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Not Feeling the Heat at Chichen Itza

After giving the new, real-restaurant incarnation of Chichen Itza a few weeks to get the kinks out, silverlake bodhisatva tried it out for dinner.

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Chinese Vegetarian Confusion

The best-known Chinese vegetarian restaurant, Happy Family, is multiplying fruitfully indeed.

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Storage of Premium Chocolate

Don’t keep high-quality chocolate in the refrigerator–the moisture is terrible for chocolate, says msbo78.

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Fresh Herbs

Even if your local climate is not ideal, you can still grow your own fresh herbs indoors, says soupkitten.

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Neat Trick for Slow Cooker Stewing

Slow cookers can be real time savers, and coming home to the smell of a delicious stew simmering away is always comforting–problem is, any vegetables other than onions that you throw in are liable to be way overcooked after 6 to 8 hours of bubbling away

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Finally: All the Pro Forma Joy of Disney in a Cereal Bowl

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that, thanks to the selfless exertions of General Mills, you can now enjoy a whole new confluence of sugary cereal and content-free entertainment for young people.

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How I Learned to Stop Worry and Love the Can

jimzk initially suffered from feelings of shock and betrayal upon discovering that the luscious, perfectly-spiced baba ganoush at Haig’s Deli comes out of a can.

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Do Women Drink for Free?

Is it true that women never pay for their own drinks in bars—having their tabs picked up instead by obliging men?

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Fresh Duck Livers

Just a heads-up–G&G Supermarket sells fresh duck livers (and gizzards) at the reasonable price of $1.19 per pound.

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Phoenix Garden – Winning Cantonese in Midtown

Phoenix Garden’s many fans declare its Cantonese food dependably first-rate–not just for Midtown Manhattan but for the entire city, including Chinatown.

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Betty Bakery – Sweetness and Light in Brooklyn

Betty bakes some nice things: cupcakes, cookies, tea breads, fruit pastries, cinnamon challah twists, to name a few.

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How Do Laser Thermometers Work Without Touching the Food?

Clue: The light is only there for show.

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Home-Style Jamaican Cookin’

Formerly a branch of the meat-patty bakery Golden Krust, Jamaica Cafe offers straightforward, unpretentious Jamaican fare that tastes like it came straight from an auntie’s kitchen.

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Northern Delights at Spicy BBQ

Spicy BBQ has a minor specialty in northern Thai dishes (think Chiang Mai), with about a dozen on their menu.

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Fab Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

These unorthodox, super-peanutty peanut butter cookies, made without butter or flour, are perfect for those who must avoid dairy or wheat.

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It Didn’t Used To Be That Way

Foods have changed. Take, for instance, the humble Twinkie.

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Barley Tea

Barley tea is supremely refreshing alongside Korean bibimbap or Japanese sushi.

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Favorite Ways with Turkey Cutlets

Diane in Bexley pounds turkey cutlets very thin, dips in beaten egg, dredges in a mixture of dry bread crumbs, grated Romano cheese, flour, and parsley, sautees in olive oil and keeps warm.

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One for the Reading List

Just when you thought the World Wide Web would unravel under the weight of another food blog, along comes Tim Riley. The smart, angry recent CIA grad recently launched one of the most enjoyable gastro-blogs around.

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Restaurant Roulette

A nifty new Web tool can help you decide where to eat lunch.

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Love Your Heart on Valentine’s Day

FatFree Vegan Kitchen challenges her readers to sex up their veggies for the holiday.

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