Food & Dining

US Organic Food Industry Is Celebrating Success, but Is That What the Numbers Say?

The Union Square farmer's market in Manhattan, New York, on Sept. 22, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
The Union Square farmer's market in Manhattan, New York, on Sept. 22, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

The Organic Trade Association announced this week that the organic food industry in the United States is nearing a record 5 percent of the country’s total...

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Don’t Miss Out on Taiwan’s Best-Known Treat: Pineapple Cake

If you have been the lucky recipient of feng li su, or pineapple cake, from someone who loves you in Taiwan, you know how delicious these bite-sized rectangular prisms are. Pineapple cake has a crumbly and buttery blanket of crust …... Read More


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    Super Bowl XLIX Top 10 Beer Picks—You’ve Got to Try These

    The Super Bowl is upon us. Don’t drink something mundane and predictable. With the current beer renaissance, there’s never been a better time to find... Read more

  • A malvasia vineyard on the island of Salina, Italy. (Manos Angelakis)

    Malvasia, a Grape Variety With Ancient Roots

    Malvasia is one of the grape varieties extensively planted in most of the countries bordering the Mediterranean. There are numerous clones of the basic malvasia... Read more

  • The bar at Molyvos. (Paul Johnson)

    Exploring Greece’s Undiscovered Wines at Molyvos

    An update of the interior of Molyvos in 2012 to look like a space reminiscent of the Greek islands, and the appointment of Diane Kochilas,... Read more

  • Hot Cocoa. (Andrei Jackamets)

    Festive, Warming Drinks for the Holidays

    Michael Gabriel from Rock Center Café offers recipes for a spiked hot cocoa and a hot toddy, while Scott Turnbull of Solbar at Solage Calistoga... Read more

  • Festive Drinks for Those Who Don’t Drink

    Chateau d’Estoublon has introduced Moukipic Rose & Blanc, a non-alcoholic sparkling beverage made of Muscat grapes. The bottle is gorgeous, and the bubbly grape juice... Read more

  • Daniel Fitzgerald on Wines to Offer (or Drink Yourself) for the Holidays

    Daniel Fitzgerald, Sommelier, Clay Pigeon Food and Drink, Fort Worth, Texas, on his holiday wine picks: Sparkling Bubbles for the Holidays The holiday season is... Read more

  • Mary Thompson on Wines to Offer (or Drink Yourself) for the Holidays

    Mary Thompson, Sommelier, Saint Martha, Los Angeles, Calif., on her holiday wine picks: For the Wine Aficionado Dario Princic Bianco Trebez Venezie 2006 “Orange wine”... Read more

  • Hai Tran on Wines to Offer (or Drink Yourself) for the Holidays

    ) Hai Tran, Advanced Sommelier at Herons, at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary, N.C., on his holiday picks: Tasting Blind By now a lot... Read more

  • We know different coloured plates can affect how food ‘tastes’ … and now we know that the same applies to coffee. (Pete, CC BY)

    Bitter Coffee Today? Try Changing the Colour of Your Cup

    In Australia, around a billion cups of coffee a year are consumed in cafés, restaurants and other outlets. Even Britain, a nation famous for its... Read more

  • Frogs are crowded into a fishbowl at a juice stand in Lima, Peru, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. Frogs from Peru's Lake Titicaca are the main ingredient in a juice blend that is revered by some Andean cultures for having the power to cure asthma, bronchitis and sluggishness. While the juice is popular, there's no scientific evidence that confirms the frog juice benefits. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Medicinal Peruvian Smoothie’s Secret Ingredient? Whole Frogs in a Blender!

    LIMA, Peru—Suffering from stress? Not feeling sexy? High in the Andean mountains, some locals believe putting frogs in a blender is the answer. Unfortunately, there... Read more

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    How to Make: Glowing Greens Juice

    For a healthy glowing skin this juice includes cucumber, which contains silica to help keep the skin elastic, and a pear which has lots of... Read more

  • Left: ‘Village Fair,’ a German single-leaf woodcut, ca. 1530, by Barthel Beham. Right: (BananaStock/BananaStock/Thinkstock)

    How Much Did Our Ancestors Drink—Are We Drinking More?

    Autumn is awash with alcohol, and not just because of the new vintage. Oktoberfest plays a part, too, the 16-day festival in Munich that we... Read more

  • Assorted ciders at The Queens Kickshaw, in Astoria, Queens. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    The Second Coming of Cider

    For the almost 100 years that followed Prohibition, hard cider in the United States kept a low profile. But in the woods and abandoned orchards,... Read more

  • Gin is a versatile liquor that works well with many flavors. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    9 Fresh Ways to Gin Up Your Holidays

    Much as we might like otherwise, few of us have the cash, time, or energy to maintain a full bar. And that can be a... Read more

  • Rows of Falanghina vines in Sannio, Italy (Manos Angelakis)

    Falanghina, Italy’s Liquid Gold

    Falanghina is an ancient grape variety of vitis vinifera used in Italy for white wines. It is cultivated mostly in Campania, north of Naples, and... Read more


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