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Meet the world’s first Milk Sommelier

At a time when Millennials are taking food to to ridiculous heights — drinking perfect latte art out of an avocado, anyone? — it’s easy to see how the job of a Milk Sommelier can actually exists. Bas de Groot is the world’s one and only milk sommelier as far as he’s aware. You might mock it, but he does actually has some smart things to say about the world’s favorite white dairy drink. “It’s a liquid of serious complexity akin to a fine wine,” Groot says in a mini-doc by CNN’s Great Big Story. “The main thing I do is tell the story of the rich diversity of milk.” Groot hosts an on-screen tasting at Clover Dairy Farm in California with farmer John Bucher. Just like a wine sommelier’s knowledge of a specific region’s soil, Groot credits the farm’s soil, plants and farmer’s practices with imparting specific flavors to the cow’s milk. “Milk and wine are…

Disney’s Glowing Lavender Lemonade Looks Sweet for Summer

To commemorate Disney California Adventure’s new Guardians of the Galaxy ride, the park created a special menu for the Summer of Heroes celebration. The large $9 sourdough Baby Groot-shaped bread was the first epic item to take off. The character-inspired bread is baked fresh at Disney California Adventure’s Boudin Bakery, and using black olives for eyes and jalapeño cheddar for hair, looks just like the lovable on-screen character. But it’s the glowing Infinity-Ade drink that is popping up all over Instagram now. At $8, the lavender lemonade comes with a glow cube that you can save all use at home all summer. Reportedly, you can choose your own “stone” color. One fan wrote of the new non-alcoholic drink, “[It] is a lavender lemonade with a sugar/ lavender rim. You can choose your “infinity stone” aka the color setting of the glow cube,” and gave it a high recommendation. Another reviewer…

Pineapple on pizza? Canadian man credited with inventing Hawaiian dies at 83

The Canadian man who is widely credited with inventing Hawaiian pizza, setting of the world-wide debate over whether the fruit has the right to top a pie, died last week at the age of 83. Sam Panopoulos was born in Greece and emigrated to Canada in 1954 at the age of 20. He told BBC that he made the first “Hawaiian” pizza in 1962 at the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, as a fun experiment. “We just put it on, just for the fun of it, see how it was going to taste,” Panopoulos told the BBC. “We were young in the business and we were doing a lot of experiments.” Panopoulos said he and his brothers liked the sweet and savory contrast between the ham and the pineapple, and that they named it “Hawaiian” after the brand of canned pineapple they used. Pineapple on pizza became a trending debate earlier this year when the…

Non-cows milk linked to shorter kids, new study finds

“Got Milk?” isn’t such a simple question in today’s grocery store. Beyond the old skim or 2% battle, there are so many other options out there. Soy? Almond? Rice? What was once the simplest of transactions, with a one-size-fits-all home delivery from the milkman, has become pretty darn complicated. But a new study falls in favors of traditional cow’s milk. It turns out Mom was right in telling you you’ll get taller if you drink your milk — but only if that was cow’s milk. A study published this week in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that kids who drank non-cows milks had shorter statures than their cow milk drinking peers. Canadian researchers studied 5,034 healthy kids ages two to six over several years. They tracked what type and how much milk the children were consuming, and found that each cup of non-cow’s milk consumed was associated with 0.15 inches (0.4 centimeters) lower…

Southern peach shortage predicted for summer

If you’re from the south, chances are you know summer as the season for a seemingly endless supply of peaches. Peaches are such a part of Georgia that streets and schools bear their name, while the license plate and even ‘I voted’ stickers are adorned with their image. But growers say a massive shortage is in store for this year’s Southern crop. An ill-timed three-day freeze in March paired with an unseasonably warm winter has wiped out much of the Deep South’s peach crop. The already finicky fruit trees were so confused by the weather that many didn’t bear any fruit at all, leading some experts to estimate the production in Georgia will reach only about a quarter of what it was in 2016, when the state produced 43,000 tons of peaches. South Carolina is the country’s number two peach producing state — after California —  but its production numbers are looking just as bad. According to…

