A shopping center in Kansas City, Mo., is home to the glittering Monarch Bar, one of the nation's 10 best new bars, according to a recent VinePair survey. Other new bars in the top 10 include Los Angeles' Birds & Bees and Seattle's Navy Strength.
The Italian liqueur rosolio fell out of favor and was replaced largely by vermouth, but many in the countryside still made the traditional spirit. A modern revival of it is provided in Italicus, which features rose petals and bergamot citrus.
A blend of dried red chiles, garlic and shredded coconut can spice up any vegetable, Tejal Rao writes of the combination known as massolu in Indian cuisine. The mixture can be ground in a mortar and pestle before being sauteed in a hot pan and mixed in with cooked vegetables such as green beans, roasted cauliflower or butternut squash.
Maitake, or Hen-of-the-woods, are a versatile and flavorful mushroom that can be used to supplement other mushrooms for enhanced flavor. To get the most from delicate shiitakes, cooking should be kept to a minimum, while large Portobellos work well on the grill and quick-cooking oyster mushrooms are well-suited to stir-fry.
Chef Wilson Davalos had to pack up and leave nearly everything behind after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, shutting down his restaurant, CLMDO. He temporarily relocated to San Antonio, Texas, where he has cooked for several local restaurants, and he plans to open a second CLMDO location in San Juan, a two-hour drive from the original location in Isabela.
Starbucks is unveiling a limited-edition Christmas Tree Frappuccino today in the US and Canada. The drink will be available until Dec. 11 and is made with a peppermint mocha creme base topped with matcha whipped cream, caramel sauce, candied cranberries and a strawberry slice.
The CDC has reported that total number of confirmed cases of influenza in the US has exceeded 7,000 so far this year -- more than two times the number of cases at the same time last year -- and signals a potentially tough flu season. This year's batch of flu vaccine, which also was used in Australia, was only about 10% effective against influenza A (H3N2) there, compared with an efficacy of 43% for last year's vaccine.
The trend of small, carefully plated portions of food served with artful dots of sauce has drawn the scorn of some culinary experts who find the practice pretentious, such as British cookbook writer Delia Smith and chef Jeremiah Tower. While the plating technique once had to be painstakingly done with a spoon, the ease of squeeze bottles has made it commonplace.
Ecofarm features 70+ workshops, keynote speakers, farm tours, artisanal tastings, organic culinary fare and more, at the oldest and largest organic farming conference in the West, Jan. 24-27, in Pacific Grove, Calif. Register before Dec. 10 to save.
Tea shops have traditionally been known as gathering sites in Myanmar, but that is changing. Young people are finding other places to hang out and chat, while the growing popularity of cellphones in the nation has made the tea shops' conversations less vibrant.