The Dish


April 06, 2005|By Holly Shiver | Holly Shiver,Sun Staff

Another reason to eat your spinach

You may have heard that carrots are good for your eyesight, but spinach may be better.

According to the American Optometric Association, eating 1/2 cup of cooked spinach four to seven times a week can protect you against age-related macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness.

Spinach contains high amounts of beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are all particularly good nutrients for protecting your sight, the group says. You would have to eat 4 pounds of carrots or 17 cups of iceberg lettuce to achieve the same level of protection.

For more information on nutrition and vision, log on to / conditions / nutrition .asp.

Sipping and socializing

It's not your typical ladies' night out. The Iron Bridge Wine Co. of Howard County offers a night of communion, conversation and wine designed for women.

You assemble the group in your home, the cafe provides four to seven bottles of wine, tasting notes and interesting facts about the wine being tasted. Each month will feature a different country, style or vineyard.

The event costs $100 per group. For more information, or to reserve your tasting, call Rob Wecker at 410-997-3456 or e-mail him at

Informing world travelers

Are you planning to travel anytime this spring or summer?

If the answer is yes, grab a copy of the 2005 Relais & Chateaux International Guide, which features 440 independently owned restaurants and hotels from 50 countries around the world.

Relais & Chateaux grades all of the businesses on courtesy, charm, character, calm and cuisine.

To order a copy or download it for free, visit

Gadgets for garlic

Two new ways to handle garlic arrive this spring from Williams-Sonoma.

The garlic twist ($15) is a tool as simple to use as a pepper mill. Place the peeled garlic cloves inside and twist the top back and forth. The chopper's razor-sharp blades mince the cloves. The more you twist the top, the finer the garlic.

Also new, a garlic press and slicer -- all in one ($20). Made of cast aluminum, it features two compartments: one for pressing garlic and the other for slicing cloves into eight thin pieces. The nonstick coating makes it easy to use and easy to clean.

Both of the tools are dishwasher-safe and are available only in Williams-Sonoma stores.


Come see what's cooking at the Spring Food Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn. Call 410-876-2113 for more information or log on to

Learn to make sushi 7 p.m. Tuesday at For the Love of Food, 20 Clarks Lane, Reisterstown. $60. Call 410-833-5579 or 443-865-0630 or visit www.fortheloveoffood .com.

Learn how to cater your own party from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Roland Park Country School, 5204 Roland Ave. $35. Call 410-323-5500 or visit

The Yum Yum Sisters, Ilene Spector and Sandra Spanos, will appear from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow on the East Arcade Stage of Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St., to demonstrate how to make easy appetizers and desserts for your next party.

The Dish welcomes food news and notes. Send to The Dish, Attn.: Liz Atwood, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; e-mail

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