Top 10 Foods – The Origin of Pie

They are a symbol of home, of Americana, of simplicity. They are the classic way to finish off a meal — everyone saves room for pie — and if the menu offerings of McDonalds restaurants are to be trusted, we are all “Lovin’ it”. But the history of pie has been anything but easy. You could […]

Top 10 Foods: Past & Present: French Fries

The humble potato, the base of the ubiquitous French fry, has had a long and rather surprising history. Did you know that potatoes came from the Incan empire where they were first discovered and cultivated as early as 750 B.C.? In addition to eating, Incas did many things with potatoes: treating illness and injury, telling […]

Top 10 Foods: Past & Present – #5: Tortillas (Dwell Edition)

What do well-known Mexican dishes like enchiladas, chilaquiles, and tacos have in common (aside from being delicious)? They all count tortillas as their keystone ingredient. The tortilla, a thin flatbread made from corn or wheat, is a staple of Mexican and Central American cooking. Although the packaged flour tortillas we find at every grocery store […]

Top 10 Foods: Past & Present – #4 Cocktails

There is something undeniably glamorous and indulgent about sidling up to a bar and ordering a cocktail. Nowadays, the cocktail has become a consumable work of art, thanks to the introduction of boutique liquor, exotic ingredients, and creative mixologists (when did mixologist become a profession?). However, a quick glance into the history of the cocktail […]

Top 10 Foods: Past & Present – #3 Pizza

Ahhh Pizza! The combinations of toppings are endless right? (Kind of like all the choices you have on our cooktop configurations – shameless plug, sorry.) You’ve got everything from meat lovers to vegetarian and even dessert pizzas! Now what, might you ask, is the history behind this true North American favorite? We instantly thought “Well, […]

Top 10 Foods: Past & Present – #2 Stir Fry

Stir frying is an umbrella term used to describe two Chinese cooking techniques for preparing food in a wok: chǎo and bào. The chǎo technique is similar to the Western technique of sautéing. First, oil is heated in a wok, then each new ingredient is added in after the other; dry ingredients, meat once you […]

Top 10 Foods: Past & Present – #1 Mac & Cheese

We’re kicking off our foodie blog series for 2012, and we thought we would start with… say it with us… ahhhhh comfort food. What better than good old Mac & cheese? So we did some research and it reads like a delicious history lesson. Although the exact origin of macaroni & cheese is unknown (as […]