Food/Drink

                        If you’ve ever gagged at the thought of a “bloody” steak, you might want to consider medium-rare a second try. That red liquid isn’t blood. Practically all of the blood is taken out of meat during slaughter, according to Today I Found Out. If that red juice were blood, even poultry would have that rosy color. The red hue comes from a protein called myoglobin, which helps muscle tissue store oxygen, li...
Feast Your Eyes on…Cloud Eggs If cloud eggs haven’t made their way into your social feeds, just you wait. They’re fairly simple to whip up, and they turn your boring breakfast into a plate full of fluffy, floating clouds. So how do you make this photo-ready meal? According to the Daily Mail, start off by separating the yolk from the egg white and whipping the egg whites until they are thick and meringue like. Then, cook the egg whites (separated into different clouds) on a baking...
For those who love a good runny, golden yolk, poached eggs are the way to go. When cooked correctly, the egg takes the form of a delicate bubble atop your plate. It’ll have firm whites on the outside and a fluid center. Pierce it with your fork and the yolk will ooze out in a delightful (and totally delicious) way. (Can’t get enough eggs? Don’t miss these amazing recipes.) So why don’t we poach eggs more often? The technique is a little fiddly, and it can take a few tria...
Raw milk is all the rage, with some nutritionists claiming the body digests it better. That’s a myth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Here are some more myths about dairy.) The Food and Drug Administration actually prohibits the sale of raw milk for human consumption, and its reasoning seems sound: According to new research, unpasteurized milk—and cheese made from it—are responsible for nearly all dairy-caused food-borne illnesses. Although the feds recomm...
Ice cream is one of life’s simple pleasures. Its cool, custard-like sweetness and ability to pair with practically any ingredient have made it my longstanding go-to dessert. That’s why I practically flipped when our Test Kitchen created this four-ingredient recipe for making homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker. Best part: There are no crazy tricks or pricey gadgets involved. It just takes your freezer and a few hours of time. Hello, new guilty pleasure. Follow these simple ...
Walking through the water aisle of the grocery store, you’ll find various styles of water: flavored, sparkling, bubbly, and so on. Three of the most misunderstood of the water drinks include club soda, seltzer water, and tonic water. Though seemingly the same minus their name at first glance, there are some big differences that separate them. Each one of these beverages starts with carbonated water, so the difference lies in what’s added, according to Dave Stolte, the author of the i...
Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I spent a year searching, in vain, for that perfect travel purse. The one that could convert from a crossbody to a handbag. It needed to be stylish yet durable. It needed to hold all of the essentials, yet not be too big. I needed the Goldilocks of purses, and it seemed that just didn’t exist. Then I found the Hedgren Carina Shoulder Bag — the answer to my travel purse prayers. Hedgren Carina Shoulder Bag Hedgren Carina Travel Purse @ Egypt̵...
Why you should know more about fish now There’s no doubt that fish is a vital protein with plenty of brain-boosting, heart-loving, inflammation-busting nutrients. (Read up on fish oil’s amazing health benefits.) According to a new Tufts University study, eating seafood helps prevent some 54,000 deaths from heart disease and stroke each year. The latest Dietary Guidelines recommend eating at least two to three servings (or 8 to 12 ounces) of seafood each week. And while over half of t...
Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Few places in New England match the raw natural beauty of Massachusetts’ seashore. And few places along the coastline are more quaint, fun, and adventurous than Provincetown. As lifelong Northeasterners, we visit at least once a year so we know a thing or two about the best things to see and do in this quintessential New England town. Here are five of our favorites … Things to Do in Provincetown, Massachusetts #1: Explore the Cape Cod Natio...
Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. We could frame a house with the boxes of headphones we receive (or are pitched) to review on Vagabondish. But, precious few of them are actually worth a second look. Marshall has made a serious name for itself among the best headphone manufacturers in the world, particularly for musicians. Their foray into the “everyday user” space continues with the Mid Bluetooth Black. They were kind enough to send us a pair to check out. Marshall Mid Bluet...
Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. How to Get Internet and WiFi in Cuba (NOTE: Everything about Cuba — including the Internet and WiFi situation — is rapidly changing. This information is current as of May 2017, but we can’t promise next month will be the same!) If you’re headed to Cuba, you already know that there is (finally!) Internet service in Havana, Santiago, and other cities. Beginning in early 2015, WiFi hotspots began popping up around the country. But findin...
Pick a theme Have you always wanted to host a barbecue?Assigning a theme to the occasion sets the tone and the mood. For example, you can make it a Western party. Stage a cookout complete with Texas barbecue, bandana napkins, and country music. Or make it a spaghetti western party with a Sergio Leone video in the background. Serve pasta with red sauce, breadsticks, and Chianti on a colorful checkered tablecloth.
All ancient grains have health benefits, but einkorn, the eldest of the ancient grains, might just be the best kept secret among them. Unlike quinoa, amaranth, and farro, which are all abuzz in the health food world, nobody’s talking about another ancestral wheat, einkorn; but they should be. That’s because it’s basically the next superfood superstar. Besides being higher in protein and fiber and lower in starch than regular wheat, einkorn’s chromosomal make-up is also differen...
Brian Kateman, author of The Reducetarian Solution, is credited with coining the phrase “reducetarian.” Reducetarianism backs away from the all-or-nothingness of veganism and vegetarianism, instead providing a flexible framework for mindfully reducing one’s consumption of meat for a host of reasons. Kateman has been said to have “little patience” for those who would punish themselves for taking the occasional bite of burger. Such thinking, Kateman believes, distr...
Spaghetti can be a social minefield If they weren’t animated pups, Disney’s Lady and the Tramp would fail spaghetti-eating etiquette 101. Turns out most humans are eating this famous Italian dish incorrectly, too. “Spaghetti is a difficult food,” warns Diane Gottsman, an etiquette expert. “While you would not eat it with your fingers (obviously), using a spoon to twirl it into a basketball mound of noodles is incorrect. Instead, separate two or three strands and twi...
Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I have a helluva time finding good luggage. Stylish bags tend to be too stodgy and “executive.” Functional bags tend to be too backpacker-esque and … functional. Finding a balance is difficult. I prefer timeless and well-made with whiffs of sophistication and ruggedness. I never realized that most military gear checks all the above boxes. Which is how I stumbled upon Duluth Trading. If you’ve not heard of the company, you’...
A monster burger Hamburgers aren’t the enemy, but ones the size of your head, are. If hosting your own cookout, choose a leaner ground beef mix and carefully measure out patty sizes (try OXO’s burger press, which helps you easily create perfectly portioned disks) to ensure you’re not overdoing it. “I like a 75 percent lean 25 percent fat beef mix, which delivers a lot of flavor and stays moist. If you go any lower, it can sometimes get chalky,” says Jens Dahlmann, corporate executive c...
Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Activity monitors are all the rage these days. But, to be honest, most feel more like cute accessories than practical personal devices. I’ve previously tested others including Microsoft’s Band (and liked it, by the way). But I’ve always found them a bit too … basic. Until recently, it seemed the only viable alternative was to splurge for something like the near-$600 Garmin Fenix 5. And, frankly, I’m not that concerned with ...
Do you prefer gelato or ice cream? When it comes to frozen treats, they’re certainly not all created equal. There are three major differences between Italian gelato and American ice cream, according to Morgan Morano, the CEO and founder of Morano Gelato Inc., a small New England-based company that produces authentic Italian gelato. The first big difference is that gelato is much lower in butterfat than American ice cream. While ice cream has a butterfat content of 14 to 25 percent, gel...
Skinny Cow Greek Frozen Yogurt Bars Ice cream bars are so 2016. Skinny Cow’s new Greek Frozen Yogurt Bars taste just as creamy and decadent as the ice cream you love, plus added benefits of healthy protein. Available in Salt-Kissed Caramel and Chocolate Fudgetastic Swirl flavors, these bars have 110 calories or less, and their five grams of protein help you meet those all-important protein requirements without even trying.