Restaurants owned by former NHL players

Like many professional athletes, NHL players don’t always simply ‘retire’ the day of their last big game. Some become coaches or commentators. Other still, pursue a totally different career path. Surprisingly, the food service industry is often a good fit for former sports stars. Players can lend their name to an establishment where fans can come to pay homage and relive their favorite career highlights. Here are a few restaurants where hockey lovers can go to dine among fellow fans. Wayne Gretzky’s  Wayne Gretzky is arguably the most well-known hockey player to ever start in the NHL. With a career spanning twenty season (1979-1999) across four teams, and as the leading scorer in the league’s history, “The Great One” was immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame after his retirement. Since then, Gretzky has stayed busy with endorsements, appearances and his sit-down namesake restaurant in downtown Toronto. The restaurant and bar showcase a personal collection…

Kitchens Painted this Color Sell For More

As it turns out, when it comes to real estate, Americans value the color blue. Zillow’s 2017 Paint Colors Analysis found that the color can add value to home when painted in the appropriate rooms. In the recent study, Zillow analyzed photos of more than 32,000 homes that were sold in the United States to see how paint color could have affected the price. Homes with soft blue kitchens were found to have sold for about $1,809 more — especially in Charlotte, NC — while homes with yellow kitchens were sold for about $820 less on average. But the benefits of blue go beyond the kitchen. Interestingly, the bathroom color seemed to have the biggest impact in sales versus any other room. Homes with blue bathrooms, most often powder blue or periwinkle, sold for about $5,400 more than expected. White paint faired the worst here. White, eggshell or off-white saw values slip…

Listeria leads to Edamame Recall in 33 States

Edamame is the perfect low calorie snack and sushi accompaniment, but if you’ve purchased any pods in recent months, you may want to think twice. A possible listeria contamination has led to the necessary recall of the soybeans in 33 states, According to the FDA. Luckily, it’s not all edamame brands. The at-risk packages were produced by Advanced Fresh Concepts Franchise Corp. between January 3 and March 17, 2017. The contaminated packages were discovered by the company during a random check at one of their facilities. States who received these packages in question include: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WY. Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections is those with weakened immune systems such as children, pregnant women and older adults. Healthy…

Saved By the Bell Themed Diner to Open in L.A.

Listen up Preppies! Because you just can’t get enough ’90s nostalgia, Save by the Max diner is gearing up for a re-grand opening. This time it’s coming to the gang’s favorite spot, Los Angeles. The popular Saved by the Bell themed restaurant recently announced the news on Instagram. After a year of success, the current Chicago-based Saved By The Max will be ending its run. The pop-up diner opened on June 1, 2016 and was initially only scheduled to serve diners for one month, but daily sell-outs and popular demand kept the restaurant open for a full year. The restaurant served foods inspired by the show such as AC Sliders, Bayside Burgers, Preppy BLT, and Mac and Screech. The L.A. location will likely have a similar menu. For a peak inside what the new L.A. location might look like, check out Save By The Max on Yelp, where ’90s lovers have posted nearly…

Where to find free donuts on National Donut Day

If there’s one good thing these national food holidays give us, it’s plenty of freebies. This year will mark the 79th anniversary of National Donut Day — a day with a pretty awesome past, actually. Unlike many national food holidays, Donut Day dates back decades to WWI and celebrates the women who served the fried sweets to soldiers on the front lines in France. In celebration of these ladies, here’s where to score free donuts this Friday: Dunkin Donuts Get a free donut with any drink purchase. Krispy Kreme Receive a free donut of your choice — any donut — on the house. No purchase necessary. Tim Horton’s Mention National Donut Day and receive a classic donut for free with purchase of any hot or iced coffee. Lamar’s Donuts Present this coupon to receive a free donut. Select cities are also handing out travel mugs. Cumberland Farms This East Coast chain is…