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Chinatown Diner Is a Real Deal

Zen Mei’s first anniversary deal is so popular, they’ve been offering it for about four years. Order $20 worth of food, and you get a free plate of fried salty shrimp. It’s one of their best dishes, with very large shrimp, crispy and delicious. ... READ MORE

Lots of Love for Fried Rice

Does fried rice have to be nondescript? Are all restaurants’ versions alike? No, yell a chorus of chowhounds. Quite a few are devoted to Din Tai Fung’s fried rice, which rbw describes as wonderfully subtle, “with a bit of scrambled egg, shrimp, and p READ MORE

Extremely Japanese Summer Cold Noodles

Ramen Halu, favorite ramen-ya of Melanie Wong, *wchane, and chowhounds everywhere, is serving an excellent summer cold noodle dish, tsuke-men. The thick, firm, cold noodles are served on the side, with cold spinach, roast pork, black tree ears, and an i READ MORE

Marrow Bones

Bar Tartine has excellent roasted marrow bones, says Malik. They serve two good-sized bones, perfectly cooked, with parsley salt, toasts, and some greens. They’re served beautifully plain, with no distracting sweet sauces to dilute the marrow experience READ MORE

Different Ideas for Bell Peppers

Chowhounds offer up some delicious and different recipes using sweet bell peppers. Here’s a unique roasted red pepper vinaigrette that includes spinach, courtesy of Kitchenaid: ... READ MORE

Tangy Chocolate Yogurt Treat

Try mixing yogurt with cocoa and sweetener; it’s as tangy and chocolaty and as low or high in fat as the yogurt you choose to use. It’s great as a dip for fruit, or just to spoon up for a snack. ... READ MORE

Schweppes Bitter Lemon

Schweppes Bitter Lemon drink is an import from the U.K. It’s really refreshing, with just the right balance of bitter and sweet. ... READ MORE

Animal Crackers

Animal crackers are really more cookie than cracker–a slightly sweet, vanilla animal-shaped cookie. ... READ MORE

Youth Culture

Unaged tequila is considered by many aficionados to be the best way to enjoy the spirit because the longer tequila sits in a barrel, the more it tastes like oak or charcoal and the less it tastes like the agave plant it was made from. READ MORE

Mixto Is for Losers

With flavors that vary widely from bright and citrusy to aged and smoky, tequila is fun to taste-test, to discover which you like best. But there are a few things you should know before you get started. READ MORE