February 27, 2013 |
The latest batch of Stone Brewing's "devastatingly fresh" Enjoy By 4.01.13 IPA hits shelves this week, and the brewers are so serious about the freshness of their beer that they've built an April 1 deadline into the beer's name. But why is it so important for this beer to be consumed within the 35-day freshness window? Stone packs so much hops into their Enjoy By beer that they will pull it from retailer's shelves 35 days after the beer was bottled to prevent anyone from buying a past-its-prime bottle.
February 19, 2013 |
Much more than just a bittering agent, hops are the soul of beer. They balance the sweetness of the malt and furnish a refreshing flavor and pungent aroma to beer, and American craft brewers are experts at showcasing this spectrum of flavors that hops lend to beer. There are a handful of hop-producing regions in the world, each with its own signature hop variety that has historically provided defining flavors for the region's brews. Here are a few broad categories of hop varieties and some suggested brews to try that will showcase their signature flavors: The Noble Hops The hops traditionally used by European brewers are now known as "Noble hops," and they are prized for their delicate and floral flavor.
February 13, 2013 |
Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos will be here next month. But it's OK to start salivating now. Yes, the company that brought you a taco shell flavored with Doritos nacho cheese will soon roll out one crackling with zesty ranch flavor. After selling more than 350 million of its Doritos Locos Tacos in the last year, Taco Bell Corp. announced Wednesday that it will introduce the much-anticipated Cool Ranch version March 7. Doritos Locos Tacos was the company's most successful product launch ever, and there appears to be enormous hunger for the newest entrant in the fast-food world.
February 10, 2013
Regarding "Super NOLA" by Millie Ball, Feb. 3. So in New Orleans, evening wear for women consisting of only a coat of paint is acceptable attire and not "tawdry"? Alex Fernandez Lakewood I enjoyed the Travel section article on New Orleans. I have been there only once, in 2008. I know you can't list all the great restaurants, but under "Whassup?" I would add Jacques-Imo's Cafe in Uptown New Orleans (8324 Oak St., http://www.jacques-imos.com ). Opened in 1996, it is one of the hottest tickets in NOLA for anyone looking for "real N'awlins food.
February 8, 2013 |
Three new Lay's potato chip flavors will hit grocery stores next week. Only one will prevail and be added as a new chip flavor to Lay's product line. Frito-Lay launched a promotional campaign titled "Do Us a Flavor," in which consumers nominated various flavors. A panel of food experts waded through 3.8 million submissions and culled a list of 20, that's now been winnowed down to 3: Sriracha, Chicken & Waffles and Garlic Cheesy Bread. The new flavors are expected to be in stores Tuesday, and fans will be able to vote for their favorite one through Twitter, text message and Lay's Facebook page . The person who submitted the winning flavor will win $1 million or 1% of the chip's 2013 sales, whichever is more, the company said. The interactive contest follows a similar move by Hasbro Inc. to replace certain Monopoly game pieces after fans voted.
February 7, 2013 |
On the recommendation of several friends, I spent the better part of a recent weekend ("better part" as in the time I could have been doing something better, like having brunch or washing the dog) learning about what to do in the event of a world agricultural collapse or the North and South poles switching places. You guessed it: I lost my weekend to "Doomsday Preppers," National Geographic's TV celebration-cum-gawkfest of, in Nat Geo's words, "otherwise ordinary Americans preparing for the end of the world as we know it. " The paranoia is far-ranging: A Tennessee farmer builds a shelter in anticipation of the global earthquake described in Revelations; an Orange County man assembles an enormous truck designed to protect his family when terrorist cyber attacks "turn the U.S. into a nation of panicked, violent mobs"; an affluent middle-aged couple are directed by a voice - "Greta" - to take all possible measures to protect themselves from a globe-destroying comet.
January 31, 2013 |
The sad news is that after seven seasons on the air, "30 Rock" is finally leaving us. The good news is that it will live on in our hearts, our minds ... and our guts? On Thursday, the one-hour series finale will bring to a close the story of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy and the cast and writers of "TGS. " At the series finale after-party to be held Thursday night in New York City, near the real Rockefeller Center, Ben & Jerry's co-founder Jerry Greenfield, is to introduce a new flavor of ice cream inspired by the NBC comedy.
January 31, 2013 |
Since launching in March, Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Tacos have become the company's most successful new product. Now, Doritos will see if the appeal goes both ways by launching chips in a “Taco Bell” flavor. The chips are to be available nationwide for a limited time starting in April, according to Frito-Lay spokesman Chris Kuechenmeister. Each bag will feature two types of chips, both inspired by the nacho cheese and taco taste of the Doritos Locos item. "We're looking to create the same magic with the introduction of the chip version of the same flavor experience," he said.
January 15, 2013
So when should you use fresh herbs in a recipe? And when do you go for the dried? It can be a perplexing question, especially if the recipe is not specific. I usually use fresh herbs and spices in recipes where I need them to impart flavor quickly, such as salads and recipes where there is no cooking involved, or when the herb or spice is added at the very end (folded into a sauce before serving, or added at the last minute to a slow-simmered stew). I tend to stay away from fresh herbs if I have a recipe that requires them to cook for longer than 45 minutes.