frozen vegetables, soups, beverages and snack dips. Oprah will be making products … Continue reading

Les Cinq Amandes

I got a sweet invite to the NY Chocolate Show this past weekend. I got to taste a lot of yummy things, including treats from Les Cinq Amandes (the Five Almonds). I received a box that included coconut almondine (in white … Continue reading