Food museums channel our fascination with cooking and food manufacturing methods, offering us a window into how our ability to master them has evolved throughout history. While most well-known museums of this sort tend to focus on the broader strokes of the science, mechanics, and artistry of food prep and enjoyment, many choose more specific areas of focus. For every Museum of Food and Drink or New York Food Museum, there seems to be a growing number of institutions devoted to spreading the gospel of a single food item like the ones shared here.
Modern infatuation with food culture has ushered in a new age of experimentation with flavor pairings, food infusions, and culinary chimeras of every stripe. Because people's fondness for edibles is rivaled only by our wine love, it was only a matter of time before the wine-infused food and cooking item market exploded, as it did with sriracha, and bacon before that. Here are nine entries in an ever-expanding field of ubiquitous wine-laced goods that oenophiles can purchase in less time than it takes to pour a glass of Syrah.
Nothing conveys to your dining companions that they are in good hands with you like your knowing the ins and outs of how best to partake of a chosen cuisine. Some foods, while seeming straightforward at first glance, are steeped in surprisingly esoteric practices and vernacular that would be impossible to guess for anyone not already in the know. The Japanese flash-frying cuisine style known as tempura is a prime example of this, as there is a great deal more to tempura restaurant dining than deciding what to order. Here is a primer full of valuable etiquette tips and English translations for Japanese terms you’re likely to encounter on your next trip out for some fried awesomeness. Learn them well and enjoy your role as your table’s resident tempura sage.
For ages, tea has been enjoyed in countless civilizations all over the world. We take it in many forms and styles, and our love affair with this ancient beverage is growing stronger all the time. But how much do you really know about it? Here are a few things to think about the next time you lift that cup of your favorite Oolong or Lapsang Souchong to your lips.
We live in a wonderful age of accessible, affordable street food. Food trucks are mobile marvels of modern meal management from which hungry passersby can avail themselves of breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert from virtually any cuisine. With the number of options available having climbed steadily over the past several years, it seemed like time to look at food service areas to which less attention has been devoted. Trucks with beverages, particularly alcohol ones, as their main focus have been slower to propagate than their edibles-based brethren, though it seems that these itinerant drink stations are on the rise as well. After all, why go out to the bar when the bar can be brought to you? The following list of mobile bars touches locales all over the world where indulging your love of wine is as simple as stepping toward the curb.
Japanese sake has one of the longest, most storied histories of all alcoholic beverages, yet its tale remains largely unknown outside the country of its birth, or to anyone who isn't a dyed-in-the-wool aficionado. Let's take a fun look at some lesser-known facts surrounding an alcohol that's been called Japan's national beverage.