Giving us more reasons to celebrate food, these food holidays remind us to appreciate the history and cultural impact of our favorite food and drink!
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Photo by herrnanditovsk

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and for many, that means love is in the air. But if you don’t already have a special someone in your life, this is also the time when online profiles get created, edited, re-edited, and re-re-edited, and when many of us go on first dates.

Picking the perfect first date restaurant is something of an art. You’re working with limited information about the other person, and you want to make sure (at the very least) to set the right conditions for both of you to have a good time. (more…)

Posted by on February 12th, 2014

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Winter’s here, and Christmas is right around the corner. If you’re a do-it-yourself type like me, you might prefer to make your gifts instead of purchasing them. And if that’s the case, why not whip up some chocolate truffles this year — they’re not all that hard to make, and everyone loves chocolate!

Here’s a foolproof recipe for the holidays: (more…)

Posted by on December 10th, 2013

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Photo by Henry Alva

Thanksgivvukah is a once-in-an-eternity overlap of Thanksgiving and the start of Chanukah. The reason for this year’s rare alignment has to do with quirks of the Gregorian and the Jewish calendar, one following the sun and one following the moon.

The two holidays would have overlapped in 1861, but Thanksgiving was not formally established by President Abraham Lincoln until 1863. Given the Jewish calendar, Chanukah will again fall on Thursday, November 27, in the year 79,811. (more…)

Posted by on November 27th, 2013

Easter Eggs and Colombo Easter Cake for sale at Pinerolo market. Photos by Marla Gulley

Easter Eggs and Colombo Easter Cake for sale at Pinerolo market. Photos by Marla Gulley

Spring arrives with that impatient wait in the air — everyone is happy that the days are longer and the temperatures are starting to warm up, but could it please hurry up just a little? The Easter holiday, although based in Christianity, certainly embraces the welcoming of springtime that is eagerly anticipated after the dark, cold, and long winter nights.

Here in northern Italy, we are still experiencing snow, slush, and chilly nights. Italians describe this month as “Marzo, Pazzo,” or crazy March. But with the onset of spring, it’s a time to change up the menu, transitioning from the hearty stews with winter cabbages and potatoes to lighter fare such as dandelion and other early greens for a spring salad or frittata, an Italian omelet.

Whether in America or Europe (and Italy in particular), I think of eggs every which way during the Easter period. The dyeing of eggs is not a common tradition in Italy but has recently started to catch on. Italian traditional Easter dishes, however, prominently feature eggs. Easter menus also often feature lamb and goat as the seasonal meat, after the animals have begun to birth their young in the late winter and very early spring. It is a natural way for the farmer or shepherd to cull too many male offspring from the herd while also serving the dish of gratefulness. All regions of Italy have special dishes for Easter, and many of these dishes have migrated to the whole of Italy, sometimes becoming so popular they might now be served all year round. Here is a sampling of the representative dishes and various courses of the Italian Easter menu. It is by no means an exhaustive list. You might consider some for your own Easter dinner or look for them at your favorite Italian restaurant this spring. (more…)

Posted by on March 27th, 2013

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Easter is the Christian holiday celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. It’s also a time for renewal, rebirth, and acknowledgment of the coming of spring.

So why do we celebrate by giving and enjoying chocolate bunnies and all manner of delicious candy eggs? What do these things have to do with Easter at all? And while we’re at it, what’s the answer to the #1 question on every five-year-old’s mind: Where does the Easter Bunny come from? (more…)

Posted by on March 21st, 2013

Photo by Tahiana Harifetra Rasolojaona

Photo by Tahiana Harifetra Rasolojaona

This Thursday is Valentine’s Day, and couples everywhere are scrambling to get their spots reserved at the hottest restaurants. Finding the right restaurant with a beautiful ambiance and exquisite food is often a learning process through trial and error. In pursuit of the crème de la crème of romantic restaurants, we asked top food bloggers in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles to weigh in with their recommendations. Today’s roundup features Andrea Strong of The Strong Buzz, Yvo of The Feisty Foodie, Elaine of Elaine Travels, Anita Lau of diary of a MAD HUNGRY WOMAN, Pat Saperstein of Eating L.A., Amanda Topper of The Ghost Guest, Joseph Esparaz of Eating for Sanity, and Gino Williams of Chicago Alphabet Soup. Try one of their recommended restaurants for Valentine’s Day—your sweetheart will appreciate it!

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Posted by on February 12th, 2013

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Photo by Adminstrador Galeria Uninter

In part 1 and part 2 of the series, top food bloggers in Chicago and Los Angeles gave us a tour through the most romantic restaurants in their hometowns. In this third installment, we’ve asked popular bloggers in New York City to guide us through the most romantic restaurants in their local area. Peruse these exquisite dining options of Andrea Strong, of The Strong Buzz, and Yvo, of The Feisty Foodie.

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Posted by on February 8th, 2013

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Photo by Rachel Blackman

In part 1 of the series, we asked Chicago’s top food bloggers to weigh in with their favorite romantic restaurants around the Windy City. In today’s installment, we’re featuring the most romantic restaurants in Los Angeles, courtesy of some of L.A.’s finest food bloggers: Anita Lau, of diary of a MAD HUNGRY WOMAN, Elaine, of Elaine Travels, and Pat Saperstein, of Eating L.A. Take your pick of these fine restaurant options, and experience love at first bite.

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Posted by on February 7th, 2013

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Photo by Timphotobest

From the lighting to the music, picking a restaurant with all the right components for a romantic meal can be a tricky task. February is the month of love, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we decided to consult top food bloggers in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles to see which restaurants they recommended. In Part 1 of our series, we asked Amanda Topper of The Ghost Guest, Vivian of Chicago Food Whores, Brandy of Bunny and Brandy’s Brunchtime Blog, Joseph Esparaz of Eating for Sanity, and Gino Williams of Chicago Alphabet Soup. Read their comments below and start making reservations for you and your special someone!

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Posted by on February 6th, 2013

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Photo by Daniel Roy

If there is one food item synonymous with the province of Quebec and the city of Montreal, it’s poutine. Poutine is a dish that marries a great deal of fries, squeaky cheese curds, and ladles of gravy sauce. Some people think the combination is disgusting, but a majority of Quebecers think it’s the holy grail of all dishes. Just four short months ago, the city of Montreal was introduced to its first ever Burger Week. Now it’s time to see what Montreal restaurants have to offer when it comes to the trinity of fries, cheese, and sauce. From February 1 to 7, 30-some restaurants will create poutines that stray from the norm, hoping to garner the elusive vote of the hungry consumer. (more…)

Posted by on February 4th, 2013

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