Additional Articles/Posts by Michelle Kiefer

  • 196 Foods Worth Traveling For
    Even if we don’t always remember the history behind the Colosseum, the significance of the Great Pyramids’ configuration, or who built Machu Picchu, we can almost always remember what we ate as we traveled through far and strange lands. Of...

  • Where to Eat on Spring Break — You've Got to Eat Sometime
    With spring break around the corner, it’s time to start planning a week of beach going, partying, and a whole host of activities best kept on the D.L. around your parents and future employers. It’s not hard to find a comprehensive list of the...

  • Best Restaurants in Sochi
    For many of us, Sochi, Russia, didn’t land on the map until it became the host of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Now the city is on lists of the top places to travel in 2014, but it seems we may be late to the game. Sochi (pronounced “so-chee...

  • Best Ski Towns for Food
    Ski destinations are ranked by snowfall, terrain, and vertical drop, but as any skier will tell you, there’s more to skiing than hitting the slopes. The term après-ski was coined as a reference to the activities that accompany a...

  • A Little History of Wine with the Popes of the Past
    From a naturalist’s point of view, it would seem that the French Rhône Valley was preordained for winemaking. The region’s varied terroir, from the sunny Mediterranean climate of the southern Rhône to the harsh Mistral wind near...

  • What Is Côtes du Rhône?
    Côtes du Rhône is one of the most recognizable French wines on the market. Americans rank number one as the largest consumers of Rhône Valley wines outside of France. But despite its recognition in the marketplace, there’s still a...

  • 6 Unique Wine Excursions in the Rhône Valley
    There’s a lot to discover in France’s Rhône Valley, a region with nearly 1,500 wine producers and 61 wine producing cooperatives. But as anyone who has taken wine trips before knows, you can only do so many tastings before each winery...

  • A Big Wine Story From a Little French Village
    There’s an old proverb in the French village of Cairanne that states, "From the Mont Ventoux to the Rhône River, it’s Cairanne that bears the crown." If the claim sounds lofty, that’s because when it comes to the wines of...

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make in the Microwave
    If there was a kitchen appliance that was more misunderstood than the microwave, you’d be hard-pressed to find it. To give you an example of what we mean, The Joy of Cooking, a go-to cookbook for American cuisine, calls the experience of cooking in...

  • 20 Best Hostels Around the World for Food
    Hostel food gets a bad rap, and most of the time, that reputation isn’t unfounded. If a hostel serves any food at all, the best most backpackers can expect to find is some cheap white bread and bad coffee. For many travelers, this lack of decent...

  • The World’s 24 Oddest Vending Machines
    For most of us, a vending machine is a quick and convenient dispenser of chips, candy, and soda, a welcome source of familiar packaged snacks or beverages in schools, offices, and waiting rooms. Think again! These days, vending machines worldwide are...

  • 12 Things to Eat and Drink When Taking a Red-Eye (and 6 Things to Avoid)
    Taking a red-eye flight definitely has its advantages: flying overnight means that you don’t lose a day traveling, which means more time to see everything your destination has to offer (or that you can extend your trip to the last moment). But...

  • America’s Best Brunches
    For many restaurants, brunch is both an obligation and an afterthought. Eggs are half-heartedly poached, drowned in lukewarm hollandaise, and served with a side of apathy by a crew of hungover line cooks to swarms of equally hungover diners. Brunch isn...

  • Holiday Food Customs Across the Country
    Gingerbread cookies and roast turkeys may be universal symbols of the American holiday season, but they don’t adequately represent the fact that each region of the United States has its own holiday food traditions. As the holidays approach, our...

  • 10 Famous Cuisines in Unexpected Places
    It doesn’t take a world traveler to recognize that a country’s cuisine knows no boundaries. Thanks to globalization, a country’s cuisine can be found in the most unexpected of places, which upon closer inspection, may not be surprising...

  • Beyond Locally Sourced: 9 Restaurants with Farms
    It’s not uncommon these days for restaurants to tout their allegiance to procuring locally sourced goods, even citing the sources for everything from their tomatoes to the salt on their menus. See Beyond Locally Sourced: 9 Restaurants with Farms...

  • Food Markets and Hotel Kitchen Pairings
    There are few better ways to experience a new city than through its markets. Markets offer a glimpse into a place's food culture that you can't always get in a restaurant; a window into how a city's residents eat and shop for food in their...

  • How I Became a Fish Hugger
    I came to the conclusion recently that the food movement didn’t want me. There are plenty of problems in our current food system I wanted to get behind (pink slime, childhood obesity, the Farm Bill), but in all of my attempts to get involved I could...

  • 10 Grilling Tips for Beginners
    With Memorial Day around the corner, it’s officially grilling season. As Alice Waters wrote in The Art of Simple Food, "To grill over an open fire is to cook at the most primal level. There is a universal magic in fire that transforms food as...

  • 11 High-Tech Cooking Gadgets Now for the Home Cook
    Not all of us can be the next Keller or Adrià, but with the right tools, we can pretend to be. In today’s foodie culture, the playing field is being leveled and it’s easier than ever to get professional equipment without having to step...

  • Helpful Baking Gadgets
    It’s easy for any home baker to get swept up in a wave of ambition in a well-stocked kitchen supply store. When shelves are stocked with such gadgets as mini pocket pie molds, fondant leaf cutter sets, and cupcake corers, it’s tempting to...

