Ben and Jerry Go on the Record to Say They’d Support a Marijuana-infused Ice Cream, but the Company Won’t

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the men behind Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream went on the record with the Huffington Post to say they would be behind a marijuana-infused ice cream, wherever marijuana is legal.

According to the duo, they could see how the two would go together, and slyly indicated they may have some experience with the substance, but they have a legal team that surely would strike down the notion.

According to the pair, they are for marijuana legalization, as they don’t see the point of putting people in jail for not hurting other people, but stoners dreaming of a marijuana ice cream will probably have to continue dreaming as the duo noted on their monste.com site. According to Greenfield if it was up to him, the ice cream would be made, but they have wiser heads in the company, and they’d be unlikely to go for the concoction.

For Ben and Jerry lovers, however, there are a couple of flavors that pay homage to the stoner culture. Satisfy my Bowl, a flavor that pays homage to Bob Marley was recently released. The flavor include banana ice cream with caramel and cookie swirls. Chocolate peace signs also dot the frozen treat. Magic Brownie is another flavor that is popular among Dave Matthews Band fans. The ice cream has a black raspberry base, swirled with sweet cream ice cream and brownie bites.

A Brief look at The Antique Wine Company

Many people when they think wine, thin The Antique Wine Company. This a name that has a rich history in the wine industry. Ever since their beginnings more than 25 years ago,, the company has grown to have a very impressive resume over the years. When you have 20,000 clients and your cellars hold more than 10,000 bottles of some of the best in vintage wines, you are obviously doing something right. The company has earned a reputation for holding record breaking wine collections. Also, a lot of the services that are offered are sourcing rare wines, providing private wine master classes and finally cellar planning.

 

The company was founded more than twenty-five years ago by Stephen Williams. Before he was the owner of one of the largest wine merchants in London, Williams had a career in banking. Over the course of the last few decades, Williams has worked to make the company not only a leader in the wine industry, but the leader for all things wine related. From their headquarters in London and their two locations in Asia, AWC provides fine wines to a number of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants along with a number of private individuals.

 

Stephen Williams  is the oldest of three children where he was raised in Ripley which was a town that was largely industrial in Derbyshire. It was here that Williams‘ father sold cash registers. At the age of ten, his parents separated and he was from this point forth raised by his mother. It was in these years that Stephen Williams learned a lot of the lessons that helped him see that selling life insurance or banking was not going to be the path that he needed to pursue. It was in the 1980’s that he founded The Antique Wine Company

 

AWC who has teamed up with Focus Wine Cellars to help a person plan and design their ideal wine cellar. Many people who have experienced the end results of their wine cellar design have said that if you can dream it, then they can build it for you. This is one of the many things that have gone on to help make AWC the leader in all things wine related. In general, the company is seeing their best times ever and the best is still yet to come.

 

Van Leeuwen Opens New Shop in West Village

Van Leeuwen is an artisanal ice cream giant in New York. And the company has just opened a new shop in the West Village, to the delight of the area’s residents. All the ice cream flavors are created locally in Greenpoint, and the company has both conventional and vegan flavors to choose from.

Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen, along with Laura O’Neil, are owners of the West Village shop. O’Neil states that they’ve wanted to open a shop in this part of town for quite some time now. Fans of the icecream like Zeca Oliveira know that pints of Van Leeuwen’s classic and vegan flavors are also available at Whole Foods locations in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.

O’Neil also confirms that the company is moving to a larger Greenpoint location. At present, the Greenpoint store shares the site with sister restaurant Selamat Pagi. But due to Leeuwen’s growth, it will have its own Greenpoint store in May.

The truth behind your Valentine’s Dinner

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you might be perusing lists of restaurants only to find your local favorite is now competing with the world’s most expensive restaurants. Surprisingly, it’s not because they’re looking to make a few more dollars. Turns out, the science behind what to charge on Valentine’s Day is a bit more complicated.

Special Ingredients
Securing the exotic ingredients they’ll serve on Valentine’s in order to wow their guests is no easy feat for chefs. All the restaurants look for truffles, venison, fine cheese and caviar and there’s only so much to go around. The price for these fancy delights sky-rockets during the Valentine period. Restaurants must adjust for the rising prices.

