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Eli Castro
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Strip-Mall Upstate Indian Joint Far Exceeds Expectations: Karavalli
Today was a long travel day, with an awkward lunchtime in the food desert that is Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Terminal B. So, the moment we landed, my phone was out, and I was scrolling through Zomato looking for a place to get some dinner. Karavalli showed ...

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Lunch Counter Reinvented in Raleigh: Poole's
Poole's is a loud joint. It's not easy to find, not great for kids not easy to manage for big groups. It's not fancy - countertops in weathered formica, menus on chalk boards on the wall. What it is is fabulous. The menus are in chalk because they are const...

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Doing Everything Well: St. Philip
I was in fourth grade at the beginning of the “we all get medals” age. The adults in our lives were all in to make sure we operated at levels of self-confidence and self-esteem previously reserved for major league pitchers and Egyptian pharaohs. We were all...

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24 Hours in Brooklyn
I got to spend a day in Brooklyn this week. Just the one
day, and though it was for work, I found myself with enough time to wander off
and get my hands on some tasty bits. Little Sweet Café 77 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY I started out the Little Sweet Café, whic...

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Cuvee Coffee Revolution
Cuvee has been in the revolution business since the late 80s, from the massively hacked vintage drum roasters at their Spicewood headquarters to the hot rod La Marzocco espresso machines they've rigged up at local shops to the kegs of Black and Blue nitroge...

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Grad School. They are Like Mushrooms.
They are like mushrooms. In every city big enough to sport a Starbucks, there has risen a food-obsessed, local-inspired, heavily tattooed, sticker-adorned, farm to table establishment with clusters of young people spilling out onto patios and front benches....

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Dolce Neve - Fresh Snow on South First
As a kid growing up in West Michigan, I used to ski occasionally at a spot not far from my house. I thought it was the best downhill skiing anywhere. Then I moved to the Sangre de Cristo mountains in New Mexico - fresh powder covering peaks above the tree-l...

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How I learned to stop worrying and love iced coffee.

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