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Best Food News on the Web: 4/5/2013

Best Food News on the Web: 4/5/2013


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Sure, it's been a busy week. So you may have missed some of the great stories put out by The Daily Meal's talented editors and their fantastic special contributors. But you wouldn't want to head into the weekend having missed some of the best food stories on the Web. So here's a second serving of some of the great food and drink stories that you definitely shouldn't have missed.

TOP NEWS/HOT ITEMS

Anthony Bourdain's 'The Getaway' Promo Features Joel McHale, Aziz Ansari 'Hong Kong has snake soup,' Ansari says incredulously. 'Snakes!'

Michael White on Costata and His Upcoming Manhattan Upper East Side Restaurant We chatted with the chef at last night's Food & Wine Best New Chefs event.

EAT/DINE

A Visit to the Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard The final resting place for retired flavors.

Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos Looking to Open New York City Restaurant The duo co-hosts Cooking Channel’s 'Extra Virgin.'

TRAVEL

20 Best Hostels Around the World for Food Some hostels offer much more than white bread and peanut butter.

10 Top Restaurants in the North Carolina Triangle The Old North State leads the South with globally-inspired, yet locally-minded, cuisine.

COOK

5 Delicious Recipes for Your Leftover Matzoh Passover is over, but that doesn’t mean your matzoh-filled menu needs to be.

To Turn or Not to Turn an Artichoke? Teaching a class of eager students raises a pretty interesting question for the instructor.

RECIPES

Three Peas with Barley, Chile, and Green Garlic Recipe You'll find these ingredients (if not already in your garden) in an Asian grocery store.

Farro, Corn, and Runner Bean Salad with Goat Cheese Recipe Make this dish on a summer day to have it at the ready for lunch or dinner or an impromptu get-together.

ENTERTAIN

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s 5 Favorite Date Spots In honor of the power couple’s 5th wedding anniversary, we’re taking a look at their regular romantic haunts.

22 Birthday Candles You Never Knew You Needed Until Now A compilation of some of the best and most interesting birthday candles the Web has to offer, plus a little history and world news.

VIDEO

Food & Wine's 25th Annual Best New Chefs We talk to industry leaders and the winners about this prestigious award.

Hot or Cold Sake? We ask Timothy Sullivan to answer the age-old question of which sakes are better hot versus cold.

DRINK

So Many Beyoncés in This Pepsi Ad, We Cannot Handle It So if we drink Pepsi will we be just as fierce? Please say yes.

Beer Review: Ellegance, Colorado's First Beer Brewed by Women Only Introducing Ellegance, a collaboration among Denver and Boulder, Colorado's brewers to support the coolest women in beer.

FROM THE DAILY MEAL'S CULINARY CONTENT NETWORK

Burnt My Fingers brings us a recipe for "Corned Beef Bahn Mi."

Bite Sized whips up some "Za’tar Chicken with Tzatziki and Spicy Pepper Coulis."

Tyler Sullivan is the Assistant Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @atylersullivan


Five Best Food and Nutrition Tracking Tools

Keeping track of what you eat helps you eat right and make healthier food decisions , that much is given. However, when you make the commitment to tracking your diet, you need a tool that will help you, not get in the way. The best tools make it easy to add what you eat, can fill in the blanks with calorie and nutrition info, and can even help you work towards your goals. This week we're going to look at five of the best food and nutrition trackers, based on your nominations.

Keep a Daily Food Diary to Track Your Diet, Lose Weight, and Build Healthy Habits

More than a few studies have shown that people who actually keep track of what they eat on paper,…

Earlier in the week we asked you which apps and tools you used to track your diet . You weighed in with plenty of great suggestions, but a few definitely stood out above the others. Here's what you said:

Best Food and Nutrition Tracking Tool?

You probably know that keeping a food "diary" can help you lose weight and build healthy eating…

The polls are closed and the votes are counted! To see which of these five great food and nutrition trackers took the top spot, head over to our Hive Five followup post to check out the winner!

Most Popular Food and Nutrition Tracking Tools: MyFitnessPal

Tracking your diet is the first step to getting control over it, and just the act of writing down…

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal has one of the largest food databases available in a diet tracker, and sports a robust webapp in addition to iOS and Android apps to help you stay on top of your diet on the go. Whether you're making something at home or eating out, MyFitnessPal can help you log it, and supports a number of popular (and many not-so-popular and small) restaurant menus. As you log your food, you get a complete picture of your diet, not just your overall calorie intake—that includes your sodium intake, your vitamin intake, cholesterol intake, and other nutritional information that can give you a better idea of what you're eating beyond a simple daily calorie limit.

Beyond its calorie counter and nutrition tracker, MyFitnessPal has a massive and active community of users, all eager to welcome newcomers and happy to trade recipes, tricks, meal plans, and stories about their successes and failures. The service is completely free, syncs with external activity trackers and smart scales like the Withings Smart Scale and Fitbit, and other apps you may already be using, like Endomondo, Runkeeper, and more. Instead of pushing a specific diet or health agenda on its users, it stands as primarily a nutrition tracking database and vibrant social community that just wants to help you get a handle on the foods you eat.

