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San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden Looks Back to Look Forward

Situated at the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Garden is intended as a quiet place, one where guests can experience the beauty and harmony of

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Viva Frozen Margaritas: How a Dallas Drink Took Over the World

The average imbiber rarely stops to wonder where their drink of choice came from. This can be a good thing, since so many cocktails have hard-to-prove origins and multiple apocryphal

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My First Experience with Malort

About 12 days ago, the folks at Chowhound sent me an email. They wanted to do a story about a Chicago drink, Malort, and they asked me if I had

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The Dishes and Cocktails at Cafe ArtScience Are Smart Enough for Harvard

Located in the academic playground between research institutions like Harvard and MIT, it’s no surprise that Cafe ArtScience uses science to fundamentally shape its culinary philosophy and menu. In fact,

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There’s a Dumpling for Everyone at This San Francisco Hot Spot

My first thought when I walk into Dumpling Time is “Thank God I skipped breakfast.” The lunch shift is just beginning at 11 a.m., and the first few patrons are

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Fermented Food Is So Much More Than a Health Trend in Boston

As scientists and researchers continue to make strides decoding the secrets of health, they’ve increasingly focused attention on the microbiome. In the depths of our guts are rich ecosystems of

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A Local’s Guide to the Food, Drinks, and Gifts at San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace

This March marks the 15th anniversary of the Ferry Building Marketplace, a San Francisco landmark and favorite gathering place among locals and visitors alike.

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Recapturing the Flavors of My Youth: Nostalgia Tastes Like Chicago Chinese Food

When I was younger, one of my favorite meals was Chinese food. Occasionally, it would even earn birthday meal status! I grew up on three unique restaurants: Hi Howe, Lim’s,

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Brew U: The Rise of Coffee Classes in Chicago

What do you think helps Chi-Town stay so smart? Sure, there’s plenty of higher learning to be done in Chicagoland, home to some of the best colleges in the area,

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Throwing a ‘Cat-chelorette’ Party Was the Best Decision Ever

It was my last night of freedom before I became a married woman, so I decided to spend it the best way I knew how. With Barry and Leo and

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Can the South’s Meat and Threes Bring Our Country Together?

Many Americans now live in a long winter of discontent during the tenure of President Donald Trump. The United States is so highly divided in the political sphere that historians

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Chicago’s Punch Bowl Trend Is So Much More Than a Pitcher of Kool-Aid

Although the mention of punch often conjures visions of cheap handles of booze mixed with red 40-dyed Kool-Aid, it actually has a storied past that goes back centuries. In 2010,

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Caves of New York: Inside Murray’s Cheese Aging Program

In April of 2015, Krista Jacobsen did what she describes as “probably the dumbest thing I ever did.” She relocated from California to New York City to accept an internship

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Atlanta’s Porter Beer Bar Is a Religious Experience

It was almost a decade ago that a man I was hopelessly smitten with took me to a little Atlanta hole-in-the-wall before a Mountain Goats concert. We sat outside in

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Despite Gentrification, This 50 Year-Old San Francisco Pin Shop Thrives

In 1967 an unexpected and, one might say, “out-of-place” shop opened on 9th Avenue and Irving Street in San Francisco’s Sunset District. At a time when Irving Street was flourishing

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Slow Down and Smell the Spices at Oaktown Spice Shop

To walk into Oaktown Spice Shop is to take a step back in time. The shop’s hand-hewn, reclaimed wood shelves are lined with glass jars filled with colorful powders, whole

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Japanese Whisky Is Having a Moment in New York

In New York City, it’s not hard to find burgers and pizzas nearing the $40 mark. There’s at least one steak that will set you back nearly $1,000, and a

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Dark, Milk, White, and Green: This Boston-Based Chocolate Factory Puts the Environment First

“Mmm, chocolate!” If that quote doesn’t bring to mind a scene with two sisters savoring the scent of decadent chocolate, then chances are you don’t have a toddler or have

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This Salem Hot Spot Requires a Password and Only Serves One Menu Item Each Week

The first thing that comes to mind with Salem may be witches, but the city has so much more to offer. Over the last few years, the mysterious town has

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How the World’s Largest Drive-In Restaurant Has Operated for Nearly a Century

You know you are in the South when you hear men and women screaming “what’ll ya have, what’ll ya have?” as they move you down quickly through the line. If

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An Exploration of Phoenix and Chicago’s Unique and Unexpected Food Connection

I took a Mediterranean cruise in 2015, and my wife and I found ourselves in Rome for a short stop—maybe six total hours. So, in order to maximize our time

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