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    Oysters? No, Thanks!

    Brits Are Very Fussy Eaters

    Maybe there’s a reason England isn’t known for its food. Turns out, Brits are seriously picky eaters.

    When it comes to food, are you an adventurous, nose-to-tail kind of eater? Do mysterious dishes thrill you; do unfamiliar ingredients get your taste-buds going? Or are you, like the majority of Brits, a “fussy eater”?

    A recent study conducted by U.K.-based Seven Seas, a company that produces vitamins and food supplements, found that among 2000 study subjects, one in five adults had never tasted sardines or scampi, while one in ten had never had tuna or salmon, and a quarter refuse to try mackerel. Among us Brits, the ten most hated foods are:

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    Yes, Women Can Make Great Wine

    It's no longer just men shaping America’s vinous landscape. A talk with three women on the leading edge of our wine culture.

    A few weeks ago, President Obama declared March 2014 National Women’s History Month. Its purpose, he said, is to “recognize the victories, struggles, and stories of the women who have made our country what it is today” and to celebrate those who “make progress in our time” because “[w]hen women succeed, America succeeds.”

    The wine industry has been dominated by male vintners and sommeliers for most of its history, but a handful of women have been instrumental in growing and shaping America’s wine culture. And now, a growing number of them are clearing new paths, pushing the envelope, and redefining what it means to make wine in America today.

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    Chopped? She Hopes Not!

    Chopped judge chef Amanda Freitag tells Tim Teeman about taking over a New York icon.

    There are great, only-in-New-York stories of the old Empire Diner in West Chelsea: the debauchery that would ensue when the nearby leather bars emptied out in the early hours, the limousines that deposited fancy, sozzled punters outside for some late-night chow, the piano playing, the celebrities, crush, and craziness. It was one of those places you might have to wait 45 minutes for a table at 3 a.m., and where businessmen coming in for a morning coffee might be seated inside the distinctive railroad-style spot next to club-kids ending their evening revelry.

    Before bidding it farewell in 2010, its former owners said they served “Chelsea residents, actors, police commissioners, athletes, gangsters, such luminaries as Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, and anyone carrying a New York City Guide Book.”

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    A Gender Issue for “Lucky Peach”

    The highbrow food mag tackles men, women, and sex.

    In its eighth issue, David Chang and Peter Meehan’s brainchild Lucky Peach, a quarterly food magazine published by McSweeney’s, devotes itself to gender in the kitchen and at the table. Featuring two different covers, male (butternut squash, sausage, carrots) and female (cross-sections of oysters, figs, melons), the issue is split into sections “For Women,” “For Men,” and “Sex.” Topics include cooking stag penises, gay American cooking, and strip-club cuisine. For presumably tamer fare, Chez Panisse chef Alice Waters weighs in on “being a woman in the kitchen.”

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    NYC Bar Employs All-Female Mixologists

    It’s a first in industry dominated by men.

    A soon-to-be-opening New York City bar is doing something unheard of: employing a team of women to dream up the menu. While women and cocktails have long been connected (does anyone remember Sex and the City?), Grace, which will hopefully open by the end of this month, is having women make the drink menu from scratch. “It seemed like a great way to get a group of women working together on a menu,” said Lynnette Marrero, one of the mixologists who took part. Owner Danny McDonald said he has been trying to show “the feminine side” of bars for years, but he noticed that men dominated the industry. So instead, he found “bold women” to make up his drink menu for an Irish bar named Grace, after the 16th-century pirate and chieftain.

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    Wine-Flavored Popcorn Is a Thing

    “Pinot Popcorn” is a combined effort of winemaker and Populence gourmet popcorn.

    Popcorn not good enough for you anymore? Spice it up with some booze. New York gourmet popcorn maker Populence announced this week that it is teaming up with New Zealand winemaker Kim Craford to create wine-soaked popcorn. Two flavors are ready for your eating pleasure: Pinot Noir Drizzle and Sauvignon Blanc Kettle. Populence's website said customers should pair the popcorns with certain wines. Bad news? You can't get drunk off of the popcorn alone. But just more of a reason to pop bottles. 

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    Skinny Cow Coins Term: ‘WoCave’

    Ladies’ version of “man caves” promotes stress eating, some say.

    There’s something kind of appealing about the idea of getting together with a few of your closest gal pals, loading up that Netflix instant queue and indulging in calorie-dense deliciousness. A new campaign from dessert brand Skinny Cow promotes a sweepstakes in which winners have the opportunity to win up to $10,000 to create the “WoCave” of their dreams. What is a WoCave, you might ask? Skinny Cow defines it as a "woman cave" or "lady lair" where the ladies can hang with their BFFs, unwrap some ice cream sandwiches and read gossip magazines. This is obviously a play on the old “man cave” concept, but Margaret Wheeler of HuffPost takes issue with this idea of gendered escapism by saying the promotion is praying on both women’s tendencies to stress eat and their desire to lose weight.