What Does a World-Famous Bartender Drink First Thing in the Morning?

First Things First is a series chronicling the morning beverage routines of some of our favorite people.

What can you learn about a person from their coffee mug collection? If that someone is Aaron Polsky, the Los Angeles–based founder of ready-to-d…

First Things First is a series chronicling the morning beverage routines of some of our favorite people.


What can you learn about a person from their coffee mug collection? If that someone is Aaron Polsky, the Los Angeles–based founder of ready-to-drink cocktail company LiveWire Drinks, you’d rightfully surmise that he’s a loving cat dad with an affinity for rock and roll, Larry David’s bristly sense of humor, and old-school Nintendo games. But then, as you make your way toward the back of the shelf, you may wonder about an outlier cup adorned with ballet slippers and more text than a Dr. Bronner’s soap bottle. Don't worry, there’s a story behind that one, too.

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Pete Davidson Is a Chicken Cutlet Connoisseur

America has seen Pete Davidson every Saturday night on Saturday Night Live for the last seven years. More recently, we’ve seen him on the cover of tabloid magazines alongside Kim Kardashian and as the frequent subject of trending Twitter threads. I’ve …

America has seen Pete Davidson every Saturday night on Saturday Night Live for the last seven years. More recently, we’ve seen him on the cover of tabloid magazines alongside Kim Kardashian and as the frequent subject of trending Twitter threads. I’ve personally dreamed of seeing Pete next to me on the sidewalk, holding my hand, making jokes about his lack of sleep, presidential elections, and his numerous high-profile relationships. The one place I never expected to find Pete was on Ruth Roger’s podcast River Cafe Table, where he joined the esteemed London-based chef to talk about everything from his special method for making Cup O' Noodles and scrambled eggs to his mom’s homemade chicken cutlets. Once I saw that this very podcast episode did exist, I said to my real-life partner, “There’s no way Pete can cook…is there?”

“No way,” my partner replied. “He probably orders a ton of Postmates and I’m sure all of it hurts his stomach,” he said. Pete has spoken openly about living with Crohn’s Disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease. It seemed likely that he had a limited list of foods he could eat without experiencing severe physical discomfort for hours after.

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There’s a Huge Coca-Cola Recall—Here’s What to Know

We talk about recalls a lot. But generally the recalls we report on address salmonella, E. coli, and listeria contamination in raw produce and meat. Not today. The Coca-Cola Company has announced a recall of three different Minute-Maid products due to …

We talk about recalls a lot. But generally the recalls we report on address salmonella, E. coli, and listeria contamination in raw produce and meat. Not today. The Coca-Cola Company has announced a recall of three different Minute-Maid products due to potential contamination of metal bolts or washers. Before you stock your wet bar for an upcoming holiday party, look out for these beverages: Minute Maid Berry Punch, Strawberry Lemonade, and Fruit Punch in 59-ounce cartons. Additionally, Sprite 12-ounce cans and Coca-Cola 12-ounce cans were voluntarily recalled; each has date code AUG 1522 WM B.

The recalled products, which have an expiration date in 2022, were distributed to eight states including Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The fact that the products are not yet expired means thousands of people may still have them on their shelves or tucked away in their refrigerators.

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Cardi B Made Boozy Whipped Cream—So We Did Too

If you’re looking for a way to upgrade a cup of hot chocolate this holiday season, Cardi B has the solution. Wait…did you just say Cardi B? Yes, the rapper has joined forces with Starco Brands to release three flavors of vodka-infused whipped cream—van…

If you’re looking for a way to upgrade a cup of hot chocolate this holiday season, Cardi B has the solution. Wait…did you just say Cardi B? Yes, the rapper has joined forces with Starco Brands to release three flavors of vodka-infused whipped cream—vanilla, caramel, and mocha. The boozy whipped cream, duped “Whipshots,” is totally dairy-free and does not require refrigeration. It’s said to add a "playful shot of sophistication to any drink, dessert, or party" so that everyone can party like Cardi.

Whipshots hit shelves sometime this December, so if you can’t wait to dress up a piece of pie with a little bonus booze, you can make alcohol-infused whipped cream at home.

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How to Bake Belgian Buns from ‘The Great British Bake Off’

Just as the tryptophan wore off on Friday morning, home cooks and bakers everywhere gathered around to watch the finale of ‘The Great British Bake Off’. “You’re going to have to use your baking knowledge on this one because we’ve taken out most of the …

Just as the tryptophan wore off on Friday morning, home cooks and bakers everywhere gathered around to watch the finale of ‘The Great British Bake Off’. “You’re going to have to use your baking knowledge on this one because we’ve taken out most of the method,” said co-judge Paul Hollywood. For the technical challenge, the three remaining contestants—Chegs, Crystelle, and Giuseppe—needed to make one dozen Belgian buns filled with sultanas, which are a type of dried fruit similar to raisins or currants, and lemon curd. Belgian Buns are often compared to Chelsea Buns, which generally contain a brown sugar filling, dried fruit, and apricot jam.

But what are Belgian Buns as seen on The Great British Bake Off, anyway? According to Paul Hollywood:

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TikTok’s 15-Hour Potato Is the Best Thing on the Internet

I have a confession: I want to marry a potato. That’s right: a root vegetable that’s bronzed like a Ken doll will be my spouse. For those who know me, this won’t come as a surprise, since, for my entire life, I’ve been drawn to taters of every shape, s…

I have a confession: I want to marry a potato. That’s right: a root vegetable that’s bronzed like a Ken doll will be my spouse. For those who know me, this won’t come as a surprise, since, for my entire life, I’ve been drawn to taters of every shape, size, and form. But there’s a new spud in town that I’ve got eyes for—TikTok’s 15-hour potato.

