In some ways, sipping the world's wines can be a hopeless endeavor; there's so much wine out there that we could sample wine all day long and still get nowhere near tasting everything. That doesn't mean we won't try! From a French Côtes du Rhone Blanc to a New Zealand late-harvest Riesling, here are five memorable wines we quaffed this week, and why we loved them.
Posts for October 14th 2011
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups vs. Reese's Pieces, M&Ms vs. Skittles, Red Vines vs. Twizzlers — it's a battle for the ages in our Best Candy of All Time Bracket. The beloved peanut butter cups are currently in first place, with peanut M&Ms in fourth and Reese's Pieces a distant 16th. So what are you waiting for? Put your money where your mouth is and vote now in our tournament-style competition to settle the sweet score once and for all.
We've selected 64 of the most beloved candies, so start by clicking below, and go through the first-round matchups by picking your favorite candy each time. Once you've done that, we'll take your favorites and pair them against each other until there is only one winning candy left! Just for playing, you'll be entered to win a year's supply of candy from Dylan's Candy Bar. To enter, complete your bracket and enter your email address by midnight PDT on Friday, Oct. 28. We'll reveal the results on Halloween! Click here for official rules. Play the bracket now!
The classic tiki drink dubbed "the zombie" wasn't named in honor of Halloween but because of its highly boozy effect. Combining light rum, dark rum, and high-proof rum, this is one dangerous but delicious drink. Given its horror movie connotations, it makes a perfect mixer for any Halloween party and especially a zombie Halloween party.
The recipe calls for blood orange juice, giving the drink a bloody hue, though I used a touch of blood orange Italian soda instead. The zombie goes down pretty easy but thankfully tastes strong enough to keep you in check. Celebrate Halloween early or toast to this freaky Friday and get the recipe now.
What's cuter than a cupcake? A mini cupcake, of course! Increasingly, sweet treats come in two sizes: regular and petite. Almost every cupcakery is cooking up mini cakes for birthday parties and office soirees, three-bite cake pops put the trend on a stick, and national chains like Starbucks and Baskin-Robbins are getting even more creative with tiny treats.
On the heels of the Starbucks petites line of mini cupcakes, whoopie pies, and cake pops (pictured above), Baskin-Robbins is debuting cake bites, which are basically four-bite nuggets of ice cream cake.
We've also spotted brownie bites ranging from Trader Joe's tasty treats to Pillsbury's Sweet Moments line of brownie bites. Bakery line Entenmann's also sells mini versions of its cakes, while Starbucks plans to roll out new holiday-themed petites this November.
Why are tiny treats so big? Surely it's a combination of cuteness and the calorie factor, letting eaters indulge in just a few bites rather than a large, decadent dessert. So what do you think of the trend: too cute to resist or too much already?
iOS 5 promises to make your life easier with new upgrades and tools and we have a sweet iOS 5-optimized app for all you pop-culture junkies. The newly updated PopSugar Mobile for the iPhone and iPod Touch has launched with Twitter integration to bring you even more celebrity goodness!
Alongside PopSugar's up-to-the-minute news stories and photo galleries of your favorite stars, the upgraded app will also show you live tweets from verified celebs and related tweets inside stories. You can even weigh in on posts by commenting or tweeting at PopSugar, follow, or send a tweet to a celebrity without ever leaving PopSugar Mobile. It's the best way to keep up with news and events on the go. Plus, of course, you'll still have access to feeds from the rest of the PopSugar Network sites like FabSugar, TrèsSugar, GeekSugar, and more.
Get a closer look at the app in the photo gallery, then head on over to iTunes to download now!
- Guy Fieri's camp responds to allegations of homophobia and womanizing. — Eater
- Why Times critic Sam Sifton's farewell was one of the most melodramatic sign-offs of all time. — Food Republic
- Travel through China with these recipes. — KitchenDaily
- Good question: can you sub prepared mustard for the dry version? — MyRecipes
- How one family gave up groceries for an entire year. — Yahoo! Shine
- Forget fancy food trucks; it's time for edible insect food carts. — Grub Street SF
- 8 smart quips from molecular genius Ferran Adrià. — Inside Scoop SF
I absolutely adore Fall. When October rolls around, the warming colors, the crisp air, and all the delicious flavors of the season always manage to speak to my senses. As a kid, heading to a pumpkin patch to pick up a beauty, and roasting those seeds, was my favorite Fall activity. Why not embrace the nostalgic pumpkin magic all month long with some sweet desserts fit for the season? I've got you covered with 10 treats starring the lovely pumpkin.
Yum reader MyFareFoodie shared her take on the traditional German dish spätzle. Bring on the Oktoberfest spirit!Spätzle is Germany's version of pasta, but without all of that pesky kneading and rolling. It is super easy to make and only consists of a few ingredients. I gave my spätzle a bit more of an Oktoberfest punch by using beer in the batter. It's still October anyway, right?