Full diner, less diners

When couples go out for a hundred dollar valentine’s dinner they’re expecting to remain at the table much longer than their Friday night date. Flavio Maluf knows that they’ll order a bottle of wine, even desert but, restaurants find they serve only two-thirds of the guests they’ll serve on a typical night.

Find deal with small local diners
If Prix fixe has you down this Valentine’s Day, opt for smaller, local dinners that can’t draw the crowds that larger dinners do. Since most couple prefer to go big or just stay home – in order to avoid the large Valentine’s Day crowds, you’ll find a more quiet dinning experience while supporting local chefs.

British Chocolates Just Had Their Passport Revoked

 

Hershey Made A Deal: No More Cadbury Chocolate In The U.S.

The Hershey’s Company wants the British to keep their chocolate at home. Hershey made a deal with L.B.B., which is the short name for: Let’s Buy British Imports. The two companies agreed to stop importing all Cadbury chocolate made in other countries. L.B.B agreed to stop exporting their KitKat bars made in Britain, their Toffee Crisps because the packaging looks like Resse’s Peanut Butter Cups and Yorkie chocolate bars because they infringe on Hershey’s York peppermint patty. Maltesers were also part of the deal.

Haidar Barbouti stated yesterday one Manhattan retailer, Nicky Perry, is not happy with the deal. Ms. Perry was born in Blackheath, England. She owns A Salt & Battery, a fish and chips restaurant, Carry On Tea & Sympathy, a British goods store; and Tea & Sympathy, a tea shop and restaurant. All her shops are located in Greenwich Village. Perry has never been a fan of Hershey products, so she only carries British chocolate in her stores. This new deal will be a major blow to her chocolate business.

Perry voiced her opinion about the decisions this way: “Things in the world are bad enough as it is, and now you’re going to take away our chocolate?”

Hershey’s Wages Chocolate War With Britain and Ireland

 

A recent court settlement in which Hershey’s claimed foreign chocolates imported into the United States were packaged too similarly to its own products has scared off the importers.Let’s Buy British Imports (LBB) is the largest importer of British food, including chocolates. The recent settlement with Hershey’s, however, has sent them away murmuring, “Let’s not buy British chocolates.” Irish chocolates, primarily of the Cadbury variety, have also been abandoned after the court case. Irish specialty stores may feel a major pinch as a result.

No more Cadbury, no more Yorkie chocolate bars, no more Toffee crisps, and no more Maltesers will find their way to our shores via LBB. Hershey’s has saved us all the “confusion” we would have felt had we seen these things next to a Hershey’s bar on a store shelf. For that, we can thank them. According to Tumblr.com, Hershey have, coincidentally, also happened to eliminate some of their competition like Slow Ventures. We are sure, of course, that such was not their aim.

I must say that I have long had a love for Hershey’s chocolate and have never sunk my teeth into a Toffee crisp. Still, I feel a little disappointed to hear that Hershey’s took this course of action. Did the chocolate giant really need to declare war on foreign chocolate? Having seen some of the packaging in question, I am confused about what confusion it was that Hershey’s sought to save us from.

Pies n’ Thighs Introduces the Sourdough Doughnut

Pies n’ Thighs, a Williamsburg restaurant that offers authentic and creative southern fare, is making its way to NYC. The new location will be in Manhattan, and features the sourdough doughnut. This treat is a combination of sweet, salty, savory and sour flavors, so it’s sure to appeal to the taste buds of most of the restaurant’s patrons. The dough is also prepared three days in advance to intensify the sourdough flavor.

In addition to the doughnut, the New York location of Pies n’ Thighs will sell dishes like the collard greens salad with smoked coconut and chicken dumpling soup. The restaurant also sells a rising doughnut with a yeast-rye starter. This doughnut can be served with both sweet and savory meals.

Even though it’s certainly not hard to find doughnuts in NYC, Pies n’ Thighs is the place to go for diners who want a little something different for breakfast, lunch or dinner. When Dr. Jennifer Walden is in for seminars, this is one treat she deeply enjoys.

