Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Bits & Morsels

"Bits and Morsels" is an ongoing collection of information from the world of the foodies and foodblogs:

My favorite thing about the holiday season is gingerbread. I love to see all of the new products that retailers use to highlight the flavors of gingerbread.

Head to Starbucks for a gingerbread latte and pair it with a frosted gingerbread scone. Or Dunkin Donuts. They're even offering a gingerbread donut. Originally gingerbread was neither a cake nor a cookie, but simply preserved ginger. It was not until the 15th century that gingerbread actually referred to an actual cookie, cake, or bread flavored with ginger.

If you want your whole house to smell like gingerbread, bake your own with the William-Sonoma gingerbread kit.
House hunting. It’s impossible to talk about gingerbread without mentioning Gingerbread houses. Gingerbread houses (our favorite ones usually decorated with candy) are meant to model the Witch’s house from the Grimm’s fairytale, Hansel and Gretel.

If you want to get a glimpse of some amazing gingerbread houses, stop by the New York Marriott Marquis at 1535 Broadway. From December 3 through the 17th they will be celebrating the 6th annual “Gingerbread on Broadway.” [The Daily News]

If you are interested in something more along the lines of Frank Lloyd Wright, check out this modern gingerbread house. [Red Envelope]

Good reading. I just finished reading the most fascinating book by Mort Zachter. Dough is about the family history of the Ninth Street Bakery with an unbelievable chain of events along the way. It’s not the typical family saga so don’t look for it in the memoir or the cooking section. [Amazon]
Savor the holiday season with a frosted gingerbread scone at starbucks.
Will you eat at home for Christmas? Here is a list of restaurants that will be open for business on Christmas. If you don’t feel like cooking or you are hosting too many people to comfortably fit around your table, take a look at this roster. [Restaurant Girl]

It's gingerbread season.
Eating less to extend your life. The residents of the Japanese Island of Okinawa are known for living very long and active lives.

The reason for this being the Okinawa diet, which is balanced but low in calories. A recent study was completed about the 'Okinawa diet' and reveals a link between a heavily reduced calorie diet and longevity.

In animal tests, researchers reduced calorie intake by 40% and the animals placed on such regimens lived up to 40 percent longer than normal. I am not advocating a calorie reduction diet but it’s worth keeping in the back of your mind this holiday season. [World- Science]

It's hard to believe that there was a time when drinking alcohol was illegal. Prohibition came to an official end on December 5, 1933. Here's a list of bars that will be offering Prohibition specials in order to celebrate repeal day. [Grub Street]

Till we eat again,
Jordana Z.

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