Taken 'straight up' artichokes are a fat-free, low sodium source of potassium, vitamin C and folate. An average 12 ounce artichoke weighs in at a guilt-free 25 calories. All that is great news, but for most it is the distinct, nutty taste that attracts us to them
The Cantonese Connection
Perhaps, if Americans come to perceive nouvelle Cantonese cuisine in the same way they view California cuisine, it may one day be fully appreciated in the upper echelon of the world's finest cuisine.
A Garden in the Sea
Mendocino couple introduces Americans to the age-old flavor of seaweed.
The Perfect Martini
The perfect Martini is elusive. You're unlikely to find one in a bar-- most of today's bartenders are part on the Pina Colada generation and don't have the patience or expertise to do the job correctly. If you want one, you're probably going to make it yourself.
Confessions of a Reluctant Yerba Mate Drinker
Yerba mate, or Ilex paraguariensis, comes from an evergreen tree that grows up to 20 meters high in the wild, but when cultivated is usually between 4-8 meters. The caffeinated drink, which takes its name from a Spanish word for herb and the Quechua for cup, supposedly has numerous health benefits and has been popular in South America since ancient times.
Rum in the Sun
The best rums today, we are told by the experts, now stand on the Cognac plateau and many should be considered as sipping drinks. If you must have a mixed drink, then it is in your own best interest to marry your precious spirit to equally upscale partners.
The Pleasures of Bock
Just what is a bock beer, anyway? Is it the crud from the bottom of fermentation vessels? No way - this remains strictly a much-spoken myth (a good thing, since there just isn't much of a market for sediment as a beverage).