January 3, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
- The cuteness of cupcakes has finally run its course. Trend-watchers (can I get that job?) say that pie is the new hip dessert, replacing cupcakes as the king of receptions and bakeries, NPR reports.
- Restaurant critics are usually allowed a veil of anonymity in their area food community that allows them to visit restaurants and experience a meal like any other diner. Recently, L.A. Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila was booted from the Beverly Hills restaurant Red Medicine, and the eatery posted pics of Virbila to the web. Ouch. However, the Times’ food editor wrote a piece explaining that the critic’s outing might not be a bad thing.
- Here’s a great way to collect canned goods for the community. A California medical marijuana dispensary “offered a complimentary marijuana cigarette for every four cans of food a patient brought in this holiday season. Each patient was limited to a maximum of three cigarettes a day,” according to an article from the Associated Press. The dispensary collected more than 11,000 pounds of food.
- I’m familiar with aging wine and bourbon, but what about cocktails? Barrel-aged cocktails are the new thing with mixologists, the New York Times reports. I wonder how an appletini tastes after a six-week resting period.