Spotlight Interviews RSS

Christmas Beer: Your Guide to Decking (Not Wrecking) the Halls

From colorful lights to radio carols, many holiday traditions delight both young and old, but Christmas beer is a seasonal treat strictly for adults.

... Read More

Chowhound Cookie Bake-Off 2018: Staff Favorite Recipes

At Chowhound, we love this indulgently festive time of year. Cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Sign us up. Our threshold for sugar is infinite. And what better excuse to

... Read More

All I Want for Christmas Is McPizza

We entered the town of Pomeroy ecstatic and hungry. Having finally reached our ultimate destination—the fast food jewel of Ohio, no, America—we were about to experience why Pomeroy put the

... Read More

Why You Should Drink Champagne Every Day

Many people see Champagne as solely a celebratory drink, to toast with at weddings or at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Not Ariel Arce. “It’s just wine

... Read More

The History of Sweet and Sour Sauce

Growing up in a Chinese immigrant home, I learned early on that Chinese food meant very different things outside my family’s front door. At dinner, my parents stir-fried vegetables in

... Read More

How World War II Inspired Club Med, One of the World’s Biggest Travel Brands

“Here too, everything is possible,” wrote socialist Marceau Pivert in a 1936 opinion piece as a workers’ revolution was cresting in France. Overwrought with classism, unchecked capitalism, and hurtling toward

... Read More

This Horror-Themed LA Brewery Serves Tricks, Treats, and Delicious Craft Beer

Lucky are those who survived this past Friday the 13th. For those in the know in Carson, it was extra. Tucked away off the beaten path, hidden away in what

... Read More

Parmigiano Reggiano Is the Heart of Italy

I am a bad Italian. Despite growing up with a Sicilian great grandmother, a family who scream-spoke every sentence, and a T-zone more oily than a slab of cooked bacon,

... Read More

The History of Gnocchi

When you think of Italian food, you probably think of things like chicken piccata, veal parmesan, and pasta. Lots and lots of pasta. In my experience, one dish that goes

... Read More

The History of American Hard Cider

Hard cider. The name may sound tough, but this alcoholic beverage hasn’t had the easiest path to success. And while the moniker may be uniquely American — the rest of

... Read More

Tater Tots Are Junk Food Innovation at Its Peak

Tater tots: nuggets of potato goodness, fast food favorite, and a staple in every school cafeteria. But how did the french fry’s lumpy step-cousin become a lunch room icon? It turns

... Read More

Secrets of the Tandoor Oven

Ever had something so good you just know whoever made it just isn’t playing fair? Privy to some advantage, trick or secret weapon and no matter how hard you try,

... Read More

Who Baked the First Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie?

National Chocolate Chip Cookie day is August 4. The most celebrated chocolate chip cookie is, of course, the Toll House chocolate chip cookie. And like most iconic foods, the Toll

... Read More

The Best Wine Clubs and Subscriptions for Wine Lovers

Whether you’re a novice or an expert, wine subscriptions offer adventure and convenience every month or so. Some rely on quizzes while others choose for you, but every wine club

... Read More

Everything You Didn’t Know About Chicken of the Sea, as Not Told by Jessica Simpson

When you hear the brand name “Chicken of the Sea,” what comes to mind? For some, it’s nostalgia; for others, it’s simply the name of their preferred brand of canned

... Read More

Omakase: The Popular Japanese Tasting Tradition Explained

Like many, I was introduced to sushi omakase via the 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” an artful account of Jiro Ono, the 85-year-old sushi master who operates a 10-seat

... Read More

Finding Their Whey: The Marcoot Sisters and the Invention of Whey Ice

You know the adage: When life hands you a seventh-generation Jersey dairy farm legacy, make cheese and sustainable frozen desserts from cheesemaking byproducts. Perhaps that’s not entirely universal, but it

... Read More

Who Invented the Piña Colada?

Is there a cocktail more summer-y than the piña colada? Just one taste of rum, pineapple, and coconut and you’re instantly transported to an island getaway. But how did the

... Read More

The Hawaiian and Not-So-Hawaiian Histories of the Mai Tai

If you’re lucky enough to be going to a tropical paradise this summer, or even if you’re not, one of the best ways to relax during a heatwave is to

... Read More

Paella Is So Much More Than a Delicious Dish—It’s a Community Builder

There is a stigma to one-pot meals—an illusion of simplicity—and although paella does eventually reside in a single pot (or pan), this is a dish that requires, technique, patience ,and

... Read More

All Hail Fudgie the Whale, The Best Ice Cream Cake There Is

First loves—and first infatuations—never truly lose their power. Even if it’s been two decades since you last shared space with the object of your affection, memory makes them hyper-real, and

... Read More