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The History of American Hard Cider

Hard cider. The name may sound tough, but this alcoholic beverage hasn’t had the easiest path to success. And while the moniker may be uniquely American — the rest of

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Tater Tots Are Junk Food Innovation at Its Peak

Tater tots: nuggets of potato goodness, fast food favorite, and a staple in every school cafeteria. But how did the french fry’s lumpy step-cousin become a lunch room icon? It turns

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Secrets of the Tandoor Oven

Ever had something so good you just know whoever made it just isn’t playing fair? Privy to some advantage, trick or secret weapon and no matter how hard you try,

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Who Baked the First Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie?

National Chocolate Chip Cookie day is August 4. The most celebrated chocolate chip cookie is, of course, the Toll House chocolate chip cookie. And like most iconic foods, the Toll

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The Best Wine Clubs and Subscriptions for Wine Lovers

Whether you’re a novice or an expert, wine subscriptions offer adventure and convenience every month or so. Some rely on quizzes while others choose for you, but every wine club

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Everything You Didn’t Know About Chicken of the Sea, as Not Told by Jessica Simpson

When you hear the brand name “Chicken of the Sea,” what comes to mind? For some, it’s nostalgia; for others, it’s simply the name of their preferred brand of canned

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Omakase: The Popular Japanese Tasting Tradition Explained

Like many, I was introduced to sushi omakase via the 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” an artful account of Jiro Ono, the 85-year-old sushi master who operates a 10-seat

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Finding Their Whey: The Marcoot Sisters and the Invention of Whey Ice

You know the adage: When life hands you a seventh-generation Jersey dairy farm legacy, make cheese and sustainable frozen desserts from cheesemaking byproducts. Perhaps that’s not entirely universal, but it

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Who Invented the Piña Colada?

Is there a cocktail more summer-y than the piña colada? Just one taste of rum, pineapple, and coconut and you’re instantly transported to an island getaway. But how did the

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Paella Is So Much More Than a Delicious Dish—It’s a Community Builder

There is a stigma to one-pot meals—an illusion of simplicity—and although paella does eventually reside in a single pot (or pan), this is a dish that requires, technique, patience ,and

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All Hail Fudgie the Whale, The Best Ice Cream Cake There Is

First loves—and first infatuations—never truly lose their power. Even if it’s been two decades since you last shared space with the object of your affection, memory makes them hyper-real, and

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The Hard-Won Pleasures of a Maryland Blue Crab Feast Are Fleeting, Yet Eternal

As far as edible emblems go, Maryland blue crabs are one of the most recognizable, and most delicious. Baltimore, where I grew up, and the state of Maryland in general,

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Springfest Is Oktoberfest’s Little Sister and It’s Germany’s Best-Kept Secret

Springfest—or Früehlingsfest as it’s known in its native German—is Munich’s best-kept secret. It’s occasionally referred to as Oktoberfest’s little sister, and that’s a pretty apt description. For two weeks at

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You’d Be Remiss to Not Try Ethiopian Food in DC

If you’re looking for great Ethiopian food, D.C. is the spot. Amazingly, the city is home to the largest Ethiopian community outside of Africa. The history of the Ethiopian food scene

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This New Orleans Pop-Up Shines a Spotlight on Female Bartenders

When it comes to alcohol, New Orleans is the most spoilt-for-choice city in the United States. The density of bars and the relationship that the city has to its libations

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For this Vegan Food Line, Success Is a Result of Following Your Heart

Veganaise has become a well-known alternative to mayonnaise in healthy cuisine, but its viability as a product was not always a sure thing. The parent company Follow Your Heart started

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Meet Goya: One of America’s Oldest Hispanic-Owned Food Companies

You may be surprised to learn that one of America’s oldest food companies is best known for its canned beans and packaged rice varieties. For more than 80 years, Goya

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Cheers and Namaste: DC’s Right Proper Brewing Company Toasts to Yoga

Have you ever been to a group exercise class that encouraged drinking while working out? If you haven’t, you’re totally missing out! These days, there are many new exercise classes

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This Iconic Dallas Steakhouse Sits Below an Old Baptist Church

Ask almost any Dallas resident if they’ve ever dined at Dakota’s Steakhouse, and most people will say yes. It has a reputation of being the fancy place to go for

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The Popsicle-Inspired Bruesicle Is the Quintessential LA Beer

If the folks at The Bruery have proved anything, it’s that they relish the opportunity to push the boundaries of what a beer can be. Over the last decade the

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This Tiki-Inspired Pop-Up in New Orleans Is #Goals

New Orleans‘ recent culinary history is littered with restaurants that got their start in less-than-traditional spaces. Chefs with more ideas than capital have set up shop in market stalls, food

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