The boldness of her statement got me thinking about what other US locales have proven themselves worthy food destinations. I'd personally argue Austin, TX — it's known for everything from barbecued brisket to crêpes to breakfast tacos. What town do you think has what it takes to become America's next big food city?
We're always talking about what to give other people (and we have all these great guides on SavvySugar), but what about treating yourself? According to a retail survey, 57 percent of shoppers are gifting themselves this holiday season, and that's four percent up from the previous year, The Washington Post reports.
As the economy is slowly rebounding, consumer confidence is picking up as well, which may be why more people are self-gifting this year. Are you adding yourself to your Christmas shopping list, and if so, what are you buying yourself?
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You may want to think twice about having loose lips on your Twitter account: Mike Wise, a sportswriter for the Washington Post, was suspended on Tuesday for sending out an untrue tweet to his followers.
Pretending to have the scoop on the suspension of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Mike sent out a tweet on Monday, which gave the number of games the quarterback will sit out: "Roethlisberger will get five games, I'm told."
Find out why he tweeted when you read more.
Today, The Reliable Source, the Washington Post's gossip column, is also reporting that Top Chef will be filmed in the nation's capital. It doesn't surprise me that Washington DC is the purported season seven location. I'm already envisioning episodes involving Michelle Obama's garden, the White House farmers market, and former Top Cheffers (and locals) Spike Mendelsohn, Carla Hall, and Bryan Voltaggio.
Would you be pumped if Top Chef 7 took place in Washington DC?
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Eating veal has long been an animal-welfare issue, with opponents pointing to calves confined in stalls so tiny that livestock are unable to move. But producers of pasture-raised veal argue that the meat comes from hormone- and antibiotic-free calves who drink their mother's milk, consume pasture grass, and freely roam pastures.
Animal-rights activists are against the slaughter of young animals who have strong maternal bonds — yet according to veal proponents, calves are the same age as lamb and older than pigs when they're slaughtered. Where do you stand? Would you be more likely to eat pasture raised veal?
The first couple have continued to convey political messages about food with their recent dining choices. The Obamas spent Saturday evening in Manhattan, where they dined at James Beard Award-winning chef Dan Barber's restaurant Blue Hill before catching a Broadway show.
Within hours, news sites were awash with commentary on the first couple's romantic dinner. "Is it possible to be too political at mealtime?" the Washington Post posited, noting the couple has adopted a pattern of choosing eateries with strong local ties and sustainable food agendas. The Times' Frank Bruni called the decision "too pat and controlled," portraying the president as overly somber and self-restrained when it comes to enjoying food.
Ironically, the same day the Obamas were chided for overthinking dinner, the Times also criticized the First Lady for not going far enough in her message about food. Writer Amanda Hesser lauded Michelle Obama for bringing attention to the local foods movement, then criticized her for stopping short of promoting cooking. Wrote Hesser: "Terrific local ingredients aren't of much use if people aren't cooking them . . . Just as she highlighted American fashion by wearing the clothes of young designers, she could call attention to cooking by bringing America's talented young chefs to the White House for a food summit meeting."
Shouldn't the Obamas be commended for making educated dining choices? Is the media coming down too hard on the presidential couple? How do you feel about the food selections the Obamas have made thus far?
This year the folks at the Washington Post put together their second annual Peeps Show. It's a contest they run in which they invite their readers to put together Peeps dioramas. This year they received over 800 entries, and narrowed that down to 31 semi-finalists and one winner. The winner is Laura Sillers, who whipped up a diorama called "The Tomb of King Peepankhamun." It includes Peeps hieroglyphics, a mummified Peep and more.
I've put a few of my favorites below, but be sure to check out all 32 winning entries.
Hoo boy. So Charlotte Allen wrote a little piece in the Washington Post yesterday. It started out mildly controversial, with her hypothesizing that women's reactions to Obama at campaign rallies were evidence that women were behaving like empty-headed Beatles bimboes around Barack. Okay, dicey, but I'm with you so far. . . .
Then she goes on to say that while women are somewhat capable of being brain surgeons and fighter pilots, "the number of women in these fields will always lag behind the number of men, for good reason." Whoa. Come again? Wait, wait, it gets better:
So I don't understand why more women don't relax, enjoy the innate abilities most of us possess (as well as the ones fewer of us possess) and revel in the things most important to life at which nearly all of us excel: tenderness toward children and men and the weak and the ability to make a house a home.
So ladies. Are you dumping that scalpel in favor baking a nice shortcake? Are you outraged by this article?
Wine is a super subjective drink; to one person a merlot may taste harsh and to another it could be full of flavor. That being said, I do take into account a wine's score when choosing what wine to purchase. Created in the 1970s by wine critic Robert Parker, the 100 point American wine rating system is widely used by wine magazines to rank a wine's overall taste, appearance, and aroma. Wine merchants often use a wine's score to sell certain bottles.
But what happens when the wine's are mislabeled? A recent study conducted by the Washington Post food section concluded that 6 percent of the signs showing a wine's score were incorrect. The Post states:
The vintage available was usually unrated or had received a lower score, though there were occasions when the actual wine displayed had received a higher rating.
Wine Spectator acknowledges these errors as a nuisance, but have no solution to stop the false advertising. This makes me question the system's credibility and in the future I may not pay as much attention to the rating. What do you guys think? Does a wine's score matter?
While over here in the USA, we are constantly arguing over our President's decisions on things like withdrawing our troops, environmentalism, etc., the French are arguing over their President's decision on his undignified exercise. His new workout is being criticized as an activity for self-centered individualists (such as the Americans who popularized it). Nope, Sarkozy has not taken up naked yoga. What could it possibly be? Well jogging, of course.
Pardonez-Moi? Seems that a Presidential jog down the Avenue des Champs d'Elysées may even inspire a Frenchie or two to put out that Galois full bodied cigarette and exercise. Apparently I am way off as the WashingtonPost.com is reporting British and French reactions to his running such as:
"No decent conservative would dream of jogging. It's a vulgar, untraditional form of self-advertisement..."
"The Sarkozy jog, say his critics, is a sad imitation of the habits of American presidents, and a capitulation to 'le défi Américain' (a phrase that was the title of a book published here as 'The American Challenge') as bad as the influx of Hollywood movies."
Did anyone take a minute to think he may just be trying to get healthy? Besides, if jogging is considered an American thing to do, then as far as I am concerned we're all doing a little something right, fitness wise, over here.