Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.

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15 Grilling Ideas for Labor Day that Aren’t Meat


In need of vegetarian-friendly grilling ideas? Look no further.

Labor Day is just around the corner and you know what that means: last chance in summer to rev up the barbecue. But that doesn’t mean you’re forced to eat burgers with bacon on them. While burgers and hotdogs might be the go-to barbecue food, there is so much more that can be grilled that if you throw meat on the barbecue you might as well just slap a “I am a chef with no creativity” apron on.

Here are 15 different grilling ideas …

Real Food Shouldn’t Be Fashionable: Foodie Underground


ColumnReal food isn’t a lifestyle accessory; it’s a necessity.

I was scrolling through Instagram the other day, you know, as you do. I follow a lot of people that are into food. Big surprise there. A lot of them are health focused in some way, shape or form, their focus being on eating whole foods and eating well. All things I can get behind. On the day in question, it occurred to me how “tropical” these feeds felt. A coconut milk smoothie here, a banana ice cream there. Sure there were more local …

21 Parsley Recipes that Prove this Herb is More than Just a Garnish


Try these parsley recipes for those who thought it was just used to make food look pretty.

While other herbs definitely get more attention – here’s looking at you basil and cilantro – parsley is most often pushed to the side, reserved for mere garnish status. But if you haven’t been given parsley the attention it deserves, it’s time to rethink your kitchen game. Here are 21 different parsley recipes, all proof that parsley doesn’t just have to sit on top of a dish to make it look nice.

1. Parsley Hummus

How about a new spin …

This is Why You Should Buy Whole Coffee Beans: Foodie Underground


Column Are you buying whole coffee beans, or a bunch of filler?

Let’s have a chat about coffee.

Coffee is one of those products that comes from far far away, but it’s one of the non-local items that I have chosen to not remove from my diet. There are other tropical goods I’d rather get rid of first – bananas I can live without for example – and when it comes to eating locally and in season, you have to pick your battles. In the battle of me versus coffee, coffee wins every single …

5 Cocktail Herb Garden Garnishes and Mixed Drink Ingredients You Can Grow Yourself


Why not make sure you have an herb garden that gives you the best cocktails possible?

While a well-mixed cocktail is a good thing, a well-mixed cocktail with homegrown garnish is even better. Which is where your herb garden comes in.

The beauty of cocktail garnishes is that you don’t need a lot of herbs, which means that a mixed drink herb garden can be as simple as a few pots in your kitchen window. Beyond garnishes, you can use your herbs as cocktail ingredients, either muddling them or making easy simple syrups.

Here …

10 Boring Real Foods That Should Be Trendy: Foodie Underground


ColumnForget the trendy foods, we need all the boring real foods back in our lives.

Pro tip: if you want to eat well you do not need to buy all of the trendy health foods at the store. Sparkly probiotic drinks, omega 3-antioxidant infused vegan ice creams, supercharged gluten-free miracle cookies? You need none of it. You need real food. The boring stuff. The stuff that doesn’t have a marketing campaign behind it, or its own blog or Twitter feed.

We’ve come to a day and age where food trends win out …

Bygone Food Trends: What if We Ate Like it Was 1994? Foodie Underground


Column What if we ate like it was 1994?

In a world where we are inundated with food trends (I’m looking at you, cronuts) and a handful of hip diets (the P word) it makes you get nostalgic for a simpler time. In fact don’t we often use the “eat food your grandmother would recognize” line? But what happens when we go back in time? Turns out you have to go back a long time before things get simple again.

I decided to go back 20 years to see what Foodie Underground would …

The No-Diet Diet Plan: Foodie Underground


ColumnWhat does my diet plan consist of? Nothing, it’s not really a plan at all.

We’ve discussed diets before on Foodie Underground, but we’re going to do it again. Because it’s a conversation that’s worth having more than once.

A while back, a friend asked me, “Are you ‘gluten-free’ or just ‘good bread only’?”

I loved that question. I am for the most part gluten-free, but as my friend assumed correctly, if there’s good bread, made with good ingredients, I’ll eat a little of it. Call it the “no crappy flour” diet if you …