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The Weird Biology of Chili Peppers, and Why They Really Are Good for You

John McQuaid | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
John McQuaid

Capsaicin's positive effects are modest. But they are real. All of this is to say, the obsession with chili pepper heat may be a fad. Or a form of masochism. But it may also reflect -- for once -- popular taste and nutrition in a happy alliance.

Staying in and Dining out in Vienna

John Mariani | Posted 01.26.2015 | Travel
John Mariani

Just about every restaurant in Vienna has a menu provided in English.

Anchovy Fillets With Dried Figs

Katerina Stai | Posted 01.26.2015 | Taste
Katerina Stai

An extraordinary and elegant appetizer with quality and aroma from Greece. This anchovy fillets with dried figs recipe is super easy, which makes it p...

10 Citrus Recipes to Brighten Cold, Dreary Days

Jennifer Segal | Posted 01.24.2015 | Taste
Jennifer Segal

Cold weather giving you the blues? Try brightening up your winter recipes with some fresh citrus fruits! Lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are at their sweetest and juiciest during the cold winter months, and they add a refreshing burst of flavor that will make you think of sunshine.

What I'm Drinking Now

John Mariani | Posted 01.23.2015 | Taste
John Mariani

The blasts of winter make the choice of full-bodied wines a little too easy, and, as always, I pick my wines to go with my food.

NYC's Landmark '21' Club Attracting A New Generation of Loyalists

John Mariani | Posted 01.20.2015 | Taste
John Mariani

I have been going, off and on, to '21' since the 1970s and have seen it dip and bounce back, now flourishing grandly.

Is a Chic Parisian Pizza an Oxymoron?

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Taste
Sidonie Sawyer

Sespite France having some 350 kinds of different cheeses, anything Greek or Italian will still be favored by delicate palates

Out And About In Atlanta

John Mariani | Posted 01.16.2015 | Taste
John Mariani

Atlanta's restaurateurs are in fierce competition among restaurateurs seeking to attract locals, tourists, and both national and international business.

If the Fortune Cookie Didn't Originate in China or America, Where Did It Come From?

Quora | Posted 01.15.2015 | Taste

I like to say fortune cookies were invented by the Japanese, popularized by the Chinese and ultimately consumed by Americans.

Vienna Is One of the Most Civilized Cities in Europe

John Mariani | Posted 01.12.2015 | Travel
John Mariani

Today the city looks much like it did before the war, with an exceptional variety of architectural styles, dating from the Romanesque to the Baroque and Neo-Classical.

No Let-Up in High-End NYC Steakhouses

John Mariani | Posted 01.08.2015 | Taste
John Mariani

Two new steakhouses whose specialty is Japanese beef are fine examples of what's going on.

Why You May Be Drinking More Bordeaux In 2015

John Mariani | Posted 01.06.2015 | Taste
John Mariani

The energy of a new generation has bolstered entrenched tradition while allowing new ideas to flourish.

10 Restaurants With Secret Menu Items

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 01.05.2015 | Taste
Conde Nast Traveler

Fast-food joints aren't the only spots where you can find off-menu treats.

What's Aussie Cuisine? Burke & Wills In NYC Provides Some Delicious Clues

John Mariani | Posted 01.05.2015 | Taste
John Mariani

Of course, what's an Australian menu without kangaroo?

Greek Traditional New Year's Cake for Good Luck!

Katerina Stai | Posted 12.30.2014 | Taste
Katerina Stai

Every New Year's Eve we prepare the cake ("Vassilopita"), decorate it with the number of the New Year and we hide a coin (gold, silver or brass) inside, which is believed to bring good luck to whoever wins.

Festive Almond Snowball Cookies

Katerina Stai | Posted 12.30.2014 | Taste
Katerina Stai

You can preserve these cookies for a long time (almost a month) but you'll have to sprinkle with powdered sugar again before you serve.

Vasilopita Cake With a Greek Flavor of Almonds and Citrus Fruits

Katerina Stai | Posted 12.30.2014 | Taste
Katerina Stai

Vasilopita is the Greek, traditional St. Basil's New Year's cake. On New Year's Day families cut the Vasilopita to bless the house and bring good luck for the new year.

Small Is Wonderful: Two New Dining Spots in NYC

John Mariani | Posted 12.29.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

There are better known restaurants in NYC -- though few in Midtown -- doing this kind of food as well as this, but it really shows when the chef is doing the kind of menu on which just about everything is so tempting.

Great Whiskeys for New Year's Eve Celebration By John Mariani

John Mariani | Posted 12.27.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

Now that New Year's Eve is upon us, so-called "brown spirits" are always a good gift idea, so here are some that I've been impressed by, not because they are so rare or come in a really nifty bottle, but because they are really quite distinctive.

Christmas Turkey With a Greek Flavor

Katerina Stai | Posted 12.20.2014 | Taste
Katerina Stai

This is a recipe for a different kind of stuffing for turkey that is rich in flavor and fragrance.

Melomakarona: Greek Christmas Cookies With Olive Oil

Katerina Stai | Posted 12.18.2014 | Taste
Katerina Stai

This is a fantastic traditional recipe for Greek Christmas cookies with olive oil, honey, walnuts and cinnamon.

Flour Power: Women Chefs Reap Just Desserts in Food & Wine and White House

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 12.19.2014 | Women
Beverly Wettenstein

The proof is in the pudding this year. Women chefs cracked the glass ceiling repeatedly to achieve record "first female" milestones in culinary history, magazines, James Beard Awards, the White House and Michelin guides.

Sistina Still Serves Some Of The Best Southern Italian Food In NYC

John Mariani | Posted 12.17.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

When I say it mirrors the best in Italy -- and the Bruno Brothers are from the Amalfi Coast -- it is very rare praise on my part.

7 Bold Spices That Will Liven Up Your Cooking

Posted 12.22.2014 | Taste

Life's too short to eat bland food, but chances are, your spice cabinet is filled with listless flakes and powders that do nothing to liven up your co...

NYC's Kingside An Exemplar Of Contemporary American Cuisine

John Mariani | Posted 12.11.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

My idea of what American food has become is pretty close to what's being served at the year-old Kingside.