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The Gold in This Italian Bank Is Actually 430,000 Wheels of Parmesan

The Gold in This Italian Bank Is Actually 430,000 Wheels of Parmesan

Credito Emiliano, a bank in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, offers loans in exchange for uniquely Italian collateral: golden wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Housed in a high-security complex surrounded by barbed wire, the bank, known locally as Credem, holds some 430,000 wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano made by farmers in the area. The stacks sit 20 wheels high and […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Doughnuts and Beer [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Doughnuts and Beer [INFOGRAPHIC]

If pairing doughnuts and beer is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Like craft beer, doughnuts are experiencing a 21st-century American renaissance. Gourmet iterations from chefs like Wylie Dufresne, and in flavors like passion fruit with cacao nibs, happily coexist with coffee-shop classics ideally consumed straight from the bag.

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The 10 Cheeses You Need to Know to Understand All Cheese Ever

The 10 Cheeses You Need to Know to Understand All Cheese Ever

Staring down a cheese case can intimidate even the most confident cook. The array of styles, textures, hard-to-pronounce names (bonjour, chabichou!), and ingredients is puzzlingly labyrinthine. Is goat’s milk stronger than sheep’s? What is a bloomy rind, exactly? Cheesemonger Liz Thorpe, formerly of NYC’s legendary Murray’s Cheese, devised a system to demystify cheese, helping mere mortals explore […]

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Does Anyone Really Want Craft Cocktails at a Steakhouse?

Does Anyone Really Want Craft Cocktails at a Steakhouse?

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a steakhouse cocktail? Probably the classics – Martini, Old Fashioned, Manhattan – being drunk by a group of dudes, probably all wearing Brooks Brothers suits, probably all putting the tab on their expense accounts. It’s predictable, yes. But steakhouse drinks are classics for […]

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Japan’s Après-Ski Scene Has Rare Whisky, Raucous Pubs, and Epic Bragging Rights

Japan’s Après-Ski Scene Has Rare Whisky, Raucous Pubs, and Epic Bragging Rights

Eskimos have 50 words for snow, but the French encapsulate a lot of what makes winter awesome in one hyphenate: après-ski. The French term for “after-skiing,” it’s what elevates any ski trip beyond a mere day on the slopes. The phrase emerged in the 1950s to describe the festivities that ensue when the chair lifts close. This […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine With Pasta (Infographic)

The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine With Pasta (Infographic)

Wellness trends come and go, but pasta is forever. Whether it’s a quick weeknight supper, indulgent feast, or Hail Mary hangover remedy, there is no wrong time to pick up one’s fork and embrace la dolce vita. Among the many excellent pasta-centric restaurants debuting across the United States (we see you, Felix Trattoria in L.A. […]

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The Ultimate Hangover Cure Is an Iconic Italian-American Pasta

The Ultimate Hangover Cure Is an Iconic Italian-American Pasta

As anyone who has chased ibuprofen with an Egg McMuffin can attest, hangovers are no joke. Excessive alcohol consumption dehydrates us, disrupts our metabolic functions, and increases a toxic compound called acetaldehyde. Results include a terrible suite of symptoms ranging from headaches to nausea to rewatching Michael Bay movies from the late 1990s. Regional hangover […]

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