Matcha, powdered green tea from Japan, can be consumed as a beverage or used as an ingredient in baked goods. It is complex and a bit bitter as hot tea, but becomes more subtle and sweet when used in recipes.
The Red Kiva Lounge in Chicago has introduced the VaporTini, a cocktail that one inhales instead of drinks. Red Kiva owner and VaporTini creator Julie Palmer said she got the idea from an event in Finland that included pouring vodka on hot coals and inhaling the fumes.
Hospital kitchens, once derided as sources of bland chicken and soggy sandwiches, now attract top chefs who create healthful and palatable meals. This year's winner of the Healthcare Foodservice Management Culinary Competition was Daniel Skay, executive chef of Parker Adventist Hospital in Colorado, who created a Machaca Flat Iron Steak With Cilantro Tomalito and Corn Chile Sauce.
Champagne makers have agreed to pick 32% fewer grapes and to slash supply as sales worldwide have dropped because of the global economic downturn. Sales could plunge to 260 million bottles this year, down from 339 million bottles in 2007.