Food & Drink

grains

Why does pasta get so much of the culinary glory? Granted, it transforms dishes, comes in shapes galore and has “comfort food” written all over it.

Many ancient civilizations were onto the pleasures of super-cold food. The Chinese served frozen milk and rice around 200 BC. The Roman emperor Nero (37–68 BC) topped mountain ice with fruit.

Mixology is a hot trend in fine dining, and you can easily create your own creative quaffs at home without fancy stemware or obscure liqueurs. We polled some of our favorite local watering holes for fun drinks to enliven a summer evening, or—why not?— a summer afternoon.

I think about food all the time: What I ate yesterday, what I might eat tonight and what I want to eat on my birthday. I also think about what kind of restaurant I would like to open. This last line of thought is a fun one, especially when pursued with a fellow foodie.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “street food” bandied about; it’s one of the latest buzzwords on the food scene. No, it’s not food that is picked up off the streets (phew!). The term refers to the style of food that is made and sold by open-air vendors from a cart or a truck.

The origin of the clubhouse sandwich is apocryphal. What was the club? Whose clubhouse was it? Rumors abound but there is no definitive answer other than it was sighted on menus as early as 1899.

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summertime, as well as a time to remember the service men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

We all know the schoolyard ditty about the magical fruit.

Kamut, quinoa, teff, spelt, freekeh, farro, amaranth and millet. Sound like a list of exotic destinations? Not quite. In fact, they’re names of whole or alternative grains, and you can experience them right here in our lake-area neighborhoods.

Looking to quench the thirst of your favorite scotch connoisseur? It’s easy to give one you know he likes, but a limited edition of his favorite or a bottle with a fascinating back story really clinches your spot in his heart.

If you’re looking for ways to warm up this winter season, we have two:

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