TikTok user Poppy O’Toole, who goes by the username of @poppycooks, posted a video of what she calls the “15-hour potato” that has since gone totally and completely viral. We don’t use the word viral lightly, either; since the TikTok was posted on August 1st, 2021, Poppy’s video has gained 18.2 million views, nearly three million likes, 12,000 comments, and 116,000 shares. At first glance, it’s hard to tell exactly what it is, but it certainly doesn’t resemble a potato. In fact, it more closely resembles a flaky pastry dusted in powdered sugar (one user said it looked like baklava). But in fact, each paper-thin layer that you see is a thin slice of potato. If these look familiar to you, you're not alone—they're remarkably similar to the famous confit potatoes from The Quality Chop House in London.

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How to Make ​​Entremet, As Seen on ‘The Great British Bake Off’

It’s the semi-finals of The Great British Bake Off on Netflix and the pressure was on for the remaining four contestants—Chigs, Crystelle, Giuseppe, and Jürgen. During the showstopper portion of the episode, the contestants were challenged to bake a sp…

It’s the semi-finals of The Great British Bake Off on Netflix and the pressure was on for the remaining four contestants—Chigs, Crystelle, Giuseppe, and Jürgen. During the showstopper portion of the episode, the contestants were challenged to bake a spectacular Entremet themed display. Bakers were given five hours to create an edible centerpiece.

“This is going to be one of the most difficult challenges they’ve ever done in the tent. It’s a delicate dessert with layer upon layer of beautiful textures and flavors,” said co-judge Paul Hollywood.

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How to Make Sablés Breton, Like You’re on ‘The Great British Bake Off’

During the technical challenge of this week’s semifinals episode of ‘The Great British Bake Off,’ the remaining contestants were asked to bake Sablés Breton, which is a traditional French butter cookie. It was the toughest technical challenge to date. …

During the technical challenge of this week’s semifinals episode of ‘The Great British Bake Off,’ the remaining contestants were asked to bake Sablés Breton, which is a traditional French butter cookie. It was the toughest technical challenge to date. “Use your time wisely and remember that setting and chilling are very important,” advised Prue Leith, who chose this week’s challenge. But the contestants need to do more than bake a single dozen Sablés Breton tart cookies. As co-host Matt Lucas explained, the judges wanted the bakers to prepare a Sablé Breton pastry topped with a raspberry configure and piped pistachio mousseline, filled with fresh berries, and decorated with gilded meringue kisses and chocolate pearls. All in under three hours.

“I haven’t got a clue what’s going on,” said Chigs. “The only works I understood were raspberry and pistachio.” If you too feel like Chigs and don’t know how to make Sablés Breton, let alone an over-the-top tart, read on.

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Yes, You Can Order Taylor Swift’s Favorite Latte at Starbucks

In my wildest dreams, I never thought a Taylor Swift x Starbucks collaboration would have come together. When I was 22, all I ever wanted to do was walk down Cornelia Street, sipping a nonfat caramel latte. Okay, Kelly, enough with theSwift references …

In my wildest dreams, I never thought a Taylor Swift x Starbucks collaboration would have come together. When I was 22, all I ever wanted to do was walk down Cornelia Street, sipping a nonfat caramel latte. Okay, Kelly, enough with theSwift references and get to the point: There’s officially a Taylor Swift-inspired drink on the menu at Starbucks locations all across the country. Customers can order "Taylor's Latte" or "Taylor's Version,” which is a grande caramel nonfat latte, in stores and via the Starbucks app and sip it like they’re a 5’11” cat-loving pop star. It has long been known to be Swift’s favorite Starbucks drink.

The collaboration comes in tandem with the re-release of Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ album, which she re-recorded after an infamous legal battle over the ownership of her master recordings. The coffee chain hinted that a partnership was coming after they tweeted “It’s Red Season” on November 8th, 2021; the tweet references Taylor’s album ‘Red,’ which was originally released in 2012 and has been considered by many to be her greatest and most iconic album to date with songs like “22,” “All Too Well,” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

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How to Make Sausage Rolls Like You’re on ‘The Great British Bake Off’

This week’s episode of The Great British Bake Off wasn’t entirely sweet. In fact, it was a little savory too. During the technical challenge, the five remaining contestants were tasked with making eight vegan sausage rolls as part of the episode’s “fre…

This week’s episode of The Great British Bake Off wasn’t entirely sweet. In fact, it was a little savory too. During the technical challenge, the five remaining contestants were tasked with making eight vegan sausage rolls as part of the episode's “free from” theme, which included dairy-free ice cream sandwiches and two-tier gluten-free cakes. “Flavor always matters, but in this recipe it’s absolutely key,” said co-judge Prue Leith, who introduced the challenge. Contestants were expected to make a crisp golden vegan rough puff pastry surrounding a mushroom and walnut filling, and accompanied by a sticky caramelized red onion chutney. But how do you make sausage rolls, anyway, vegan or otherwise?

How to Make Sausage Rolls

Food52’s recipe for traditional sausage rolls are made by spreading Dijon mustard over puff pastry and topping it with pork sausage meat, a drizzle of Worcestershire sauce, and a sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves. “To form the sausage rolls, fold the top half of the pastry over the sausage and press the edges together with a fork. Trim the edge to get a neat line then gently slice the pastry log into inch wide segments but do not fully separate. Lightly slash the top of each segment with a sharp knife and glaze with an egg wash,” writes recipe developer Lily Hughes. From here, bake the sausage rolls in a 400℉ oven for 30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and the sausage is fully cooked. This recipe called for store-bought pork sausage and frozen and thawed puff pastry. But what kind of GBBO challenge would it be if both of the key ingredients weren’t made from scratch?

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