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U.S. Distillers Brace For Possible EU Backlash Against Bourbon

A bottle of Bulleit Bourbon is displayed at an awards ceremony in February in Santa Monica, Calif. American distillers say they are concerned about potential EU tariffs against bourbon, if the U.S. imposes a tariff on steel.

We'll give it to you straight: If President Trump slaps a tariff on steel, the U.S. bourbon industry might be left reeling.

Trump has long vowed to impose tariffs on some imports, and his administration has recently focused on the steel industry. A blanket tariff on steel wouldn't just hurt China, the frequent target of Trump's trademark trade tirades. It would also deal a blow to allies such as Germany.

  • July 10, 2017

What Is Coffee Milk And Why Is Rhode Island Obsessed With It?

Want the flavor and refreshment of an ice latte without the fuss, or expense? Take a cue from the smallest state in the Union and mix up some coffee milk instead. 

What is Coffee Milk and Why Are Rhode Islanders Obsessed With It? | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

Coffee milk, usually pronounced as if it’s one word, is literally milk flavored with coffee syrup. Yep, just like chocolate milk is made with chocolate syrup, there is a delicious substance called coffee syrup and folks in RI can’t understand why the rest of us aren’t obsessed with it, too. In fact, it’s a very popular purchase at Rhode Island’s Green Airport as former natives take bottles home with them when they visit. 

  • June 29, 2017

Here Are All Of The Breweries Attending WGBH's Craft Beer Fest

This is your official introduction to the craft beer makers participating at the beloved annual event on July 15th.

Each summer, craft beer aficionados and ale fans attend WGBH's Craft Beer Festival to sample dozens of brews from the best around, and to get a chance to learn more about the brewing process. Guests also enjoy some of Boston's best eats from local food truck vendors while enjoying live music. It's a fun time!

  • June 26, 2017

It's Time To Pick Fresh Strawberries In New England

Get out this weekend and take advantage of the many farms offering fresh PYO (pick-your-own) strawberries. 

It's Time to Pick Fresh Strawberries in New England! | CRAVING BOSTON | WGBH

It’s Strawberry Season!! Sure, that’s not technically a proper noun, but here in New England it might as well be capitalized like other holidays. Strawberry Season is fleeting and the fresh, local fruit is considered as precious as the jewels they resemble. The weather is finally cooperating, and while the strawberries arrived a little late this year the picking is now in full swing at local farms.

  • June 22, 2017

You May Have Skipped The First Step For Healthy Eating

Our resident Registered Dietitian shares a common pitfall for those trying to make healthy (and sustainable) changes.

As a dietitian, this is a common situation I encounter: a new client explains that she/he has been trying to make some healthy eating changes for the past few months, but is feeling frustrated with how tough and unsustainable it all feels. Upon further discussion, it is revealed that they have been tracking all of their calories, often trying to hit specific macronutrient (carbs, fat, protein) ratios. Many times this is in conjunction with a newly-adopted exercise regimen that is just shy of Olympic training.

  • June 21, 2017

After The Amazon Deal: What Will Shopping At Whole Foods Feel Like?

Analysts say that the experience of shopping at Whole Foods might change in the near future now that the retailer is being bought by Amazon.

When the news broke that Amazon had agreed to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, the retail food sector went a little bananas.

The stock prices of large food retail chains, such as Costco, tumbled a bit.

And this headline from Business Insider helps explain it: Amazon is acquiring Whole Foods — and Walmart, Target, and Kroger should be terrified.

  • June 17, 2017

'Supersizing Urban America': How U.S. Policies Encouraged Fast Food To Spread

A new book examines how federal government policies made it easier for minorities to open fast-food franchises than grocery stores. Today the landscape of urban America reflects this history.

In 1974, McDonald's set its sights on opening a new franchise in Manhattan's Upper East Side at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 66th Street. This location wouldn't be anything like the ketchup and mustard colored buildings in the suburbs. It would be tasteful and blend in with the townhouses surrounding it. Regardless of aesthetics, Upper East Siders were having none of it.

  • June 15, 2017

This Baker Makes Internet Trolls Eat Their Words — Literally

The social media world is heavily populated by trolls — you know, those people who write nasty, mean comments online. Sometimes it can be tempting to respond back, but what if there's a better alternative? Like sending them a cake.... with their words written on it.

New York City baker Kat Thek does just that. She's the founder of Troll Cakes, a bakery and detective agency.

  • June 12, 2017

Want More Traditional Chinese Fare? Panda Express Says: Give Us A Try

One of the new dishes being tested at the Panda Express Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, Calif., is this beef brisket stew. It was inspired by a dish of braised beef that chef Jimmy Wang's mother and grandmother used to make for him when he was growing up in Taiwan.

While many Americans are familiar with dishes like egg foo young, there are Chinese-American and Chinese immigrant communities throughout the country where foods like ma po tofu and congee are also on menus.

And Panda Express, America's biggest Chinese fast-food chain, hopes to make those more traditional dishes mainstream. "Panda Express ... has the opportunity to be the ambassador of Chinese food to many people," says Andrea Cherng, the company's chief marketing officer.

  • June 9, 2017

You Don't Have To Go Far To Have A Vineyard Getaway. Just Head To The South Coast.

If sipping great wine in a comfortable and welcoming environment while sitting in an Adirondack chair overlooking a vista of vines sounds like an appealing way to spend an afternoon, look to the Westport Rivers Vineyard.

Located sixty miles south of Boston, Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery offers visitors a taste of the wine life, which is to say the good life. Known for their excellent sparkling wines made in the traditional style, this full-scale vineyard and winery also offer up tasty reds, whites, rosés, and even aperitif and dessert options. With an indoor tasting room and wine bar outside, it’s real easy to let your cares slip away over a glass (or two) of expertly-crafted juice while basking in the warm sun and gorgeous views.

  • June 7, 2017

An Illustrated Guide To Master The Elements Of Cooking — Without Recipes

An Illustrated Guide To Master The Elements Of Cooking — Without Recipes | WGBH | Craving Boston

Samin Nosrat has become known as the chef who taught Michael Pollan to cook, after the famed food writer featured her in his book Cooked and his Netflix show of the same name.

Now, she's sharing her wisdom with the masses in her new, illustrated cookbook called Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. The key to good cooking, she says, is learning to balance those elements and trust your instincts, rather than just follow recipes.

  • May 30, 2017

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