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  • A sleep-friendly solution for coffee lovers

    WASHINGTON — Many depend on coffee to get the day started. And some like to keep the buzz going all day long, which can make it difficult to wind down when bedtime comes around. A British Columbia-based coffee company says it has the solution to that caffeine conundrum with its Counting Sheep Coffee. The company’s coffee undergoes…

  • Wine gadgets for the wine lover

    Scott Greenberg WTOP Wine Contributor WASHINGTON — The holiday season can put a lot of pressure on friends and loved ones who are trying to find the perfect gift for the wine lover in their life. Buying a bottle or two of wine is always a dicey proposition, particularly since wine tastes are so personal…

  • Beer of the Week: Founders Big Lushious

    WASHINGTON — It’s big. And it’s luscious. Now, see if you can guess the name. WTOP’s Brennan Haselton is joined by Neighborhood Restaurant Group Beer Director and Food and Wine Sommelier of the Year Greg Engert to talk about Founders Big Lushious for the latest edition of WTOP’s Beer of the Week. Follow Brennan, Beer…

  • Gift guide for the food-lover on your list

    Have a food-lover on your holiday gift list? These picks are sure to please.

  • Hellmann’s maker Unilever drops suit over ‘Just Mayo’

    Hellmann’s mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of “Just Mayo.” Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small California company’s product amounted to false advertising. The consumer-products giant, whose U.S. arm is based in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, had said that “Just Mayo” has…

  • Plea hearing set for ex-manager in halal food case

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former manager at an Iowa-based halal food supplier is expected to plead guilty as part of a federal criminal investigation into the company’s exporting and marketing practices, according to court documents filed Thursday. Conspiracy charges filed against Philip G. Payne are the latest involving the Midamar Corp., which is…

  • 2014: A year of battle lines drawn over dinner

    Have you picked a side yet? If not, you’d better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table. For if there was any theme to the food world in 2014, it was the prevalence of polarizing issues. Whether we were tussling over genetically modified organisms, or…

  • Jose Andres to open restaurant in DC Trump hotel

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Acclaimed Spanish chef Jose Andres will open a new signature restaurant in a hotel being opened by Donald Trump in a historic downtown Washington building. The Trump Organization and Andres’ company announced Wednesday that the restaurant will open along with the new Trump International Hotel in the Old Post Office Building in…

  • 5 things to know: Alcohol calorie labels on menus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Want to know how many calories are in that alcoholic drink you’re about to order? You might be able to find out just by reading the menu. Five things to know about the Food and Drug Administration’s new menu labeling rules, which will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to…

  • Copper Fox Distillery to open 2nd location in Va.

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Northern Virginia’s Copper Fox Distillery is planning to open its second location in Williamsburg, creating 28 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday that the distillery plans to invest more than $2 million for the malting, production, aging and tasting facility. It’ll convert vacant 1952 motor court buildings for the operation. Officials…

  • Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar. New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic…

  • McDonald’s in Japan limits orders of fries

    TOKYO (AP) — Only small fries with that? McDonald’s in Japan is limiting the serving size of fries as stocks run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast. McDonald’s began rationing its fries Wednesday morning. It said prolonged labor negotiations with port workers on the West Coast have made it difficult to…

  • Oregon certifies recount results: GMO labels lost

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results showing the defeat of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods, officially making Oregon the fourth state in the West to reject the idea. Brown certified the final numbers Monday showing Measure 92 was defeated by 837 votes out…

  • Restaurateur who moved Mexican food to masses dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry J. Cano once said it was not his love of food so much as it was the way he was treated in a Mexican restaurant during a visit to his father’s homeland that led him to help popularize Mexican food in the United States. Cano, who been a fighter pilot…

  • ‘Nut rage’ gives Hawaii macadamia nuts a boost

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Korean Air Lines executive’s tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii’s $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost. Cho Hyun-ah, an airline vice president of cabin service and daughter of the company’s chairman, ordered a flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight from…