Food & Drink

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    Can We Call Products “Meat” or “Milk” If They Don’t Come From An Animal?

    There’s a funny scene in the 2002 romcom My Big Fat Greek Wedding in which the main character, Toula, introduces her fiancé to her aunt and explains that he’s a vegetarian. The aunt asks what that means, and when he replies that it means he doesn’t eat meat, she says in shock, “What do you mean you don’t eat no meat?” They stare at each other …

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    The Issue With Casually Using The Word “Binge”

    The 12 episodes of the Netflix show that you watched on Saturday. The full pint of Ben & Jerry’s you ate last Thursday night. The entire series of books you read in one week. When we enjoy things, it’s normal for us to indulge in them. There’s even a handy little word we pull out just for these instances of indulging in something we love: binge. …

  3. Where Does Champagne Get Its Name?

    Champagne has been associated with luxury, special occasions, and rites of passage since the days of French royalty when kings were anointed with bubbly. But not just any bottle of the sparkly stuff gets to be called a champagne. Where did this festive libation get its name? And what makes a champagne a champagne? What champagne is made from Champagne is a sparkling wine made …

  4. Cooking Terms Every Thanksgiving Foodie Should Know

  5. Yams Vs. Sweet Potatoes: What’s The Difference?

    If you’re not arguing about politics or whether or not it’s time for Grandma to get some more grandchildren, there’s one topic that’s always guaranteed to make a splash at the Thanksgiving dinner table: Are those yams or sweet potatoes in your holiday casserole? Wait a second, aren’t they the same thing? Not according to the dictionary! Yams vs. sweet potatoes Yams and sweet potatoes are …

  6. Why The Turducken Is One Of The Best Word Plays Of All Time

    It’s Thanksgiving time, and while some folks will be piling their plates with turkey and mashed potatoes, we can’t pass on the opportunity to consider a dish named with one of the greatest portmanteaus of all time: the turducken. Let’s talk turducken A portmanteau is a blended word that’s made by putting together parts of other words—like motel, made from motor and hotel, or brunch, …

  7. Recite These Drunken Quotes At Your Next Happy Hour

  8. Why Do We Call Them Berries?

    The berry family is a linguistic invention particular to Germanic languages, like English. Other languages, like Spanish and French, do not combine the wide, diverse berry family into one group, but rather have very different words for blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Where does the word berry come from? The word berry comes from the Old English berie, which originally meant “grape.” As the English language spread …

  9. You’re Not A Picky Eater, You’re Just A Flexitarian

    Isn't it funny that we have our own word now? We're not carnivores, we're not vegetarians or vegans, we're not pescatarians, we're flexitarians ... and it sounds so fancy!
  10. The Wittiest Vegan Names For Animal-alternatives

    We know the word vegan came about in the 1800s, but what about the other terms that relate to veganism? Let's take a look at what vegans call their versions of animal products and where they came up with the names.