| Sep 27, 2010
| 7:31 PM
Thirty years ago, kids drank twice as much milk as they did soda. That ratio has reversed.
To keep the udders flowing, the milk industrial complex is fighting sugar with sugar.
It is turning milk into a soft drink, commonly known as "flavored milk.''...
| Oct 12, 2010
| 1:01 PM
Over a plate of eggs from a free-range, hormone-free, vegetarian-fed, organic chicken, I pondered the carbon footprint of my beer consumption.
I recycle bottles and cans, sure; but is that enough to offset all the water, energy and other resources that...
| Jul 19, 2009
It's National Ice Cream Day, as celebrated on the third Sunday of every July by order of President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Here are 10 scoops of high-calorie facts:
1. Haagen-Dazs is not an exotic Scandinavian recipe. It's a brand name created by a Polish...
| Feb 4, 2010
Is the Cult Cab dead?
The current economy has created ominous rumblings in the market for Napa Valley wine. Demand for high-end super-premium Cabs, even so-called cult wines, has weakened considerably with the recession. Sales are stagnant, inventories...
| Apr 7, 2009
When gas prices fluttered around $4 a gallon, the grumbling of consumers could be heard far and wide. Now that it's back down below $2 for regular, the volume of complaints has lessened considerably. But gas is far from the only expense involved in...
| Dec 3, 2009
When a highly regarded restaurant loses its chef, we tend to hold our breath. The better the restaurant, the deeper we inhale.It's a reflex. We tend to think of a chef and his restaurant (even when it's not "his" restaurant) as inextricably...
| Feb 17, 2010
Alois Lageder (pronounced "ah-loh-IS lah-GAY-der") is the fourth generation of his family to manage this eponymous winery in the northeastern Italian province of Alto Adige. The region belonged to Austria until after World War I, which explains why...
| Feb 23, 2010
News reports of the horrific flooding on the Portuguese island of Madeira refer to it as a popular tourist destination, and it is -- if you happen to be British or German. It is not so well known here, even among Americans affluent enough to take...
| Oct 20, 2009
| 4:46 PM
A two-day exploration of the wineries along the lower Missouri River began in the ancient cellars of Stone Hill in Hermann, where wine began aging 150 years ago, and ended on the crowded party deck of Chandler Hill near Defiance, where the first vintage...
| Apr 9, 2011
| 4:30 PM
In my public discussions about our nation's failed and hopeless policy of marijuana prohibition, I often say that Proposition 19 actually won the election last November, but we will simply be delaying implementation for two years.
I say that for two...
| Apr 16, 2011
Giorgio Baldi, 66, whose Santa Monica trattoria was a favorite among celebrities such as Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn and Rihanna, died Monday while on vacation in Mexico, his family said. The cause of death was...