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Why you shouldn’t order “chai tea”

Tea lovers, listen up. I’m about to save you from an easy error we’ve all made before. Here it is: Chai means tea. Yes, that means if you’ve ever gone to a coffee or teahouse and ordered a “chai tea,” you basically ordered a “tea tea.” While it is common to order that way in America, now that you know what it means, it will probably feel pretty silly. So just call it “chai.” I found this out on a recent trip to India, that in Hindi, “chai” translates to the generic “tea”, meaning the term is used to refer to all kinds of tea. (Side note: the word is originally derived from “cha”, the Chinese word for “tea.”) But what we know as chai tea in the States—that slightly spicy, milky black tea beverage—is actually called masala chai in India and elsewhere. In Indian cuisine, masala refers to a flavorful…

Where to find the Hard Seltzer Festival this year

When it comes to festivals, beer drinkers have it good. They can pick just about any weekend of the year and find a well-stocked, well-attended festival serving up their favorite IPAs, craft brews, and local beers. If there’s a beer, there’s a surely a gathering of its fans in the not too distant future. Spiked seltzer drinkers? Not so much. That is, until now. Bring on the bubbly! Vodka soda drinkers are finally getting their own traveling festival, and it looks like tons of fun. Starting this spring, Seltzer Land is bringing a bubble-filled festival to a city near you. According to the Wall Street Journal, attendees will be able to sample more than 100 varieties of hard seltzer, as they dine on snacks, enjoy live music, and take a selfie in the ball pit. Tickets start at $29, and VIP tickets start at $49. Each festival day will host two…

The 100 most romantic restaurants in America, according to OpenTable users

Valentine’s Day is the most popular day all year for dining out, and to help diners decide where to impress the object of their affection, OpenTable has released its user generated annual list of 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. The online restaurant reservation company creates its comprehensive list by culling more than 12 million verified diner reviews of more than 28,000 restaurants in all 50 states plus D.C. And the results? Perhaps surprisingly, Ohio tops the list with nine recognized restaurants. Texas comes in close with eight, followed by North Carolina and Virginia with seven each. Pennsylvania places fifth with six winning restaurants. And the type of food diners desire most? American cuisine-serving restaurants dominate the list, but French, Italian, Latin, Seafood, and Southern restaurants have a strong showing, so you’ll be able to customize the cuisine to whatever your love loves most. “These 100 restaurants excel at setting…

Wendy’s is coming to the breakfast table in 2020

Move over McMuffins. Wendy’s is officially entering the fast food morning breakfast battle—and the menu looks pretty delicious. In a tweet, Wendy’s announced the company would officially serve breakfast nationwide beginning March 2. Of course, it also took the opportunity to throw a jab at leading competitor, McDonald’s. https://twitter.com/Wendys/status/1224725170235019265 “People deserve a delicious, affordable, and higher quality breakfast than what they’re currently getting, so that’s exactly what we’re going to serve when Wendy’s launches breakfast nationally on March 2,” said Kurt Kane, President, U.S. and Chief Commercial Officer of the Wendy’s Company. So what’s for breakfast? The company is banking angling that it’s more delicious and interesting than competitors’ offering, and that it’s a new real to become a “morning person.” From fresh, hand-cracked eggs on sandwiches, to Applewood smoked bacon, Wendy’s items pay homage to fan favorite menu items including: the Breakfast Baconator, a bun loaded with an egg,…

Cadbury Bunny Tryouts are back for 2020

Your pet has a shot at 15 minutes of fame this Easter. The Cadbury bunny has been the company’s mascot for years, but because “everybody wants to be the Cadbury Bunny”—as the iconic commercial declares—recently they’ve opened the casting call to more than just regular old rabbits. Last year, Cadbury hosted a tryout for the position and invited any species of animal to don a pair of fuzzy ears and see if they had what it took to be the next face of its festive chocolate Easter egg candies. A bulldog named Henri took top honors in 2019, but now the company is once looking for a fresh adorable face for 2020. Cadbury is encouraging all pet owners to enter to become the official Cadbury Bunny, and they’ve made the process simple. Visit the Cadbury website and submit a cute photo of your pet wearing bunny ears. No bunny eats…

