Category: Food & Drink

Eat This: Vichyssoise

Eat This: Vichyssoise

Culinary historians argue about whether vichyssoise (say vee-shee-swahz) is an American or a French invention. Whatever the case, it’s a simple hot weather staple you should know how to make.

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Tomato Typologies

Tomato Typologies

If you don’t know your heirlooms from your beefsteaks, you’re not alone. We put together a handy dandy guide to the best uses for the major varietals of everyone’s favorite nightshade, the tomato.

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Drink This: Berliner Weisse

Drink This: Berliner Weisse

We get a lesson in a summertime favorite, Berliner Weisse — and try a variant infused with fresh fruit — from the local experts at Hardywood Brewery.

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Drink This: Pastis

Drink This: Pastis

For all its idyllic fields of flowers, lavender cookies and Cézanne and Van Gogh scenes come to life, Provence can be an oppressively hot place. Humidity in summertime regularly peaks at just below drowning and the Provençal smartly choose not to hermetically seal themselves inside A/C, but there are nonetheless some excellent ways to beat […]

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Food: Palourdes au beurre

Food: Palourdes au beurre

Last weekend we visited George of I Heart Food to remake one restaurant favorite. “One Of the reasons I started cooking at home is that I wanted to be able to recreate dishes enjoyed while eating out. This clam recipe is my take on a clams dish we had in Phoebus, VA. They use their own bacon that is […]

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(The Best) Simple Salsa

(The Best) Simple Salsa

Salsa has long been part of mainstream American cuisine, but has mostly languished in hyper branded jars of red sludge that might as well be spicy ketchup. The fare at tex-mex restaurants is generally no better. With the rise of American gastronomy and DIY cuisine, though, one million and one variations with all manner of modifications, […]

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Cricket Taste Test

Cricket Taste Test

The idea that insects are the protein of the future has gained real traction over the past few years. They’re ubiquitous, cost-effective complete proteins that require few resources and pump out far less methane than any livestock—for a hot, dry future of scarcity, they seem to offer few drawbacks. Except that, to put it politely, they’re not […]

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Spring Drinks

Spring Drinks

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”  – Pablo Neruda  Perhaps more than any other, Spring is a season that requires a hard refresh. New clothes, new palettes, new playlists, new hair-dos, new friends, new you. So while you’re at it, it’s more than appropriate to give your liquor […]

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The Dog and Pig Show

The Dog and Pig Show

If you’re familiar with Chinese astrology, you’ll know that the Dog and the Pig make a fine match indeed. The complimentary temperaments of those born under the two signs make for harmonious match-ups, not only in matters of love, but business too.  So it’s no surprise that The Dog and Pig Show works so well. […]

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Interview: Golubka Kitchen

Interview: Golubka Kitchen

Golubka Kitchen is consistently among the most beautiful food blogs on the web. A function of its artistry, though, is the refreshing pragmatism of the woman behind it, Anya Kassoff, whose overarching food philosophy can be summed up in one sentence: “I truly believe that the healthiest meals are the best tasting meals when approached correctly.” […]

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French Cheesescapes

French Cheesescapes

I’m not sure about the myth of French children tasting wine at an early age, but I was certainly fed cheese and taught about it as a child. It was a vast subject and proper knowledge was de rigueur in order to inform the personal taste which would ultimately shape your personality: do you like your Camembert coulant? […]

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Good Drip Coffee

Good Drip Coffee

Yes, a carefully brewed pour-over is glorious. And silky, rich espresso from a machine that looks to be distantly related to a Ferrari, nirvana. There’s also the tinny-but-charming old-world moka, cold brew magic and other chemistry set coffee wizardry. But the auto drip filter, still the most ubiquitous method in most countries, has carried a […]

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Winterproof: Atole

Winterproof: Atole

Though it has yet to catch on in much of the non-Spanish speaking world, atole—a hearty, versatile, old-fashioned standard—is a must for your winter food arsenal. It is a cold-weather and breakfast mainstay from southern Colorado to Chile with far-reaching cultural currency: curanderas (and abuelas) swear by it, and it remains a common folk remedio for whatever ails you. It […]

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Cozy Cocktails

Cozy Cocktails

Holiday shopping. Holiday travel. Holiday family gatherings. Holiday office parties. Unpredictable holiday weather. It’s all a bit overwhelming, isn’t it? There never seems to be enough time at the end of the year to slow down and reflect, to take care of yourself. In search of a remedy to the holiday madness, we sought out […]

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The Digestif

The Digestif

A few courses of heavy creams and foie gras and breads and the French stand right up after dinner and sashay down cobblestone streets, probably to go dancing. A whole paella and a kilo or so of patatas bravas and jamón and Spaniards get right up to fight some bulls. Or at least climb a few flights […]

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Cactus Cocktail

Cactus Cocktail

Like Brussels sprouts, the oft misunderstood prickly pair is best just after autumn’s first frost. The fruit is rather unappetizingly called a tuna in Spanish, but its juice is smooth, subdued and rich and lends a brilliant colour to dishes and cocktails. Santa Fe’s prickly pear margaritas are something of a legend—they sparkle on late summer tables like a western version […]

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Autumn Roast

Autumn Roast

When the turkey’s all gone, but the family’s still in town, what is there to eat? A beef roast, of course. As the temperatures drop, the best way to satisfy that need for cozy comfort food is a perfect braised pot roast. This week, we caught up with Tanya Cauthen, the owner of Richmond, VA’s […]

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Soda Pop Sommelier

Soda Pop Sommelier

Soda. Soft drink. Fizzy water. Pop. Cola. Whatever you call it, we like it. Despite reports of dwindling soda sales across the board, we’ve always got a soft spot for an ice cold carbonated beverage. This week, we step up to the tasting table with our resident carbonation connoisseur, Holly, to test drive some favorite […]

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Fruity Candies

Fruity Candies

Halloween night in the American suburbs. We paraded about, a cavalcade of tots waddling in endless streams down the sidewalks, dressed as tiny grim reapers, walking baby Jack-O-Lanterns, and mini pop divas. Guises that ranged from the macabre to the innocuously pop-referential. In this autumnal haze, the days already grown shorter, we bounced from house […]

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Eat Here: Portland’s Dove Vivi

Eat Here: Portland’s Dove Vivi

Pizza never disappoints—from the wood fired variety, loaded with burrata or good greens, to plain old cheese and pepperoni. A few weeks ago, we found ourselves at Portland’s Dove Vivi, sizzling cornmeal crust pizza at hand. Naturally, as professional pizza critics, we weren’t prepared to be blown away. But just a few bites in, it was hard […]

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