At Halloween, pumpkin spice is everything nice

At Halloween, pumpkin spice is everything nice

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Trick or treat! While youngsters dress up as ghosts and goblins and go door to door for Halloween, grown-ups across the United States are indulging in all things pumpkin spice. What started a decade ago as a seasonal Starbucks coffee flavor — which curiously isn’t made of pumpkin — has blossomed into something […]

31.10.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Halloween, Holidays, Home & Garden ·
‘Buggy balls’ to hit shelves at Dutch supermarket chain

‘Buggy balls’ to hit shelves at Dutch supermarket chain

(THE HAGUE-AFP) – The traditional shopping list of bread, milk, eggs and cheese is set to change in the Netherlands with a major supermarket chain unveiling its first-ever range of insect-based products this week. From Friday, customers at Jumbo stores in two northern Dutch cities will be able to add “buggy balls”, “buggy burgers” and […]

30.10.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Vegan croissants, gluten-free pasta: Europe wakes up to fussy eating

Vegan croissants, gluten-free pasta: Europe wakes up to fussy eating

(VILLEPINTE, France-AFP) – Once firmly entrenched in their traditional gastronomy, consumers in gourmet havens like France and Italy are slowly starting to demand gluten-, dairy- and meat-free diets as environmental and health concerns kick in. No-allergen pasta, vegan croissants, meatless hamburgers — “free-from” food is one of the leading trends at this week’s SIAL international […]

A Spooky Snack and Drink for Halloween

A Spooky Snack and Drink for Halloween

(Family Features) If your family’s Halloween consists of pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating and transforming your home into a haunted house, you’ll be happy to know that the “double, double, toil and trouble” doesn’t have to stop there. You can add a little extra hocus pocus to your season by brewing up these chillingly creative treats with […]

23.10.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Free Recipes, Home & Garden ·
Papal favourites served up in new recipe book

Papal favourites served up in new recipe book

(VATICAN CITY-AFP) – From an Argentinian dessert that translates as “milk candy” to Polish ravioli, a member of Vatican’s famed Swiss Guard on Tuesday unveiled a range of recipes of dishes favoured by popes. David Geisser, 24, who joined the elite Vatican security corps a month ago launched his cookbook “Bon Appetit, Swiss Guard” in […]

CN Traveler readers name Disney world’s best cruise line 2014

CN Traveler readers name Disney world’s best cruise line 2014

(Relaxnews) – Disney, Crystal Cruises and Windstar have emerged the highest-rated cruise lines in CN Traveler magazine’s latest edition of the Readers’ Choice Awards which has released a list of the top cruise brands for 2014. The top 28 cruise lines are divided into four categories: large ship lines, midsize, small ship and river cruise. […]

New Michelin guide for Kansai, Japan adds 2-star listings

New Michelin guide for Kansai, Japan adds 2-star listings

(Relaxnews) – Three more restaurants in Japan have been added to the club of two Michelin stars in the 2015 edition of the red book for Kansai. In its sixth year, inspectors bestowed two stars on two new restaurants in Kyoto and the same rating on another dining destination in Osaka. In Kyoto, the new […]

22.10.2014 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Study finds your brain includes a (free) calorie counter

Study finds your brain includes a (free) calorie counter

(Relaxnews) – A neuroimaging study says the brain has a natural affinity for evaluating foods based on their caloric density, containing a library of nutritional information that may be richer than that of your wearable tracker’s software platform. “Our study sought to determine how people’s awareness of caloric content influenced the brain areas known to […]

21.10.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Science & Technology ·
Lonely Planet releases its picks for the top destinations in 2015

Lonely Planet releases its picks for the top destinations in 2015

(Relaxnews) – Travel experts at Lonely Planet have gazed into their crystal balls and come up with lists of the top 10 cities, regions and countries to visit in 2015, giving top nods to Singapore, Washington DC, and the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. Destinations that made the cut for Lonely Planet’s latest, “Best in Travel […]

21.10.2014 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Yogurt declared New York’s official state snack

Yogurt declared New York’s official state snack

(Relaxnews) – After the apple and apple muffin, residents of New York State can now count yogurt as an official state food. On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill pronouncing the humble dairy product the state’s official snack food in a move meant to recognize the industry’s importance to New York’s economy: The state […]

16.10.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Taco Bell confirms it’s testing Sriracha-themed menu

