Marcia Simmons

Marcia Simmons

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Marcia Simmons writes about food & drink, tech, travel, business and other topics. She also has worked as a content strategist for national brands and as managing editor of a business journal.

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If Yogurt Isn't in Your Cocktails, It Will Be Soon

Because of its health benefits, yogurt has taken over the dairy section. Greek, Icelandic, whole fat, non-fat, goat, cow or sheep — there are more varieties of yogurt at most markets than all other milk products combined. But the next frontier for cultured dairy is behind the bar. article

Hagelslag Is the Best Excuse to Eat Candy for Breakfast

The Dutch don't fuss over breakfast. As complicated variations on avocado toast take over American breakfast tables, people in the Netherlands start each day with a simple, open-faced sandwich made with butter and one other topping. Sometimes that topping is cheese or ham. But just as often it's candy sprinkles called hagelslag.

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Behind the Scenes at the Four Roses Distillery

Four Roses Bourbon is in the middle of an expansion that will eventually double production. A tour of the still-growing distillery shows a company keeping up with increased demand for bourbon while holding on to the craftsmanship that created the demand in the first place.

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Griffo Distillery: Distilling the essence of Sonoma County

Mike and Jenny Griffo are crafting spirits in Petaluma that are impossible to make any other place. That’s because one of the key ingredients doesn’t come from a supply company or farm — it floats into distillery with the breeze..

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Technique Tuesday: Don't Toss That!

Don't toss those odds and ends! They just might be the tastiest parts of your produce.

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The Urban Cyclist's Guide To: San Francisco

San Francisco is a great city for cyclists. Sure, you’ll encounter hills, but San Francisco has more bike paths, multi-use paths and on-street lanes per square mile than any other large city in the country...

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Meet the Vermouth Sleuths Changing the Way We Drink | Tales of ...

Vermouth was a crucial building block of the American bar scene. Early versions of the Manhattan and martini were made with twice as much vermouth as either whiskey or gin. But World War II cut off access to imports and squelched demand for European brands. More than 50 years later, the classic cocktail revival inspired bartenders to seek out high quality European vermouth once again. And when they couldn't find it, bartenders turned to Haus Alpenz.

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Drink Like a Sailor: How Men and Women of the High Seas Defined What We Drink Today

Hundreds of years before the Old Fashioned, sailors were swigging concoctions that would shape the cocktail scene for generations to come. Everything from the gin and tonic to tiki drinks like the flaming skull punch owe their existence to the seafaring men of yore.

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How to Create Halloween Cocktails That Aren't Gross

Forget the slasher movies and haunted houses: Nothing is scarier than Halloween cocktails. Every October, candy corn martinis and glow-in-the-dark slime shooters roam the streets looking for their next victim. But a bar menu filled with bad puns and even worse drinks isn't the way to show guests a good time. Bartenders can serve up Halloween fun without red dye, plastic spiders or marshmallow eyeball garnishes.

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How Chipotle Plans to Break Into the Craft Cocktail Market

Looking for a cocktail made with organic, small-batch ingredients? If you live in Denver, you can now find it at your local Chipotle. On the heels of Taco Bell's venture into serving mixed drinks, Chipotle has teamed up with master sommelier and distiller Richard Betts on a pilot program that expands the Chipotle's "food with integrity" ethos into its drink menu.

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8 Ingenious Products and Hacks for the Aspiring Urban Gardener

With space-saving designs, innovative gardening products and some DIY ingenuity, you, city dweller, can grow your own vegetables and herbs in your apartment or even on the smallest patch of outdoor space.

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10 Healthy Foods that are Even Better After You Freeze Them

You don’t have to be a whiz in the kitchen to turn healthy ingredients into a tasty snack. Here are 10 foods that are transformed from good to great simply by popping them in the freezer. Whether you’re indulging your sweet tooth or looking to add excitement to your diet, you can do so while still eating foods that are nutritious.

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5 Things to Know About Room-Temperature Cocktails

Stop chiseling away at that block of artisanal ice and step away from the Kold-Draft machine: lukewarm drinks are the next hot trend.

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How To Negotiate Lower Rent

Hunting for the right apartment can be frustrating, especially in a tight market. But when you find what you think is your dream place, don’t be too anxious to sign on the dotted line. The listed price isn’t always the price you’ll have to pay. Do your homework and negotiate like a pro, and you could save yourself a lot of money.

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11 Skills Your Great-Grandparents Had That You Don’t

Our parents and grandparents may shake their heads every time we grab our smart phones to get turn-by-turn directions or calculate the tip. But when it comes to life skills, our great-grandparents have us all beat.