Posts for May 5th 2009
Be it Eritrean cooking or Colombian cuisine, I'm obsessed with trying new foods from around the world. I'm sad to say I haven't made it to any Scandinavian countries yet — but thanks to FinnLover, I'm dying to go now. During a recent trip to visit her husband's family in Finland, she ate her way through a number of Finnish specialties, like Ruisleipä, or black rye bread, shown above. To get a glimpse of her palatable pictures, read more
Many of you are gearing up for Mother's Day, but if you've got some time to spare, there are plenty of enjoyable events worth checking out. There are two national events to note: You can celebrate American Craft Beer Week (find out what is happening in your neck of the woods) and on Saturday, help fight hunger at the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
- Humboldt, TN: West Tennessee Strawberry Festival — May 3-9
- Bay Area, CA: Sexy Dishes Week — May 4-8
- Atlanta, GA: Taste of the Nation Atlanta — May 6
- Manchester, NH: Taste of the Nation Manchester — May 6
- Hartford, CT: Taste of the Nation Hartford — May 7
- Las Vegas, NV: Vegas Uncork'd — May 7-10
- New Orleans, LA: World Cocktail Week in the Big Easy — May 8
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Since her engagement party was such a hit, Ronda's maid of honor asked me to help plan the bridal shower. The event will be an elegant classic brunch.
Guests are invited to help themselves to slices of baked asparagus and yellow pepper frittata. A smoked salmon platter with cream cheese and toasted bagels is a welcome companion. Those looking for a lighter breakfast can opt for a lemon-cherry yogurt parfait.
These homemade dishes will be supplemented with an assortment of toasts from a local bakery and store bought jams and granola. An easy buffet of make-ahead dishes served at room temperature, this versatile and vegetarian menu also works well for Mother's Day. Get the recipes: read more
Check Out Our Party Invitations on Pingg! Whether you’re planning a baby shower, a spring BBQ or Mother’s Day brunch, we've got you covered with party invitations exclusively on pingg! lilsugar and I have created a bouquet of sweet designs appropriate for baby showers, graduation parties, Mother’s Day brunch, and more, and you can even send updates through email, text messages, Facebook, Twitter and more! We'll be adding more events soon — keep checking for your next event!
As usual, girl drama ensues this week on The Hills. Heidi and Spencer continue to work out their trust issues, while Audrina and Brody find themselves suffering the consequences of the missteps they took during their trip to Hawaii. Were you around for all the juicy details? Find out when you take our quiz.
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From reduced corkage fees to price adjustments, it seems like every restaurant has been affected by the poor economy. Although I've been reporting the trend for months, I only experienced it firsthand this past weekend. I was at my parents' house and we went to eat at one of my favorite restaurants, Bricks. However, the pizzeria was recently sold to new owners who changed the name and menu. The waitress insisted that some of the recipes were the same, but the atmosphere and food were noticeably different. I'm still heartbroken that my beloved Bricks — a place where I had so many wonderful dinners — has become a victim to the economic crisis. How about you?
While the fashion world turned its eyes to the Met's Costume Institute Gala, the food glitterati had a celebration of their own last night.
The James Beard Awards, the food industry's equivalent to the Oscars, were announced in New York City at an awards ceremony hosted by Stanley Tucci (star of the upcoming Julie and Julia), Emeril Lagasse, and Cat Cora. The festivities celebrated "Women in Food" with a postceremony gala hosted by Lidia Bastianich. Thirty-eight awards were presented, while the Journalism and Broadcast Media Awards were announced the night before at a special dinner.
The top winners were Blue Hill's Dan Barber (Outstanding Chef) and San Francisco's darling Nate Appleman (Rising Star Chef).
- A simple tip for keeping your blended margarita colder longer.
- A simple tip for keeping your blended margarita colder longer. — Chow
- Speaking of margaritas, here are ten unique flavors to experiment with. — Hostess with the Mostess
- Pinkberry, the frozen yogurt chain, announces plans to expand in the Bay Area and the Middle East. — Eater SF
- Catch up with New York City's ex-Top Chef contestants. — The New York Times
- Only the trailer has been released, but the movie Julie and Julia is already getting criticized. — Eat me daily
- What Obama's first 100 days as president mean to serious eaters. — Serious Eats
- Find out what's inside actress Jennifer Garner's kitchen. — Bon Appétit
- Tom Colicchio talks guitars, tuna, and tequila. — The NYT Magazine