LoseIt

LoseIt is a combination food and activity tracker, and while its social features are bit sidelined, it's an extremely popular option for people looking to really get their arms around their portion size, daily caloric goals and intake, and start keeping an eye on the foods they eat. In addition to a webapp (which I've found a bit slow at times), LoseIt has great iOS and Android apps with barcode scanners that can quickly scan and add servings of packaged food you eat, or ingredients to the dishes you make. More than once I've managed to find something hidden in the depths of LoseIt's database by scanning its barcode when a keyword search turned up nothing. You can also add custom recipes and personal foods so you don't have to keep entering dishes you made by their component ingredients.

LoseIt also syncs with a number of activity trackers and smart scales, including the Fitbit, Jawbone Up, Withings Smart Scale, Nike Fuelband, and more. It can also connect with external apps and services like Runkeeper and MapMyFitness to pull in your activity data. The LoseIt community is active and robust, and the "challenges" tab will help you stay on your toes and take your fitness and diet goals to the next level. Track your exercise and weight loss goals in the webapp or mobile apps, and more. LoseIt's basic features are all free, but LoseIt recently unveiled LoseIt Premium for $40/yr that extends the service's nutrition and activity tracking features, includes some apps and services that free users don't get, and offers more reporting tools so you can see where you are and how far you've come.


Easy Greek recipes

This recipe for shrimps à la spetsiota comes from Estiatoria Milos, a Greek seafood restaurant with branches in Athens, New York, Miami and London. This is a classic, simple dish with the shrimp braised in tomato sauce, feta and oregano. It's super quick to make but is packed full of delicious flavours.

Spanakopita

Check out this traditional Greek-style spanakopita recipe. The easy spinach filo pastry pie is super crispy and packed with creamy feta.

Classic moussaka

Moussaka is a traditional Greek dish and a family favourite with cinnamon-spiced lamb, meaty aubergine and a deliciously creamy, nutmeg-spiked sauce. Cook and eat it now, or freeze it for a quick and easy meal to have on-hand.

Greek salad

Master this absolute classic and you'll never be short of a delicious lunch. The key to an authentic Greek flavour is plenty of oregano and red wine vinegar.

Slow-cooked lamb gyros

Gyros are classic Greek fast food. In our version, we swap the traditional spit-roasted meat for slow-cooked, pull-apart shredded lamb, and add a moreish garlicky sauce.

Cretan oven-baked potatoes with capers and anchovies

This simple and delicious dish inspired by the cuisine of Crete is perfect just with a leafy salad but also makes a great accompaniment to lamb or fish. If you fancy making it even richer, you can add a dash of double cream.

Greek-style, lamb-stuffed courgettes

Make the most of courgettes by topping with spiced lamb mince, pine nuts and feta in this comforting Mediterranean dish.

Greek lamb kleftiko

Kleftiko is a Greek dish of lamb and potatoes slow cooked with white wine, lemon and oregano. Serve with bread for mopping up juices, and a green salad dressed with red wine vinegar and olive oil.

Veggie moussaka

Put aubergines to work in this veggie version of a Greek classic – an ideal comforting recipe to feed the family midweek.

Spanakopita spring rolls

Turn the classic Greek savoury pie into a fun, vegetarian canapé, lightly spiced with nutmeg and lifted with yogurt dip.

Spiced lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine

These spiced lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine take a little while but they are really easy to make and so worth it.

Aubergine and lamb pasticcio

This Greek-inspired aubergine and lamb pasticcio is easy to make but is packed full of fantastic flavours. It serves six so is perfect for feeding a crowd, or you can freeze the leftovers for another time.

Green Greek salad with marinated feta

Broad beans are in season from June until September, and this fresh green Greek salad with marinated feta is a great way to make use of them while you can. Serve as a side salad, or with toasted pitta or flatbread for a light lunch or dinner.

Loukoumades (Greek donuts)

One of the pleasures of a Greek holiday comes in those moments after dark (and after dinner) when everyone moves to the tables in a local square to drink coffee and eat plates of tiny cinnamon-scented donuts. Whether your preference is for the sugar-dusted variety or those soaked in honey, try making them at home for a crowd-pleasing dessert with a difference.

Greek-style lamb pittas

If you're looking for a quick, easy, Mediterranean-inspired dinner, these Greek-style lamb pittas are ideal. Ready in under 30 minutes with a garlic yogurt sauce, they're perfect midweek.

Greek-style chicken flatbreads with tzatziki

Chargrilled chicken skewers and tzatziki wrapped in a warm flatbread is a top lunch or dinner, ready in 20 minutes. Keep it healthy with salad on the side.

Lamb steaks with feta, tomato and rosemary

Feta adds a tangy flavour that really works with the sweet lamb and juicy tomatoes in this Greek-style dish. Ready in 30 minutes, it makes a perfect, simple supper.


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