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Governor Mitt Romney's love of Meat Loaf is well-documented; the singer joined him on stage to sing a rendition of "America the Beautiful" at a campaign stop in Defiance, Ohio. But did you know it's his favorite birthday treat, too?
Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
Halloween is definitely scary - if you’ve got kids. They come home, they’ve been trick-or-treating for hours, they’ve been downing candy the whole time, now they want more candy, and what you end up with are some truly maniacal sugar-jacked little demons who are just moments away from overload/exhaustion/complete wailing meltdown. See? Even if you don’t have kids, you’re scared now.
What you need after dealing with a situation like this is a strong drink. You could do bourbon straight, but on the other hand, why not opt for a glass of something appropriately spooky? It’ll rekindle the awareness in you that Halloween is actually pretty fun. Here, a few good choices:
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Smashing news - October 26 is National Pumpkin Day!
Have you ever wondered why we carve pumpkins for Halloween? Looks as though we have the mythic Irish character "Stingy Jack" to thank for that. Legend has it Jack played not one, but two tricks on the devil and as a result was denied entry to both heaven and hell when he died. The devil gave Jack’s soul some coal to light the way, and Jack, being resourceful, put it in a hollowed-out turnip. This became known as a jack-o’-lantern. Different parts of England starting using turnips, potatoes and beets filled with coal to ward off evil roaming the streets. It wasn’t until America was settled that immigrants learned of the pumpkin, which is native to the U.S.
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It seems there’s some suspect candy going around this Halloween season. I don’t mean fake or counterfeit candy bars, where the names would be just barely misspelled, like Reeze’s Peanut Butter Cups or Buttterfingers. (They would be sold next to the bags embossed with names like Chanal and Burbery.) I’m speaking instead of the new, healthier candy, made without corn syrup, GMOs and artificial colors and flavors.
I’m super impressed with these efforts, but I also have big love for the classic, bad-for-you candy. So, I can’t help but admire the celebrities who are huge candy lovers too.
And now, if you see Ryan Gosling or Justin Bieber trick-or-treating in your 'hood, you’re prepared.