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The World May Soon Get a Dumpling Emoji

by in News, February 19th, 2016

The World May Soon Get a Dumpling EmojiRemember all the agitation and excitement about the taco emoji? Now it’s the humble dumpling’s turn.

The Dumpling Emoji Project is an effort — launched by New York Times writer Jennifer 8. Lee and designer Yiying Lu — to celebrate what its founders have deemed a “seemingly universal food, popular throughout the world’s cultures.”

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Why Ikea Is Changing Its Meatball-Dining Experience

by in News, February 15th, 2016

Why IKEA Is Changing Its Meatball-Dining ExperienceChances are fairly good that you have, on occasion, stopped in at Ikea to buy not a new, reasonably priced piece of furniture with an unpronounceable Swedish name, but a plate of reasonably priced meatballs (or one of any number of other reasonably priced foods), and pulled out of the parking lot with an empty trunk and a full belly.

Ikea has noticed. And it is making a few adjustments to cater to customers like you — who come to eat in its in-store restaurants, rather than to shop for furniture and other household items.

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Are San Franciscans Eating Out More Than New Yorkers?

by in News, Restaurants, February 14th, 2016

Are San Franciscans Eating Out More Than New Yorkers?For many New Yorkers and San Franciscans, eating out is a way of life, and the plethora of high- and low-end, trendily chic and authentically ethnic restaurants from which to choose, with new hot spots opening up all the time, is a point of pride.

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Guess What America’s Favorite Comfort Food Is

by in News, February 13th, 2016

Guess What America's Favorite Comfort Food IsIf I were to ask you what America’s favorite comfort food is, there are those among you who would probably guess macaroni and cheese, chocolate, burgers and fries, or even popcorn.

All of those are good, solid guesses, but according to a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll, none of them is the correct answer. In actuality, Americans’ favorite comfort food is …

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This Customizable Gum Lets You Chew Dessert All Day

by in News, February 12th, 2016

This Customizable Gum Lets You Chew Dessert All DayThere was a time, not that long ago, when chewing-gum flavor choices were relatively limited: You had your mints and your cinnamons, your bubble-gum flavor and your catchall tutti-frutti.

Of course, one look at the vast and varied gum display at your local drugstore today makes it clear that those humble days are long gone.

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A Deep Dive Into Your Morning Cup o’ Joe

by in News, February 11th, 2016

A Deep Dive Into Your Morning Cup O' JoeMost people who drink coffee do so because they enjoy the flavor of a freshly brewed cup — or the boost it can bring. An increasing number of studies have sweetened the pot with data suggesting that drinking coffee may have health benefits including a lower risk of cardiovascular and liver diseases, diabetes and overall mortality.

Recently, the technology site Ars Technica parsed the science behind a good cup of coffee.

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University Students Can Now Take Taco 101

by in News, February 9th, 2016

University Students Can Now Take Taco 101What can you learn from a taco? A lot, if a class on “taco literacy” currently on offer at the University of Kentucky is any indication.

Yes, undergraduates can now dig into the meaty academic and cultural nuances of the Mexican dish in a course called “Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the U.S. South,” taught by Steven Alvarez, an assistant professor in the department of writing, rhetoric and digital studies.

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Chocolate Ramen, a Valentine’s Day Curiosity

by in News, February 8th, 2016

Chocolate Ramen, a Valentine's Day CuriosityValentine’s Day and chocolate go together like, well, anything else and chocolate. The idea that chocolate makes everything better, however, is being put to the test by a Tokyo ramen chain, Mensho, which has just introduced chocolate ramen as a special Valentine’s Day treat.

Chocolate plus ramen: two delicious foods together for the first time. What’s not to like? Plenty, as it happens.

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What’s a Cherimoya?

by in News, February 5th, 2016

What's a Cherimoya?If you’ve spotted a strange, irregularly ovoid, mottled, scaly-patterned greenish fruit at the market recently and wondered what on earth that thing was, you were probably looking at a cherimoya, my friend. This tropical fruit, also known as a “custard apple,” is grown in many areas around the world and domestically in California, and it is in season and available from November through May.

Curious about this peculiar-looking fruit? Here are a few things to know:
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This Intricate Spoon Art Is Too Cute to Eat

by in News, February 4th, 2016

This Intricate Spoon Art Is Too Cute to EatThere are hobbies — and there are hobbies that almost defy words. Ioana Vanc’s spoon art falls solidly into the latter category.

Vanc, an architect based in Arad, Romania, makes elaborate illustrations and tableaux using bits of food that nestle cozily into the bowl of a spoon. Her intricate pieces evoke images ranging from celebrity portraits to animals to exotic vistas and detailed streetscapes to familiar characters from movies like Star Wars, Frozen and Penguins of Madagascar.

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