I typed "French butter" into the search engines of two of my favorite, reputable food websites. I researched "types of French butter" in Google and Google.fr. There wasn’t much to find, and my mind raced anxiously as I stood in the tram, left arm weighed down by two jars of compote de pommes, one kilo of sucre en poudre, one liter of glace de la vanille, an expensive flask of maple syrup from Cananda, and of course, the source of my anxiety: two packets of beurre doux à teneur réduite en M.G. (60%). Thoughts were running through my mind a mile a minute. What did I just buy? Was it going to mess with my first attempt at tarte aux pommes fines? It was a lot of butter -- 500 grams -- what if it was the wrong stuff? I don’t want to have to stumble around in France telling the lady at the caisse that I don’t want this butter.
I went to New York City with a sweet tooth and a Big Apple-tite. My goal? The dream of every kid at heart: to eat as much dessert as possible. Follow me on my journey through some of the sweetest spots in NYC.
The struggle to find healthy, affordable cereals is real. Traditional sugary choices—Cap’n Crunch, Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs—are among the cheapest variety. Because of their high content in sugar, their nutritional values are rather closest to a dessert and far from being a substantial breakfast. However, while most people would prefer to add that extra health kick in the mornings, no one wants to break the bank or sacrifice flavor to do so. It is true—most healthy cereals are more expensive than the usual Fruit Loops. However, I am here to prove otherwise. There are some cheaper options that are equally delicious and will keep your pockets happy.
We all remember coming home from school and devouring a big helping of Kraft Mac and Cheese when we were little. I am no exception, and truth be told, I still have not grown out of this childhood favorite. I still make it for myself because, well, it’s amazing.
We’ve all seen the Buzzfeed lists and the videos on Facebook of those crazy looking breakfasts, that are all coincidentally found in Sydney, Australia, so when I had the chance to spend 6 months in Sydney, I knew immediately where and what I wanted to eat.
Although I usually write brunch reviews with the Trio, I ventured out on my own this past weekend. My mission: find Follow the Honey. As part of my Sustainable Energy Minor, I had the opportunity to take a Sustainable Development class in the College of Arts and Sciences. This semester I completed an independent project on the impact of bees on agriculture, which included researching topics such as the honey industry, as well as, sustainable food sourcing. This lead me to find Follow the Honey. This small business is located in Cambridge, MA extremely close to Harvard Square. Outside the store stands a beautifully written sign, describing the treasures that await inside; especially intriguing was the promise of local honey on tap.
I could easily say these words about my time Spain, Madrid specifically. But the truth is, I’d be lying. Spain has way too much to offer. A whole year, let alone the 4 months that I studied abroad in the country, isn’t nearly enough to explore everything that this amazing place has to offer.
Words by Michaela Mazure, Photos by Michaela Mazure and Jay Patruno
Whether it’s teaching Occupational Therapy classes, leading international service delegations for People For People, or co-hosting her local television show, Sargent College Clinical Professor Dr. Karen Jacobs never fails to keep herself busy. Yet despite her jam-packed schedule, she always makes sure to leave her Wednesday nights open to run the Sargent Choice Test Kitchen.
Eating healthy can be a challenge for anyone, but it is especially difficult when it comes to traveling. Gas station mini marts are stocked with sugary snacks, restaurant chefs have a heavy hand when it comes to salt, and coffee shop pastries are oh so tempting at those caffeine pit stops. So is eating healthy even fathomable when it comes to the road? My family trip to Rutgers University in New Jersey turns this oxymoron into a thing of the past with some simple snacking solutions.
Whether you live in the dorms or were lucky enough to grab an off-campus apartment, finding food that’s tasty, healthy and, most importantly, cheap, is always the greatest struggle of the average college student. If you’re a fan of a healthy lifestyle, farmers markets are the right place for you to buy some groceries. Luckily, you can find one every Thursday from 11 am to 3 pm in front of the GSU. Recently, I had the chance to chat with some of the vendors to learn more about their products and their experience on campus.