Heart-Healthy February: Timing of meals might help reduce heart risks

It’s unfair that heart-healthy February falls right when we’re reaching for cold weather comfort food. But this inconvenience reminds us that we need to stay vigilant all year long — not just when it’s convenient. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States is the result of heart disease. But it’s not just what you eat that affects your heart health. It’s also when you eat. A scientific statement released by the American Heart Association says that there is reason to believe, that the timing of our meals matters a lot when it comes to cardiovascular disease. The conclusion: Eating earlier is better. The body maintains its own internal clock, so eating later can reset that rhythm and alter metabolism. “Meal timing may affect health due to its impact on the body’s internal…

Krispy Kreme offers Conversation Hearts Doughnuts for Valentine’s Day

Conversation Hearts might be back with their little messages of love thanks to Spangler Candy Company, but Krispy Kreme doughnuts also have something to say. The delicious doughnut chain decided to launch a line of heart-shaped doughnuts, available now through Feb. 14. It can be hard to find the right words to express your love on Valentine’s Day, but offer the object of your affection a box of these pastel-colored, jelly-filled beauties, and he or she will surely know. “Finding the right word can be like, I don’t know… hard. But eating a doughnut is easy. So we printed the right words on the doughnuts for you so you can’t mess this up,” Krispy Kreme chief marketing officer Dave Skena said in a release. The decked-out doughnuts come in strawberry and kreme, cake batter, original kreme, and chocolate kreme, and include 24 sayings, like “All the feels,” “Be Mine,” “So…

The most popular Valentine’s Day candy in each state

Valentine’s Day is all about love—and what candy you’re going to buy to demonstrate that love. February 14 is a holiday centered around indulgent gifts and treats. The National Retail Federation is forecasting that spending on sweets this season will be strong. Candy is projected to take in a whopping $2.4 billion this month.—smashing last years record by $600 million. Also read: The Sweet History of the Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates Of course, what candy you should buy depends on the sugar-coated wishes of your one true love—But it might also depend on where you live. Candystore.com has compiled online sales data from the past 12 years to determine what candies are most popular in each state. The map below illustrates the results: Source: CandyStore.com. Key takeaways Missing the conversation Conversation hearts were once the darling of Valentine’s Day, but after a change of manufacturer’s hands last year, and the…

Americans will eat 1.4 billion wings this Super Bowl Sunday

Think about what you’re serving at your Super Bowl spread. If it’s not chicken wings, you better call fowl. Americans are projected to eat a record 1.4 billion chicken wings this Sunday, making them the party favorite of football fans. Sunday, Feb. 2 the San Fransisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami for Super Bowl LIV, and where there is football, there is food. In a new report, the National Chicken Council (NCC) said wing consumption for the big game is expected to increase by about two percent this year, meaning Americans will devour more 27 million more wings than they did for last year’s big game. No surprise, this is the most popular Super Bowl recipe. To help put those staggering numbers in terms we can grasp, the NCC broke it down: Every player in the NFL would have to consume 825,000 wings each to…

This is the most popular Super Bowl party recipe

Super Bowl LIV is practically here. On Sunday, Feb. 2, the San Francisco 49ers will face the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. It should be an excellent match-up, but let’s focus our attention on what’s most important here—the food. It turns out Buffalo Chicken Dip is the MVP of Super Bowl Sunday. According to a report released by Google, Buffalo Chicken Dip is the most searched game day recipe—and it has been since 2004! In case you’re unfamiliar with this highly addicting dip, it’s a spin-off of classic chicken wings. The scoop able spread includes melted cheddar, cream cheese, shredded chicken, hot sauce, ranch and blue cheese crumbles. It’s usually served in a baking dish or in Crock Pot with tortilla chips, carrots, and celery sticks for dipping. Try this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad for a fun twist! Other popular Super Bowl foods? Google…