Posts for February 26th 2009
Yet another restaurant chain has jumped on the freebie bandwagon — not that we're complaining. Arby's, our favorite fast food chain of last year, is letting you try its new Roastburgers for free. Bring in this coupon through March 9 and get a free Roastburger with the purchase of any drink.
The new burger comes in three flavors: The All-American is sliced, oven roasted beef with all the trimmings and a "tantalizing special sauce" on a toasted roll; the Bacon & Bleu Roast Burger has pepper bacon and blue cheese spread; and the Bacon Cheddar is made with pepper bacon and a slice of cheddar.
I'm not sure the Roastburger, with its roast beef slices, qualifies as an actual burger by my standards. Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to landing a free item to go with my favorite side: an order of Arby's curly fries. What about you? Will you be trying out the new Arby's burger?
On a trip to the extensive Berkeley Bowl supermarket, I came across a variety of fruit I'd never seen before, white sapote. A store grocer stocking produce nearby was so convinced I'd love this mystery fruit that he cut one open on the spot for me to try. After I commented that it was remarkably sweet, he told me that the fruit I'd sampled wasn't even fully ripe yet. At $4 a pop, it was definitely pricey, but he was right: I loved it so much that I wound up bringing some home with me. To learn more about this fruit and how it tastes, read more
No themed dinner party can begin without the relaxing mood enhancer and conversation stimulator that is the specialty cocktail. Since India (outside of the big cities) doesn't have much of a drinking culture, I'm turning to Dale Degroff, the king of cocktails, for inspiration.
According to Degroff, in its day — during the 19th century when East India existed — the East India cocktail was similar to the cosmopolitan in popularity: Everyone enjoyed it. The mixture of cognac, pineapple juice, and orange curacao pairs perfectly with Padma Lakshmi's salty, crispy kahti rolls.
Nine West's Creative Director Fred Allard is here with this season's must-have picks. He shows you how to get a chic, updated look effortlessly all at an affordable price. Watch "What Not to Miss" from Nine West and click to shop the looks.
It's commonly thought that people turn to chocolate when times are stressful, and now the candy industry has proof that this is true.
As the recession has sunk deeper, consumers have turned to chocolate for consolation: Confectionery giant Cadbury has reported a 30 percent increase in its annual profits. According to Todd Stitzer, the company's CEO, the industry has benefited from the fact that more people have been eschewing going out in favor of spending more time at home. "Consumers seek to comfort themselves with brands they are familiar with," Stitzer said. He later added, "Chocolate sales are holding up well as people buy multipacks, stock up the larder, and stay at home."
The company has also been running a hugely successful ad campaign, entitled "Cadbury Eyebrows." The viral video, which features two children's eyebrows dancing to a soundtrack, has been viewed millions of times over the past three weeks.
While many of the changes in dining conduct caused by the recession — such as undertipping — seem predictable, I'm intrigued by how the recession has also affected buying behaviors. Are you surprised to hear that chocolate sales are up?
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The remaining three contestants were asked to create the best meal of their lives in last night's season finale of Top Chef. It was a suspenseful show with several unexpected twists. Finalists from previous seasons were brought back to compete, Rocco Dispirito and a jazz musician judged, and even an alligator made an appearance. Did you catch the final episode? How well were you paying attention? Find out now when you take my quiz!
One of my New Year's resolutions was to learn more about cheese, and now that it's almost March, I decided I better get on it! Don't worry readers, I'm taking you along for the ride: allow me to introduce my new feature devoted to the wonderful world of cheese. Each week, I'll pick a different type of cheese and use it in a delectable recipe. First up: homemade fresh ricotta. To learn more about this creamy cheese and check out the surprisingly easy recipe, read more