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Pasta Magic in an Irvine Food Court

Franco’s Pasta Cucina shines like a pearl in the sea of heat-lamp and chafing-dish food court mediocrity that is Irvine.

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Now Look What You’ve Started

A novice baker learns a valuable lesson: Don’t tangle with sourdough starter.

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Paris in the Springtime

Oh, Paris in the spring! Doesn’t it make you want to ditch your worldly cares and hop a plane? Consider this the next best thing.

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Set Our Six-Pack Free

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that the Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill that would allow grocery stores to offer free samples of beer.

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Salmon Unlimited

How can you protect wild salmon habitats? By eating more salmon!

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What’s in Your Lunchbox?

Move over peanut butter and jelly: Your time is up. These days kids are getting supercute and healthy lunches, thanks to their bento-blogging moms.

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What Happens to Wine as It Ages?

Older isn't always better.

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A Nationwide Fleet of Meat-Mobiles

Forget corn—meat byproducts are the fuel of the future. That’s what factory-farming giant Tyson and oil company Conoco are banking on.

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Sex, Drugs, and Béchamel

A new cookbook features recipes from indie rockers.

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Homey Mexican at El Palenque, and Other Latin Bites in Sunset Park

El Palenque’s eyebrow-raisingly good southern Mexican chow; delicious Ecuadoran food at El Tesoro.

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From Fowl to Fish at Tebaya

The Japanese chicken-wing joint in Chelsea now also serves delicious grilled eel.

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Hearty Chow from Poland and Beyond at Krolewskie Jadlo

Chef-owner Krzysztof Drzewiecki embraces dishes from neighboring countries; elsewhere in central Queens, Bona remains a favorite for consistent, fairly priced Polish food and beer.

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May Wah Fans, Meet Wah Mei (and Other Chinatown News)

Wah Mei is good news for lovers of the bargain pork chop; lamenting the passing of Happy Joy; Cantoon Garden is alive and well and on top of its game.

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At Cobble Hill’s Hibino, Fresh Japanese Flavors

The sushi at Hibino is perfectly fine, but for something out of the ordinary, check out the Kyoto-style small plates called obanzai.

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Free Cherry Garcia

Tax day is a little less taxing with free ice cream.

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Lose the Baby Fat

For the toddler set, thin is in.

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This Just In: Bourdain Hates the Food Network

It’s no surprise, but go ahead and read what Anthony Bourdain had to say about last night’s Food Network Awards.

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Put Some South in Your Mouth

Mississippi’s hot tamales just got hotter, thanks to the oral history efforts of the Southern Foodways Alliance.

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Hot Holders

Burn-protection gear for home chefs.

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Give My Table Away

The etiquette of canceling dinner reservations.

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How the Other 10 Percent Lives

The oft-cited stat that 90 percent of restaurants fail in their first year simply isn’t true. BusinessWeek uncovers why the myth won’t die.

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