  • 10 Do-Ahead Breakfasts
    Breakfast may very well be the most important meal of the day, but few of us give it the attention it deserves. Our first meal should be an intentional one that gives us the energy we need to focus and work throughout the day, but far too often, our best...

  • 10 Whole-Grain Breakfasts
    Whole grains are a fundamental part of a healthy diet, but with even Lucky Charms cereal claiming to contain whole grains these days, it's hard to get past the confusing food messages and figure out how exactly to incorporate heart-healthy grains into...

  • The Cost of a Meal Across America
    The cost of rent differs from one U.S. city to the next, and so does the price for a decent restaurant meal or pint of beer. But do grocery prices differ as well? To find out the cost of a home-cooked meal across America, we looked at grocery costs in six...

  • How to Entertain at Every Stage of Life
    Whether it’s a cherished childhood birthday party, a first post-college apartment housewarming, or a 25th anniversary dinner, we can chronicle the stages of our lives by the memorable celebrations we’ve held. Chances are, the Saturday night...

  • The 10 Best iPad Cooking Apps
    Cooking isn’t the same anymore. It’s not that home cooking isn’t blossoming or that our grandmothers’ recipes don’t still hold value, but the way people understand and relate to cooking is transforming thanks to the iPad. As...

  • Food Bloggers’ Best Party Tips
    Dinner party disasters come in so many forms —a guest announces they have a severe nut allergy just as the pecan pie comes out of the oven, that new recipe you’ve been dying to try is a complete failure, and wait, how many pounds of meat...

  • Cancer-Fighting Food Tactics
    I had a friend with cancer who had been convinced that his diet was a cause of his disease. In a search for answers, he blamed dairy as one of the culprits. He did his best to avoid it, even though from his hospital bed, where his weight was rapidly...

  • America's 10 Most Secret Restaurants
    In today’s fame-hungry culture, not everyone seeks to be known. At least, that’s how it seems with a peculiar group of restaurants. Diverging from celebrity chef hopefuls, the people behind these restaurants don’t advertise, seek media...

  • 10 Ways to Eat Healthy When Dining Out
    For many, the last two weeks have likely gone by in a gastronomic flurry of sweets, red meat, and fried hors d'oeuvres, followed by vows to make 2012 the year when diet resolutions finally stick. Often, the biggest challenge to following through on...

  • 10 Busiest Nights of the Year for Bars
    “There always seems to be something happening every week that could be cause for celebration,” says New York City bartender Brad Conroy. But while bar-goers can always seem to find an excuse to drink, there are, of course, certain nights of...

  • 10 Best Restaurants for Celebrating New Year's Eve
    The last day of the year is arguably the occasion for the meal of the year. It’s a pivotal moment of reflecting on what’s behind us — new taste discoveries, the fading memory of both failed and successful dining trends —...

  • America's 10 Best Cookies
    With the holidays near, many of us will be putting on aprons and spending no small amount of time creaming butter, shaping dough, and constructing unstable edible houses. If you’re not well-acquainted with your rolling pin, chances are you’ll...

  • America's Best Tables
    Finding the best table in a restaurant involves a complex interaction of interests, and varies according to what a customer is looking for at a given moment. At least, that's what restaurants would have you belive. Ask gatekeepers at some of America...

  • Counting Calories in America's Best Restaurants
    Corpulence was once a sign of wealth and girth equated with the ability to eat well. These days, junk food gets the bad rap for causing bulk, but who are we kidding, high cuisine is just as much a culprit. It’s time to look to the white-tablecloth...

  • Calorie Counting Haute Cuisines Signature Dishes
    Corpulence was once a sign of wealth, and fatness equated with the ability to eat well. These days cheap junk food gets all the bad rap for causing bulk and binging, but it’s time we turn our eyes to the white tablecloth restaurant to see what...

  • 10 Fast Food Favorites Made "Healthy"
    Everyone knows fast food isn't good for you. But what if there were ways to eliminate some of the fat and calories from your favorite cheeseburger? Do you really have to go cold turkey from the drive-thru, or are there ways, with a few concessions, to...

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    Being advised not to eat fast food for health reasons is by now overly redundant, but what if there were a way to eliminate some of the fat and calories from your cheeseburger? Does one have to go cold turkey from the drive-thru, or is there a way to make...

  • Best Dining Deals Websites
    When it comes to eating out and spending less at the supermarket, it wasn’t long ago that hunting for a deal was as simple as flipping through the newspaper, scissors in hand. That memory couldn’t seem quainter in today’s online maze of...

  • 10 Fattiest Meals at Chain Restaurants
    Warning: The following article and the facts contained therein may cause you to run from your next fried, cheese-smothered, potato-stuffed meat platter in a frenzy of fear and self-loathing. Menus at chain restaurants across the country are filled with...

  • 10 Best iPad Food Apps
    The iPad 2 is nearing its launch and an estimated 27 million iPads will be sold in 2011. With more than 60,000 available apps (six times the amount last summer), you may wonder which food apps to download. So, we’ve narrowed down ten of the best....

  • Got (Raw) Milk?
    I arrive at the park late morning. They know why I’m there before I say a word. I stand to the side and slip them cash. They hand it to me in a non-descript plastic bag. No, this isn’t a drug deal. So goes my now habitual, illicit purchase of...