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What The Ending Of The Cuban Embargo Means For Rum Drinking

When will Havana Club be sold in American stores?
Dec 17, 2014 12:57 pm

With today’s historic news of the restoring of relations between Cuba and the United States, ending an over 50-year import embargo, some are asking: what does it mean for the rum industry? As of now, there's a short and shorter answer.

The Top Googled Recipes And Cocktails Of 2014

List reveals America's shifting tastes
Dec 16, 2014 10:26 am

Earlier today Google released data illustrating their top recipe, cocktail and beer terms for 2014. Not surprisingly, chicken is the top search term. Fried, baked, tetrazzini — it’s a national obsession. But drilling down further into the list reveals that Americans still have an unwavering sweet tooth, are always stumped on the perfect pancake prep and most certainly love a little guacamole (on football Saturday and Sundays at least).

Is Wine Consumption A Viable Economic Indicator?

Consumer confidence mirrors wine sales, CEO says
Dec 15, 2014 3:00 pm

There are many ways to gauge how the U.S. economy is doing. You can check out the Dow Jones Industrial Average, for instance, to see how bluechip companies are performing on the stock market. Or, you can look at the U.S. Consumer Price Index for an idea of how much people are spending on goods and services. Or, you can leave those boring analytics to the bean counters and keep an eye on a much more juicy economic indicator: wine consumption.

Are Rising Food Costs Now Scarier Than Terrorism?

Survey finds our eating habits are making us broke
Dec 15, 2014 1:00 pm

Your passion for good food and drink isn't just making you fat. It's also making you broke. Dining out is now the biggest reason that Americans blow their budget, according to a recent survey of U.S. workers. And, eating at home from time to time isn't helping us save much, either. Spending on food and groceries comes in a close second on the shrinking-wallet scale. Perhaps even more striking: the survey also found that food costs are a greater concern than terrorism and ebola.

The Pantone Color Of The Year Is Named After Our Favorite Sicilian Fortified Wine

Hot color will cover up your holiday wine stains
Dec 4, 2014 11:30 am

Pantone is a New Jersey-based company best known for creating a standardized color matching system used in many industries, but primarily printing. They’ve also become famous for rolling out “color of the year” each December for the following 12-month period. Today they announced the 2015 selection, inspired by a famous fortified wine produced in Sicily. Marsala, the color, is a little bit red, a little bit brown and decidedly earthy. One thing it is not is last year's purple.

Why Danny Meyer Will Now Fly Delta For Life

Shake Shack's daddy is now a cover boy
Dec 3, 2014 10:15 am

A big Wednesday for Shake Shack don Danny Meyer, and it’s not even related to Shake Shack. Yesterday the New York Times deemed his Roman pizza restaurant Marta a big winner — Pete Wells gave him serious praise for the ultra thin crust. And now it looks like he’s on the cover of a magazine — and a magazine people actually read! Bored/ill-prepared Delta flyers at least. Snapping on cufflinks = baller status.

These Are Some Seriously Heady Days For The Restaurant Industry

The future is tickets, six-month chef residencies
Dec 1, 2014 12:30 pm

As we turn the calendar for the final time in 2014, food media types will begin to analyze the big events that have caused ripples across the industry. But looking at a couple events over the weekend alone, it’s not a pebble but a giant boulder that has been tossed into the lake. Disruptors, it appears, have taken a seat at the dining room table.

Weekend Plan: Basilica Farm And Flea In Hudson, NY

Serious artisanal shopping two hours north of NYC
Nov 25, 2014 4:00 pm

Want to shop for artisal bitters and made-on-the-farm goods just a few hours north of NYC? This weekend (Nov. 28-30), head up to the Basilica Farm and Flea. Details, this way...

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