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PostHeaderIcon Old Black Magic Does a Number on Garlic!

Black garlic is a type of fermented garlic used as a food ingredient in Asian cuisine. It is made by fermenting whole bulbs of garlic at high temperature, a process that results in black cloves. The taste is sweet and syrupy with hints of balsamic vinegar or even tamarind. Black Garlic is prized as a food rich in antioxidants and added to energy drinks, and in Thailand is claimed to increase the consumer’s longevity. One interesting use is in the making of black garlic chocolate. In the United States black garlic entered the mainstream in 2008 and has become a sought-after ingredient used in high-end cuisine. Black garlic is great for your health—it’s loaded with nearly twice as many antioxidants as raw garlic.
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PostHeaderIcon 6 Signs You May Be a Food Idiot!

Are you a foodie?

From the refined to the revolting: Six signs that you may be a food idiot

1.  Eats, but doesn’t cook

Tends not to cook, and is therefore unable to enjoy food based on the amount of effort, pleasure or hilarity that went into making it. Is often resented as a result by his or her host for making only faintly positive remarks, e.g., “The meringue’s a little soft, but the raspberries are very good for mid-winter.” Makes you want to plunge a fork into his tongue.

2.  The more esoteric, the better

The more esoteric, illegal, hard-to-procure and expensive the ingredient, the more the extreme foodie adores it. Thrilled by plates that consist of a single perfect sorrel leaf, which sits on a scallop, which sits on a tablet of pork belly marinated in 7-Up, which in turn is sandwiched under some pea puree anointed with truffle oil.

3. Judgmental

Prefers judging food to experiencing it. May be vegan. Loudly corrects the taste-impressions of others, often disdainfully. Someone sips a fresh Ontario riesling, and says “A hint of lemon?” To which the extreme foodie does not hesitate to say “Lemon balm!” in an imperious and corrective tone. Is willing to send a dish or even several dishes back to the kitchen for improvement, several times if necessary, but still believes he’s a charming and expert flirt. Is more interested in status than pleasure, and always prefers eating up (risotto, duck confit, wild boar) to common fare (cod cheeks, hot dogs, drippings on bread).

4. Bash, bash, bash

It is never enough for the extreme foodie to tout his region’s fare; he must also bash another region for ignoring it. E.g.: “The biggest problem we’ve had with Niagara wines, quite frankly, is that Torontonians are too ignorant to know how good they are.” Generally makes these remarks about a wine that could be used to strip the paint of an old door. Tends to be over-specific talking terroir: the food twit can identify not just the vineyard or even the bench his wine came from, but the direction the tractor was headed when the grapes were clipped. And you can’t.

5. Nearly erotic

The extreme foodie concentrates exclusively on taste, rather than on satisfaction (and never that of others) or the stories surrounding a dish. As a result his judgments tend to be prematurely micro-orgasmic, a series of adjectival anticlimaxes: “delirious,” “trenchant,” “sublime,” “ambrosial,” as opposed to “that scallop taco made me want to pull my pants down.”

6. Uses the word “foodie” to describe self

Published by: Ian Brown  From Saturday’s Globe and Mail

PostHeaderIcon Let’s talk Food! Top 25 Food Blogger Sites!

Food newsletters, recipes, TV cooking competition recaps, new burgers and pizzas to devour, and old favorites to celebrate. Gordon Ramsey has not one, but two shows on primetime, and the Food Network recently launched a brand new channel. Technorati lists 12,489 food blogs — there’s perhaps more food writing now than ever. It’s part of the reason some are speculating that food is the next bubble. But when you look at the number of people reading all this food writing, trading recipes, and gaping at some of the gorgeous food photography out there, it’s hard to believe this online interest in food is going anywhere anytime soon.

Amidst all this online eating, shutter clicking, and typing, there are some clear winners, bloggers whose sites everyone else compulsively measures their stats against. Who are the leaders in the field, from a quantitative standpoint? What are the 25 top food blogs online today?

In order to determine this, The Daily Meal’s editorial team waded through no fewer than 13 “Best Of” lists that named more than 130 food blogs and looked at the results in tandem with Google page rankings. Then we averaged the number of unique visitors throughout the past year using Compete.com’s monthly statistics.

Many sites won’t surprise you. Near the top: Serious Eats, 101 Cookbooks, and Simply Recipes. While stalwarts of the gastrorati like Eater and Grub Street were on the list, it might surprise you to see them below Smitten Kitchen and Cake Wrecks. Similarly, for all the love out there for sweets, and seeking out the next big dessert trend, it’s surprising too that renowned blogger and author, David Lebovitz didn’t rank higher, and that Dorie Greenspan didn’t make the cut at all. So who did make the list?

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Read more: http://www.thedailymeal.com/25-top-food-blogs#ixzz1EuMWVspr

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I have lived in Angels Camp for four years and have only visited a few restaurants in Murphys. Going on a food tour was the most amazing way to discover what I had been missing! The quality of restaurants, the quality of chef's and the quality of food and wine being offered in this charming little town is astonishing and it took the great idea of a food tour to help me realize that. Our first stop was at a restaurant called MINERAL and I have heard ALOT about it but never eaten there before and WOW! I simply can not wait to go back. The vegetarian burger was maybe one of the best things I have ever eaten. So artfully presented and getting to meet the chef was priceless. Another favorite restaurant was Alchemy who did a special dish just for us that was DELICIOUS and he paired it with a beer that was outstanding. I'm not a big beer drinker and this beer had a hint of Chai Spice which was intriguing and the food he paired it with was artful, truly. V Restaurant was another great stop where we met the young new chef and it was so amazing. He served these lamb meatballs and then talked to us about where he gets his lamb and the differences in husbandry and flavor. OUTSTANDING! I am on a limited budget so I dont get to go out much and certainly not to a fine restaurant like V and the food tour was just such a great way to discover and experience these great establishments. We went to so many incredible specialty food shops and we all enjoyed them equally as well as the restaurants. We ended the tour at one of the tasting rooms with probably one of the best reputation in town and the owner/ wife of the winemaker is a talented chef as well and she served us one of the most amazing deserts paired with one of their library wines. The winemaker/husband came by and said hello also. The tour guide was very personable and she seemed to be so passionate about the town and the tour and she really seemed to be having as good a time as us and I appreciated that. She told us local historical stories and it was the perfect amount of history. Some of the stories were amazing and interesting. I simply can not say enough about how much I enjoyed the tour. Every single stop was such a treat and the whole day you felt like a VIP. Its incredible to have so much quality offered in such a small town and I am so glad I choose to discover it this way.
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