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Metaxa Cocktails: Easy and Delicious Drinks Made with Greek Brandy

Metaxa Cocktails: Easy and Delicious Drinks Made with Greek Brandy

The best way to enjoy Metaxa is neat. That’s how a good brandy should be enjoyed and Metaxa is no different. But this is not a hugely expensive single malt whiskey, so it’s okay to bend the rules and have a little fun with cocktails. […]

Tomato Nutrition Facts: Health Benefits and How Good for you is it?

Tomato Nutrition Facts: Health Benefits and How Good for you is it?

The tomato is a staple food in many of the world’s popular cuisines, from Greek to Mexican and countless countries in between. It forms the basis for a host of sauces and is great both cooked and raw. But just how healthy is it? What are […]

Ouzo: What is it, Where Does it Come From and What’s in it?

Ouzo: What is it, Where Does it Come From and What’s in it?

Ouzo is a strong Greek spirit with an aniseed flavor and millions of foreign fans who enjoy sipping this drink as they while away their summer vacations on the Greek islands. Ouzo is produced in dozens of local distilleries across the country and as well as […]

Metaxa: What is it and Where to Find it? (3 vs 5 vs 7 vs 12)

Metaxa: What is it and Where to Find it? (3 vs 5 vs 7 vs 12)

Metaxa is a very unique tasting brandy that is created and sold primarily in Greece, but is also exported to spirit lovers around the world. But what makes Metaxa so special, what do the 3, 5, 7 and 12 brands signify, how is it made […]

Cochineal (AKA Carmine): The Red Food Coloring from Insects

Cochineal (AKA Carmine): The Red Food Coloring from Insects

Do you remember back in 2012 when Starbucks came under fire for their pink and red products? The Red Velvet Whoopie Pie and the Strawberries & Cream Frappuccino were two of the victims of the media blast. Apparently, Starbucks had been using an ingredient called […]

Castoreum (AKA Raspberry Flavoring)

Castoreum (AKA Raspberry Flavoring)

There have been rumors around the internet that vanilla and raspberry flavoring are made from beaver feces. Castoreum is, in fact, derived from beavers. The substance is fragrant, and is used not only as a food additive, but as a perfume and a tobacco additive […]

Cellulose: Why Wood Pulp Is in Your Food

Cellulose: Why Wood Pulp Is in Your Food

Sometimes food additives which are naturally occurring aren’t necessarily good for you. Silicon dioxide is an additive that does no harm to the human body. But what about cellulose? You’ve probably seen the ingredient listed on your food packaging. If you’re the type who likes […]

Cheese Nutrition Facts

Cheese Nutrition Facts

No matter where you go, you’ll see cheese on a plate. Both the more commonly recognized and the artisanal cheese can be found in restaurants and specialty shops around the world, and in restaurants in every country. In the Americas, you’ll see cheddar, Colby and […]

Gelatin: What is it and What’s in It?

Gelatin: What is it and What’s in It?

There’s a lot that goes into your food that you may not think about. The next time you’re about to bite down into that sweet Twizzler, stop. There’s gelatin in it. Have you thought about where gelatin comes from? Like cochineal and isinglass, gelatin is […]

Isinglass: What is it? (Uses and More)

Isinglass: What is it? (Uses and More)

If you’re vegan, put down your beer and pour out your wine. In fact, if you’re anyone, put down your beer and read this first. As you know, brewing is a craft. There’s a balance you’ve got to achieve, and not just anyone can do […]