Posts for October 7th 2008
It's the middle of Fall, and the festivities are bigger than ever. From Spencer, WV, to San Francisco, there's something for everyone, whether you've got a craving for candy or a hankering for ham. Know of something we've left out? Please feel free to add your comments below!
- New York, NY: Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival — Oct. 9-12
- Denver, CO: The Celebrity Chef Tour Denver — Oct. 9
- Denver, CO: Great American Beer Festival — Oct. 9-11
- Spencer, WV: West Virginia Black Walnut Festival — Oct. 9-12
- San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Magazine's Fallfest 2008 — Oct. 9-12
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A friend recently admitted that she'd faked making something that was actually store bought. This prompted a discussion (and confession session) about the times we've taken credit for a dish that we actually didn't make. For the most part, everyone admitted that they'd "faked it" at some point or another — even myself!
Admit the truth (I won't tell!): Have you ever "faked" making something?
Starbucks has been keeping itself busy. Not only has it developed a whole new line of food items, but the company has been working on a bigger product launch: its Clover Small Batch Coffee, a new offering that highlights high-end coffees.
The new coffee program has two important elements: high-quality beans from varying origins, and specific coffee equipment known as Clover machines to brew the beans. The idea is to encourage customers to taste coffee like they would wine. Because like wine, coffee's origins, soil, and climate are reflected in its taste. At $11,000 each, Clover coffee makers aren't cheap, but they employ a vacuum-press process, turning out individually brewed, made-to-order cups that highlight coffee's true flavors.
This morning, Starbucks launched its Clover Small Batch Coffee Program in San Francisco (it has already been released in Boston, Seattle, and Portland). From a choice of five coffees, I selected the Ethiopia Nardos brew. The coffee was floral, and its notes of sweet brown sugar were enhanced when I took a bite of my croissant. At $2.75 for a tall, it was a treat well worth it.
Have you tasted Clover coffee yet? What did you think? To see if there is a Clover program location near you, read more
We've all been in crazy situations, and I want to know how you handle entertaining fiascoes and bad restaurant behavior. I'll present a situation and you tell me what you would do. Here's today's scenario:
You've spent a lot of time planning a fantastic birthday party at your favorite bar. Although the party starts at 9, you made a bunch of small snacks — spiced nuts, truffled popcorn, caramelized peanuts, etc. — for your guests to enjoy with cocktails.
The snacks are prettily set up on a table near an open window that overlooks the street. The party is going fabulously when you look up to see three unidentified guests throwing your homemade goodies out the window! They are trying to hit people outside! What would you do?
To find out what I did — this very thing happened at my birthday party on Saturday night! — read more
When hosting a baby shower, be sure to consult the mother-to-be before selecting a menu. Her appetite may have changed, so ask her what she wants to enjoy at the party. My pal Denise has requested a delicious spread of savory brunch dishes. Thus the menu will consist of a crisp breakfast pizza made with hash browns and two types of cheese, home fries with peppers and onions, and crunchy slices of fried bacon. The pizza recipe calls for sausage, but I'll make a couple pork-less pies for the vegetarians in attendance.
Supplement the homemade items with easy, grocery store additions. Fresh fruit, plain yogurt, and an assortment of breads are delightful finishing touches. To experiment with these mouth-watering breakfast recipes, read more
- Get excited for Halloween by making tricked-out caramel apples. — Chow
- If caramel apples aren't your thing, why not make chocolate pumpkin pie bars instead? — Baking Bites
- Ditch communal snacking and eat healthier. — FitSugar
- The Michelin Guide has announced the 2009 stars for restaurants in New York City. — Epi-Log
- Would you wear a bacon tiara? — Serious Eats
- Leftovers are the key to budget cooking. — Simply Stated
- Which sandwich bread is the best for you? — The Kitchn
- Learn how to make your own stylish wine stem charms. — Hostess with the Mostess
We're so excited to announce the launch of CelebStyle! Inspired by the most frequently asked question that comes into PopSugar — "I just have to have the fabulous [item of clothing] that [insert character or celebrity] is wearing! Can you tell me where to buy it?" — we set out to create a site to do just that. CelebStyle is your new No. 1 source for finding out what the stars are wearing on screen or on the streets and how to buy it.
Our editors are working directly with the networks to give you the actual items from TV shows like The Hills, Gossip Girl and so many more! If by chance the specific item is out of stock or out of season, we'll give you the next best option. Plus, you can play along — create your own versions of looks to share with the other readers. Pick your favorites and of course, shop for all the celebrity style you'd ever need! We are constantly adding more shows, movies and street style looks. Check it out now!