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Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 5:12 PM
— Come on, admit it. You're so over the pumpkin-spice craze.
Seasonal beer, coffee drinks and cookies spiced with ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon are one thing. But when those cozy fall flavors sneak their way into a Kit Kit candy bar or a stick of Burt Bees lip balm or onto a pizza, you know it's officially jumped the shark. Big time.
Which is why some of us were glad to hear that a new flavor will supposedly supplant pumpkin spice this fall − maple.
At least that's what MarketWatch would have us (hopefully) believe, based on a report from the analytics company 1010data. It notes that even as pumpkin spice flavor continues to grow in popularity to the tune of 49 percent more products a year sales just aren't holding pace. Maple, meanwhile, "is surging."
Measured against the same quarter last year, sales of maple-flavored beverages have almost doubled while maple-flavored cocktails have climbed 14.6 percent. Which might explain why beverage giants Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts debuted maple-pecan coffee drinks this fall. Dunkin' also is featuring a 630-caloried Maple Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwich. But is maple really the next big thing? And will its sweet, distinctive flavor be something that consumers naturally crave when the weather gets cooler?
While all maple syrup is made according to the same process, there's a grading system for maple products that differentiates between the natural variations in color and flavor. The lighter the syrup, the more delicate the taste. Sap processed later in the season produces a more robust and darker syrup.
Maple syrup can be substituted for honey or agave one for one, but you'll want to use only a cup of syrup for every 1 cup of white sugar in baking, while also reducing the other liquids in the recipe by 3 tablespoons. Go for the good (real) stuff, even though it's more expensive, as it takes 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup. However you enjoy fall's hottest flavor, know that you're making a nutritious choice. Not only is maple syrup high in healthful antioxidants but it also includes essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese.
This maple cocktail is full of fall flavors, and so easy.
an ounce pure maple syrup, preferably Grade A Dark Amber
an ounce fresh orange juice \ ounce fresh lemon juice 4 dashes of Angostura bitters
an orange wheel 2 ounces bourbon Ice 1
2 ounces chilled seltzer
In a rocks glass, combine maple syrup with orange juice, lemon juice and bitters. Add orange wheel and lightly muddle. Add bourbon and stir well. Fill glass with ice and top with chilled seltzer.
Makes 1 drink.
Published: Saturday, December 26, 2015 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 3:38 PM
— We’ve seen this movie before.
Here we are again, prostrate on the couch with a head pounding from excess alcohol and heavy dehydration. Somehow, we lost ourselves last night between a bottle of red wine, or one too many Fireball shots, or the random Long Island Iced Tea.
Though it feels like we’ll never revive, there are ways to beat back the hangover beast. Your local bartenders have many tricks up their sleeve – they are, after all, used to nursing their customers — and themselves – back to health.
We asked a few of our neighborhood bartenders their most effective techniques. May they serve you well.
Vitamin Water, miso soup, Chinese buffet, booze
Amber Brady serves up delicious (and dangerous) cocktails at Lily’s Bistro, and offered up her step-by-step process for recovery:
“For me, hangover remedies are an intricate ritual of as many 'cures' as I can possibly ingest,” Brady said. Try one, some or all of the following with her recommendations:
"Revive" Vitamin Water. "This is a must. This purple potion is packed full of B vitamins, potassium and electrolytes. All things your body is begging for. If the store is out, shed a single tear and get another flavor; however, Revive is where it's at."
Coconut water. "Tons of electrolytes and hydration goodness. Just pound one. Sure way to get some moisture back into your poor dehydrated body."
Miso soup. "I know the sodium is a throw off here, but it actually helps you retain water. Lots of good vitamins and minerals here too, plus it's just a feel good soup."
Tons of water. "You should be drinking water throughout your boozy adventures, but let's be real, that rarely happens. So at the very least, chug as much as you can before bed. Then chug one more glass. When you wake up, drink it all day. Force yourself. After your Revive and coconut water, of course."
Food. "Once you can eat, feed the beast. When the battle of the hangover comes to the point where I can eat, I eat tons of food. Preferably Chinese buffet, or if I'm not capable of removing myself from my cave of shame, get Chinese delivery. Go all out. You’re going to need to eat it like three times that day."
The classic hair of the dog. "This isn't always possible, especially if you are also nursing a 'shameover' and you've done or said things that will not allow you to be seen in public for a few days. However, if you can, my go-to hangover booze is a shot of whiskey, a beermosa, or at Lily’s, we offer the fine cocktail ‘Corpse Reviver #2,’ (made with Citadelle gin, Lillet blanc, lemon juice, orange liqueur, Pernod rinse, and Luxardo cherry garnish). However, it comes with the warning that too many will just put you back where you started. It's delicious and one or two of these really does help ease the pain!"
A little bubbly could do the trick
Corner Kitchen bartender Callie Young admits that she is “terrible at being hungover.”
“I usually just lay in bed all day,” she wrote. “If I do drink, it is champagne with grapefruit juice and then some Taco Bell.”
Food and lifestyle blogger Tess Vella-Collette, also a contributor to Dayton.com, gave a rundown of her hangover cure routine.
Amateur hour: Dayton.com's personal cures
Lastly, we may not be bartenders in our day jobs, but several of us served plenty of time in the restaurant business to pick up a few tricks to getting the job done while feeling less than amazing. Plus, college. The following is a sampling of our staff recommendations.
Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
— To us in Dayton, king cake may seem like a bit of a novelty. However, those from or living in the Gulf Coast area take it very seriously.
Commonly enjoyed on Fat Tuesday -- which will be celebrated on Feb. 13, 2018 this year -- the origin of the king cake goes back to Biblical times as part of the celebration of the Epiphany, celebrated on Jan. 6. Its popularity spread across Europe as a Christmastime delicacy before making its way to North America.
French settlers brought the recipe to the Gulf Coast in the 1700s, where the cinnamon-flavored treat was later associated with carnival season.
King cake recipes have transformed into various forms over the centuries, with a small baby doll being included somewhere inside the cake itself to symbolize the birth of Jesus at parties.
Tradition holds that the party guest who gets the piece of cake with the doll in it will be blessed with good fortune and be crowned the king or queen of said party. But royalty has its obligations as well, as the winner must provide the king cake the following year.
WHERE TO GET KING CAKE NEAR DAYTON
* Ashley’s Pastry Shop - 21 Park Avenue, Dayton 45419
* Big Sky Bread Company - 3070 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton 45429
* Dorothy Lane Markets - Oakwood, Washington Square and Springboro
* Ele Cake Company - West Carrollton, Beavercreek and Austin Landing
* Evans Bakery - 700 Troy Street, Dayton 45404
Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 12:12 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 2:16 PM
— With all the fad diets out there, it's hard to know what to eat in the morning.
Although some experts suggest that eating a low-carb diet could help you lose weight more quickly, some carbohydrates are actually good for you and can give you the sustained energy you need to get through the day.
According to Clemson University, a nutritious breakfast contains small amounts of protein and fat, with the bulk of the meal consisting of complex carbohydrates, like whole grains. If you've been shunning carbs in order to drop a few pounds, but feel lethargic and exhausted by lunchtime, adding a few back into your diet could give you the nutritional boost your body's craving.
Add these carb-filled foods to fuel your morning:
Whole-grain bread with protein
Switch your morning white bread to a healthier, heartier, whole-grain counterpart, and add a little protein and fat, like peanut butter, almond butter, mashed avocado or an egg, which will give you more energy and leave you feeling satisfied for hours.
Loaded old-fashioned oatmeal
The soluble fiber in slow-cooked, old-fashioned oatmeal actually helps slow down how fast your body absorbs carbohydrates. This keeps your blood sugar levels more consistent and even throughout the day. Instead of having it plain, load your old-fashioned oatmeal with nutrient-dense foods, like chopped nuts, berries, chia seeds or hulled hemp seeds.
Whole grain cereal with fruit
Starting your day with a bowl of cereal might seem like a no-no, but it's all about which cereal you pick. Avoid sugary, refined cereals, and pick out a whole-grain cereal high in fiber, low in sugar and big on vitamins. Top your bowl off with some fresh fruit that's high in antioxidants, such as raspberries or blueberries, and you'll have an early morning winner.
Homemade breakfast sandwich
Although a breakfast sandwich from a fast food restaurant might not provide you with the energy-filled morning you're hoping for, making your own homemade breakfast sandwich just might. Start with a whole grain English muffin, which contains complex carbs that digest slowly in your system, topped with an egg, leafy greens, fresh tomato and cheese.
Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— Don’t let anyone EVER tell you that there’s no good food in Dayton.
Dayton is loaded with local restaurants and we have the Instagrams to prove it!
Here are 10 of the most drool-worthy posts we’ve seen this week:
1. Basil’s On Market
After serving a ton or more of crab — literally — during its “All-You-Can-Eat” crab special on Fridays during Lent, Basil’s brought the special back.
2. Mudlick Tap House
Only Mudlick could make chicken livers look THIS good. It’s one of the many reasons we’re excited to have them downtown.
3. Dorothy Lane Market
DLM’s annual Spring Fling happened Thursday, April 27, and if it tasted anywhere as good as it looked... well, damn.
4. Lily’s Bistro
If that burger didn’t look good enough on its own, the refreshing cucumber gimlet is what REALLY sold us.
It's Friday! Today's burger special is our house seasoned patty with 3 Chili Gouda cheese and basil wasabi aioli, topped with arugula, corn tomato pico and fresh avocado! Veggie friends, try it with our house made falafel! Enjoy a cucumber lime gimlet with your lunch for just $7! Lunch til 3p. #lilysbistro #daytonohio #oregondistrict #downtowndayton #daytondining
5. The Dublin Pub
A Ruck with a side of pub fries? You might as well call it the Dub Pub Special.
6. Christopher’s Restaurant
They’re known for their traditional falafel, but this version on naan looks like it’s to die for.
This Vietnamese noodle salad from Meadowlark gets us every time. Every. Single. Time.
8. Bar Dumaine
Okay, so technically this isn’t a dish, but we’d bet our bottom dollar we’re going to like the finished product.
9. Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton
Yeah so, we’re definitely going to need to track Wicked ‘Wich down.
The #YouGotBeef is making its triumphant return this week. With provolone, goat cheese, roast beef, Mike Sell's salt and pepper chips topped with strawberry preserves, its for sure going to be the flavor party you'll want to experience. Schedule is in our bio, can't wait to see you. #alwaysfresh #lunch #sandwich #daytonohio #foodtruck #shoplocal
The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino has NOTHING on these cupcakes from Cake, Hope and Love.