The dynamic duo - Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette - gave TasteBUds a peek into their two restaurants Toro and Little Donkey:
A peek into Toro:
TasteBUds: What about Spanish cuisine inspired you both to create the concept of Toro? Was it a specific ingredient, dish, Spanish chef, etc.? Jamie: Spanish food is all about ingredients, energy and passion. KO was influenced by cooking and traveling in Spain, and I fell in love with the style of eating.
After a night of binge-eating, I decided the morning after, why not more binge-eating? Even though it was storming outside, I would sooner jump off the Empire State Building than throw in the towel and not continue my food adventure. So I hopped into a cab, and went back out for more desserts! I started with the furthest from where I lived, which was Dominique Ansel Bakery.
Hi, everyone! Hope your summer is going well! If you decided to click on this article, I’m assuming you have or are making future plans to go to New York! And if you do, I am excited for you; New York has so many different kinds of cuisines, dishes, restaurants, and bakeries to offer. You definitely won’t worry about going hungry in this city. To hopefully narrow down your options, I have included several of the bakeries and restaurants I went to in my most recent two-day visit at the very beginning of summer 2016, including six different bakeries and five different restaurants! So, without further ado, let’s get into my New York food adventure!
On a particularly lovely, windless evening a few weeks back, TasteBUds editors Taylor, Cat and Nandini received a text from photo editor Ro that read: “Stephanie Cmar’s Donuts at Mei Mei April 13th. You in?” Yeah. They were most definitely in.
Cmar was a contestant on both seasons 10 and 11 of Bravo TV’s hugely popular Top Chef. Although she did not win either time, she went on to become sous-chef at Boston’s No. 9 Park and is now the founder of her very own company, Stacked Donuts. Cmar is a Boston native and her donuts have caused somewhat of craze at locations all around the city from the South End to our very own South campus.
Photos by Haritha Pavuluri, Words by Grady Erickson
When I was in Elementary school, my grandfather would pick me and my brother up from school every day. On days when he could tell we needed a pick-me-up, or he was just feeling some sweets, my grandfather would take us to Pat’s Dream Cream to get a scoop of our favorite ice cream flavor: blue moon. Not to be confused with the beer, blue moon ice cream is the perfect combination of fruity, sweet, sour, and creamy. Some say it tastes like an ice cream version of fruit loops, but to me, it just tastes like heaven.
When someone tells a 7-year-old to eat a mound of rice with her hands, she does. She does it with a Cheshire cat grin and in spite of her disapproving mother. That 7-year-old was me on a visit to Jaipur, India with my family, when for the first time, I was denied a spoon for my plate of food.
I decided to start this article off with a little background information on Quebec City, QC, one of the most egregiously overlooked cities in the entire world.
One of the earliest settlements in North America, Quebec City was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, father of New France (an area that stretches from the northernmost part of Quebec to Louisiana.) The most famous part of the city, aptly nicknamed “Old Quebec," is composed of two-hundred-year-old stone buildings and European-style churches, and is surrounded by“the only fortified city walls north of Mexico" (Canadian Broadcasting Company). The walls were initially built by the French but eventually expanded upon by the British after the city was taken in the 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and even America got in on the action (of course) when the city became the site of one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. All is peaceful now (unless you count the ongoing culture war between traditionalists who want to keep the city French and those who advocate for English and French bilingualism), but the ramparts remain and give the city a magical, old-world feel that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in North America.
Growing up, I only appreciated food for its ability to satisfy my hunger. But now that I am far from home and responsible for putting together my own meals, I see food in a whole new light. Not only do I love to cook, but I have also fallen in love with the rainbow palette of colors in food from the deep purplish red of beets to the sunny yellow hue of a freshly sliced pineapple.
The flight attendant announces, “We are preparing for landing,” over the intercom and I struggle to open eyelids weighing a hundred kilos. Fifteen minutes later, squinting into the sunlit airplane, I hear the soon to be familiar Irish phrase, “C’ead Mile Failte” or in English, “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes.” We touch down in Dublin, capital of the Emerald Isle. And I need a cup of coffee.