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  • 24 April 2013

    The Wedding Cake . . . history, customs and traditions

    The history of the wedding cake goes back as far as the Roman Empire, well before the concept of elaborately icing a cake, was invented. Through the years, the wedding cake has become the focus of a variety of customs and traditions. Some of these customs have survived through time.

  • 23 April 2013

    How To Tell If A Coffee Will Taste Good

    You can't judge a book by its cover, but can you judge a coffee without even tasting it first? Not always, but surely it's possible sometimes. Here are some visual clues to help you tell the good from the bad and the ugly.

  • 19 April 2013

    In France, coffee drinkers prefer espresso for the social aspect!

    This result comes from a study conducted by Starbucks/StrategyOne on consumption habits and espresso consumption of French people, at the occasion of the launching in France of the first double espresso offer.

  • 14 April 2013

    Korean Cafe

    In this environment the cafe form thrives and has evolved in ways that, at times, one can only blink at, wide-eyed. For instance, I’ve written about ‘Dr. Fish’ cafes in the past, where you buy a coffee and cake set, and then dangle your feet in a pond full of flesh eating fish ...

  • 08 April 2013

    A Brief History Of Coffee Houses as Meeting Places

    It's only a theory, but ever since the first coffee houses sprung up in the Middle East, coffee has always been associated not only with meetings, but the exchange and flowering of new ideas.

  • 05 April 2013

    Coffee at Noma, The World’s Best Restaurant

    As our party walked in we were greeted warmly by a team of hosts, had our coats removed and were led to our table and tucked into our chairs. We toasted the beginning of our journey with a glass of Champagne and were informed that our appetizers would begin coming out at a brisk pace. What followed next was a remarkably choreographed dance of new dishes, descriptive monologues and bite-size explosions of flavor.

  • 03 April 2013

    Suspended Coffee

    It's simple — people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal.

  • 31 March 2013

    Dr. Oz: What your coffee preference reveals about your health

    "You are what you eat" is a common saying. But licensed clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula, PhD, claims that you are why you eat, and that by changing your attitude toward food, you can improve every aspect of your life ...