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Pho Hanoi

ahong likes Pho Hanoi for its mild but delicious pho. Their pho is different from most restaurant pho in the area; the flavors of clove and anise are much less intense, and the broth has the rich mildness of boiled bones. The place is little-known outsi READ MORE

Continental Breakfast in Sonoma

For coffee and pastries in Sonoma, check out Artisan Bakers, the most chowish of the Sonoma bakeries, says Sam B. You’ll find real fruit in the Danish, good quality chocolate in the pain au chocolat, and strong, good coffee. The only place in town to or READ MORE

The Minotaur(e) Arrives, Bringing Tapas

Minotaure, a new place in Playa del Rey, is a nice spot offering hot and cold tapas every night till midnight. Cinnamon loves the seafood paella; it’s rich, tasty, and moist. Another winner: chorizo and red pepper. ... READ MORE

Joyce Bakeshop: Fresh Treats in Prospect Heights

Prospect Heights has an inviting new sweet spot in Joyce Bakeshop. Scones, muffins, macarons, pain au chocolate, and Russian tea cookies all win praise. Fans also appreciate the well-brewed coffee and well-mannered staff. “Cozy, busy, yummy, and baby frie READ MORE

Beyond Bao at Chatham; and Other Chinatown Bites

Chinatown’s diner-like Chatham Restaurant has long been a go-to spot for fresh, cheap bao, buns, dim sum, and other daytime bites. But hounds have been largely silent about the rest of the sprawling Cantonese menu, which offers rice plates, noodles, casse READ MORE

Oatmeal Raisin Ice Cream

Oatmeal raisin ice cream is probably the best kind maillard’s ever made, he raves. It’s got a nice flavor for fall…and you can almost justify eating it for breakfast! Here’s the recipe: ... READ MORE

MSG in Home Cooking

Monosodium glutamate–MSG–is the source of umami, that fifth taste we sense (along with with sour, salty, bitter, and sweet). It’s often describe as “meaty’ or “savory.” It occurs naturally in many foods, and in concentrated doses in things like red m READ MORE

Airline Food

Some Chowhounds fondly remember the glory of the gooey, hot airline omelet, served steaming in a little plastic omelet dish with single-serving packets of salt, pepper, and Neufchatel cheese. And some Chowhounds don’t remember it that fondly. Still other READ MORE

Guanciale

Guanciale is Italian cured pork jowl, a salty, intensely flavored item that adds richness, savor, and a dose of “Ungh!” to Italian home cooking. The flavor is deeper and porkier than bacon or pancetta, says ESNY. ... READ MORE

Online Surprise

If this week’s episode of “Top Chef” clinched your impression of Marisa as uptight, humorless, and not very nice, it’s time to add another adjective to the list: sexxxy. The ostensibly buttoned-up cheftestant has a weirdly porny website. READ MORE