Taco Bell confirms it’s testing Sriracha-themed menu

(Relaxnews) – After the online rumor mill went into excited overdrive over the specter of Taco Bell rolling out a Sriracha-themed menu, its parent company has confirmed that the Mexican-style fast food chain is testing out the concept in the US. In an interview with The Washington Post, a spokesperson at parent company Yum! Brands confirmed […]

15.10.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
McDonald’s invites customers to ask about pink slime and earthworms

McDonald’s invites customers to ask about pink slime and earthworms

(Relaxnews) – McDonald’s is hoping to dispel a few urban legends and set the record straight about its food in a new proactive damage control campaign that invites Americans to ask them questions in a digital forum via social media. The campaign dubbed “Our Food. Your Questions,” will take place across their social media channels […]

How to taste chocolate like an expert

How to taste chocolate like an expert

(Relaxnews) – Like fine wine, exceptional chocolate deserves to be tasted with great care and attention to the details: color, aroma, length on the palate… Cacao creations can be even more delectable when a few basic guidelines are followed. As the UK gears up for ‘Chocolate Week’ starting October 17, and the 20th edition of […]

14.10.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Cookbook spotlight: ‘Baking Chez Moi’

Cookbook spotlight: ‘Baking Chez Moi’

(Relaxnews) – In her latest cookbook, popular author Dorie Greenspan aims to demystify French desserts and make them less daunting, with a collection of contemporary recipes that come from everyone from her French hairdresser to the average French household. ‘Baking Chez Moi’ is 496 pages of dessert recipes for the at-home cook. Traditionally labor-intensive French […]

10.10.2014 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Cookbook spotlight: Yotam Ottolenghi’s ‘Plenty More’

Cookbook spotlight: Yotam Ottolenghi’s ‘Plenty More’

(Relaxnews) – London celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi is about to release a sequel to his award-winning vegetarian cookbook with “Plenty More.” After “Jerusalem: A Cookbook,” which paid homage to the culinary diversity of Jerusalem’s cuisine, and “Plenty,” published in 2011, Ottolenghi is focusing once again on the humble vegetable kingdom in his latest cookbook. Over […]

09.10.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Food forum in New York to debate ‘the future of American cuisine’

Food forum in New York to debate ‘the future of American cuisine’

(Relaxnews) – The definition of American cuisine will be on the table at a food forum in New York organized by the same folks who host the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Leading chefs, restaurateurs and food journalists will gather on Saturday to discuss “The future of American dining” within a global context. Though the event […]

08.10.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Meet Dom: the US’s new pizza delivery man

Meet Dom: the US’s new pizza delivery man

(Relaxnews) – Siri might have the answers to life’s questions, but it’s “Dom” you need to go to if your query is pizza related. The Domino’s Pizza virtual voice ordering assistant is starring in his first national TV campaign in the US as of this week, having been revamped since the concept’s initial launch in the summer. The app, […]

Cookbook spotlight: Mark Bittman’s ‘How to Cook Everything Fast’

Cookbook spotlight: Mark Bittman’s ‘How to Cook Everything Fast’

(Relaxnews) – New York Times food writer Mark Bittman has released another addition to his “How to Cook Everything,” series, this time with a cookery book that promises to teach readers how to cook everything — fast. In the 1,056-page tome, Bittman provides ideas on how to take shortcuts on traditionally labor-intensive meals like chicken […]

07.10.2014 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Kia Motors taps French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten in food collaboration

Kia Motors taps French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten in food collaboration

(Relaxnews) – At first glance the collaboration between a Korean car company and a triple Michelin-starred French chef sounds like a stretch. But Kia Motors has tapped Jean-Georges Vongerichten to develop an original menu that draws on Korean flavors and global cuisine to promote the brand worldwide. The collaboration has resulted in two menus that […]

07.10.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Hollywood Stars, Motoring, Online, Videos ·
Chef Emeril Lagasse helps build world’s tallest pancake stack

Chef Emeril Lagasse helps build world’s tallest pancake stack

(Relaxnews) – Celebrity US chef Emeril Lagasse helped set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s tallest pancake stack in New York Thursday, building a tower that reached a height of nearly three feet. Lagasse, along with popular US TV handyman Ty Pennington, helped build a stack of flapjacks that stood 34 inches (87 […]

03.10.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·