Food & Drink

July 21, 2014

Wine Flight Night: Food Briefs

Fans of crimson pomegranate juice may enjoy the latest from the folks at POM Wonderful, who have mixed up several juices for three new blends: Hula (pineapple, apple), Mango (mango, pear) and Coconut (coconut, pineapple). Pomegranate flavor dominates, but there are definite hints of each signature. Our favorites: Mango and Coconut. Calories in a 12-ounce bottle range from 140 for Coconut to 210 for Hula and Mango. Suggested retail price: $2.99 for a 12-ounce bottle. At supermarkets nationwide. Store locator: pomwonderful.com.

Chicago Tribune

Wine Flight Night

When: July 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: $12

Reservations: 618-233-0513 or eckerts.com

Features: Enjoy wine, a mini cooking demonstration and live music from Eckert's patio with the comfort of indoor seating. Wines available by the glass for $5 to $10. Food from the Country Restaurant and Country Store available for an additional fee. Space is limited.

Apricot skins: Yes; pits, no

Q. Please settle a debate that's been raging in my workplace this week. Are apricot skins edible? What about apricot seeds? Somebody is insisting that either the skin or the seeds contain cyanide.

A. I can eat five apricots at a time. I never go for the pits and have no issue with the skins. More about not breaking a tooth. But there has not been a reported incident of poisoning from stone-fruit pits in over 30 years, and, in fact, a number of amarettos use the pits (which are quite sweet in parts of Europe) as the main flavoring.

Alex Levin, pastry chef at Osteria Morini in D.C.

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