I'm a big tea drinker and so when friends shared a post from Food Babe on what's really in the tea that we drink, I was very interested. I took a look at the post and according to Food Babe and her sources, depending on the brand, there might be a lot of chemicals and pesticides not only in tea, but in the tea bags as well. Have you read about this? Do you pay attention to the ingredients in your tea?
Are you confused about wine and food pairings? Do you look at wine store shelves with blank stares and utter confusion? Fret no more because Bottlerocket in New York's Flatiron district will solve all of your food and wine pairing needs. In a revolutionary approach, Bottlerocket organizes their wines by food pairings, complete with takeout suggestions and takeout menus!
In the past couple of weeks, thousands of parents packed lunches, stuffed backpacks, combed down cowlicks and put up proud posts on Facebook of smiling little ones headed back to school. For us, this meant our annual back-to-school party to kick off the new year, complete with water ice, tug-of-war, fireworks, and of course, a crowd-pleasing bar set-up —one suitable for both kids and parents.
Where I live, fall is not in the air. The late summer heat is relentless and there will be no hot apple ciders or spiced cakes in my near future, which is why I love this idea from the blog Will Cook For Friends: chai-spiced tea cubes served in a glass of icy-cold milk. It's a way to enjoy the warm spices of autumn in a cool, refreshing treat!
Our Good Question yesterday about favorite Trader Joe's beers reminded me that I've had this bottle from TJ's stashed away for a few weeks — it's high time we gave it a taste! Brewed by Rhinelander Brewing Co. for Trader Joe's, this brown ale with its promise of sweet roasted malts and moderate hop bitterness sounds like just the beer to take us into fall.
Q: I received a bottle of sweet red wine as a gift, and while I do love red wine, I usually prefer the dry and spicy types. I don't want to throw it out but I'd really rather not drink it. Are there any recipes, food or beverage, that could use this sweet wine without being too...sweet?
According to Nielsen data, 55% of U.S. wine consumers are women. So a greater awareness of this fact in wine marketing is indeed a good thing. But do we need overtly "girly" labels to ostensibly appeal to this market – labels that sometimes border on the ridiculous or even insulting? What do you think?
Q: I recently moved to Seattle from Texas and finally have easy access to a Trader Joe's (the one in Capitol Hill). I was wondering if any of your readers have ever tried their beer? I love trying new beers, but have never heard anyone mention the Trader Joe's brews and don't want to waste money on bad beer!