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One Last Bite of Christmas

If you’ve always secretly wanted to nosh on delicious-smelling Christmas-tree branches, why not cook with them? READ MORE

Free Brewski with Your Thai Chicken Pizza?

A new California law legalizing free beer tastings at bars and restaurants went into effect on Monday. Totally awesome? Maybe not so much, say small brewers. READ MORE

Waiter, There’s a Gingersnap in My Salmon

Was it something in the water? The holidays got a little more festive in Seattle as elevated levels of cinnamon and vanilla showed up in Puget Sound. READ MORE

Burst in Your Mouth

Gear columnist Louisa Chu experiments with two new lines of chemical additives used for molecular gastronomy dishes. READ MORE

Cemitas by a Mexican Sandwich Genius

A cemita with everything from La Zandunga doesn’t look much different from the usual cemitas: a seeded roll split and toasted, finger-thick segments of cheese, avocado, thinly sliced white onions, three whole chipotles in thick red adobo and a few slices READ MORE

Japanese Deep-Fried Skewers at Sushi Yoshi

It’s surprising that deep-fried items at a sushi restaurant would be so good, marvels yamada3, but these skewers have the perfect combination of crunch, body, and light crispiness in the breading. READ MORE

Southern Spice Bistro (Andhra Style)

The Andhran dishes at Southern Spice Bistro shine with a fiery heat and brightness, says Melanie Wong. Complimentary rasam is refreshingly zippy and packed with flavor, but still light, an excellent palate cleanser for the meal to come. READ MORE

Alluring Lemon Rice at Jackson Heights’ Maharaja

Maharaja in Jackson Heights, celebrated for chaat and sweets, also lays out some fine hot vegetarian dishes, including first-rate palak paneer (Indian cheese with spinach). READ MORE

Miss Mamie’s Revisited: an Uptown Soul Survivor

After years of unpredictable meals at Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too, Ora grudgingly gave the joint another shot–and was blown away. READ MORE

Stellar Pork Hash at Brooklyn’s Pies-N-Thighs

They sling killer hash at Williamsburg’s Pies-N-Thighs. Tender, juicy pulled pork is griddled with onions and potatoes, topped with two eggs over easy, and finished off with a dollop of salsa. READ MORE