Bowdoin College Another school year is finally upon us, and with it comes the reality that for many, many schools across America, the dining options are nothing short of grim at best. For many students who are reliant on a meal plan, the less said about the meals eaten in campus dining halls the better. But some colleges and universities go above and beyond in their efforts to serve fresh, wholesome meals to the students who are living and studying there. From a college in Vermont that only sources its food from local vendors to one in Massachusetts that hosts a farmers' market that's entirely student-run, we tracked down the best colleges for food in America.
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Last summer, The Daily Meal conducted an eye-opening study that examined the most outstanding campus dining at nearly all of the approximately 2,000 four-year colleges across America. We discovered some schools that gave their students top-notch dining experiences, while others failed to
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Bowdoin College Another school year is finally upon us, and with it comes the reality that for many, many schools across America, the dining options are nothing short of grim at best. For many students who are reliant on a meal plan, the less said about the meals eaten in campus dining halls the better. But some colleges and universities go above and beyond in their efforts to serve fresh, wholesome meals to the students who are living and studying there. From a college in Vermont that only sources its food from local vendors to one in Massachusetts that hosts a farmers' market that's entirely student-run, we tracked down the best colleges for food in America.Read More »from America's Best Colleges for Food
Cheapest BeerLooks like Walmart is really upping their booze game; Bloomberg did a case study on several Los Angeles stores, only to find that Walmart is pricing their alcohol lower, relative to other non-boozy products.Read More »from Where Can You Buy the Cheapest Beer?
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In fact, they found that the markups on cheap beer were oftentimes far lower than the markups on items like Flaming Hot Cheetos, or even Coca-Cola.
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According to documents uncovered by Bloomberg, a 36-pack of Tecate or Coors Light was only marked up 0.6 percent from its cost, meaning Walmart's profit is only 0.6 percent of the actual price of those 36-packs. Corona Extras were marked up 1 percent for 24-packs.
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Compared to regular items (Hot Cheetos were marked up 16.2 percent, Bloomberg says, while Coca-Cola 20-ounce bottles were 29.9 percent more than the cost), this is a steal.
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Molasses CookieAs kids, we looked forward to crunchy cookie snacks in our lunch box, and as adults we melt at the aroma of freshly baked cookies. But what makes us so cookie crazy? Why are cookies America's favorite baked good? Could it be the endless varieties, limitless flavors, and ease of popping the two-bite desserts into out mouth? We asked several professional pastry chefs their opinion about our favorite dessert and also gathered together some our favorite cookie recipes from award-winning professional chefs, home cooks, and top-selling food publications.Read More »from The 5 Best Cookie Recipes You'll Ever Try
Chef Jansen Chan, pastry director at the International Culinary Center, tells us that "the mobility and transport of a solid, sweet pastry makes the cookie an ideal American snack. In a nation that's always on-the-go, the cookie is a manageable sweet snack that also showcases a wide variety of flavors." And here at The Daily Meal, we couldn't agree more. With plenty of cookies perfect for packing and eating while out and about during a busy
Easy Money Wedding CakeEvery wedding has something that makes it a signature event. For one bride it could be all about the dress. For the next, the most important aspect could be the music. And then there are the weddings that revolve around the food. From appetizers to hors d'oeuvres, some nuptials put a great deal of importance on what is around to eat. While you may have a supreme steak or excellent finger foods on your big day, there is no wedding food more important than the wedding cake.Read More »from The 5 Best Wedding Cake Scenes in Movies
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Wedding cakes these days can cost upward of $1,000. They can be robed in fondant or adorned with real flowers. Perhaps they are a towering pile of cupcakes or mini cakes. No matter how you slice it, the wedding cake is one thing people don't forget - and it isn't just because of the taste. The wedding cake is more than just a confectionery work of art, it is an experience the entire wedding party remembers, whether the bride and groom tenderly feed each other bites or smash it
Chicken and Caramelized onion salad Let's be honest, fall produce can sometimes be intimidating. How are you supposed to cook those hard-as-a-rock beets? Or manage to use up that gigantic bunch of kale that barely fits in your refrigerator? Then there are eggplants: the whole salting issue makes approaching them seem like far too much effort. But, as per usual, once you understand something, it's usually much easier than you thought.Read More »from 5 Excellent Recipes for Fall Salads
For instance, in this colorful Russian Beet Salad, roasting the beets in aluminum foil softens them right up, so you can easily remove the skin and eat the nutrient-packed meat inside. And the kale? Use it as salad greens, but the trick is to let the acid in the dressing soak into the leaves and soften them up. Either make a huge batch and keep some in the fridge for lunch the next day, or use leftover kale as a quick side dish sautéed with onions, dried chile flakes, and a splash of lemon juice.
