More to Chew On: Small Bites from Around the Country

By ABC Sep 10, 2012

Today is a landmark day here at The Chew as we launch our second season!  We're back with more food news, tidbits and tips than ever. Enjoy!

Did you ever wonder if organic food was actually more nutritious than nonorganic food?  According to a new study from Stanford University, organic fruits and veggies were, on average, no more nutritious than their conventional counterparts, though they tend to be much more expensive.  The researchers also found that there were no obvious health advantages to organic meat.

However, before you write off eating organic forever, the study did suggest that organic options may have been exposed to less potentially harmful pesticides.

Foodies can rejoice.  Recently, they got recognition from the highest cultural barometer in the land - the Oxford English Dictionary.  The dictionary just added seven new food-related words. Check them out.

  • Frankenfood: Genetically modified food.
  • Locavore: A person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food.
  • Affogato: An Italian dessert consisting of vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of espresso coffee.
  • Doughnut hole: A small ball-shaped doughnut.
  • Bibimbap: A Korean dish consisting of rice topped with sautéed vegetables, chilli paste, and beef or other meat, sometimes with the addition of a raw or fried egg.
  • Red velvet cake: A rich chocolate-flavored sponge cake with a distinctive reddish color, typically with layers of buttercream or cream cheese icing.
  • Panko: Breadcrumbs with a light, flaky texture, typically used as a coating for fried or baked food.
Our final story of interest is one that will affect dinners across the country in completely different ways.  It's about corkage fees.  Have you ever tried to bring a bottle of wine with you to a restaurant and run into some irritation from the staff?  Whether you're in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago or parts of Texas, you're going to get different accommodations for your bottle.  Some restaurants attach outrageous fees for byob bottles while others simply hope to encourage patrons to order from the restaurant's selection by having specialized wines.

Take a look at this article from Eater and see how it applies to you.