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The Miami Marlins Go Above and Beyond to Help the Environment

The Miami Marlins’ team colors are teal, black, silver, orange, yellow, and white. And they might as well add green to the mix. Marlins Park is one of the greenest

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Dallas’ Cedars Neighborhood Is Home to Great Food and Drink—And the Police

One doesn’t usually consider fun synonymous with the police department. But in the Cedars neighborhood of Dallas, a small set of streets just south of downtown, people fill businesses and

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How an Illegal, Underground Restaurant Turned into a Treasured LA Arcade Bar

Part bar, part arcade, Button Mash is a nostalgic gamer’s dream come true. The Echo Park  bar and arcade has become a hot spot for 20-somethings searching for something different

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How Restaurants Impacted by the Boston Marathon Bombing Have Fared 5 Years Later

It’s been 122 years since the first Boston Marathon was run in Boston. And it’s been five years since the Boston Marathon bombings. This year’s marathon takes places on Apr. 16 (Patriot’s

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Pot Ice Cream May Be the Comfort Food of the Future

Until recently, David Yusefzadeh would never have imagined he’d be part of Massachusetts’ burgeoning cannabis industry. Clean-cut and dressed in khaki pants and a button-down shirt, he looks more like

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These Dallas Wine Bars Specialize in Wine By-the-Glass

One of the joys of small plates dining is the opportunity to experiment; a spectrum of flavors and textures dance across the tongue in a series of successive bites. A

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A 91-Year-Old Man May Make One of the Best Burgers in LA

Tucked away in the San Fernando Valley in an industrial section of Van Nuys stands one of the last of a dying breed: a true old-fashioned Southern California burger stand.

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The Curious Magic of Mh Zh, Silver Lake’s Little Slab of Israel

There’s no website. There’s no phone number. There’s no sign on the door. Even its most frequent guests are known to ask, “Wait, what’s that place again?”

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Forget Avocado Toast, Los Angeles Is the Land of Doughnuts

Perhaps the first clue should have been the giant doughnut protruding skyward from an otherwise innocuous roadside cafe en route from the airport. More so than the iconic sign nestled

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You Only Have 4 More Years to Visit One of Dallas’ Last Community-Focused Bars

It’s hard to tell what time it is in the small, dark interior of Ten Bells Tavern, a welcome reprieve from the bright, hard light that always seems to shine

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What’s New Is Old in Boston’s Fast-Changing Chinatown

There is a struggle for the soul of Chinatown, a statement that’s as true in Boston as in any number of other Northeast cities like New York or Philadelphia.

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D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar Is an Instagrammer’s Dream

What do Teddy Roosevelt, Russia, and Washington D.C.’s most popular pop-up bar have in common? Perhaps more than you’d think. Way back in 1912, following the end of the Russo-Japanese

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Beyond Cracker Jacks: A Dad and Daughter Take a Culinary Tour of Yankee Stadium

Historically, no sport is associated with food as much as baseball. Hot dogs and peanuts are almost as integral to a game as bats and gloves. Cracker Jacks even get

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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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