Food and Drink

"Everything I know about life I learned behind the deli counter"

A sweet tribute to a college job working at Al's Deli in Evanston.

. . . Al’s Deli would become the best, most formative job I ever had. It was a place that taught me about food, wine, love, and became a reassuring constant when my family was splintering apart. It even led me down a path of food and beer writing. And it revealed to me one of life’s simplest truths: A well-made sandwich is the quickest path we mortals have to experiencing the divine.

"How L.A.'s Halo Top became America's bestselling ice cream pint"

Neat story. (Pro tip: the Sea Salt Caramel is an excellent use of the calories.)

With a $20 ice cream maker and a hunger for a more healthful indulgence, Los Angeles lawyer Justin Woolverton concocted a dessert that quickly developed a cult-like following. . . .

For the 12 weeks that ended Aug. 6, IRI said, Halo Top had sales of $86.9 million, compared with $83.3 million for Ben & Jerry's and $78.6 million for Haagen-Dazs.

Note that about 15 years ago, the FTC told us how difficult it would be to compete against Ben & Jerry's and Haagen-Dazs. My, how things change.