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Fast Food
Fast Food

Denny's Helped Me Realize I Could Be Both Chinese and American

Much like Denny’s—which first opened its doors as a donut shop in Lakewood, California—I also had my transformational coming of age in the outskirts of Los Angeles.
Kaila Yu
5.16.18
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The Weird Science Behind Chain Restaurant Menus

I was a corporate restaurant consultant. Here’s how the sausage gets made.
India Mandelkern
5.2.18
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The Untold Story of Harlem's 'Whiskey Rebellion,' the Civil Rights Campaign for Black Liquor Salesmen

The fight against 'Jim Crow jobs' took blood, sweat, tears, and boycotts.
Cynthia R. Greenlee
2.22.18
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Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor Is the Unsung Godmother of American Food Writing

'Vibration Cooking' was a landmark cookbook. But the culinary pioneer has yet to get her due.
Mayukh Sen
2.20.18
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We Were Promised the World's Most Delicious Mangoes. They Never Came.

Although the ban on India's Alphonso mangoes was lifted a decade ago, they're still virtually impossible to find in America. Here's why.
Myles Karp
2.7.18
san francisco
san francisco

The Freaky, Fabulous Story of Marlena's, San Francisco's Santa-Studded Drag Bar

Marlena’s may be gone, but everyone has a story to tell about the most Christmassy drag bar—or draggiest Christmas bar—there ever was.
Mayukh Sen
12.19.17
cocaine
cocaine

Is Cocaine Vegan? It Depends on Who You Ask.

Some people insist that cocaine is vegan. Others cite a mountain of evidence to the contrary.
Mayukh Sen
11.29.17
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Preeti Mistry Is Shutting Down Her Restaurant, but She’s Not Going Anywhere

"It's going to kill me if I try to do it all," says Mistry, who just released 'The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook'. "I'd like to be superhuman, but I'm not."
Mayukh Sen
11.2.17
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The Dark Side of Daiquiri Beach

I went to Daiquirí Beach, tracing the birthplace of that famous cocktail, to find out what’s shaking there today. What I discovered, however, was something I could not have predicted.
Adam Gollner
7.3.17
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Who Is Guy Fieri?

Meeting the man who lives below the frosted tips, and discovering why a little bit of him lives in all of us.
Helen Hollyman
2.15.17
New Orleans
New Orleans

How a New Orleans Vampire and a Cajun Chef Made Blood Sausage Together

Self-proclaimed vampire Belfazaar Ashantison met with New Orleans chef Isaac Toups to learn about the intricacies of cooking with blood and partake in some together.
Phil McCausland
10.25.16
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Wheat As a Weapon of War in Syria

How the Syrian regime, rebels, jihadists, and NGOs are fighting for control of of the country's most powerful resource.
Emma Beals
6.23.16