Game of Thrones’ fifth Season premieres April 12, and the latest Ommegang beer collaboration with the show comes out April 6 to help subdue your anticipatory nerves (without Jaime Lanister shoving you out a window). Here’s how the new Three-Eyed Raven-themed saison stacks up:
It’s thematically on the beak because it looks very dark and ominous — you’d expect it to taste thick and full, stout-like — but it turns out to be light with floral roots. That’s so three-eyed raven! The label art, an aspect of beer consumption that, for better or worse, never gets much recognition, uses concept art from the show and is worth checking out on its own. On the downside, everything we’ve heard speculates the three-eyed raven won’t play a part in any Season 5 storyline. But that’s not enough of a fault to keep this ale from taking flight.
If you’ve harbored a decades-long mission to knock hipsters down a pretentious notch (what, only us?), we’ve got just the thing to ground them — in the coffee arena, at least. (Retroactive pun-appreciation break.) As the logic we just made up goes, the opposite of hipster is cowboy. While hipsters wax superior with shatter-prone Chemex coffeemakers and an accompanying pile of filters harvested from Japanese mulberry trees, cowboys (and pioneer women) are out doing hard stuff with their hands, like herding wild cattle. And they’d sure as hell know how to get caffeinated if their roommate “accidentally” bumped their Chemex off the kitchen counter and smiled a little when it broke.
Take it from Laurie March, co-host of Cooking Channel’s original Web series Good to Know, who shows us how to make coffee like we’re roughing it, ranch-style, without even a plebeian drip machine in sight. ‘Cause living up to that flannel is probably the new ironic. Watch how she does it after the jump.
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Tonight at 9:30pm ET, Chef Aarón Sánchez — the badass Mexican dude you see on Chopped every time you turn on the TV — is heading out on a simple mission: to stuff himself with the best tacos in the country, every week, one city at a time, from the sophisticated to the mom-and-pops.
His Taco Trip begins in a place you might not associate with tacos, but is home to the country’s fifth largest Hispanic community. Tune in to meet the chefs, families and locals who have helped define Chicago’s culinary landscape. Or check back here tomorrow to watch the full episode for free online.
Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
Suffering from a case of the meh-days? No surprise there; we’re all recovering from this holiday weekend’s massive amount of food and intense family time.
Don’t sweat seasonal overload — fight back against it with salad. Specifically, this kale and mango salad which is artfully studded with pepitas for crunch and protein. As you work the dressing into the greens (hence the salad’s name), the kale will begin to wilt and lose its bitterness (while remaining hearty enough to feel like a satisfying meal). You’ll likely want to repeat throughout the holidays (between the big roasts and the pies).
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If you’re familiar with our Party in Five series, in which we share clever ideas for themed and everyday-occasion parties that can be pulled off with just five essential “ingredients,” then you know the woman behind the celebrations: Camille Styles. Together with her talented editorial team, Camille produces these fun, funky and functional affairs, and she shares her tips for entertaining with ease. Some of our faves? A football game-day fete, a fabulous fiesta, a DIY dim sum party, a pizza grilling gathering and the OG: a beer-tasting bash.
On her website, Camille further demonstrates her hostessing prowess with recipes, beautiful photos, and tips written by both herself and a network of contributors. And now, five years after launching her site, Camille has written a brand-new book (on sale this week), Camille Styles Entertaining, in which she shares ideas for dining, decorating, cooking and generally dominating life, season by season.
As we approach Thanksgiving or consider hunkering down with bowls of butternut squash soup at cozy fall dinners, I asked Camille to share with us her top tips for setting a fall table, so your environment will look as good as your food tastes.
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On her Cooking Channel show, Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo, Rachel reveals the modern, un-stuffy side of Parisian cuisine that falls somewhere in between classic bistro dishes and tasting-menu plates of Michelin-starred establishments. Whether uncovering the city’s hidden cafes and purveyors, or serving dinner for two at the one-table restaurant in her tiny apartment, Rachel proves there are many sides of French fare to be explored.
In her book My Little French Kitchen (the translation of the restaurant name La Petite Cuisine), now available in the United States, Rachel goes beyond the Paris arrondissements to explore the French countryside, bringing the best dishes and techniques from her travels back to her pintsize flat. The six chapters highlight the most-iconic foods — and surprising modern twists — from each region, like Red Wine Roast Chicken from Bordeaux (shown above) and many herb-filled dishes from Provence. Amid the recipes you’ll find stories and photos of Rachel’s adventures, sure to inspire wanderlust (or provide fodder for trip planning).
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There’s a certain excitement in the air when a new restaurant opens up in the neighborhood. Finally, a reason to leave the house. However, not all eateries are worthy of you escaping from your bubble of Netflix and Facebook “Likes.” Some of them are downright failures in every conceivable way possible. Here are the worst of the worst of these sad experiments in eating displeasure, the biggest successes in failure-dom, if you will.
Photos: 10 Worst Restaurants in the World
For more restaurants that could benefit from the expertise of Cooking Channel chef, check out tonight’s new Restaurant Redemption at 10pm ET. Tonight Ching-He Huang reinvent the food and decor of a boring and predictable Chinese place called Pho-Barclay in New Jersey.
There are few foods revered for their simplicity and nostalgia-inducing power like crispy, juicy fried chicken. But on Thursday night, 17 prominent New York City-based chefs and restaurants proved that sometimes it pays to shake up an old classic when they served their unique takes on chicken to guests at Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse.
Held on the opening night of this year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, the fourth annual Chicken Coupe (presented by Cooking Channel) was hosted and judged by fried chicken enthusiast Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg had approached festival founder Lee Brian Schrager several years ago about dedicating an entire event to the universally loved dish, and this year, she wrote the foreword to Schrager’s book, Fried & True — so you might say they know a thing or two about anointing a winning bird.
Continue Reading Traditional Fried Chicken Flies the Coop in Favor of the Sweet and Spicy
Around the Cooking Channel and Food Network offices, everyone is gearing up for this weekend’s 7th annual New York City Wine & Food Festival, beginning tonight. For four days, NYC will be taken over by food industry innovators cooking, speaking and feeding folks at nearly 100 different events across the city. Our brazen editors will branch out, attempting to cover as much ground as possible to report back to you hungry Devour and FN Dish readers on the festival’s happenings.
If you’ve never been to a food festival, it’s important to prepare yourself before diving into the gluttonous, glorious adventure that they can be. I recently had the opportunity to attend Feast Portland — a three-day food festival celebrating Oregon’s unique culinary culture — where I learned the hard way that even food editors have finite stomachs. And so, too, do you — so read on as I reveal 10 food festival truths to help you navigate the bottomless bites to come.
Continue Reading 10 Things You Need to Know About Food Festivals (and How to Survive Them)