- DIY snacks for on the road and alternatives for when you're on the run
- Taylor Swift kisses Conor Kennedy during a Cape Cod visit
- The key to getting the bold brow trend right now
- Condoleezza Rice helps break the boys' club at Augusta National
- 5 braids to inspire a new back-to-school 'do
- How to create your own necklace headband
- Which pieces to snag from Nicole Richie's Impulse collection for Macy's
- How to outfit your patio to look like a posh hotel
- A sneak peek at Premium Rush and Hit and Run
- Video: Watch Katie Holmes teach Suri Cruise how to ride a bike
- Get the bang for your college buck with these must-use school services
- Yoga poses that will help you get prettier posture
- CelebStyle: Celebrities spend Summer in exposed-pocket denim cutoffs
- "Normalize" photos to remove an unfortunate filter choice
Posts for August 20th 2012
Browsing down the ice cream aisle, you can't help but notice Wonka's new ice cream flavors. First off, they're upside down to resemble Willy Wonka's notorious top hat. Secondly, the bright, swirly design is ultra psychedelic and lures you closer to the freezer door. With silly flavor names like Kernelpuff Caramelstuff and Kerfuffle Truffle, the mixes are equal parts exotic and whimsical, which is to be expected from Nestlé's Wonka brand. We taste tested all seven flavors, but only a few are truly scrumdiddlyumptious. Find out the flavors that are worth purchasing and which ones need to return to the Wonka factory for further testing.
Are you acquainted with Grüner Veltliner? This mineral-rich Austrian white is still somewhat under the radar in America, but I'd like to change that, sofort. Grüners tend to share many qualities with Riesling, another popular Austrian grape, and are exceptionally food-friendly thanks to pronounced acidity and a peppery finish. So to say that I eagerly awaited uncorking (or rather, twisting the top off of) the 2010 Domäne Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Gruner Veltliner ($16) is an understatement.
A few notes on the rather unwieldy name: Domäne Wachau is located in Wachau, a wine-growing region whose steep and rocky terraced land is ideal for the cultivation of Grüner Veltliner grapes. Federspiel denotes the must weight, or sugar percentage of the grapes upon harvest, and indicates a wine with low to moderate alcohol (11 to 12.5 percent) and a dry to off-dry finish. Lastly, Terrassen simply indicates that the grapes were grown on terraced land, which generally produces wines with subtle minerality, thanks to the rocky soil.
Luckily, the anticipation was well-warranted. I loved this Gruner's perfume of crisp Fall fruit and grass, as well as its minerality; the slight effervescence made the wine remarkably sippable. I wasn't the only taster coming back for seconds: one taster even proclaimed the vintage to be her "favorite thing ever." The verdict? A resounding win with great value.
No car trip is complete without plenty of snacks to keep you fueled and awake on the open road. If you're feeling ambitious, we've got six homemade versions of snack favorites, but if time isn't on your side, we've also included six store-bought options from brands we know and love.
- Nine destination-worthy diners across the United States — Zagat
- World-famous ramen guy Ivan Orkin's opening up a spot in New York — Grub Street NY
- Man breaks into a home, takes the time to bake chicken pot pie — Delish
- Here's the cover for Richard Blais's new cookbook — Eater
- Summer's best ice cream flavors — Kitchen Daily
- Watch the White House Kids' State Dinner — Epicurious
- Why you shouldn't tip servers on your credit card — USA Today
Things I've learned so far this Summer: sipping on a glass of crisp and fruity Riesling makes hot days without air-conditioning worlds more bearable. Fish sauce is an excellent and surprisingly subtle addition to everything from sweet-leaning salads to simple weeknight pastas. It's my go-to "secret" ingredient of choice these days. Oh, and you can make a granita out of (nearly) anything liquid. Riesling spritzer granita, anyone?