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Hold the Cream of Mushroom Soup

From Bismarck to St. Paul to Madison, new high-end restaurants are embracing such local cuisine as fried walleye and wild-rice porridge. Call it the birth of northwoods chic. READ MORE

Worth the Search

Apricots from Turkey, beef from Japan -- are the harder-to-track-down, usually imported ingredients any better than the more widely available versions? READ MORE

Giving Organics the Business

BusinessWeek revisits “big organic” in a sprawling cover story that looks at the rising organic tide from the corporations’ point of view. READ MORE

U-Pick Chestnuts: Go Now!

Chestnuts are rich, tasty, and ridiculously hard to locate fresh. Why? During the twentieth century, almost all the chestnut orchards in the United States were wiped out by chestnut blight, leaving us dependent on foreign chestnut suppliers. And some of t READ MORE

Brazil-splosion

The Brazilian-owned Richmond branch of Mr. Pizza Man has been lauded for their doughy, awesomely weird pizza, like the sweet pizza with cheese, white chocolate, raisins, peaches, plums, and condensed milk. But they also have a great thing called Marmitex, READ MORE

Acasa: Hearty, Homey Romanian in Sunnyside

Acasa, a newish Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, sounds like a winner. “Everything we tried was very good,” reports RedVelvet, who on several visits has enjoyed tripe and bean soups, grilled sweetbreads, eggplant and Greek salads, mici (small, casing-l READ MORE

Ramsay’s Revelations

With the publication of Gordon Ramsay’s new autobiography, Humble Pie, a spate of revelations about the celebrity chef have recently emerged. Maybe too many. READ MORE

Chinese Fake Beef Noodle Soup That’s the Real Deal

Despite its vegetarian pedigree, beef flavor noodle soup at Bean Sprouts looks and tastes as real as anything you’d get at any beef noodle place in the San Gabriel Valley, says Chandavkl. It’s studded with tiny chunky of mock beef, and even some mock gr READ MORE

Bing Bam Boom! More Bites from Roll and Dough

Hounds just can’t stop talking about Roll and Dough, the two-month-old Greenwich Village shop that specializes in the Chinese stuffed breads called bing. Early favorites among the fillings are spicy pork, spicy beef, and hot-and-sour vegetable. ... READ MORE

For Great Tacos, Head to the Table

The best tacos these days aren’t from taco trucks, they’re at taco tables, says Dommy. She recently stopped by a taco table conveniently sandwiched between the 101 and 10 and 5 freeways, where the specialties the separate the hardcore from the weak: cab READ MORE