The Daily Meal dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Thursday, July 14, 2016.
Today’s first course?
When it comes to buying wine, more and more U.S. consumers are skipping the foreign imports and reaching for California labels. New data showed 229 million cases of wine were sold in the U.S. for $31.9 billion in 2015. Both figures are all-time highs for the industry, which also saw wine tourism give a boost to the Napa Valley economy. But California also did well in exported wines. The U.S. exported a record $1.61 billion of wine in 2015 — 90 percent of which came from California.
As part of its expansion into urban markets, Taco Bell is heading to Las Vegas to open a flagship restaurant on the Strip. The 24-hour, two-story restaurant is modeled after the chain’s Cantina restaurant concept, which serves alcohol and exclusive tapas-style menu items. Drink offerings will include beer and Twisted Freezes. It will feature “unique décor, an open kitchen layout, community seating and shareable menu items.” The Las Vegas Taco Bell Cantina, slated to open in the fall, will be located on Harmon Retail Corner, across from CityCenter and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel.
The “too good to be true” scientific study is pervasive, from “a glass of wine is equivalent to an hour at the gym” to eating chocolate as an effective diet tool. The latest from this suspicious batch is research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that claims drinking milkshakes between meals can stave off hunger and actually help you lose weight. The study found that people who drank high-caloric, high-carb, and high-protein shakes in between breakfast and lunch ate less during lunch than they would normally because of the texture of the milkshake; the thicker the better. So is this legitimate? Unfortunately, probably not. To see the complete findings check out this story in the News in Brief section.
That’s today’s daily dish, thanks for watching. Stop by tomorrow for another helping.