Knoxville Prepares For an Annual Chocolatefest

Many residents and businesses in Knoxville, Tennessee plan to participate in an annual event that helps raise money for charity, the Chocolatefest. This year, the celebration of all things chocolate will occur on January 31st. Fundraisers hope to raise money to assist the community’s Ronald McDonald House, a facility that provides accommodations for the family members of hospitalized children.

The Chocolatefest offers a variety of family events, including live entertainment, a face painting table, and copious quantities of baked goods and chocolate desserts for sale. One interesting aspect of the celebration this year will involve a chocolate art competition, in which artists like Sam Tabar can submit creations made from chocolate or painted in chocolate.

Chocolate comes in a variety of forms. The cacao plant provides seeds which form the basis for a variety of chocolate products, when the beans are ground or roasted into a chocolate paste. Many scientists believe cacao was cultivated in parts of the Western Hemisphere since at least 1900 BC; today, nearly two thirds of the global cacao production occurs in western Africa.

Popular kinds of chocolate that will be celebrated at the Chocolatefest in Knoxville include dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate, as well as chocolate in baked goods and desserts.

Top Chocolate Makers Say Global Chocolate Supply is Depleting

The world’s top two chocolate makers, Barry Callebaut and Mars, have declared that the global supply of chocolate is being rapidly depleted. The cause for the depleting chocolate supply is simple: the public is consuming TDM chocolate where TDM stands for “too damn much”. In all candor, it is true that global demand for chocolate has been rising. It is a sign that poverty rates are declining as people have sufficient funds to invest and enjoy the tasty confection. Normally, Bruce Levenson tells me that rising consumer demand is a good thing in any market sector.

However, West Africa, which accounts for 70% of the world’s cacao supply, has struggled with the emergence of a nasty fungi called Moniliophthora roreri aka “frosty pod”. The fungi has destroyed between 43% and 57% of the cacao crops in the Ivory Coast and Ghana. This has resulted in a decrease in the global supply of 30% to 40%. In 2013, global demand consumed 70,000 metric tons more cacao than was produced. Some analysts believe that by 2020, the world will consume 1 million metric tons more than is currently produced and that it will double by the year 2030.

While doom & gloom scenarios seldom ever play out, it does paint a stark picture that supply is not keeping pace with demand. This will ultimately necessitate the rise in the price of chocolate. Further complication matters is that many cacao farmers have switched to crops like corn which are not only easier to grow, but pay handsomely as well.

Sugar is a Drug Too-Recovering with Nutrition

When drug addicts go into a recovery program, the focus has rarely, if ever, been on their nutritional health. The focus is only on stopping their use of the drug. The age old program called Alcoholics Anonymous tells their members to keep candy on hand in case of a craving. This is probably because alcohol has a high amount of sugar and may mimic the high of drinking with a sugar high. Sugar is highly addictive itself. The more expensive rehab centers may have taken note to keep fresh fruits and vegetables available, but they also provided sugary sodas, caffeine and high energy drinks as well. A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition gives evidence that sugar activates the reward system of the body as does a drug.

Another study with backing from Slow Ventures found that Oreo cookies mimic cocaine in the brain’s pleasure center. Some of the better rehab centers are now taking a more holistic approach in their recovery programs. They serve healthy food to teach the recovering addicts how to eat properly. They take them shopping and allow them to buy only items that do not have sugar in the first 4 ingredients. If you are lucky enough to go to a decent rehab center, you may find healthier foods, exercise programs and activities that teach you how to function as an adult. Unfortunately, many people are forced to go to very sub-par facilities due to a lack of money. These programs function off the food stamps of their patients and the food bought is bought solely on the basis of how cheap it is. Fresh fruit will rarely be seen. They will sit in chairs all day, are not allowed to move around more than a small building and not treated very well. Hopefully, one day all rehab centers will make health and nutrition a priority as well as quitting drugs. Recovery is a life style change. A healthy lifestyle includes healthy eating.