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For more ways to take advantage of the produce that
- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 1:27 PM EDT
Starbucks launching new Breakfast sandwichJust as Starbucks announces its massive China flagships in the international market, today, the coffee brand launched its food revamp from bakery La Boulange in New York City, their largest rollout yet. Since 2012, when Starbucks bought San Francisco's La Boulange Bakery and hired founder Pascal Rigo to revamp its food line, the coffee chain has phased in higher-end baked goods to locations in the Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, Southern California, Chicago, Phoenix, and today, New York, adding on 500 new La Boulange Starbucks stores.Read More »from Starbucks to Revamp Breakfast Sandwiches, Lunch Offerings
Of course, that's not all Starbucks has planned. Rigo tells The Daily Meal the La Boulange offerings are hitting up Boston next week, followed by San Diego, Sacramento, and the rest of California in January. By July 2014, all American Starbucks will be carrying the La Boulange line of food, Rigo hopes, and all with regional specialties. "We want to use our size for flexibility, not rigidity," Rigo says, noting that the baked products offered are created by
- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 11:08 AM EDT
Curry Fish BallsGoing to a foreign move theater is a great way to immerse yourself in a new language and the local film culture, or, to experience a dubbed version of an American blockbuster. But visiting a movie theater abroad can also give you an interesting peak at the snack culture of a country. Though popcorn and fountain sodas still are standard finds at movie concession stands all over the world, some snacks might be surprising.Read More »from 5 Strange Movie Theater Snacks from Around the World
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The average American eats about 13 gallons of popcorn a year, much of that while watching movies, CBS reported last February. But how about crunching on some dried cuttlefish or a freshly fried samosa while you're taking in a film? If you find yourself in Korea or India, these foods might be just as common at the movies as that familiar bucket of popcorn.
Even though some global snacks, like dried and fried ants, might seem downright bizarre and unimaginable to keep in your lap while enjoying your favorite flick, other
Turn to your pantry's trusted canned goods when looking to make an easy but delicious meal.Every little shortcut in the kitchen is appreciated, from the help of a food processor to premixed seasoning packets, and one that should never be overlooked is one of your pantry's most common staples, canned foods.Read More »from Best Back-of-the-Can Recipes
From canned fruit to stock and soups, canned foods are more than just convenient because they're food that's instantaneously ready at the twist of a can-opener, but they're valuable kitchen helpers because of all that they do as part of a bigger meal.
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While authentic, elbow-deep, and laborious recipes are always to be treasured, sometimes time and convenience is our priority. Take an authentic enchiladas recipe, for example, which requires several different ingredients including spices, stock, and thickeners. What if you could put an enchiladas recipe together in minutes by opening a can and stirring the contents together with chicken and cheese? The same could be said for an elegant pasta Alfredo, or a chicken and corn casserole.
- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Tue, Sep 17, 2013 4:55 PM EDT
Pillsbury breakfast sandwichOne of life's greatest pleasures is poking the Pillsbury Doughboy right in the stomach - hoo-hoo! It's too bad then, that you can't really do it in real life.Read More »from 5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make with Pillsbury Biscuits
We were inspired by the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest that started in 1949, originally called the "Grand National Recipe and Baking Contest." The first one was held in the elegance of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, in honor of the company's 80th anniversary. It was a smashing success, and it went onto become an annual event. What was the winning recipe? Theodora Smafield's No-Knead Water-Rising Twists, for which
Smafield received the Grand Prize of $50,000.
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Today, the contest is held every other year, and the last time a prize was awarded was in 2010, for a cool $1 million, which went to the creator of the Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups. Our own in-house contest this week, while rather modest in reward - a smile, a hearty pat on the back, and a well-worn
- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Tue, Sep 17, 2013 12:53 PM EDT
Wedding Cake of the Day: Fish CakeWedding cakes are an art form - an edible art form for that matter. And for many brides, the wedding cake is just as important as the dress and bouquet on their big day. A wedding cake is not something that is simply eaten and forgotten; it makes a statement with how good it looks, how great it tastes, and it reflects the bride and groom as a couple.Read More »from The Catch of a Lifetime: A Beautiful Fish-Themed Wedding Cake
We all know that there are plenty of fish in the sea, but when you are searching for your soul mate, sometimes you aren't sure which bait to use. Many people are turning to dating sites like Plenty of Fish to help get their catch. It definitely worked for this couple, as they called The Designer Cake Company to create this interesting beauty for their wedding day.
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The cake itself is chocolate fudge with chocolate ganache, and the fish is Madagascan vanilla sponge with vanilla bean buttercream.
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-Lauren Gordon, The Daily Meal
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