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Will More Restaurants Offer Cage-Free Eggs Soon? - Photo by Joel Kramer / Flickr There’s a fast-casual restaurant near my office in Los Angeles called Good Stuff. Recently, I was craving a burger and Good Stuff’s bacon and avocado cheeseburger always hits the spot (and for you carb-counting people, you can also get it wrapped in lettuce). So I walked down to the restaurant and picked up my burger, when something on the menu caught my eye: We are now serving cage-free eggs. Over the past sev...

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My Chinese Restaurant “Twilight Zone” Moment - Photo by Jim.henderson, via Wikimedia Commons Having set foot in nearly 7,000 Chinese restaurants, there is a certain sameness to the premises. Yes, there are fancy restaurants, dumpy restaurants, big restaurants, little restaurants, restaurants with large fish tanks, restaurants with steam tables, Americanized Chinese restaurants, authentic Chinese restaurants, big city restaurants and small town restaurants, and so on. But after all these yea...

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Restaurant Red Flags: What to Know Before You Go - Photo by Sheep”R”Us / Flickr Dining out should be relaxing, but when you put your food prep in someone else’s hands, it’s like playing a game of Russian roulette. Luckily, there are some clues to look for if you want to know whether you’ll walk away from your meal feeling satisfied, or a few hours away from hugging the toilet and vowing never to eat mussels at a buffet again. 1. The employees are sick Employees sneezing, sniffling, and coug...

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An Introduction to Argentinian Grilled Meats - by Varud Gupta Photo by Varud Gupta Walking into an Argentinian grill, or parilla, might at first overwhelm the senses — the sight of succulent meats being passed around a table, the smell of vegetables caramelizing over coals, and the sounds of wine glasses clinking together for a “Salud!” Argentina is famous around the world for its quality of meat. Free-range animals on large, fertile grasslands led to a gaucho(cowboy)-driven lifestyle. As t...

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Fast Food Turns to Automation to Cut Labor Costs - Photo by Jasmine Boloorian Photography On a recent trip to Carl’s Jr., I had the following exchange at the drive-thru window: Carl’s Jr. Female Voice: Good morning! Welcome to Carl’s Jr. Would you like to try our new Smoked Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit? Me: No, thank you. Carl’s Jr. Male Voice: What can I get for you today? Wait a minute. Wasn’t I just talking to a woman? I thought so. In actuality, I was listening to a recording that p...

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A Different Taste: One-of-a-Kind Restaurants in Santa Fe - Photos by Juliet White Some restaurants are hard to categorize, either because their offerings are genuinely unique or because they serve a cuisine that’s less common. That’s certainly true of these three unique restaurants in Santa Fe. Jambo Café 2010 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe Chef Ahmed Obo spent grew up on Lamu, an island off the coast of Kenya. His early culinary experiences have translated into Jambo Café, an African-Caribbean f...

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Liver and Onions, Meatloaf, and Apple Pie: The history behind your diner favorites

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The Rise of Chinese Desserts - Photo by Susan Broman / Flickr The weakest link in Chinese American dining has always been dessert, or the lack thereof. The Cantonese scene, which defined Chinese dining in the United States for nearly a century and a quarter, was nearly devoid of sweets. The only dessert I remember as a kid was the agar-based dish which we referred to as “almond jello,” topped with canned fruit cocktail and hardly the highlight of the meal. Indeed, it wasn’t until the late 1...

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Do restaurant calorie counts really change our minds? - Photo by j_lai/Flickr We’ve all been there. You’re at a restaurant and finally settle on the perfect entree – and then you see its calorie count is basically a day’s worth of calories. But instead of opting for something healthier, you order it anyway, feeling vaguely bad about yourself the whole time you’re eating. Do calorie counts on restaurant menus really change the way we eat? In an effort to get people to make less-caloric meal ...

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A West Coast burrito tour: Try the 6 original burrito styles at these restaurants
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