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Mezcal: The Rebirth of a Traditional Mexican Drink Food 

Mezcal: The Rebirth of a Traditional Mexican Drink

Mexico  (GV) – When talking about traditional Mexican drinks, the conversation invariably leads to the recent resurgence of mezcal. Once nearly fading into disuse, mezcal is now the leading drink on menus of all types at a wide variety of Mexican establishments. In the last decade, drinking mezcal has been trending among Mexicans, but what exactly is mezcal? According to the Official Mexican Standard (Mexico’s official rules governing mezcal’s characteristics and specifications), mezcal is a distilled, transparent alcoholic beverage obtained from the maguey plant: 100 % de maguey o agave, obtenida por destilación de jugos fermentados con microorganismos espontáneos o Read More

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Matcha Green Tea Cocktails to Channel Your Inner Zen Food 

Matcha Green Tea Cocktails to Channel Your Inner Zen

(Foodista) – My habit of sipping green tea began years ago when I lived in Japan. Green tea is the gateway tea to matcha, the more intensely flavored powdered version that’s used in traditional tea ceremonies. Though still used in tea ceremonies to facilitate mindfulness and mental clarity, health enthusiasts have embraced this powerful green dust for its many nutritional benefits, from heart health and cancer fighting abilities to inflammation relief and improved brain function. It may even help you shed those unwanted pounds and boost your metabolism. That alone is enough to make me chug the green stuff all Read More

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An Easy Yogurt Marinated Chicken Recipe with Saffron Rice and Tzatziki Food 

An Easy Yogurt Marinated Chicken Recipe with Saffron Rice and Tzatziki

(Foodista) – It’s always nice to have a variety of easy chicken recipes on hand for those busy weeknights. This recipe is big on flavor and low effort, especially if you use a boxed saffron rice (I prefer to make it from scratch, but when time and energy are concerned a box is just fine). The bold flavors and bright color of this dish are pleasing to both palate and eyes, and it’s a dish everyone in the house will love. If you have the ingredients, mix the chicken with the yogurt marinade in the morning (or even the night Read More

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Pumpkin Cauliflower Risotto and More Delish Dishes to Cook This Weekend Food 

Pumpkin Cauliflower Risotto and More Delish Dishes to Cook This Weekend

(Foodista) – Yesterday it was 83 degrees here in Seattle, today it’s 66 and rainy. Fall is here to stay, but I’m fine with that. I had two beautiful days to wear my summer clothes one last time before I donned by boots and cashmere cardie. Now that the Mother Nature has turned her thermostat down (and we’re cranking ours up) it’s time to tuck into some comforting dishes that warm us from head to toe, heart and soul. Below are 5 dishes that fit the bill, especially if you find yourself asking, “What am I going to make for Read More

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Tepache and Pulque: Two Traditional Mexican Beverages Looking for Their Place in the Present Culture Food 

Tepache and Pulque: Two Traditional Mexican Beverages Looking for Their Place in the Present

Mexico (GV) – Mexico City has gradually turned its back on traditional drinks and foods. With the arrival of large multinational commercial consortiums and fast-food chains that have branches in virtually every neighborhood in the city, the dishes and brews that grandparents and other ancestors consumed run the risk of falling into disuse or disappearing. Here we’ll take a look at two of the drinks that fall into this category. Tepache Tepache is a low-alcohol drink, similar to beer but sweet. Its current form has an intense amber color and is made primarily of fermented pineapple, sweetened with piloncillo (panela) and seasoned with cinnamon and Read More

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Delicious and Fruity Drinking Vinegars That Are Healthy, Too! Food 

Delicious and Fruity Drinking Vinegars That Are Healthy, Too!

World (Foodista) – Is drinking vinegar the new kombucha? OLITALIA, the Italian manufacturer of oils and vinegar, has recently come out with a new line of drinkable vinegars. Yes, vinegars you can drink, and they are delicious! Like kombucha, these beverages are a perfect balance between sweet and sour, and they’re good for you! They’re made from a blend of concentrated natural  grape juice, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, apple cider vinegar (which has numerous health benefits), and natural fruit juices (no added sugar). They’re rich in polyphenols (a powerful anti-oxidant that helps fight free radicals), they help support and improve your metabolism, Read More

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A Must-Have Summer Champagne Cocktail Recipe: The French 75 Food 

A Must-Have Summer Champagne Cocktail Recipe: The French 75

(Foodista) – When we travel to New Orleans we always stop in Arnaud’s French 75 Bar for a classic French 75 cocktail, a refreshing combination of Cognac and Champagne with a dash of sweetness and a splash of lemon juice. It’s a drink that cuts the heat and humidity and leaves you refreshed and feeling downright civilized. Arnaud’s is a classic New Orlean’s restaurant that has featured traditional Creole cuisine since 1918, and their vintage bar next-door is where you can enjoy a number of well-made classic cocktails such as the French 75, Sazerac, and Bastille Cup. Though not quite as hot Read More

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Chill Out: 8 Refreshing Cold Soup Recipes for Summer Food 

Chill Out: 8 Refreshing Cold Soup Recipes for Summer

Your Kitchen (Foodista) – When it seems like it can’t get any hotter the last thing you want to do is cook over a hot stove. Chill out this summer and make one (or all!) of these delicious cold soup recipes. Most of them require no cooking, just some slicing and dicing, and they are all nutritious and delicious! Pacific Northwest Crab Gazpacho Recipe Early July is when non-commercial crabbing season opens up here in Seattle, and nearly every weekend we’re out on the water with our pots and bait pulling up gorgeous Dungeness crab. Gazpacho, an easy Spanish tomato-based Read More

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Transgenic Fish Are Ready For Us, But Are We Ready For Them? Featured Food Science and Nature 

Transgenic Fish Are Ready For Us, But Are We Ready For Them?

North America (Ensia) – After decades of regulatory and legal challenges, AquaBounty aims to bring genetically engineered salmon to U.S. and Canadian markets next year. On a hill above the cold waters around Prince Edward Island, technicians painstakingly create fertilized Atlantic salmon eggs that include growth-enhancing DNA from two other fish species. The eggs will be shipped to tanks in the high rainforest of Panama, where they will produce fish that mature far more quickly than normal farmed salmon. More than 20 years after first seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, AquaBounty Technologies of Maynard, Massachusetts, plans Read More

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Go On, Have Dessert: New Study Finds Chocolate Helps Memory, Cognitive Function Food Health 

Go On, Have Dessert: New Study Finds Chocolate Helps Memory, Cognitive Function

Italy (Sputnik) – Go on, treat yourself. A recent Italian study has found that eating chocolate not only helps improves memory and cognitive function in the short term – it can even help prevent cognitive decline as we age. The study, published in May in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, focused on cocoa flavanols, the chemical compounds in cocoa beans, and their effect on brain function, both right after ingesting the flavanols and as a result of regular consumption. Researchers Valentina Socci and Michele Ferrara of the University of L’Aquila reviewed the available literature on a variety of studies and found that eating cocoa — which is, of course, the foundation of chocolate — boosts memory performance, Read More

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